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The Role of Art in Reducing Poverty

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Drawing on his experience of working at the Théâtre de la Fraternité, Jean-Pierre Daogo GuinganéBurkina Faso writes about the impact that shows and plays can have in African villages. He points out that, in Africa, the artist places himself not above the community but at its service. Art is neither above nor outside our existence: it is life itself. Indeed, drama is an important tool for communication and social intervention. When people come together for a celebration, it opens up opportunities to talk about a variety of topics, including controversial ones such as excision, and therefore leads to an important time of sharing. When asked about the impact of art on society, Jean-Pierre Daogo Guingané suggests that we should build a bridge between art and the issues of economical and social development.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2010

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