Lumieres d'Afriques | Théâtre National de Chaillot / Paris
54 ARTISTES ŒUVRES PAYS | EXPOSENT DU 4 - 24 NOVEMBRE 2015 AU THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE CHAILLOT
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THEATRE NATIONAL DE CHAILLOT

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As a prelude to United Nations conference on climate change (COP21) that was held in Paris in december 2015 and at the initiative of the endowment fund African Artists for Development, the Théâtre National de Chaillot – emblematic location of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 –  hosted as a world first the original works of 54 African artists (painters, photographers , sculptors and video artists ) created on the common theme of ” The Enlightened Africa “.

 

This exceptional exhibition, held under the patronage of the President of the Republic, François Hollande was inaugurated by the President of the Senate in the presence of several Ministers and thirty members of the Pan African Parliament; as well as twenty artists .

 

During the three weeks of exhibition at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Lumières d’Afriques attracted over 20,000 visitors and received wide media coverage in national (BBC , Télérama , RFI , France Culture, It Canal + , etc…) and international media (Art Africa , Central African news Agency , etc…).

Several events marked the exhibition: the South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga made ​​a performance in collaboration with Unathi Mkonto and 15 students from « école du Spectacle »- Espace Lauriston (Paris16è), and the author Dieudonné has Niangouna made a reading  of Un rêve au-delà in partnership with MC93, the House of Culture of the Seine-Saint-Denis.

 

Artistic direction: Jean-Michel Champault

 

Scenography: Franck Houndégla

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As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.

 

All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.

 

We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.

 

As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.

 

In these times of containment, you can find some of our projects and keep in touch on :

 

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