Opening Ceremony and Conference Awards Dinner

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, 3 November at 16:30 in the Auditorium at the conference venue CICAD.

For the Opening Ceremony, there will be a typical Senegalese performance with the Mboup Percussion troupe. It was created in 2009. The creator is a soloist and arranger with the Grand Ballet National du Sénégal. He has travelled all over the world.

Conference Awards Dinner

The Conference Awards Dinner will take place on Sunday, 5 November at Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilizations.

The Museum of Black Civilisations is a modern museum, with a total surface area of 15,000 m² on 4 levels, including almost 5,000 m² of exhibition space, is dedicated to African civilisations. It is a meeting place for civilisation and dialogue between cultures.

It’s a huge circular building planted above the harbour, with architecture inspired by local heritage: a round shape echoing that of traditional huts with, on the top floor, a skylight reminiscent of the impluviums of Casamance housing. It also has a 150-seat auditorium.

AORTIC Dinner Transport

We note that you have chosen to join the AORTIC 2023 Conference Awards Dinner on Sunday, 5 November and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that an attendance ticket will be included in your name pouch, to be collected when you first arrive at the conference; this along with your name badge will need to be presented in order to gain access to the dinner venue. The venue is the Musée des Civilisations Noires / the Museum of Black Civilizations.

The recommended dress is semi-formal or traditional and we hope that many of you will show off your traditional or national dress on the evening.

The evening will include drinks, dinner, entertainment, a recognition of excellent research within the AORTIC community, and dancing.

Here are the details: Date: Sunday, 5 November Time: 20:00 to 23:00 Venue: Museum of Black Civilizations Location: located in the Dakar Plateau area – Dakar’s city centre and adjacent to the Grand Theatre, just 1km north of the Place de l’Independence and 300m north of the Dakar Railway Station. Please note that you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the dinner venue.  The best option will be to ask your hotel to call a taxi for you and to share the ride with friends or colleagues; ride hailing is also a good option and the ride-hailing services Heetch, Yassir, and Yango are effective and operational in Dakar – these are the suggested ride hailing apps for getting around the city. A note regarding your safety: Please do not walk around the museum area or downtown Dakar at nighttime.