Abdoulaye Wade and Koïchiro Matsuura to inaugurate “Senegalese Days” at UNESCOOn 18 May, the President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, and UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will inaugurate “Senegalese Days”, a tribute to the West African nation’s culture, at UNESCO Headquarters (Miro Room,5pm). The programme includes art exhibitions, an overview of Senegalese cinema, workshops on traditional crafts, reading and writing as well as round table discussions on President Wade’s work, “The Destiny of Africa”, and Senegalese literature.
From 17 to 20 May, Senegalese culture will be highlighted at UNESCO through exhibitions of painting on glass and on canvas, of sculpture, of photographs and of literary works. Screenings of short films and documentaries and a Senegalese book fair will complete the programme (Miro Room, Salle des Pas Perdus and the Japanese Garden).
Feature-length films representative of Senegalese cinema over the past 30 years will be screened in Room II on 19 and 20 May as of 10am. Films to be shown include: “The Certificate” by Cheikh Tidiane Aw (1982), “The Camp at Thiaroye” by Ousmane Sembene (1988), “Madame Brouette” by Moussa Sène Absa (2002) and “The Call of the Arena” by Cheikh Ndiaye (2005).
A weaver and a dyer will offer workshops in the Japanese Garden while a writing workshop entitled “I Read and Write in My National Language” as well as interactive games based on readings of tales for children will be take place in Room III.
A round table discussion on President Wade’s work “Un destin pour l’Afrique”, first published by Karthala in 1989, and another on Senegalese literature will be held respectively on 19 and 20 May in Room IV at 10am.
On Saturday, 20 May 2006 in Room I at 7pm, a performance entitled “Senegal Reewu Jamm” (Senegal, Country of Peace) will present traditional music and dance based on the performances provided traditionally by the griots (traditional poets).