5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 Fév 2014
Ségou - Mali

FOUNDATION FESTIVAL ON THE NIGER

La Fondation Festival sur le Niger est une organisation culturelle qui travaille pour le développement de la culture à travers deux programmes phares: Le Festival sur le Niger et le Centre Culturel Kôrè.

ABOUT US

Meet the team behind the Festival sur le Niger

THE KÔRÈ CULTURAL CENTER

The Centre Culturel Kôrè is dedicated to the development of arts and culture, research and artistic production in Ségou. The Center is open for everyone: artists and cultural actors in Mali and elsewhere seeking to expand their work.

CONTACT

SÉGOU, MALI

SEGOU Ségou Segou, land of history and culture. Segou is the prestigious capital of the ancient Bambara kingdom in the heart of West Africa on the banks of the River Niger.

TICKETS

Foreign visitors need to check the latest travel advise of their respective government and check recent security information.

Mali

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THE REPUBLIC OF MALI is a country in West Africa bordered by Mauritania and Algeria to the north, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire to the south, Guinea to the southwest and Senegal to the west..

CAPITAL: Bamako
AREA: 1.241.238 km2 
POPULATION: 15.006.354 habitants 
LANGUAGES OF MALI: The official language is French but Bambara is spoken by 80% of the population. 9 languages are declared national languages : Bambara, Fulani, Dogon, Soninke, Songhai, Tamashek, Senufo, bozo, Bomu.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS IN MALI:

  • Valid passport .
  • Visa required for all except nationals of ECOWAS.

Visas can be extended in Bamako at the Directorate General of National Police.

Those who enter by land from Senegal, Mauritania and Burkina Faso can obtain their visa at the border at a cost of 15 000 FCFA (25 €) for entry valid for 3 months.

 

RELIGIONS: Islam: 80%, Christian religions: 18%, animism: 2%

SCHEDULE: G.M.T

CURRENCY: The official currency of Mali is the CFA franc. The exchange rate is1 euro for 650 FCFA

ELECTRICITY: 220 Volts, 50Hz

TELEPHONE, FAX: International Country Code : 00 223

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATIVE HOURS IN MALI

In general business hours are between 7:30 and 14:30. Some stores stay open at night. On Friday, offices are open until 12:30.


 

USEFUL ADDRESSES 

Useful addresses in France: 

• Embassy of Mali 89, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris. Metro: Saint-Placide. Tel. : 01-45-48-58-43. Open Monday to Friday from 9h to 13h and 14h to 17h.

• Consulate of Mali 64, rue Pelleport, 75020 Paris. Metro: Pelleport. Tel.: 01-48-07-85-85. Open Monday to Friday from 9h to 13h and 14h to 17h.

For visas, file applications on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 12.30pm; withdrawal Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 12.30pm.

Consulats honoraires à Bordeaux, Lyon et Marseille.

Belgium :

  • Embassy of Mali: Avenue Molière, 487, 1050 Brussels. Tel: 02-345-74-32. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm..

Switerland: 
Provide 100 SF for a visa valid for 3 months

  • Consulate of Mali Honorary Consul, St Jakobsstrasse, 30, PO Box, 4002 Basel. Tel. : 061-295-38-88. By appointment. 

  • Permanent Mission of Mali ICC Building (1st floor), Road Prébois, 20, PO Box 1814, 1215 Geneva 15. Tel.: 022-710-09-60.

 

In Canada: 
CA $ 100 visa (1 month, 1 entry) 500 CA $ (12 months).

  • Embassy of Mali 
    50 Ave. Goulburn, 
    Ottawa, Ontario K1N-8C8. 
    Tel.: (1) 613-232-15-01

 

In The United States:

$131 visa fee; accompanied by 2 completed application forms, 2 recent passport sized photographs, and a copy of yellow fever vaccination certificate.

  • Embassy of Mali 
    2130 R Street, NW 
    Washington, D.C. 
    20008 
    Tel: 1 (202) 332-2249 
    Website: http://www.maliembassy.us/ 
  • Permanent Mission of Mali to the United Nations 
    111 East 69th Street 
    New York, NY 10021-5004 U.S.A. 
    Tel: 1 (212) 737-4150 
    Website: http://www.mali-un.org

For a complete listing of Malian embassies and consulates around the world, click here: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/mali

 

Custom Formalities

Les voitures peuvent être importées temporairement en franchise de tous droits et taxes, sous couvert d'un triptyque ou d'un carnet de passage de douane.

