Brazzaville and Kinshasa designated Together African Capital of Culture 2024-2025
Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the capital cities of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively, have been jointly designated African Capitals of Culture for the years 2024 and 2025. The designation was made by the Executive Committee of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) at its 30th session held on 6 November 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria, following a call for applications to African cities in June 2023. It was in this context that, at the invitation of Mr. Dieudonne Bantsimba, Mayor of Brazzaville, the city organized the celebration of the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture on 24 January 2024. The official ceremony was presided over by Mrs. Marie Hélène Pongault, Minister of Cultural, Tourism, Arts and Leisure Industries of the Congo, and Mrs. Kathungu Furaha, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of the DRC.
Otherwise, the Mayor of Brazzaville, Mr. Dieudonné Bantsimba, was received on Friday January 19, 2024, by Mrs. Lydie Pongault, Minister of Cultural Industry, Tourism, Arts and Leisure. “The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the joint designation of Brazzaville and Kinshasa as cities of African culture by UCLG Africa. This nomination, valid for the years 2024 and 2025, promises a dynamic cultural exchange between the two closest cities in the world“, said the local leader on leaving the audience. “We shared our enthusiasm for the activities to come during these two years of cultural celebration. The first event is scheduled for January 24, 2024, in Brazzaville, marking the World Day of African and Afro-descendant Culture. An event that will bear witness to the richness and diversity of the cultural heritage shared between these two sister cities“, added Dieudonné Bantsimba.
Brazzaville and Kinshasa succeed Rabat (Morocco), which was designated first African Capital of Culture for 2022-2023.
The African Capitals of Culture program is carried by UCLG Africa. It was initiated by the mayors and leaders of Africa’s local and regional governments at the 8th edition of the Africities Summit held in November 2018 in Marrakech. By designating a city African Capital of Culture for two years, the aim is to celebrate the artistic, cultural and creative excellence of the African continent, to lead a reflection around the place of culture and the arts in public policy and to encourage the valorization of the cultural and creative industry as a lever for development.