BUJUMBURA May 6th (ABP) – The jewe slam association of Burundi proceeded on Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Bujumbura, to the launch of the project “the babel of Buja” which aims to organize events combining slam performance-poetry, street arts, in different quarters of the city of Bujumbura, to bring together young Burundians from different areas on the same artistic scene.
In his speech, the chair of the said association, Mr. Adosopo François Junior, indicated that the main objective of the project is to promote cultural diversity and facilitate access to culture for all.
According to him, “the babel of Buja” is an event that is aimed at all people wishing to discover the cultural and artistic diversities of the quarters of the Bujumbura city.
He also added that “the babel of Buja” comes to reinvest the public space of the quarters of Bujumbura with creations based on the street arts associated with slam to offer, in the streets of Bujumbura, shows as different as they are original, which will explore all the cultural diversity of the neighborhoods of Bujumbura and the creativity of its young people through speech and other forms of expression, using vernacular languages in order to better sensitize the people to the 4 targeted SDGs. He cited gender equality, reduced inequalities, good health and well-being, quality education.
According to Adosopo, the main phases of the said project are, among other things, a mapping of the artistic disciplines of the project, itinerant scenes of cultural mediation in the quarters of Bujumbura to call on young artists to participate in creation residencies, artistic creation residencies that will lead to the production of 4 shows, a general tour of the shows produced in the 3 communes of the city of Bujumbura.
The shows created will take place on Saturday June 18, 2022 in Muha commune (kwa Makasi basic school), on Saturday July 2, 2022 in Ntahangwa commune (football field near the Kinama zone), on Saturday June 25, 2022 in Mukaza commune (near the Comibu basic school), at the French Institute at Burundi on Saturday July 9, 2022. Spectators will be made aware of the SDGs in an artistic way and will have culturally rich messages.
He did not forget to point out that slam (ivyese) is made up of different literary genres including amazina, ibicuba, ibihozo and others, and that these multiple ways of slamming are necessary to revalue Burundian culture, arguing that the majority of these literary genres are on the way out.
It is worth noting that the jewe slam association has set itself the task of continuously improving the capacity for free and artistic expression within society and among young people, in particular through activities and cultural and artistic exchanges.