In 1995, troubadour Sotigui Kouyaté from Burkina Faso left a large family courtyard to his children. His three sons, Dani, Hassane, and Pape Kouyaté who are modern troubadours themselves, although they were raised as pupils of the “white school,” wanted to convert this courtyard - the traditional nerve centre of the family, a place for exchanging, education, and culture - into a cultural exchange arena that would be open to the whole neighbourhood, to the town, to other African countries, and to the whole world. Thus “Djéliya” came into being. This space, open to the whole world, sees itself as an exchange and meeting place in the Diaradougou district, one of the oldest popular quarters of Bobo-Dioulasso. It sees itself as a place for training, for information, for creation, and for dissemination, a place whose social importance and economic contribution remain the main building blocks in its development and running.
Former use : former family building
Location : city
Foundation year : 1995
Type of occupation : donation
Owner of the building : private owner
housing (for 40)
multi-purpose venue(60 seats)
big stage (1000 people)
Social and artistic disciplines
Tale - Contemporary theatre: Residencies / Creation / Production / Diffusion / Training workshop / Debates / Conferences / Spaces rental / Festivals
Music : Diffusion
Dance : Diffusion
Heritage - Architecture : Diffusion Visual arts : Debates / Conferences / Spaces rental / Festivals
Solidarity - Citizenship : Creation / Production / Diffusion / Training workshop / Debates / Conferences
Piece of information :
Since 1997, around christmas, Djéliya organize a tale festival. Called “ Yéleen ” (the Light), the festival become international welcome words and musics from different background, from Africa, but too from Europe and Orient.
self-financing 50% : cultural and social programmes which the center develop within the context of its international cultural programme.
Private and public support are complementary and finance the whole project.