Village des Arts, Dakar

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Get an overview of Senegalese arts at Village des Arts, an arts village and market close to the airport. With 52 workshops and 300 sq m (3,229 sq ft) of gallery space, the village showcases artists working in all media: painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video arts, and installation arts. Check out the year-round exhibits, which attract gallery owners, curators, art dealers, students, and journalists, as well as curious members of the public. You can purchase art pieces and handicrafts from the stands outside workshops. The village regularly hosts conferences, seminars, film screenings, cultural evenings, concerts, and contemporary music events, and has an onsite restaurant and bar. For Village des Arts and beyond, use our Dakar trip itinerary maker tool to get the most from your Dakar vacation.
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  • I really love art so it was cool to see. It was empty on a Saturday and the locals said it is most lively during the week.  more »
  • Varying levels of craftsmanship but with a little diligence you can find some really amazing artists and art.  more »
  • Oh this is a must see! I enjoyed it immensely and the tour was much better than going to African markets.  more »
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  • Get a guide. Schedule your visit. Visit resident artists in their studios. Where even the outside common space is reflecting the artist's creativity. FYI - these are world class artists! Also, see Village Des Arts Gallery. Also in the village.
  • Worth visiting. Good insights into Senegalese art culture. Some of the pieces are beautiful. I was hoping to see the work of Senegalese female painters. There weren’t any.
  • Interesting concept, featuring many small local ateliers that you can visit. Rather small and not very well treated.
  • Interesting arts complex; worth visiting
  • Hidden gem of Dakar 😍 Village of Arts is a small community built by Senegalese artists in Dakar. 👩🏿‍🎨🏘👨🏿‍🎨 I just decided to explore this secluded area and couldn't believe my eyes. 🎨 Every artists has his/her own small studio and some of them live there. I was welcome very warmly and was offered coffee many times. These artists are actually geniuses and their works are priceless.🗿 Especially the works of @lassana.gassama blew my mind! 👨🏿‍🎨🖼 I had unforgettable time chatting and exchanging words with these hospitable artists. This hidden gem is in a remote place in Dakar and I luckily came across this unique place on Google Maps.

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