Provisional Spouses’ Programmes

First Day: Wednesday, 13 May 2009
  9 am Official Opening Ceremony of 2009 Annual meetings, at Hôtel Méridien Président.
  10:45 am

Group leaves Hôtel Méridien Président for Théâtre National Daniel Sorano, downtown.

Traditional rhythms with Senegalese Divas Fatou Guéwel Diouf, Kiné Lam and Amy Collé Dieng, and performance by the Ballet la Linguère dance troupe.

  12:45 pm Departure for Terrou Bi seaside restaurant
  1 pm Luncheon - various international dishes- and fashion show Senegalese outfits and the work of some young designers (M.C. Yoro Ndiaye).
  2:50 pm Solidarity visit to SOS Children’s Village. This is a group of families made up of orphans or abandoned children in the care of a mother. These children lead normal lives in that they have brothers and sisters, toys, etc; in sum they are in normal home situations, growing up in a healthy environment. Their new mother takes care of them like any other mother in the world: she keeps house, cooks, sews and mends, irons, guides the small ones as they take their first steps, shares their joy and sorrow. The children will attend primary, secondary, technical schools or institutes, universities and training centers like other children. They experience the realities of the human existence. The SOS village is not an orphanage or a retraining center; neither is it a placement center. The education provided in the SOS children’s villages can be summed up as family education.
  3 pm Program: Group to be welcomed by mothers and children, tour of the village, visit to one of the homes:  children’s performance, exhibition of items made by the families, refreshments provided by the SOS Village.
  5 pm Return to Hôtel Méridien Président
  9 pm

Joint reception of the Boards of Governors and the ADB President at Place du Souvenir: Light and Sound Show, based on the concept of a night of festivities in a village setting, documentaries, media reports and short films in the projection room and, lastly, a fashion show featuring top Senegalese stylists. Art opening event and Exhibition

 

Performers: Baba Maal (Guest Star), Samba Diabaré Samb,Oumar Bassoum and the YELA ensemble.

Stylists: Collé Sow Ardo and Mame Faguère Ba.

  9 pm End of Reception and return to Hôtel Méridien Président
Second Day: Thursday, 14 May 2009
  9:30 am Group leaves Hotel Méridien for the new harbour station
  10 am Group met by members of the Organizing Committee
  10:30 am

Arrival at Gorée Island:

  • Group to be welcomed by the Mayor of Gorée; entertainment provided by les Signares de Gorée and Assicots Band
  • Visit to the Maison des Esclaves and Henriette BATHILY Women's Museum in two groups
  11:40 am Departure for Place de l’Eglise: Performance by Diakarlo Troupe lasting about 15 minutes
  12 pm Group climbs up to the Esplanade de Gorée (highest point of Gorée) escorted by performers, Group photo in front of the Gorée Monument
  12:30 pm Group descends with performers to visit the old Palais du Gouverneur: Welcoming remarks by the Mayor of Gorée/Introduction by the wife of the Minister of State in charge of the Economy and Finance/ Information on life in Gorée/Remarks by Spouses’ representative.
  1:25 pm Group leaves for lunch at the «Chevalier de Boufflers», Senegalese food, exhibition/sale of artifacts of Gorée Island.
  2:30 pm Non-guided visit of Gorée Historical Museum.
  3:00 pm Return to Dakar.
  4 pm Meeting at the State House with Mrs. Viviane WADE, First Lady of Senegal, Chair of Association Education Santé.
  6 pm End of visit and return to Hôtel le Méridien Président.
Cultural Evening at the Almadies Hotel
Thursday, 14 May 2009 at 8 p.m.
  8 pm

Cultural Show, Dîner de la Téranga (hospitality dinner) with performances and a fashion show featuring the following Artists and Stylists:

  • Youssou Ndour (Gest Star)
  • Viviane Chidid
  • Titi
  • Diouma Dieng
  • Nabou Diagne
  11 pm End of Cultural Evening