France-Benin/ For a week, Orléans celebrates Parakou, its twin city in Benin, with a series of events

Published on 20/11/2023 | La rédaction


The 30th anniversary of the partnership between the towns of Orleans and Parakou in Benin will be celebrated from November 18 to 26, 2023 with a host of events.

As part of its decentralized cooperation partnership with the town of Parakou in Benin, Orléans Town Hall (Loiret) is organizing the 8th edition of the "Orleans/Parakou Partnership Week" from Saturday November 18 to Sunday November 26, edition of the "Orleans/Parakou Partnership Week", as well as the 30th anniversary of the partnership between the two cities.

Eight days during which the projects resulting from this partnership will be highlighted simultaneously in both towns, through a program of creative events and exhibitions.

A drawing competition

As every year, a children's drawing competition is organized in both towns. In Orléans, the Anim'Orléans centers have renewed their participation, and the city's leisure centers have agreed to take up the challenge.

Decentralized cooperation between Orléans and Parakou

Since 1993, Orléans and Parakou have been linked by a decentralized cooperation agreement. This partnership is governed by agreements, renewed every three years, and broken down into several annual actions. The 2022-2024 agreement is based on a key theme: sustainable development. Actions such as the creation of a green lung in the city or the development of access to drinking water are currently being implemented.

It's on the theme of "Palaces and Castles" that the children have called on their creativity to create a patchwork of drawings, presented to the public in the form of an exhibition, from Monday November 20 to Saturday November 25, in the hall of the Maison des Associations, 43 ter rue Sainte Catherine.

The program

Saturday November 18 - Salle de l'Institut - 7pm

Orleans Parakou 30 years of friendship fashion show, organized in partnership with :

- l'atelier Jacques Robak,
- students from lycée Charles Peguy,
- students from lycée St Paul du Bourdon Blanc (fashion professions)
- students in the blurred clothing section at Lycée Paul Gauguin

Followed by an Afro-contemporary artistic creation created specifically for
30th anniversary by Oumy and her musicians, with a dance performance.

Wednesday November 22 - médiathèque auditorium - 18h

Conference on the restitution of Bénin by France by Marion Rivolier, painter and scenographer who is working on the scenography of the Beninese museums where the restituted works will be installed.

Sunday November 26 - Centre Régional d'Information Jeunesse

"An afternoon in Benin", organized in partnership with the Orleans Parakou Association.

Free admission to all events, subject to availability.


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