The third edition of the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, under the theme of the African Renaissance, is underway in Dakar, Senegal, December 10 to 31, 2010. The first edition of the Festival, the brainchild of President Léopold Sédar Senghor, was held in Dakar in 1966. In 1977, a second Festival was hosted by Nigeria. In the words of the press release: "The 2010 Festival conveys a new vision of Africa as free, proud, creative, and optimistic. With Brazil as the guest of honor because of its history as a country rich with artistic cross-pollination and cultural diversity, the Festival will emphasize dialogue between peoples and cultures."
The programming unites African artists with those of the great African diaspora (the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia) in a spirit of dialogue and openness. Renowned intellectuals and researchers will take part in a forum to discuss and explore the theme of the African Renaissance and black people's contribution to world civilization.
Ambitious projects are programmed in every discipline where the black peoples have made their mark. Some highlights include arts and crafts exhibitions (the arts of Africa, plastic arts, photography, design, traditional arts), concerts featuring great musicians, an exhibition on the history of black music, concerts and exhibitions highlighting the new urban cultures (rap, graffiti), fashion shows, and a book fair showcasing literary works.