A traveler may import clothes and personal effects without payment of duties or taxes, limited to: two cameras of different types or format, a video or film camera, personal jewelry, a pair of binoculars, one portable musical instrument, a package of sporting and camping, cigarettes, cigars and tobacco in normal amounts, souvenirs in reasonable quantities.

 

HEALTH REGULATIONS

Required vaccination for entry in Mali

  • Yellow Fever (vaccination must be given at least one week prior to entry).

Recommended additional precautions:

  • Cholera and Typhus vaccinations.
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Recommended vaccinations for travel in the bush: Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis


HEALTH

Take precautions for malaria and yellow fever.

It is also recommended to take precautions against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and tetanus.

The water is not always treated, this is why we recommend that travelers always drink bottled mineral water.

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PHOTO - VIDEO - FIlM

Photography is allowed everywhere except military zones, airports, and the Presidential Palace.

Do not photograph or film individuals without their consent.

 

 

CLIMAT

The best seasons for visiting Mali are from November to March (the cool season) and July to October (the wet season).

• Rainy season: June to September / October (in Bamako: 25 ° C) 
• cool and dry season: from October to February (25 ° C) 
• hot, dry season: from March to June (35 ° C)

It is recommended that visitors bring clothing suitable for tropical climates.

 

 

TRANSPORT

HOW TO GET TO MALI AIR TRANSPORT

The international airport is Bamako Senou. 15 km from Bamako city center (20 minutes).

The airport receives regular international flights. Several African and European air carriers have offices in Bamako.

Airlines flying to Mali:

• Royal Air Morocco 
• TAP-Air Portugal 
• Air Algeria 
• Aigle Azur 
• Air France 
• Brussels Airlines 
• Tunis Air 
• airline in Mali
• Ethiopian Airlines

BY ROAD

Internal bus services link the country south to north, and also allows connection to neighboring countries.

All road links are good and safe, except near the Algerian border, where the roads can be dangerous and risky.

Major Roads and Highways:

  • Sikasso-Bamako-Ouagadougou-Niamey: 1,426 km including 1,144 km of paved roads, 182 km of dirt roads.
  • Sikasso-Bamako-Abidjan Bouake: 1,184 km including 1,050 km of paved roads and 134 km of earth roads
  • Bamako-Segou-Koutiala-Bobo-Dioulasso: 610 km of paved roads
  • Bamako-Mopti-Gao-Niamey: 1,624 km including 1,302 km of paved roads and 322 km of earth roads.

The tracks are impassable during the rainy season.

RAIL NETWORK

A single lane railway links Dakar, Senegal to Koulikoro on the Niger through Kayes, Kita, Kati, Bamako. Overall length: 1,287 km including 641 km in Mali.

RIVER TRANSPORT 

The Niger River is navigable from Kouroussa (Guinea) to Bamako and Koulikoro (the terminus of the railroad) to Gao for 5 to 6 months of the year (the season of high water).

Malian Navigation Company (COMANAV) is responsible for the operation and management of river traffic on the Niger.

The Senegal River is navigable for three months of the year from Kayes to Saint-Louis (Senegal). Traffic remains low.

The Niger and Senegal have an average annual average flow of 46 billion and 10.3 billion m3 respectively betweenKoulikoro and Kayes.

The completion of the Manantali dam and other objectives of the OMVS are expected to contribute to the improvement of navigation on the Senegal and the increase of freight.

 

 

CLOTHING

Light, tropical-weight clothing, and comfortable shoes are recommended for travel in Mali.

Long sleeves, trousers, hats and light scarves are recommended. It’s always best to cover as much of the body as possible to avoid sunburn and mosquito bites.

It is very important to protect the head against the sun.

Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended.

 

 

COURIER

Mali provides the usual postal services to the world and vice versa. Allow two weeks for delivery to Europe and the Americas.

Express mail service is available at: Postadex-International.

DHL is also available in Mali.

There is telephone, telegraph and telex service available between the major regional towns and the capital, as well as efficient international connections.

 

SÉGOU

SEGOU Ségou Segou, land of history and culture. Segou is the prestigious capital of the ancient Bambara kingdom in the heart of West Africa on the banks of the River Niger.

