Photos: http://www.placesandseasons.com/2010/05/music-2/‘Festival Lafi Bala’ – Chambéry, France
For 3 days the Jardin du Verney in the centre of Chambéry was transformed into a colourful, exuberant African village, with stalls selling traditional African crafts and food; exhibitions; story-telling; giant puppets, drumming and dance workshops, discussions, and a main stage hosting musicians of exceptional quality from Burkina Faso, France and other parts of West Africa. For the whole month of June, two highly talented Burkinabe artists took up residence in the ‘Cité des Arts’ in Chambéry, and ran workshops with local schoolchildren in the weeks leading up to the festival.
The biennial festival – now in its 7th year – celebrates not only the richness of cultural exchanges between the two towns, but also a sustained program of projects and investment (‘decentralised cooperation’) in the town of Ouahigouya, including health, urban and economic
Read more: http://www.chambery-ouahigouya.com/development, restoration of buildings and roads, sinking of wells and reforestation.