Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Slave Route Project: Roundtable, Exhibition ‘Africans in India’ and Commemorative Ceremony
On 10 September 2014, UNESCO will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to highlight the projects accomplishments and discuss its prospects in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
Launched in 1994 in Ouidah (Benin), the Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage is a UNESCO’s flagship programme that has made a significant contribution to enhancing our knowledge of the slave trade, slavery and their consequences, through various activities, including scientific research, the publication of reference books, the development educational materials, the inventorying of sites of memory, the promotion of living cultures and the preservation of archives and oral traditions related to this history. Its main objectives are to “break the silence” on this tragedy, highlight the resulting cultural interactions, and promote this shared heritage.
This celebration will consist of three parts, beginning with a roundtable (Room IV, 10 a.m.) on UNESCO’s contribution to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), focusing on concrete proposals for the activities to be undertaken in the fields of historical research, education and culture. This will be followed by the inauguration of the exhibition ‘Africans in India: from Slaves to Generals and Rulers’ (Suffren Hall, 1 p.m.).
The third part of the celebration will consist of a commemorative ceremony entitled ‘Testimonies, influences and creativity’ (Room I, 4 p.m.), with the participation of distinguished intellectuals, leading figures from the world of politics and the arts, members of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project as well as several artists from different countries: Tazenco Gwo ka (West Indies), Abyale (franc-gaboneese jazz singer), Anuang’a (Maasai choreographer), Maria Paz (Cuban electro-percussion), Sefarat’ al Khafaâ (Gnawa tradition) and the Afro Samba Project by Alex Lima.
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