Djarama is a humanist and innovative association created in 2005 by Patricia Gomis, accompanied by her family, artists and cultural actors. One of its objectives is to allow the peripheral population, especially the most disadvantaged, to have access to culture, and to develop social and political awareness, through different programmes. Another objective is to promote value-conscious and environmentally friendly youth. For and with the community, it works to establish an autonomous, sustainable model of life, respectful of all its members: gender equality, empowerment of women, financial/food autonomy (organic agriculture)/energy autonomy (renewable), personal development. The Pôle culturel Djaram’arts is a unique art centre in Senegal, with a 150-seat theatre, located in the middle of the bush south of Dakar, in Ndayane, a commune on the coast of Senegal’s “petite côte”. A place for creation, dissemination and artistic research, it is also a space for training in the fields of theatre, puppetry and circus arts. It includes a resource and documentation centre on theatre and puppetry, as well as a reception and accommodation area for artists. The infrastructure (theatre, private homes, artists’ residences, etc.) is built partly with local materials, the architecture is inspired by Sahelian constructions and is perfectly integrated into the natural environment. In collaboration with international institutions, such as ESNAM (Ecole supérieure des arts de la marionnette) and the Tas de Sables CPV (centre de la marionnette en Picardie) as well as various artists, the Djarama association offers professional artistic training.

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