– 16th edition of the festival theater of realities: See you in Sikasso from December 05 to 11, 2022

The 16th edition of the “Théâtre des Réalités” festival will be held from December 05 to 11, 2022, in the capital of Kénédougou. The organizers of the festival made this known during a press conference held on Friday, November 04, 2022, in the press room of the CICB. In front of the journalists, the director of the festival, Adama Traoré and the communication officer, Daouda Cissé, unveiled the program of this 16th edition, which promises a real dialogue and mixing of cultures.

Organized for the first time in Bamako in 1996, the festival “Theatre of Realities” has as its theme this year: “Crying its roots”. This festival has a reputation today, thanks to its cultural dimensions, which place Malian culture at the heart of society. “By initiating this festival in 1996, the goal was to make it a program of cultural development. We have designed this program over seven days. Since we are from a culture where numerology is very important. The festival, which is in its 16th edition, very quickly had an editorial design. Each edition focuses on an evocative theme,” said Adama Traoré, director of the festival.

The previous editions have successively laid the groundwork for the success and especially the regularity of the festival. Thanks to their relevance, the previous themes evoked the ills of society, conveyed relevant messages, questioned Malian culture and society in their essence. Last year for example, through the theme: “Let’s cultivate cultural diversity”, the bringing together of Malian cultures was highlighted. Thanks to the theme of the seventh edition which focused on: “Women and stereotypes”, Acte Sept wanted to magnify the Malian woman, while raising awareness of the harmful effects of stereotypes against this living layer of society and showed the bravery of the fairer sex.

The theater festival of realities, today as yesterday, is a cultural meeting but above all, a framework for analysis and reflection on the dialogue of cultures, with the aim of creating not only an economic value chain, but also connect the cultures of the country. Faithful to this priesthood, this year, the third region reserves “a rich and diversified program” according to the director of the festival who did not fail to quote Djéli Guinea, an artist from the sub-region who will adorn with her orchestra, the stage of the “theatre of realities” festival.

That’s not all. The festival will also free the voices of actors, artists and the cultural value chain of Mali. It is in this momentum that particular emphasis will be placed on “Street art”, which will be highlighted by young people who will speak, give their opinion on their art and identify perspectives while promoting their art. The director of the festival indicated that: “it is necessary to revalorize all the traditions of the country, to popularize the cultural diversity of the country, to train and protect the cultural actors and the Malian culture”.

In addition to art exhibitions, conferences-debates, the program of the 16th edition of the festival theater of realities will be embroidered, among others, around: training in scenography, management and sound, in light, in puppets. The theater will have a whole section in the program which will be punctuated by music, sound, light, stories, humor and dance.

Ousmane Tangara

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