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    Senegal: Private sector challenged to support arts festival

    APA-Dakar (Sénégal)

    Abdou Latif Coulibaly, the Senegalese minister of Culture has challenged the private sector in his country to provide more funding for the National Festival of Arts and Culture (FESNAC).

    “The input of the private sector in FESNAC has not yet met our expectations. There are very few sponsors involved in this festival which they consider as a government activity. Culture is quite an abstract concept in the mindset of many business leaders. They do not necessarily see its profitability. We must share views with them in order to convince them,” Coulibaly said in Dakar on Thursday.

    He was presiding over an evaluation workshop of the tenth edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture.

    Bemoaning the scarcity of financial resources dedicated to organising the festival, Mr Coulibaly said there ought to be some brainstorming with a view to making FESNAC a biennial event, which will ultimately shore up the budget for a better outcome.

    The minister however expressed satisfaction over “the smooth collaboration of the organizers of FESNAC with the academic community, thus laying the foundations for a fruitful partnership to be strengthened in order to take full advantage of the input scholars.”

    Concluding his speech, Coulibaly stressed "the importance of recording the results of exchanges in documents for their dissemination."

    He said to this end, he has given instructions to the leaders of the FESNAC for preparations for the symposia to be finalized.

    Fatou Gueye Sidibe Diallo, the administrator of FESNAC described the event as "a tool of decentralization, a framework for enhancing cultural heritage, an element of added value thanks to all the exchanges it triggers”.

    She added that FESNAC provides “a cultural response to the social challenges” that Senegal currently faces.

    FESNAC, which is one of the recommendations by the Colloquium on Cultural Convergences held in Kaolack, Senegal in 1994, came into being three years later.

    Its objective is to encourage the expression of cultural specificities, while highlighting their elements of convergence for the preservation of national unity.


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