The richness of its architecture, the charm of the river banks, its rich historical past and the natural warmth and courtesy of its inhabitants have made the city a major tourist destination in recent years, with good hotel facilities, restaurants and other attractive activities related to the river.

Ségou is now recognized as a cultural capital in Mali, with the following cultural initiatives:

• Festival on the Niger, 
• Festival of Masks and Puppets, 
• Artistic and Cultural Biennale of Mali, 
• Centers Ndomo,  la tapisserie Nyeleni, le Centre culturel Korè, l’Association des femmes artisanes en tissage traditionnel (AFATT), l’Atelier de bogolan « plume d’or » , Soroblé. 

With nearly 130,000 inhabitants, Segou has the cultural and infrastrucure advantages of a major city.

 

TRANSPORT IN SÉGOU

ARRIVAL BY PLANE

Ségou Bamako International Airport is located 230 km from Ségou, about 3 hours drive by car and 4 hours by bus or taxi.

BY ROAD

Roads linking major cities to Segou in Mali are tarred and in good condition.

For convenience and to avoid spending too much time waiting at bus stations, you can rent a car at the airport for the duration of your stay, with or with one of the many rental agencies present in Bamako , Segou or other major tourist cities.

From Segou, which is in the middle of main roads, all the tourist cities of Mali (Mopti, Djenné, Bandiagara, Timbuktu, etc..) Are easily accessible by bus. They leave regularly, but you should always plan for delays.

Comfort and punctuality of buses vary, depending on the carrier

Segou has 5 bus stations:

1. Somatra Balanzan 
Downtown, by the water tower, at the roundabout at the hospital. Coaches to Bamako, Mopti, Bandiagara, Sikasso and Bobo Dioulasso

2. Bittar Trans 
Closest to the city center, between the roundabout of the Hospital and the Stadium. Bittar is the company operating the largest number of connections to Bamako, but also in the direction of Sikasso, Mopti, Niono, and abroad: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Lome (Togo)

3. Nouvelle Gare (New Station) 
This new bus station includes many small companies:

    • Bani Transport: Coaches toward Bamako, Mopti, Gao and Bobo Dioulasso
    • Diarra Transport: Coaches toward Bamako,Koutiala -
    • Coulibaly Transport
    • SOGEBAF
    • GHANA Transport
    • STV

4. Binké 
Year 2000 Street - near the Commissioner, 2nd District Cars toward Bamako, Mopti, Gao, Koutiala, Cotonou (Benin), Niamey (Niger)

5. TSR (Burkinabe company) Independence Boulevard - before the roundabout at the hospital Cars toward Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao, Sikasso and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo)

BY THE RIVER NIGER

During and after the rainy season (from July until the January) the great boat runs between Koulikoro and Gao. It docks in Ségou every Wednesday morning. Information on the boat is available when it arrives. Opening hours and prices at the office of the Company: COMANAV, facing the pier, on the Festival site in Niger, near the Office of Tourist Guides.

CITY TRANSIT

    • Taxis: Taxis are generally found downtown and on paved roads. If you want to take a taxi, it is recommended to simply wait on the main roads and hail one as it passes. If staying in a hotel, the staff can usually help you organize a taxi or driver to fit your needs. Both city and hotel transport require a little patience. Negotiate the fare with the driver before riding in the car (there are no meters).
    • Duruni or Motorcycle taxis: they serve all major areas of the city on paved roads. This means of local transport is an inexpensive and picturesque alternative to traditional taxis.
    • Donkey carts :they are barely faster than a pedestrian, but if you're too tired or busy to walk, they can be a pleasant alternative. The carts are used primarily for transportation in the villages, but in Segou, the Guides Association and Piroguiers (the AGTPS) and travel agencies can organize a cart for you. Do not hesitate to call a young teamster on the road: they will take you where you want for a small fee. Make sure you make it understood where you want to go.
    • Canoe / Pinasse : lthe river crossing can be done by canoe with a canoe or public / tourist pinnace. The first option is not suitable for most tourists: the small boats lie close to the water and are shared with many people and also motorcycles or animals. It’s better to address the professional boatmen who have a boat more suited to tourist needs: they know the sights and can arrange a nice trip on the Niger River. Contact the hotel reception or with the Girl Guides Association.

 

SHOPPING

There are many small shops around the city, which can supply everyday items: toothpaste, soap, cans of sardines, cakes, candies. Some are busier with cabinets for cold milk, sugar and yogurt. They are located around the Main Market (near the Great Mosque).

