“People without culture are people without soul,” said the Nigerian writer, Anthony Biakolo.
This assertion reflects the motivations of the organizers for the first edition of the World Day of African Culture & Afro-descendants (JMCA), scheduled for January 24, 2018 in Bamako (Mali).
This day of celebration will show African culture in all its diversity by bringing together members of the Diaspora and Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and America. It is in this context that the first edition of the World Day of African Culture & Afro-descendants (JMCA) will be launched on the initiative of the NGO RAPEC (African Network of Promoters and Cultural Entrepreneurs).
UCLG Africa will be a partner organization for the day alongside the Government of Mali, the International Committee for the mobilization of JMCA with the support of UNESCO, the ACP (Group of Caribbean and Pacific African States), Independent Cultural Centers of Africa, as well as the Foundation for the Culture of Peace.
January 24th has been chosen as the day of celebration as it shares the anniversary of the Charter of African Cultural Renaissance adopted in 2006 by the Heads of State and governments of the African Union (AU).
The JMCA will be an opportunity to celebrate peace among people.
“Participate in the appreciation and promotion of the arts and culture in all its forms: Exhibitions of art, photography, handicrafts, musical performances, concerts, theatrical performances and poetry readings will be held in public as well as through broadcasts. The JMCA is an annual forum for reflection on the role of Culture and its actors in the prevention and resolution of conflicts of all kinds, as well as its role as a lever for the development of our territories.” John Ayité Sanjana, president of the NGO RAPEC.
To mark the festivities, events will be organized by associations, the African chiefdoms and State and cultural operators from January 20-31, 2018.