a fusion between art and culture

(FInAB) – This second edition of the Benin International Arts Festival (FInAB) which brought together more than 200,000 visitors, had its epilogue in Cotonou this Sunday, April 28, after bringing together artists, influencers, visitors to celebrate the wealth and the diversity of cultural expressions.

Sunday evening, on the Place de l’Amazone in Cotonou, the second edition of the Benin International Arts Festival (FInAB) ended, crowning a week of festivities, marked by workshops, exhibitions and conference-debates, and which saw artists, human rights defenders and neighbors from the sub-region come in numbers for this now unmissable event.

The final show, serving as the closing ceremony of this six-day festival, took the form of a fashion show signed Oyemi Fashion. On stage, carefully crafted traditional outfits mixed colors and customs from the Abomey and Yoruba plateau, all punctuated by the sounds of drums. An original initiative of Magani Dossa Homekybrilliantly produced in collaboration with the talented Bacus Sohaya, Chicmir and Antonio Alvareswhich marked the epilogue of the event.

This beautiful festival will be remembered in the annals, a week of celebration of the arts with 240 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors. I am happy, my team and I, to have really seen this fusion between all the arts: music, fashion, cinema, plastic arts, literature and even gastronomy or even the influence “, welcomes Ulrich Adjovicultural entrepreneur and festival promoter.

Several personalities were honored during this event, including actress Florisse Adjanohoun, actress Carole Lokossou, and dancer Stanislas Degboe. Musician Vincent Ahéhéhinnou of the Poly Rythmo orchestra, fashion designer Didier Fabrice Mensah, visual artist Dominique Zinkpè and writer Habib Dakpogan also received distinctions for their contribution to the arts.

Influence art

The big innovation this year was the spotlight on “influence art”, a concept developed by the festival promoter, Ulrich Adjovi, to promote young influencers and “demonstrate their role in artistic and cultural development”. “It is an important tool without which it will be difficult for an artist to sell,” underlined Mr. Adjovi, adding that these influencers “are also creators who create modern things“.

In the category of influential art, the list recognized several digital talents. In the lead, the influencer Elect who won first prize with a check for 500,000 CFA francs. It is followed by Rico Dollar, while President Djagoun closes the leading trio. The evening was also an opportunity to salute the work ofAxel Merryl, voted super influencer of the year. Among the other winners, we find Ferdinand, alias Oyono, awarded in the “Creative art” category, Eden Food in the “Business” category, Mangara de Sall for “Golden influence”, Alain Kenneth in “Trend influence” and Cornex Edon , awarded in the “Music influencer” category.

200,000 visitors

FInAB, according to Mr. Adjovi, is an essential platform for Beninese artists, who often cannot make a living from their works due to lack of an adequate market. “Without a market, you cannot sell“, he insisted, calling for the creation of a more solid market for the arts. An aspiration to which the Tokp’art market, a market for the arts and exhibition.

This edition not only attracted local actors and neighbors from the sub-region, but also brought together more than 200,000 visitors, as Ulrich Adjovi highlighted. This year the event also welcomed notable figures from the world of music and festivals. Among them, Brahim El Maznel, Moroccan and promoter of Visa for Music in Morocco, Alif Nabar, Burkinabé and head of the Rencontres Musicales Africaines (REMA), as well as Didier Awadi, musical artist. Also present were Mohamed Doumbia, cultural engineer and Executive Director of the African Culture Fund (ACF), as well as Osseynou Wade, visual artist and expert in contemporary art. Everyone delighted by this cultural celebration!

The FInAB, which promises to return in 2025 for an even more intense third edition, will continue “to forge links between artists and market professionals, and to strengthen its position as a key part of the cultural calendar of the sub-region”, indicated the organizers.

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