28.05.2013 - Africa Department

Africa Week : Travel in the heart of Africa and its culture

The « African heritage » is the theme of the Africa Week which will take place from the 27th till 31 may 2013 in UNESCO Headquarter. Every year, Africa Week attracts hundreds of visitors who come to discover and to participate in numerous events organized by African Member States. Conferences, round tables on the “African heritage”, film projections, cultural exhibitions, children’s workshops, will brighten up the week.

The opening session will occur on Monday 27th, at 11:30 am and will mark the launching of the festivities, particularly the famous bazaar where craftsmen of all Africa come to exhibit their works.

This year the cinema will be honored through the projection of six movies during the week: “Heritage Africa” by Kwaw Ansah (Monday, 27th, at 6:00 pm), “Great Immigration” of Jongryul Lee and “Paris mon paradis” by Eléonore Yameogo (Tuesday, 28th, at 17:30 pm), “The Hand of Fate” by Ibrahim Cisse (Thursday, 29th, at 17:30 pm), “Destination Tombouctou” by Michel Drachoussoff and “La pirogue” by Moussa Touré (Friday, 31th, at 15:30 pm).

For the second consecutive year, UNESCO also organizes, in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of Burkina Faso at UNESCO and the Ki-Zerbo Foundation, a conference on the theme “Pan-Africanism, Cultural Renaissance and Regional Integration”, which will take place on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013. Iconic figure of Burkina Faso, Joseph Ki-Zerbo was one of the biggest thinkers of our time. The Conference will give the opportunity to remind the path of an engaged intellectual, but also to approach themes around the Pan-Africanism and the power of culture concerning the development of the continent as recommend by the African Renaissance Charter.

On Thursday, May the 30th, round tables will be organized on the theme African heritage. The first round table (from 9:35 am to 3 pm) will raise debates on the challenges of the protection and the conservation of the African handwritten and natural heritage. The second round table (from 3 pm till 5:15 pm) will focus on the shared African Heritage, especially through discussions about the Land Architecture and then on the African music and songs.

This cultural representing the color of Africa is also opened to children who could participate, throughout the week, in workshops highlighting the cultural heritage of Africa. Cooking workshop (Tuesday 28th, at 10:45 am), workshop of Comorian tales (Tuesday 28th, at 16:00 pm), Arabo-Andalusian music workshop (Wednesday 29th, at 10:45 am), workshop on Folktales (Wednesday 29th, at 14:00 pm), workshop on production of cards (Thusday 30th, at 10:45 am), workshop on manufacturing jewellery (Friday 31th, at 15:00 pm), wait for youth and adults.

The Africa Week will end on Friday, May 31st, with a gala evening with musical performances and demonstrations of dance, reflecting the extent of the artistic pallet of Africa.  

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