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VOODOO FESTIVAL (Jan 10) Rep. Benin
The voodoo festival is celebrated on 10 January every year. It is instituted to give more value to the culture of Benin and the different cultural and cultic realities. It is always organised in the Republic of Benin. It is also a way of celebrating the ancestors and the riches they left as a heritage.
GLEXWE XWE (Dec) Rep Benin
Formalized in 1948 as the identity festival of Ouidah, the Gléxwé xwé event is held in December in the Republic of Benin. The festivities are held with many novelties on different sites in the city. Among the activities of this festival with a cultural, tourist and identity face, there is an exhibition that highlights the architectural and mythological heritage of the city of Ouidah, the city that recalls memories of the slave trade.
GAANI FESTIVAL (Dec) Rep. Benin
In December, the Gani festival takes place in Nikki for seven days. Initially animist, its rites are unchanging. The Bariba king of Nikki receives gifts from all the chiefs of his kingdom. The Gnon Kogui, a respectable woman, enthrones the young princes by shaving their heads and blessing them. During the festival, the royal attributes, sacred drums and copper trumpets, accompany the famous Bariba cavalry.
NONVITCHA - Rep Benin
Nonvitcha (in Mina, United Brothers) is the cultural meeting of the Xwla and Xwéda peoples of the southern coastal regions of Benin, to celebrate unity and brotherhood.
Founded in 1921. At each edition of Nonvitcha, this association carries out development actions by building schools, health centers and laboratories in high schools and colleges.
At Pentecost, all the Xwla and Xwéda dand the dispora meet in Grand-Popo to celebrate Nonvitcha. Cultural..
LOCAL PRODUCTS INDEPENDANCE FESTIVAL
The independence festival of local products from Benin organised by the Beninese Association of Local Producers (ABPL), It aims to make the public aware of and promote the "Made in Benin" in all forms. . "For us, a country like ours must first reveal itself through a strong economy. It is not by importing daily that we will get out of this situation", they said. This economic and commercial event reinforces the dynamism of the Beninese authorities to promote small and medium-sized enterprises and to support the efforts of local producers to make themselves known.
PORTO NOVO CARNIVAL
The International Festival of Porto-Novo (FIP) was initiated with the objective to better reveal the rich historical heritage of Porto-Novo. It takes place periodically and is also called the International Festival of Vodoun Arts and Culture of Porto-Novo.
It is a cocktail of different cultural and artistic presentations that make the city of Porto-Novo vibrate. In this festival, the esoteric and popular traditions of Xogbonou will be exhibited to the public and tourists. A rich spectacle of folkloric animation and Beninese rhythms, songs and dances presented to the public by more than a hundred young creators.
The festival will celebrate the Zangbeto culture and Benin's cultural diversity in Guezin while radiating to Porto Novo. It allows to dive into the heart of the Zangbeto tradition. It is also an opportunity to promote the disappearing traditional culinary art and to propose a tourist circuit around the festival. The contributions will make it possible to take this new step of development while preserving the specificities of the event: culture for all, conviviality and ecology. The ambition is to back up an exhibition of works of art by Beninese artists in order to make the local population and the international community discover local artistic talents and why not to arouse vocations.
SAVALOU YAM FESTIVAL - Benin
The yam festival is a traditional seasonal festival celebrated in mid-August each year in Benin (mainly in Savalou). Today it has become an identity festival that not only brings together people with the same culinary and cultural expression, but also an opportunity to discuss the problems facing the commune and to find solutions. It is an opportunity for the king of Savalou to officially authorise the consumption of freshly harvested yams from the fields.
FESTIVAL COULEURS D'AFRIQUE (Mai) Rep Benin
Africa, its know-how, its cultures are celebrated this month of May during the festival Couleurs d'Afrique organized by a group of associations from Elbeuvien, supported by the City. There will be something for all tastes and all ages! So don't hesitate, come and discover, travel, exchange...
The Couleurs d'Afrique Festival is an African Arts and Culture Market initiated by the Association Culture et Développement d'Ici et d'Ailleurs (CDIA). It includes several cultural, artistic and tourist activities.
