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Evora Africa Festival

Evora Africa Festival
Dominique Ouattara, ambassador of Ivorian arts in Portugal
Dominique Ouattara, ambassador of Ivorian arts in Portugal
Dominique Ouattara, ambassador of Ivorian arts in Portugal

In the charming and peaceful town of Evora, in the south of Lisbon, tourists and citizens have the chance to experience the rhythm of music and dance at the Evora Africa Festival.

For this first edition dedicated to the African continent, the organizers have dedicated a special day to Côte d’Ivoire. Passionate about art and culture, the First Lady, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara the Minister of Culture and Francophonie, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman attended the event.

Designers Karamoko Ibrahim and Loza Lucienne recalled our rich heritage and treasures through their fashion show. There was also a tasting session of ivorian food and  chocolate made in Côte d’Ivoire. But the main attraction was the performances of the group "Zaouli de Manfla (Zuénoula)", classified world heritage by UNESCO and the group "Les Femmes battantes". The festival is a mix of traditional and modern rhythm and dance.

"The Evora Africa Festival is a great initiative that highlights the cultural richness of Africa, through exhibitions, concerts, and conferences held at the beautiful Cadaval Palace. For three months, artists from all over Africa will show  the public the rhythms and traditions of our continent.

"This day dedicated to Côte d’Ivoire is a beautiful link between our two cultures, our two countries and our two continents. This is a good opportunity to establish a rich and diversified intercultural dialogue that can build lasting ties between our two Nations, " said Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, in the presence of Mrs. Duchess of CADAVAL, Princess Diana D'ORLEANS and Mayor of Evora, Carlos Pinto DE SA.

"Madam, you have agreed to associate your image with the development of Ivorian Arts and Cultures. Thanks to your dynamism and warm commitment we have lifted high our cultural heritage " said the Minister of Culture and Francophonie.

 

For Alain Weber, artistic director of the festival, this event is not only celebrating Côte d’Ivoire but also Africa. " Côte d'Ivoire has an abundant artistic and cultural heritage," he added.

Note that upon her arrival in Evora, the First Lady, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara was solemnly welcomed by  Mayor Carlos Pinto DE SA and his municipality to testify the friendship between Côte d’Ivoire and Portugal " Congratulations for the richness of your cultural heritage, it is exceptional. I would love to discover the beautiful historical sites, as well as the history of your city, "said Mrs. Dominique Ouattara.