Fruit sellers at the Grand Market and also near the Rond Point de l'Hopital.

Throughout the city there are small shops that offer such staples as pasta, toothpaste, coffee and milk powder, etc. Some have a more diverse selection, including cold drinks and yogurt.

 

 

POST and CYBERCAFÉS

The POST

The Post is located at the entrance of District Administration, by the road near the District Sokalakono Soroble Centre. One can send – and receive – packages here with no problem.

Les CYBERCAFES

  • Solution Informatique 
    Rue l'An 2000 
    Tel:  21 32 34 62 
  • High speed, Skype, printing service 
    Opening Hours: 8h00 – 18h00, 20h00 – 23h00 (Monday to Sunday)
    Tarifs: 500 F CFA / hour
  • Cybercafé « Sotelma» 
    RN6, Boulevard de l’Indépendance - près du Stade Municipal
    Tel :  21 32 12 01 
    High Speed, Skype 
    Opening Hours : 8h00 – 20h00 (lundi au jeudi) 8h00 – 12h00, 14h30 - 20h00 (friday) 9h00 – 20h00 (saturday-sunday) 
    Tarifs : normal : 1000 F CFA / hour, student: 500 F CFA / hour
  • Cybercafé « Clic – Multicommunications »
    Avenue des Jeunes - au Cinéma Méruba 
    Tel :  21 32 21 03 
    High speed, Skype 
    Opening hours: 8h00 – 00h00 
    Tarifs : 750 F CFA / hour
  • Cybercafé « Guintan » Locaux Radio Guintan – 
    Centre Commercial 
    Tel : 21 32 20 87  
    High speed internet
    Opening hours : 8h00 – 22h00 
    Tarifs : 750 F CFA / hour

Il existe d’autres cyber café pouvant vous fournir des services de qualité (connexion internet, travaux de secrétariat)

 

BANQUES

  • BDM 
    Shopping center between the Rond Point of the and the Police (close to the Stadium) 
    Tel :  21 32 03 28, 21 32 35 22
    Opening hours: 8h00 – 16h00 (monday-thursday) 8am – 12.30am (friday-saturday) 
    Withdrawal by Visa is possible (during opening hours of the bank - no DAB)
  • BNDA Road to Mopti
    Carrefour Markala 
    Opening hours : 8am – 4pm (Monday-Thursday) 8am – 12.30am (Friday-Saturday) 
    Tel : 21 32 01 32  BHM
  • Ancienne Jigiseme, 
    Close to the Rond Point de l’Hopital 
    Opening Hours : 8am – 4pm (monday-thursday) 8am – 12.30am (Friday-Saturday) 
    Tel :  21 32 23 10
  • BIM S.A. RN 6 
    Immeuble Yaya Anne 
    Opening Hours : 8am – 4pm (Monday-Thursday) 8am – 12.30 am (Friday-Sunday)
  • BHM SA :      
    Immeuble DIjiguisème Centre Commercial      
    8h-11h30 ; 13h15h      
    tel : 21 32 23 10
  • Banque Atlantique :          
    Darsalam Ségou          
    Lundi – Vendredi : 8h – 16h Samedi :9h-14h ;
    tel :  21 32 30 47
  • BCS:          
    Immeuble Amary Daou          
    7h30 – 12h30 ; 14h -16h
    Tel:           66 75 06 69
  • BMS SA:          
    Immeuble Sory Konandji          
    Lundi-Jeudi : 18h 12h30 ; 14h -15h30 Vendredi : 8h -13h30 ; Samedi : 9h-12h;
    tel:   21 32 34 12
  • BSIC :          
    Immeuble Beïdy Daou sur la RN6          
    8h- 13h ; 14h30 – 15h30,
    tel : 21 32 33 33
  • Western Union 
    Bureaux de WU à la BDM Generally banks including Segou have no currency exchange. Some hotels change Euros or U.S. Dollars in CFA.

 

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Before you leave, remember to update your vaccinations and ask your doctor about recommended vaccinations.

Only vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory in Mali and the International Book of immunization will be required to your entry into Malian territory.

Health services in Segou are not yet equipped with all modern means of diagnosis and care. However, we can trust the local doctors for common procedures. For more serious cases, it is recommended to go to the hospital in Bamako.

