In keeping with Lyon's humanist tradition, the Dance Biennale Défilé has since 1996 been a focal point for people to unite in a sharing, community-minded atmosphere, and to celebrate amateur practices in their most noble aspect: artistic quality serving social inclusion. Some 4,000 amateur participants aged 10 to 80, from nearly 600 municipalities across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, have been preparing for several months to create their parade.
For this exceptional edition, in close conjunction with the Africa2020 Season, we asked each of the 12 teams to host one or more African artists in local residence, and build collaborations. The participants were thus able to experiment with cultural dialogue in tangible terms, to invent a festival of blended imaginative realms. Around 30 creators from 10 African countries – from the visual and circus arts, music, song, dance and fashion – have jointly devised the Africa2020 Défilé with artists from the region!
Two emblematic honorary patrons
The parade's 250,000 spectators will have the great pleasure of being joined by two emblematic honorary patrons: Fatoumata Diawara, the celebrated Malian singer, and Germaine Acogny, the "mother" of contemporary African dance.