The Dak’art Biennial Sounds a “Call for Action” to Support the African Art Scene


As it turns out, some powerful people have been listening to that call, like Senegalese president Macky Sall, who has personally invested 500 million CFA (roughly $900,000) as a gesture of support. Sall announced this pledge at the ouverture—Dak’art’s version of a press conference, which, in this case, took the form of an ambitious 3.5 hour musical pageant held at the Grand National Theater, with performances by Youssou N’dour; a 300-person Senegalese choir; a Rwandan drum-and-dance troupe; a Tunisian violinist; and an Afro-Jazz modern dance ensemble.

Sall himself was present, sitting in a group of Dakarois school children; the casualness (and lack of security) was a little jolting. He was there to do his part to elevate the arts as an economic driver for Senegal. “The present edition…

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