On Saturday, June 8, 2019, in parallel with the inauguration of the « Villa Saint-Louis Ndar» residence for artists and researchers in Saint-Louis (Senegal), the Afrique Créative programme was officially launched, in the presence of Bruno Studer, President of the Culture and Education Commission of the French National Assembly and representative of the President of the Republic, the Minister of Culture and Communication of Senegal, Abdoulaye DIOP, the French Ambassador to Senegal, Christophe Bigot, the Director of AFD (Agence Française de Développement) in Senegal, the representative of the Mayor of Saint-Louis, the Director of the Institut Français de Saint-Louis and other Senegalese cultural figures.
This event also marked the opening of the programme’s call for applications. This call will identify eight entrepreneurs based in Burkina Faso, Morocco, Uganda or Senegal to join the Afrique Créative incubation programme. After the official speeches, a presentation of the programme was held. The opening of the call for applications raised great interest among the operators from the cultural and creative sector.
The Director of Africalia and the Programme Manager, along with other members representing the Afrique Créative consortium, composed of Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), Zhu Culture and Bayimba Foundation, as well as its partner Jokkolabs, answered questions from the public and the press.
[violet]Babacar Sarr, President of FESFOP (Festival International de Folklore et de Percussions à Louga), urged entrepreneurs wishing to take part in the programme to show the utmost seriousness and to commit themselves fully to the success of their businesses, stressing out that the outcome of Afrique Créative will not be the sole responsibility of the consortium in charge of coordination, but resides in the future incubates’ hands![/violet]