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MASA 2003


This edition was first scheduled from March 1 to 8, 2003. But because of the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, the sixth edition was postponed from august 30 to September 6, 2003 to give more time to groups and professionals for preparations. 34 groups in music, dance and theater representing 360 artists coming from 20 African countries participated to that edition.

271 professionals including 120 journalists and 19 observers and 132 journalists from over the world attended the event.

Members of IAC (International Artistic Committee)

–  Alain PARE ; CEO of CINARS, Canada

–  Ambroise M’BIA ; President of RETIC, Cameroun

–  Bienvenu NEBA ; Comedian/producer, Professor of theater , Côte d’Ivoire

–  Christian MOUSSET ; Director, Festival Musiques Métisses, France

–  Daniel CUXAC ; Director DC productions, CounselorTransac, Côte d’Ivoire

–  Ezzeddine GANNOUN ; Producer, Espace Culturel El Hamra,Tunisia

–  Jean Pierre GUINGANE ; Director of FITMO, Burkina Faso

–  Michel FAURE ; Stage manager, Producer, Théâtre de la Parfumerie, Suwitzerland

–  Oma HUNTER ; Producer/ Artistic Director, Audience Awarences Artistic Organisation, Ghana

–  Patrick PRINTZ ; Director, Wallonie Bruxelles Musiques, Belgium

–  Peter TLADI ; CEO, T.musicman CC, South Africa

–  Sue Jane POWELL; Tumbuka Dance Company Manager, Zimbabwé

–  Zab MABOUNGOU ; Artistic Director, cercle d’expression artistique Nyata -Nyata, Canada.



The professional meetings of the sixth edition were divided into two parts:

Colloquiums and workshops.

Two themes were developed during the colloquiums

-“Performances in theater, dance, and music and training of the audience.”

What is the target audience? In the process of creation, do artists have their audience in mind? Is it necessary to organize Festivals while there is no public to attend the performances? Does the audience need training? Who is in charge of training the audience?

All these questions were addressed during this session

-“brocasting of theater, dance and music performances in Africa: example with festivals”.

Do festivals play their role of broadcasters ? what opportunities are given to artistic groups to perform at different venues during the same Festival? What working conditions are offered to groups?

Three workshops were also organized during the professional meetings. Two were organized on cultural diversity and rights of the artists and one on technical issues.

cultural diversity and globalization

the rights of performers-comedians, musicians and dancers.

During two days, experts of ADAMI, Ms.Catherine Aldema and Mr.Michel Joubert discussed the social rights and intellectual rights of the performers at the Palais de la Culture of Abidjan.

-the technical workshop on theater, dance and music

“Training and information”. These workshops were organized on Thursday September 4 and Friday September, 5 2003. The workshop gave the opportunities to experienced performers to develop a technical theme of their categories in order to create discussions with younger artists about their experience.



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