Médiathèque des Diasporas – Cotonou

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Non-profit association founded in 1993 and registered in 1999.

Areas. Visual arts, photography, cinema, theatre, storytelling, music, dance, literature, comics, fashion, design and crafts.

Activities. Médiathèque des Diasporas was born from the will of Camille Amouro to set up a forum where social and regional minorities can express their identity through art and celebration, and facilitate access to intellectual and artistic information from their country of origin to all foreigners residing in Benin and all Beninese living abroad. Since its inception, it keeps this purpose: promote horizontal and vertical integration. Located at the Martyrs Square in the center of the most famous crossroads of Cotonou, it is the largest cultural area of Benin, with exhibition galleries, a library, a space for creation and rehearsal, a sound archive, a video club , a plaza for public entertainment, bus-bar restaurant etc. Among its initiatives, we note the organization of exhibitions of art, often international (they were in the late 90s amongst the first in Benin to be held elsewhere than in the foreign cultural centers); regional crafts exhibitions and sales, followed by workshops and discussions with artisans from several countries, the organization of topics forums bringing together artists and intellectuals from various backgrounds, the organization of art competitions such as Realities’Photography award and the organization of book signings in conjunction with the libraries of the place etc.The Médiathèque also offers a wealth of information on cultural and intellectual activities in the country and abroad.

Resources. The center employs 3 permanent, uses contractors for specific projects, welcomes trainees and hires volunteers. Its facilities include 2 large galleries (exhibitions gallery 343 m2 and the media gallery 360 m2),an office (30 m2), a children’s area (16 m2), a store (150 m2) and a plaza of about 3,000 standees. It has a collection of works of art and a library of about 10,000 books, and owns furniture (fifty seats) and materials for display (grids, panels, racks, etc.), lighting (spotlights projectors) and projection.

Professional network. Key player on the artistic and cultural development in Benin, Médiathèque des Diaspora works with almost all the country’s cultural organizations, including Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA), Festival International de Théâtre du Bénin (FITHEB), Fonds d’Aide à la Culture (FAC), Fédération des Associations d’Artistes du Bénin (FAABEN), Stars de l’Intégration Africaine (SICA), Association des Ecrivains et Gens de Lettres du Bénin, association ScribeNoir, Association Culture Communication et Dévelopment (ACCD), Festival Lagunimages, Concours National des Arts Scolaires (CONASCO) etc. It hosts several organizations, including Ligue Africaine des Professionnels du Théâtre (Lapro) and the Cultural Association of Journalists of Benin, and participates in many projects initiated by other cultural operators.

Funding. FAC, EPA, Association of Friends of the Médiathèque des Diasporas.

Contacts.

Mr. Jules KOUKPODE, director

Mr. Modeste HOUNGBEDJI, chairman of the board of directors

 

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