FESTIMA 2016 (International Festival of Masks and the Arts) celebrated its 20th anniversary with its 13th edition. This biennial festival (even years) is the flagship event of the Association for the Safeguarding of Masks – ASAMA. This event is a recognized cultural product in terms of promoting the tradition of the mask. On the African continent, FESTIMA has positioned itself as the main forum for expression of communities holding masks.
Thus, more than 2,500 masks from several African countries took part in the 13th edition of the International Festival of Masks and the Arts from March 27 to 5, 2016. In addition to burkinabè masks, masks from Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast , Mali and Senegal took part in the festivities representing a large sample of masks in fiber, sheet, straw, fabric and bark. This great event for the expression of the African mask welcomed nearly 100,000 visitors, tourists, researchers and practitioners.