In an emergency there is the Regional Hospital with various specializations: it is able to handle the usual cases.

There are also many normally stocked pharmacies in the city.

Hôpital et Cabinets Médicaux 
Hôpital Nianankoro Fomba RN 6, 
Rond point de l’Hôpital (monument du grenier et de la biennale)
Tel : 232 20 051

Cabinets Médicaux 
Cabinet Médical Yida-Immeuble, 
Soumaïla Coulibaly RN 6, in front of the Hospital 
Tel : 21 32 03 14

Cabinet Santoro,               
Darsalam, Rue :258 ; Porte :680               
24h/24h
Tel :  21 32 17 67 /66-72-38-55

Pharmacies 

  • Officine Adam RN
    6, Rue des banques
    Tel : 232 20 643
  • Officine Rond Point RN
    6, Rond point de l’Hôpital
    Tel : 232 02 77
  • Officine Djema RN
    6, en face de l’Hôpital
    Tel : 232 00 28 Mobil : 67 245 08
  • Officine Amary Dao
    Rue l’An 2000, porte 2647
    Tel : 232 01 30
  • Paharmacie officine Balazan
    Avenue des jeunes près du marché Médine       
    7h 30 – 00h,
    tel : 21   32 17 67/ 66-72-38-55

There are several other pharmacies everywhere in town.

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THE POLICE

Malians are peaceful and honest.

Segou has the great privilege of being a quiet town with none of the usual urban problems: virtually no violent crime, no aggression, no flights.

You can stroll through the city at any time of day or night, and go everywhere in the city in safety. However, if you had to contact the police for any reason, you can find them here:

  • Commissariat 1er arrondissement, 
    in the  Quartier Commercial RN 
    6, near the City Stadium, near the Cyber de la SOTELMA
  • Commissariat 2ème arrondissement 
    Rue l’An 2000, near the Binké Gare Routière, 
    in front of thel’Hotel DUNANKE on the l’Avenue de l’An 2000 SEGOU
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Hotels and Restaurants in Ségou 

In Malian tradition, travelers were always welcomed into the family, they always reserved a place to sleep in the entry foyer, and had a seat at the family meal.

Known or unknown, the stranger was respected and cherished. The "hotel / restaurant" was therefore absent from the Malian tradition. But the tradition of hospitality was always here.

Inns, restaurants and bars all appeared during the colonial era, often opened by Lebanese immigrants, to meet the needs of western travelers.

In Ségou, as elsewhere, these have long been the only accommodation for Western travelers.

But Malian nationals have now taken over and created new institutions, reviving the ancient tradition of hospitality Mali.

Thus, for the last several years, Segou has significantly expanded its hotel portfolio and now offers a host of many and varied establishments, to suit all needs and budgets.

Major hotels also offer quality dining and catering.

Similarly, local Malian restaurants have been created: they showcase the products of local gastronomy.

Of course, the “Captain,” the famous “royal fish” of the Niger, is the star of the region’s cuisine, and can be eaten almost anywhere in Segou.

Mali’s traditional herding and cattle culture provides tasty, locally raised meats, especially beef. Enjoy filet skewers like nowhere else. But there are also fruits, millet in all its forms, and many delicious rice-based dishes. And if you like your food spicy, don’t forget to ask for the pimenton – the local hot sauce!

The Malian cuisine is still not widespread – for many visitors, its pleasures are yet to be discovered.

 

HOTELS ET MOTELS

  • HOTEL AUBERGE
  • HOTEL DELTA
  • HOTEL DJOLIBA
  • HOTEL DOUNANKE
  • HOTEL ESPLANADE
  • HOTEL FARO
  • HOTEL BAR RESTAURANT HAMBE
  • HOTEL INDEPENDANCE
  • HOTEL JACANA
  • HOTEL MIVERA
  • HOTEL MOBASO
  • HOTEL PIED DANS L'EAU
  • HOTEL RÉSIDENCE SÉGOU
  • MOTEL SAVANE
  • HOTEL SIKORO
  • HOTEL SOLEIL DE MINUIT
  • HOTEL TERYASO
  • HOTEL WAWA
  • HOTEL FANDA DONKO 



RESTAURANTS

  • RESTAURANT CHEZ AURLUS
  • RESTAURANT BALEL AGNE
  • RESTAURANT BAZOUMANA BA
  • RESTAURANT BIEN MANGER
  • RESTAURANT CAFÉ DES ARTS
  • RESTAURANT CANTINE DOUANE
  • ESPACE CULTUREL KORA
  • RESTAURANT LE BERGER
  • RESTAURANT LE NIGER (LE GOLFE)
  • RESTAURANT TANTI J'AI FAIM
  • RESTAURANT VATEL
  • RESTAURANT YAYA 

BAR-RESTAURANTS

  • BAR RESTAURANT AMITIÉ
  • BAR RESTAURANT CAYOR
  • BAR RESTAURANT CONFIANCE
  • BAR RESTAURANT FEU VERT
  • BAR RESTAURANT JAVA
  • BAR RESTAURANT LE BALAFON
  • BAR RESTAURANT LE MANGUIER
  • BAR RESTAURANT LE REFUGE
  • BAR RESTAURANT MAQUIS D’OR
  • BAR RESTAURANT NI KANU
  • BAR RESTAURANT PORTE BLEUE
  • BAR RESTAURANT ROSSIGNOL
  • BAR RESTAURANT SELECT
  • BAR RESTAURANT TERMINUS
  • BAR RESTAURANT TERYA
  • BAR RESTAURANT MAQUIS D’OR

 

VISITS

We selected the major tourist attractions, without which a visit to Segou cannot be called complete.

Our choices here are subjective: not that the other sites are irrelevant, but we fell that these sites will take you to the essence of Segou.

In Ségou:

Market Monday, all day in the center of Ségou: one of the most colorful and lively places in the city. It extends across the center of the city. Early in the morning, small carts pulled by donkeys converge from all the surrounding villages. Canoes also flock to the small port to land their passengers and leave immediately with new travelers and their trade. Around the big market throughout the day, a colorful crowd animates the city of with its wanderings and cries: merchants from the surrounding area sell all kinds of fruits, vegetables and handicrafts.

The cloth merchants: Fulani with their beautiful woven blankets, women with their traditional bogolans, bazin vendors or other printed fabrics. Everything is an excuse for color. Even the streetlife is colorful: the barker with his miracle cures, captivating the crowd with his patter, the inevitable three-card monte dealers, and the swirling crowds themselves are a living tapestry of Africa at its most vibrant.

Le village de Ségou Koro (we are translating this part) en bambara le Vieux Ségou), à 15 kilomètres du centre de Ségou: c’est sans doute l’implantation humaine la plus ancienne. C’est le village des Koulibaly, construit tout de banco rouge. Au hasard du lacis de ses ruelles étroites, vous découvrirez quelques splendeurs architecturales: la devanture (c’est ainsi qu’on dit ici) du vestibule de la famille Bah (on y teint de l’indigo), la mosquée de la Mère de Biton Coulibaly toute de terre noire celle-là, le 1er Vestibule de la Maison de Biton, juste à côté de sa tombe, et surtout, cette merveille de petite mosquée, toute rouge, avec ses œufs d’autruche pour couronner les piliers, blottie au bord du Niger sous un immense fromager. Il y a des moments privilégiés dans la vie: passer un long moment, assis au bord du fleuve, près de cette mosquée, en fait partie.

Les potières de Kalabougou: The making of Kalabougou: pottery, because it is an art of fire, is the privilege of the women of the blacksmith caste, who are considered masters of fire.

In the niamakalaw caste, next to the griots (the people of the word), blacksmiths play a prominent role in traditional Bambara society. They provide work tools (hoes, picks, etc.) and their wives, logically, manufacture the pottery clay used by other women in society.

Since ancient times the blacksmiths also had the monopoly of performing circumcisions on boys, while their wives Performed female circumcision (today it’s more common for Physicians to perform the operation on boys, and the practice is becoming increasingly rare for girls).

In traditional society, everything makes sense, and social roles and functions are strictly regulated. Kalagougou village is a village of blacksmiths and potters located right in front of Segou, “on the other side, behind the river”, as they say here. Here potters manufacture the simple, utilitarian pottery that sees daily use all over the region.

All of it is glazed by hand, using a coiling technique with no wheel. This technique is ancestral, and unchanged since the earliest times. These ancient, artisanal methods lend a rustic charm of Kalabougou’s pottery.

The village is accessible only by canoe: offering a great opportunity to ride on the Niger River, travelling downriver between islands of untouched flora and fauna, especially birds.

The colonial architecture of the Administrative District: from colonial times, Segou has retained a set of quite remarkable buildings, all built in the neo-Sudanese style, It is one of the most important and the coherent groupings of this style in West Africa, demonstrating the colonial administrator’s admiration for the beauty and practicality of the local vernacular architecture.

Adapted to the needs of administration and local services, including those of the Office du Niger, Segou’s architecturally significant buildings are located in the same area, and easily accessible.

Between planted rows of cailcédrats, the colonial tree par excellence, you will have the opportunity to discover all the different buildings, all united in a cohesive "architectural statement" – including even the most modest buildings.

The Centre Culturel Kôrè is dedicated to the development of arts and culture, research and artistic production in Ségou. The Center is open for everyone: artists and cultural actors in Mali and elsewhere seeking to expand their work.

Located at the entrance to the city of Ségou, coming from Bamako, the CCK has 4 buildings made up of red mud, built in a beautiful Sudano -Sahelian architectural style:

• A common room 
• A showroom / museum, 
• A recording studio that features the latest technologies 
• A multipurpose room that can facilitate exhibitions, lectures, performances.

See more on: www.koresegou.com

The Ndomo: creating bogolans conservatory and natural dyes of Pelengana (out of town towards Mopti). The Ndomo presents his entire collection of contemporary bogolans.

The Village Festival sur le Niger: located in the administrative area, on the river. This is both an art space and a hosting place for artists residencies.

The Village Festival on the Niger is intended as a space for the promotion of contemporary art in Mali.
It is located in a unique setting overlooking the Niger and built in an authentic Sudano-Sahelian architecture.

Bajidala Space, Contemporary Art Centre is situated in Segou Koura, on the river: it is both an exhibition space and also space for hosting artists in residence.

In addition to the artists who come to work punctually at Bajidala (they find an environment conducive to creativity, with workshops), Bajidala space also organizes thematic residencies, presenting artists from various countries and various disciplines.

Bajidala space is intended to promote contemporary art in Mali. It is located on a stunning site overlooking the Niger and is also housed in a building built in the vernacular red mud style of architecture, redesigned for contemporary use.

Apart from special exhibitions, it presents a collection of works of African painters and sculptors, and his collection of Sogow (puppets).

FURTHER:

The Markala Dam and the irrigated area of the Niger: In 1920 the colonial engineer Bélime dreamed of this great project: a dam that would irrigate all the Inner Niger Delta, and that would transform this arid zone into an area of great agricultural production.

This vast project was completed in 1947 with the building of the Markala dam, under the auspices of The Office of Niger.

After independence, agricultural production was redirected toward cotton and rice to better meet the needs of the population. But the conquest of inland delta is not over: huge areas are still under development near Macina and Jabali (North Niono).

Le barrage de Markala The Markala dam is spectacular: it allows for the raising the flow of water from the river by a few meters to provide direct water to irrigate areas. The entire irrigation network works by gravity alone, watering hundreds of thousands of hectares of land and providing the lifeblood of local agriculture. This is Tourism of a technical interest.

La Mosquée de Niono: Niono Mosque: Mosque of the Thousand Columns.

The construction of this mosque is recent: MB is a colonial-era city. Indeed, for the sparsely populated, newly irrigated areas of the Niger region, it was necessary to bring people from neighboring regions and countries; mostly from the former Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso).

Growth of the city of MB is largely related to the needs of workers in the Niger Office. That is why this mosque is very recent: 1956! Yet it was built to be a grand building, with rows of columns and arches worthy of the great Mosque of Cordoba! This building was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Also worth noticing on the trip to Niono, in the villages on the route there are wonderful small mosques of traditional earthen construction, proof of the sustainability, durability and environmentally friendly nature of this age-old building method.

 

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Il faut aller voir aussi les belles poteries vernissées des potières de Farako, qui installent leur production sur la berge.

Les tisserands sont installés un peu partout dans la ville, avec des métiers de petite largeur: ils travaillent avec les fils de la Comatex, somptueusement teints, pour fabriquer des couvertures aux couleurs vives.

Toujours dans le textile, la Tapisserie Nieleni tisse des tapis de laine depuis plus de 85 ans: ils ornent les sols des Batiments officiels à Bamako ou de riches personnalités.

C’est un tapis qualifié par les professionnels comme l’un des meilleurs tapis de laine qui soit.

