24/11/2016

The Federation of African Associations in the Canary Islands opens the conference “Understanding Africa” in Casa África

Photograph of the inauguration this morning in Casa África.

Photograph of the inauguration this morning in Casa África.

At 10am today in Casa África, the Federation of African Associations in the Canary Islands (FAAC) opened the Cultural and Gastronomic conference “Understanding Africa”. This is an initiative that commemorates the FAAC’s anniversary. The first two days, Thursday and Friday, will take place in Casa África in the form of lectures on different aspects of the African experience, from colonisation to food sovereignty, conflicts, the mental health of young migrants or pan-Africanism. The conference was opened by the general secretary of Casa África, Arianne Hernández, accompanied by the Minister of Institutional Cooperation and International Solidarity of the Island Council of Gran Canaria, Carmelo Ramírez, and the president of the FAAC, Luc André Diouf.

The speakers who will participate in the conference tomorrow and on Friday are the lawyer and diplomat from Equatorial Guinea Francisco Javier Ela Abeme, the Ivory Coast historian and journalist Jean-Arsène Yao, the UN expert on Food and Agriculture José Esquinas, the Ivory Coast professor and researcher Boga Sako Gervais, the psychologist Emilia Oma Bondjale, the Senegalese activist Diebel Seck and the surgeon and holder of the Canary Islands Solidarity Award Luis López. The celebration will culminate on Saturday at the Edificio Miller, with a gastronomic festival with music and workshops, to be held between 1pm and 3am. This will include a gastronomic area with represention from ten countries, a percussion workshop, the presentation of an awareness project, music, dancing, and a culture and fashion show.

 

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