Bamenda is set to come alive on December 27, 2009 with a glamorous fashion show organised by Kirette Couture, a classy traditional-chic fashion label that produces exquisite handcrafted and limited edition pieces. The Bamenda Rocks! Fashion Show will showcase the underexploited cultural richness of Bamenda and create a platform for Bamenda designers to explore markets across the country and internationally.
Clips from a work-in-progress by Florence Ayisi, Reader in Film Practice at Newport School of Art, Media & Design. 2009.
Cameroon: Rhythms and Visions is a documentary film about the story of Cameroon’s diverse cultures and artistic traditions. The film presents a magnificent display and blend of tradition and modernity co-existing in harmony. It’s also a kaleidoscope and dynamic journey into the diverse cultures and artistic forms that define the people of Cameroon in Central Africa.
Filmed during the National Festival of Arts and Culture (FENAC 2008) in December 2008, the film presents a lively portrait of the varied cultures and people whose unity comes from their diverse cultures and traditions.
Through interviews and actuality footage structured around the traditional storytellers, the Griots, the film highlights and establishes another perspective on development and empowerment through an engagement with and expressions of indigenous cultures and contemporary art forms in modern Cameroon.
Cameroon: Rhythms and Visions is a film that remembers and reaffirms Cameroonian cultures in their entire myriad splendor. In the current climate of globalization, this film is a symbol of asserting and reviving the rich and dynamic cultural heritage. It’s a renaissance and a journey of awakening for the younger generation. And for ‘others’ Manu Dibango says, “Welcome to Cameroon.”