Togo launches a project to preserve dying traditional dances

Wednesday, 15 November 2023 11:06
Togo launches a project to preserve dying traditional dances

(Togo First) - The Ministry of tourism and culture of Togo launched last week a project to preserve and promote the country’s endogenous dances, which are on the verge of extinction. The UNESCO-funded project will be steered by Association Culture-Développement (CULT-DEV). 

The project will take place in several phases, including the identification, preservation, valorization, and promotion of dances across the various communities covered. Dances identified will be classified by category, with descriptions of their performance techniques, music, rhythms and context. Their social, spiritual, symbolic and secular roles within the various communities will also be highlighted.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the project results from the general inventory of intangible cultural heritage carried out in 2011, which recorded the disappearance of 75 dances. Earlier, surveys carried out in 1982 deplored the disappearance of 132 dances and associated practices.

For this project, around 40 agents will be trained and deployed in the field for data collection, monitoring and evaluation, and data processing before the directories are drawn up.

Esaïe Edoh

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