Africa2020 Season: an invitation to look at and understand the world from an African perspective
In a speech in Ouagadougou on 28 November 2017, President Macron announced that a Season dedicated to Africa would be organized in France in 2020. Planned to run from June to December 2020 but postponed due to the health situation linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa2020 is part of a renewed partnership between France and the African continent. It aims to help French people learn more about contemporary Africa and its creativity through a series of events held all over France, focusing on young people and emerging talents.
Africa2020 Season is a pan-African and multi-disciplinary project, based on innovation in the arts, science and entrepreneurship. This event celebrates women and is particularly targeted at young people.
N’Goné Fall, a curator, essayist and consultant in cultural engineering is the Season’s Commissioner-General and created this event as an “invitation to look at and understand the world from an African perspective”. The Season’s operational implementation is provided by the Institut français, an agency of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.
Dedicated to the entire African continent, Africa2020 Season is a laboratory for production and the spread of knowledge and ideas. Built around 23 issues from the 21st century divided into five themes, it sets out the perspectives civil society in Africa and its recent diaspora in all sectors of activity. It is the sounding board for these agents of change who are rewriting the rules, experimenting with new relationships with the world and impacting modern societies.
In addition to its original approach that involves the entire continent, all projects presented will be created jointly by African professionals in collaboration with French agencies.
The season’s cross-cutting priorities will be:
- Placing humans at the centre: the Season prioritizes projects designed as inclusive collaborative platforms through the Africa2020 Headquarters (HQ), Pan-African cultural centres with a multi-disciplinary programme;
- Women: this Season is placing women in the spotlight through a series of “Women Focus” projects designed by African professionals alongside African female creators, intellectuals, scientists and entrepreneurs;
- Education: the Season prioritizes young people through 285 teaching projects, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport, UNESCO, France Volontaires and the AFD.
- 81 cities in metropolitan and overseas France
- 200 African agencies and 183 French agencies
- over 450 projects in the arts, science and entrepreneurship
- 15 Africa2020 Headquarters
- 22 “Women Focus” projects
- 11 African volunteers, 11 teaching projects and 274 projects led by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport