End of the Trimester Variety Show

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The tradition of Benin was alive in CIAMO’s April 4th Variety Show. Spectators were impressed by students’ abilities in traditional dance, percussion, theater, and band! Thanks to all who came out to support us!  

Let’s Teach the Arts

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CIAMO was very excited to hold its first Official Teachers Training on February 20th and 21st, co-sponsored by the Ouidah School District, and a grant from SPA/USAID. Here is a quick recap of what happened! 19 teachers were present, each … Read More

CIAMOStar. . . C’est le show

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On February 10th, 2012 at 7pm, the International Center of Art and Music in Ouidah (CIAMO) hosted a concert, “Show des Stars,” to end its three month long program, CIAMOStar. CIAMOStar was developed by the center to aid the professional … Read More

The French Ambassador visits CIAMO

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On February 7th, 2012 the French Ambassador to Benin, Jean-Paul Monchau, made his first official visit to our center. He was accompanied by a delegation of French diplomats including Patrice Leroy, special counsel on culture, and Remy Secret, head of … Read More

The Season of Festivals

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It is often said that Ouidah is a city of cult and a city of culture. This rich tradition is emphasized during the two month long festival season in Ouidah. The festival Glexwe-Xwe celebrating Ouidah’s heritage takes place in early … Read More

The Results Are In!

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Just before the new year, CIAMO published it’s first annual report. It’s exciting to look at everything we’ve done and how far we’ve come in just one year! The most excited part of the report were the results. In just one … Read More

International Voodoo Festival

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CIAMO students represented well at the International Voodoo Festival held in Ouidah on January 10th. Led by instructors Sim and Romain, a group of festively costumed CIAMO children performed traditional dancing before a crowd of hundreds of people at the Point … Read More

Performance at Sogbadji

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Students at Sogbadji Elementary School performed this week in a pre-holiday concert highlighting their progress in courses at CIAMO. They impressed teachers, parents, and classmates with their new skills in percussion, traditional and contemporary dance, and trumpet. CIAMO continues to … Read More

Festival Kaleta

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This weekend, CIAMO students were featured at the annual Afro-Brazilian mask festival Kaleta, held in Ouidah and organized by cultural promoter and CIAMO administrator Wilfrid Houndje. The Kaleta festival is an event that draws from the masked carnival dances performed … Read More

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