Village des Arts, Dakar


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Village des Arts, Senegal

Our tour around Dakar could not be completed without a visit to its famous art complex, Village des Arts, where some of Senegal's most promising and established photographers, painters and sculptors created, shaped and displayed their works in a large garden space. The Village des Arts was a mini gated village dedicated to all artistic things. It comprised artist’s ateliers and an art gallery which represented the best of Senegalese traditional and modern art, sculpture and art installations. 


Village des Arts, Dakar
The village had a sleepy vibe, however, behind the rows of workshop doors, talented artists were hard at work experimenting with colours and materials, and getting finished products ready. We could visit several art studios (always polite to knock first) and engaged the artist to find out what his/her work is all about. If you are convinced and find the right price, you may also make a purchase on the spot! Ask before photographing because not all of them are happy to be captured. We bought nothing because as we had our departure that day in the evening, we already have purchased our souvenirs and our bags were already full and packed. Pity, we couldn't buy because that was a great place to buy interesting artworks, they had things which were different from the usual ones sold by the vendors out around Senegal. The creations that we found at the Village des Arts span many genres, subject matters and mediums of expression; however, the work is also unmistakably African. 


Village des Arts, Senegal

The artists of the village were mostly from Senegal, but some came from neighbouring African countries and Europe as well. The village artists were normally actively involved in the Dakar art biennale, Dak’Art. 


Village des Arts, Senegal

The village was located just opposite Dakar’s main stadium and we could reach the place with the local bus (I think bus number 61) called Dakar Dem Dikk, those busses were comfortable same like here in Europe and they were in a pretty good condition. We spent only 300 Cfa, € 0.46. So, no need of catching a taxi if you are already in Dakar because it had a perfect bus network. The problem is no one will help you out with the bus directions, hotel staff neither, so you have to manage it with the natives around. I hope you are good enough in French; we were not, not even a single word!!! We had a good offline map application on our cell phone which helped us a lot to find out the correct bus stop and where to get off. There were several connections around the capital and the fares cost between 100 cfa and 300 Cfa, ( €0.15-€ 0.46). They're quite reliable and only crammed full during rush hours. After all day around, we returned back to the hotel for a good shower before leaving to the airport. 

Village des Arts, Senegal

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