Social And Cultural Situation

Social Situation

The ethnic, linguistic, religious and confessional diversity, far from being a source of social conflicts, constitutes rather a great opportunity for pacific coexistence and social stability, rooted on core values of mutual assistance and solidarity.

In addition, the label of Senegal as country of Teranga bears witness of such a reality in an obvious way.

More than hospitality, Teranga means foreign preferential treatment.

At the cultural level, Senegal was internationally recognized as a hub, in the early days of its independence, by hosting the first World Festival of Negro Arts (FESMAN), in 1966.

In 2010, the third FESMAN edition was also held in Dakar.

Nowadays, many other cultural events are on the agenda: Saint Louis Jazz International Festival, Duo Solo Dancing International Festival, Soninke International Festival, Africa Party Festival, Foundiougne Festival, etc.

An important number of sites are erected as venues for memories, meditation and leisure: Museums (Leopold Sedar Senghor, Theodore Monod African Art, Armed Forces, Goree Island Slaves House),Theatres (Daniel Sorano, Grand Théâtre), Galeries, the African Souvenir Place, the Monument for African Renaissance, etc.


Cultural Situation

Famous musicians and artists with international reputation are known in Senegal: Youssou Ndour, Baaba Mal, Ismael Lo, Doudou Ndiaye Rose, etc.

Senegal gastronomy has a worldwide label and recognition thank,  among others, to the national dish called Thiébou Jën (rice, fish and vegetable).

In the domain of sports, Senegalese wrestling - Lamb - is a specificity that matches tradition and modern, turned into a lucrative business.

Senegal has also offered to the world great religious renowned leaders (Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba MBACKE, Elhadji Malick SY, etc.) and famous cities for Muslim and Christian pilgrimage (Touba, Tivaouane, Popenguine, etc.).