Esperanzah! takes place during all the first weekend of August. Esperanzah! is an invitation to dance, to dream, for people of all colours to come together with open minds, in the unique, prestigious setting of the Abbey of Floreffe, near Namur in Belgium. It’s a three-day long party featuring artists and creators loyal to their musical roots, from all four corners of the planet. The programme fuses African, Latin American, Eastern European and local roots music, and is the fruit of a concerted effort to bring current music back to its roots in traditional instruments and rhythms. Esperanzah! made also the nice part in all artistic expressions by receiving companies, musical, theatric or purely visual shows of big qualities. Esperanzah! is also a friendly place to wander between the “Place aux Possibles”, the cinema festival, works of art, a kids’ village, craftsmen and world restaurants, free water, a fair trade cocktail bar, 24-hour Radio Esperanzah!… two camping sites. Since its creation, the festival tries to refine his organization towards a coherent approach of global respect. Our objective is to deepen the raising awareness of our public around responsible initiatives, citizens and of sustainable development for whom we already put concrete choices and it, according to 5 axes: cultural, environmental, social, economic, but also by putting it in connection with the north-south problems and a mobilization of the public in favour of a more just and fairer world. Our actions invite the public to put concrete acts and encourage them to pursue them in their everyday life. From Africa, we’ve hosted : Les Ambassadeurs (Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Amadou Bagayoko), AfroCubism, Habib Koité, Ray Lema, Desert Rebel, Salif Keita, Zao, Mamani Keita & Nicolas Repac, Seyni & Yéliba, Vieux Farka Toure, Rokia Traoré, Victor Démé, Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba, Souad Massi, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Fredy Massamba, Dobet Gnahoré, Sana Bob, Christine Salem, Mayra Andrade, Jupiter & Okwess International, Staff Benda Bilili, Bonga, Emel Mathlouthi, Takana Zion & Manjul, SMOD, Getatchew Mekuria, Sally Nyolo, Gangbe Brass Band, etc.


BEFloreffe, Belgium
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Jean-Yves Laffineur

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