International Folklore Festival
Nigerian nomad artist troupe in Romans
As a company that is open to the world, AREVA benefits from contact with local cultures. To help protect traditions, the group sponsored the Nigerien Aourinde troupe at the International Folklore Festival, held July 3-11, 2010, in Romans (Drôme region).
The cultural diversity festival
Organized by the Empi et Riaume association, the 33rd festival offered shows, street performances, an artist market, a dinner show, and school visits in the Romans area.
Ten groups took to the streets. These musicians and dancers came from the 4 corners of the world: from Niger to the Basque region, passing through Easter Island, Mongolia, Georgia and Peru.
Discovering Fula culture
FBFC, a loyal festival partner, sponsored the Nigerien Aourinde troupe in partnership with AREVA’s sponsorship department. The artists are all natives of the desert around Abalak and Tchin-Tabaraden, 700 kilometers north of Niamey. They are nomad artists, mainly from livestock farming families.
The partnership fits perfectly with the AREVA group’s sponsorship policy, as it is present in Niger and works to promote North-South intercultural exchange. The meetings organized during the festival enabled Romans FBFC personnel and schoolchildren to better understand the Fula culture.
Mobilized against famine
To confront the famine that raged through the first half of 2010, a solidarity chain and a fundraising campaign were put into place during the 10 days of the festival. The goal: to help these livestock farmers acquire cattle.