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The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966: Contexts and legacies

The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966: Contexts and legacies

Publisher Liverpool University Press
Year 01/03/2021
Pages 272
Version paperback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
ISBN 9781800349247
Categories National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
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In April 1966, thousands of artists, musicians, performers and writers from across Africa and its diaspora gathered in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to take part in the First World Festival of Negro Arts (Premier Festival Mondial des arts negres). The international forum provided by the Dakar Festival showcased a wide array of arts and was attended by such celebrated luminaries as Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Aime Cesaire, Andre Malraux and Wole Soyinka. Described by Senegalese President Leopold Sedar Senghor, as 'the elaboration of a new humanism which this time will include all of humanity on the whole of our planet earth', the festival constituted a highly symbolic moment in the era of decolonization and the push for civil rights for black people in the United States. In essence, the festival sought to perform an emerging Pan-African culture, that is, to give concrete cultural expression to the ties that would bind the newly liberated African 'homeland' to black people in the diaspora. This volume is the first sustained attempt to provide not only an overview of the festival itself but also of its multiple legacies, which will help us better to understand the 'festivalization' of Africa that has occurred in recent decades with most African countries now hosting a number of festivals as part of a national tourism and cultural development strategy.

The First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar 1966: Contexts and legacies

Table of contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

Introduction. The Performance of Pan-Africanism: Staging the African Renaissance at the First World Festival of Negro Arts
David Murphy

I Contexts
1 'The Real Heart of the Festival': The Exhibition of L'Art negre at the Musee Dynamique
Cedric Vincent
2 Dance at the 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts: Of 'Fabulous Dancers' and Negritude Undermined
Helene Neveu Kringelbach
3 Staging Culture: Senghor, Malraux and the Theatre Programme at the First World Festival of Negro Arts
Brian Quinn
4 Making History: Performances of the Past at the 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts
Ruth Bush
5 'The Next Best Thing to Being There': Covering the 1966 Dakar Festival and its Legacy in Black Popular Magazines
Tsitsi Jaji

II Legacies
6 'Negritude is Dead': Performing the African Revolution at the First Pan-African Cultural Festival (Algiers, 1969)
Samuel D. Anderson
7 Beyond Negritude: Black Cultural Citizenship and the Arab Question in FESTAC '77
Andrew Apter
8 Cultural Festivals in Senegal: Archives of Tradition, Mediations of Modernity
Ferdinand de Jong
9 FESMAN at 50: Pan-Africanism, Visual Modernism and the Archive of the Global Contemporary
Elizabeth Harney
10 PANAFEST: A Festival Complex Revisited
Dominique Malaquais and Cedric Vincent

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