INTERNATIONAL GUELEDE FESTIVAL
International Guèlèdè Festival of Savè
The International Guèlèdè Festival of Savè (FIG-Savè) is organised in Benin, precisely in Savè in the department of the hills. For ten days, organisers, populations and tourists celebrate this mask, which is the identity of the Shabè, Nago and Yoruba regions of the world, through a programme of talks, exchanges, shows and tourist visits.
Guèlèdè Festival of Kétou
These Yoruba ceremonies take place at night in a public square. Singers, drummers and masked dancers ensure the transmission of this oral heritage. These ceremonies take place every year, after the harvest or during significant events, such as a drought or an epidemic.
WEMEXWE FESTIVAL (Jan) Benin
Wéméxwé is the festival that celebrates each year the reunion of the nationals of the Ouémé valley, a region located in the south-east of Benin. The festival is organised on a rotating basis in each of the four communes of the region (Adjohoun, Aguégués, Bonou and Dangbo). It thus gives the populations of the Wémè socio-cultural area the opportunity to showcase their origins through arts and cultures and to contribute in a supportive manner to the development of the region, through the construction of socio-community infrastructures.
The "Carnaval Kaléta" - Benin
The "Carnaval Kaléta" is a cultural event which highlights the cults and dances of our ancestral traditions. It participates in the promotion of the culture on the national and international level. This festival accessible to the public will present in particular one of the multiple facets of our masks, in particular the Kaleta, very appreciated by the amateurs and passionate persons of the Vodoun cult.
The International Women's Film Festival
The Cotonou International Women's Film Festival (FIFF) created in 2019 is a film festival taking place every two years in Cotonou, Benin. It values African women filmmakers, highlights and provokes reflection on the obstacles to the evolution of women in general and in the film sector in particular.It is initiated with the aim of valuing women who have chosen to make a career in the seventh art and help break certain socio-cultural barriers that hinder the evolution of women in this sector.
Effet Graff aims to promote the public, urban art and in particular graffiti," said Lea Awunou Roufaï, director of the National Gallery. She continued that the festival also participates "in the aesthetics of cities, sanitation and development of an ideal living environment, beautiful, attractive, peaceful and colorful.
The international festival, "La marmite" - Togo
The Fesma or International Festival "La marmite" (pot in French), opens in Lomé, the Togolese capital, with the main objective of promoting African cuisine and highlighting its various actors, "from fork to fork" with the participation of chefs from Gabon, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Benin and Togo.
Master classes to bring up to date, the African culinary practices that tend to disappear but have certain values in African gastronomy.
Festival Milawoe - Togo
Togo's culture is rich in diversity and tradition. The country has about fifty ethnic groups, all of which have their own rites, festivals, way of life and organization.
Music and dance play a predominant role in daily life. They depict classical subjects such as hunting, war, harvesting and love. As in many African countries, drumming is the centre of all festivities, although there is a wide variety of drumming in Togo. From one region to another, traditional music varies enormously. We want to celebrate this culture, we can do it with you!
Epé-Ekpé, historical festival of the Guins in Aného
The historical festival of the Guins, one of the most important in West Africa, marks the New Year for this people who arrived from Ghana in the 17th century after the exodus from Notsé, and whose capital is Aného. Epe-Ekpe is the occasion for the taking of the sacred stone (Kpessosso), the core around which all the events revolve.
Aboakyir Festival (May) Ghana
Effutu-Winneba people observe Aboakyir, literally meaning ‘game catching’, every first Saturday in the month of May. Two Asafo groups, Tuafo and Denkyefo, go on a procession into the forest for a competitive deer hunt (formerly a leopard hunt), after which rituals are done to pacify the gods This is followed by a grand durbar with the chiefs, queen mothers and elders to vivify the ceremonial and cultural experience.
Asafotufiam (August) Ghana
From the end of July to early August, the people of Ada in the eastern parts of the Greater Accra region commemorate victories and defeats in past clashes with Asafotufiam. Also, to usher in the harvest season, ceremonial formalities are observed. There is a mock battle performance with elegant costumes, stool cleansing rituals and libation, durbars amid processions with chiefs in palanquins, and music and dance involving men and women adorned in variegated beads.