D’autres fabricants de bogolans sont dans la ville.A noter: le Centre Sinenjisigi à Ségou Koura présente des bogolans traditionnels dans un espace « historique » : la reproduction de la maison du fameux griot Sountoukou, telle qu’elle existait à Ségou en 1862.

Et aussi le Centre Soroble au bord du fleuve.

Dans la rue de l’Auberge, qui mène au fleuve, nombre d’artisans présentent leur travail : sculpteurs sur bois, maroquiniers, travail du cuir par des touaregs, ….

Des revendeurs présentent aussi des masques, des tissus, des chaussures, des colliers, des panneaux décoratifs.

Un peu de patience, et beaucoup de palabres, pour faire de vous l’heureux détenteur d’un objet rare et original.

Galeries d’art
Le Kore a été construit sur le Quai des Arts pour y recevoir les expositions d’art à l’occasion du Festival sur le Niger.

Le reste de l’année, des expositions ponctuelles d’artistes maliens y sont organisées, notamment par le Collectif des Artistes de Ségou. D’autres galeries d’art exposent ponctuellement près de l’Auberge.

Mention particulière à la Galerie Kasobane, qui, la première, a osé réutiliser le banco rouge dans sa décoration : son audace a été suivie par bien d’autres. Elle y présente un artisanat d’art de grande qualité. 

 

Accomodation

Family Homestay Accommodations In Segou:

The Festival Sur le Niger is proud to offer its guests a unique homestay experience with a local family, offering a total immersion in local life and a true encounter with daily life in Seqou.

We have compiled a list of volunteer families who wish to host festival guests. You will stay and live with them in their house, in very simple conditions but assured cleanliness (verified by our staff).

Simply bring a mosquito net, bed sheets and towels, the family will do the rest. 

PRICE: 3500 FCFA (5.35 euros) per night (breakfast included)


Dormitory Accomodation

At the Stade de Ségou we offer simple, air-conditioned rooms equipped with mattresses and outhouses.

Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bags, mosquito nets and towels.You can book a place through the booking page of the festival site.

PRICES: 
• A double room with costs 8,000 FCFA per night. 
• In one of the dorms (10 to 40 beds), a place costs 2000 FCFA per night. (1 Euro = 655 FCFA)

 

RIVERBOAT ACCOMODATIONS

We also offer an experience unique to the Festival Sur le Niger: cabins on a riverboat moored just 200 meters from the festival’s main stage on the Niger River.

PRICES:
• Deluxe Cabin: 20,000 FCFA per night for a double bed (double) or 25,000 CFA per night for two single beds. 
• First Class: 10,000 FCFA per night for a bed (two beds in each room) 
• Second Class: 7500 FCFA per night for a bed (several beds per room) 
• Third class: FCFA 5,000 a night for a bed (several beds per room)

 

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS

Segou has many fine small hotels to choose from. Though most are not well-known outside of Segou, all offer safe, clean and decent rooms. Apart from these hotels, there are also collective structures that can accommodate many people.

In the table below you find the numbers to call to book a room. (Mali’s Country Code is 223, and schedules are listed in Greenwich Mean Time).

Hôtel Tondjon
Tél: 21 32 27 75
Cell: 76 17 02 99 
Contact: Madani Diarra
Contact hours: 8am to 12am, 6pm to 12pm

Hôtel Mivera 
Tél: 21 32 03 31 
Cell: 76 04 03 61 
Contact: Abdoulaye Traoré
Contact hours: 7am to 12am, 6pm to 10pm

Hôtel Dounanké 
Tél: 21 32 30 19 
Cell: 66 98 24 07 
Contact: François Dembelé
Contact hours: 8am to 10 pm

 

Other Accomodations

Mission catholique
Several rooms, som with own bathroom. 
Tél: 23 20 41 7 
Cell: 66 74 88 57 
Contact: George Samaké 
Contact hours: 8am to 4pm

Campus de l'école Cerfitex/Esitex
Rooms with air conditioning, single and twins room, bathroom in the hallways 
Email: direction@cerfitex.edu.ml •cerfitex@yahoo.fr
Tél: 21 32 04 93 
Cell: 76 38 71 35 
Contact: Simon Koita 
Horaires de contact: 8h à16h

 

En cas de problème, n'hésitez pas à nous écrire sur :info@festivalsegou.org