03/04/2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Each March, more than 33 million people around the world celebrate Le Mois de la Francophonie, a global initiative led by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie to highlight the diversity of French-speaking cultures.
This year, for the month of Francophonie, Alliance Française invites you to a Celebration of Senegal!
Saturday, March 4 at 6 pm: Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul for the exciting month of March, as we kick of le Mois de la Francophonie with our opening ceremony, Ndajé Téranga Party.
The program will feature:
-Words from Alliance Française’s Executive Director Christina Selander Bouzouina and the president of the Senegalese Association of Minnesota, Khadi Aidara.
-Presentation on Senegalese History, culture and Senegal today.
-Hair braiding booth (Get your Senegalese Twists on!)
-Refreshments (Senegalsese Cuisine) and Senegalese Music/dance session.
This event is $15 for AF members, $20 for the general public, and $10 for kids. RSVP HERE.
Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm: Vernissage with Bamba Cissé and Carol Bouska. Celebrate the artwork of a local, young Senegalese artist, and participate in a live painting session. There will also be a photographs of Senegal taken by a local photographer on display. This event is FREE for AF members, and $10 for the public. More information.
Saturday, March 11 at 1 pm: Presentation of Senegalese Pottery with Adama Sow. This Senegalese pottery master has been working on the potter’s wheel for more than twenty years! This event is $5 for AF members, and $10 for the general public. More information.
Sunday, March 12 at 7 pm: Senegalese Short Film Screenings at St. Anthony Main Theatre. This evening will highlight two short films, Un Transport En Commun and Revers de l’Exil. More information.
Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm: An Evening of Senegalese Literature. Discussion topics will feature the African participation in the two World Wars, African intellectual life during colonial time, and an overview of West African immigrant literature. This event is $10 to attend. More information.
Saturday, March 18 at 4 pm: Wolof Class & Ataya Tea Service. Learn some basic Wolof, the national language of Senegal, while enjoying a service of Ataya, Senegalese tea! This event is $10 for AF members, and $15 for the general public. More information.
Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm: Webster Concert at The Cedar Cultural Center. The iconic SénéQueb hip hop artist, Webster, will be on tour in the Midwest, and will be featuring a guest performance. This concert is $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the show, and only $8 for members with a special promo code. More information.
Saturday, March 25 at 10 am: Writing and Poetry Workshop with Webster. Tackle the rhymes, metaphors, comparisons, and inspiration methods that are incorporated into Webster’s music. This event is $15 for AF members, and $20 for the general public. More information.
Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 pm: Soirée Djembés avec Ghana Mbaye. Ghana will perform live in la Grande Salle, and will teach an hour long Djembé (drum) class that is open to ALL skill levels. To participate in this event is $15 for AF members, $20 for the general public, and $25 for at the door. To simply watch, or if you already have a Djembé that you will bring, cost is $10 for AF members, $15 for the general public, and $20 at the door. More information.
Sunday, March 26 at 7 pm: Senegalese Short Film Screening and Discussion at St. Anthony Main Theatre. We will be showing the short film, La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil, which will include an introduction and post-film discussion led by Professor Charles Sugnet. This event is $5 for MSP Film Society members and AF members; $8.50 for the general public. More information.
Friday, March 31 at 6:30 pm: Round Table Discussion on the Role of Senegalese Women. Panel will feature Khoudia Dia, Fatou Diop, Khadi Aidara, Fatou Diaham, and Judy Hawkinson. This event is $10 suggested donation. More information.
The French conquest of Senegal started from 1659 with the establishment of Saint-Louis, Senegal, followed by the French capture of the island of Gorée from the Dutch in 1677, but would only become a full-scale campaign in the 19th century.
Senegal was the colony with the strongest French presence West Africa. Dakar, founded by the French in 1857 on the mainland opposite the island of Gorée, becomes the capital of the territory in 1902 (succeeding St Louis in the role). Senegal therefore remains at the center of France’s west African empire, until all the separate colonies win their independence in 1960.
Dakar is now a bustling city an center of international black and African culture, art, politics and education.
Through a month-long series of events, Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul will be highlighting Senegal’s rich historical, and cultural diversity. Stay tuned for events.
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