Gambidi Cultural Space

Description

Description

Non-profit cultural association registered in 1996.

Areas. Theatre, storytelling, puppetry, traditional dance, visual arts.

Activities. ECG operates at all levels of the promotion of performing arts: production, promotion, dissemination and training. It promotes and encourages creative projects through its logistics and initiates co-productions with local and foreign companies. In terms of distribution, its most important activity is the Festival International de Théâtre et de Marionnettes de Ouagadougou (FITMO). Created in 1989, FITMO was one of the first festivals in Francophone Africa organized by the artists themselves and became over editions a crowded market visited by many foreign programmers. In 2007, taking the name FITMO / FAB (Festival des Arts du Burkina), it opens itself to all disciplines and goes further to meet audiences in cities and villages within the country. Regardless of the festival, ECG holds regular performances and tours in African and international festivals’s networks. It also helps artists’organisations in developing their promotional packages and offers them information on artistic and cultural events.

ECG hosts the Centre de Formation et de Recherche en Arts Vivants (CFRAV). CRAV took over from the École de Théâtre de l’Union des Ensembles Dramatiques de Ouagadougou (UNEDO) which from 1990 to 2000 has trained most of the professional performing artists in Burkina. From 2003 to 2008, the CFRAV organized quarterly intensive workshops of 2 to 3 weeks involving more than 200 trainees from 16 Africa countries. In 2009, it took a major step in implementing a full degree 3 years course, in order to train artists able to inject some dynamism into the theatrical sector and include it in development strategies.

Moreover, in 2005, ECG has created the Atelier International des Arts Plastiques (AIAP). AIAP acts as a training and creation center, organizes meetings between artists and hosts an art gallery. Its ambition is to become a center of excellence and expand the public of visual arts particularly among young people.

In all its activities, ECG intends to be a popular venue, integrated into the life of the city. It develops an active policy of socio-cultural promotion and hosts projects like Culture de Quartier as well a radio station.

Resources. ECG has a permanent team of 15 employees (director, production director, communication officer, managers, sound and light technician, radio hosts and support staff) and has a vast venue with many facilities:

  • an administrative block housing the administrative departments.
  • the playground, which includes a theatre with a capacity of 500 seats (478m2), with a stage (115 m2) and a movie screen; a hall with a capacity of 200 seats (130m2) for light shows and rehearsals, meetings, conferences etc.; a hall with 300 seats (174m2) housing CFRAV, which can also accommodate light performances and be used for rehearsal, dance, meeting, conferences etc.; a small open air stage (115m2) for rehearsal and theatrical experiences; a small stage (14m2) for acoustic concerts; and a terrace (166.5 m2) used for rehearsal, tale shows and festivities.
  • the mediatheque.This 2 floor-building has a library of over 6,500 books on the performing arts, frequented by artists and university students; a multimedia room equipped with 10 computers that serves as a meeting point for many Internet users and information source for radio Gambidi; a workshop and meeting room (49m2) ; and a video library for viewing any document on audiovisual media.
    4) Radio Gambidi. Other 2 floor-building houses several rooms devoted to training, conferences, writing, production and broadcasting.
  • the art gallery, 49m2 with a large room and 2 offices (10m2), which houses exhibitions and training workshops.
  • A lodging unit with several apartments for trainers, a dozen studios, dormitories and a restaurant.

ECG owns equipment for lighting (projectors, organs etc.), sound (mixer, speaker phone etc.) and stage (rods, hooks, lamps, etc.). It makes it available to other structures through a contribution to maintenance costs. It has a car fleet (2 bus 16 seats for the transportation of artists, 2 pick-ups, 1 van and 1 car) for its activities outside the major cities.

Professional network.  ECG maintains collaborations with many Burkinabe organizations : Atelier Théâtre Burkinabé, Carrefour International de Théâtre de Ouagadougou, Reemdoogo Jardin de la Musique, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique La Termitière, Centre National des Arts, du Spectacle et de l’Audiovisuel (CENASA), Cartel, Villa Yirisuma. It maintains relationships with professionals in many countries in West African (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo), Central Africa (Cameroon, DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic and Chad) and in Europe (France, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, and Greece).

Funding. International Theatre Institute (IIT), Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Communication, Africalia, OIF, Adami, UNESCO, Swiss Cooperation, Cultural Service of the Embassy of France etc.

Contacts.

Mr. Jean Pierre GUINGANE, director

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