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Canada Takes Centre Stage at MASA

As guest country at the Marché des Arts du Spectacle d’Abidjan (Abidjan Performing Arts Market) in 2020, Canada will present theatre, dance, storytelling, music, puppetry, street arts, and poetry on the stages and streets of Ivory Coast’s largest city.

Canada’s invitation to MASA is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate pluralism, diversity of cultural expression, and the ties between Africa and its diaspora. It is also a remarkable opportunity to develop renewed artistic dialogue between Canada and West Africa and across the continent.

Canada in Abidjan

In 2020, Canada is the guest country at the Marché des Arts du Spectacle d’Abidjan (MASA) / Abidjan Performing Arts Market in Ivory Coast. MASA is Africa’s largest performing arts market. Taking place every two years, it brings together artists from Africa and elsewhere in the world. From March 7 to 14, the festival is showcasing Canada’s vibrant and diverse arts sector on the stages and streets of Abidjan.

The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to fund and coordinate Canada’s participation as guest country for MASA 2020 in collaboration with its partners, Global Affairs Canada and the Québec Government Office in Abidjan.

With its international commitment, the Council is raising the profile of Canadian artists and arts organizations, making sure they have the opportunity to share the best of the arts created in Canada with global audiences. 

At a glance: Canada’s presence at the MASA 2020

Canadian programming will be announced shortly.