The 'Festival Africain d'Images' (FAIVA) is an international festival for visual arts in Mali that will be organised by Centre Soleil for the third time. The 2012 edition differs from its predecessors in the sense that it now will be a traveling festival. The intention of Centre Soleil is to reach out to other areas of the country, thus differentiating and expand the audiences. To this end, the festival, apart from Bamako, will be held in Kayes, Suikasso and Segou, and eacht time local artists will be invited to participate in debates and workshops and to exhibit their work.
Organized by Soleil d’Afrique in association with Balani’s, the African Festival for Virtual Art (FAIVA) is a meeting point and an opportunity for dialogue amongst artists and art experts. The last edition of the event brought together around thirty video-artists coming from ten African and Scandinavian countries. There were touring video-screenings, conferences, debates and introductory workshops to video art and multimedia.
These activities ran along musical performances by artists Baba Salah, Souleymane Diallo, Fousseyni Fakoly Doumbia and the Benin dance group Kpodji.
During three weeks, public spaces in Bamako like the Tour d’Afrique and the Carrefour de jeunes were packed with public, which now found access to this new artistic form.
The Malinese audience discovered that the new media art is an artistic expression which also needs their support.