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SENEGAL - PAVILION

Welcome to Senegal, a West African country where hospitality takes on its full meaning!

Senegal is a country of mixed peoples and cultures, rich in cultural and natural heritage, with a strong tradition of openness and peaceful coexistence between ethnic and religious communities. Inhabited for some 350,000 years in the Falémé Valley, Emerging Senegal is today a reality, with Dakar, a UNESCO Creative City, acting as the locomotive of this path. A creative metropolis, Dakar is home to major infrastructures such as the Museum of Black Civilisations (Musée de Civilisations Noires) and key events such as the Biennale of Contemporary African Art. As a modern city, it aims to increase its capacity for innovation by strengthening the place of digital arts in the palette of forms of expression of its artists and cultural and social actors. The city intends to make culture, creativity and innovation drivers for local development.

You start your virtual trip in Senegal through the exhibition of the seven exceptional sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, you cross fishing villages to dive into the rich underwater cultural heritage around the Dakar peninsula. This trip to the land of Teranga will also allow you to discover natural parks where the fauna and flora are exceptional and preserved, as well as other unmissable sites such as the city of Saint-Louis and the island of Gorée, symbols of an intercultural mix between the North and the South.  

 

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To read more about Senegal

The Ministry of Culture's Official Website
The Ministry of Culture's Facebook
Senegalese Cultural Heritage Directorate
UNESCO in Dakar

Discover Senegal!

7 Senegalese World Heritage Sites seen by Layepro

The seven World Heritage sites in Senegal as seen through the eyes of talented Senegalese filmmaker, Layepro.

In 2016, the UNESCO office in Dakar invited the Senegalese photographer Layepro to make an original journey through Senegal to share his vision of the 7 Senegalese sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. 

Dr. Mallé Guèye presents the Djoudj National Bird Park

This initiative aims to raise awareness among young people in Senegal and internationally about their heritage through educational videos on World Heritage properties such as the proto-historic sites of Senegambia, sites dedicated to the memory of the slave trade and the colonial period or sustainable development on natural sites. 

The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Senegal

Discover a video dedicated to the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Senegal. A pioneer project of the Directorate of Cultural Heritage and UNESCO.

 

"Communities are the only custodians of their heritage: only they can say this is our heritage"
Abdoul Aziz Guissé Director of Cultural Heritage of Senegal (DPC)

Contemporary creation, cultural industries, shared knowledge, living together and communities

Video presenting the project funded by the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and implemented by Kër Thiosanne. Through this project, a series of workshops were held to train nearly 100 African artists in multimedia arts and the use of new technologies.

Digit'elles: a unique training programme for women entrepreneurs in Senegal's creative industries

Funded by the UNESCO| Sabrina Ho "You Are Next" initiative, the Digit'elles project aims to fight against stereotypes and discrimination against women in the music industry in Senegal. Proposed by the Africulturban association, the project has helped to strengthen the technical skills of 20 young women musicians, but also to support them in the creation of micro-enterprises.

Virtual Exhibition | "World Heritage in Senegal: 7 Exceptional Sites"

A journey through an exhibition on the 7 sites of Senegal which since 2016 has been touring the world, available online and through the VUE D'Afrique app. 39 didactic and aesthetic panels recounting the importance of World Heritage in Senegal, the Djoudj National Bird Park, the island of Saint Louis, the island of Gorée, the Saloum Delta, the Niokolo-Koba National Park and the Bassari Country: Bassari, Peul and Bedik cultural landscapes. 

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Virtual Exhibition | "World Heritage in Senegal: 7 Exceptional Sites"
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Discover the heritage of Senegal

The mobile application VUE d'Afrique has been developed by UNESCO and its partners to help young people discover the heritage of Senegal.

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About UNESCO's activities in Dakar

Read a series of articles about UNESCO's activities in Dakar (available in French).

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About UNESCO's activities in Dakar
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Dakar Biennale

The Dakar Biennale, or Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Dakar, Senegal. Dak'Art's focus has been on Contemporary African Art since 1996.

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Disclaimer

The ideas and opinions expressed on this page are those of the Member State; they do not necessarily represent the views of UNESCO and the Organization hereby declines all liability. The designation employed and the presentation of material throughout the National Pavilion or this webpage do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Organization, concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning its frontiers or boundaries.