Initiated in 2002, the Récréâtrales process is a pan-African space for theatrical writing, creation, research and dissemination.
It is divided into three stages (research-training, creation-production and dissemination), and takes place every two years, from February to November, in Burkina Faso, in the city of Ouagadougou. It brings together more than 150 artists, authors, directors, scenographers and actors, around artistic residencies organized in Gounghin, within the family courtyards of Bougsemtenga, a popular district of historical importance. Rue 9.32, host of the Récréâtrales, hosts for the occasion an urban scenography 610 meters long.
Its objectives are to multiply, consolidate, professionalize and diversify the creative approaches of the contemporary African theater scene while promoting the economic and social development of the neighborhood where the project is located.
The festival promotes open dialogue within the community and enables citizen engagement, recognition and empowerment. Les Récréâtrales generate short and long term benefits for both the neighborhood and the city. They allow the increase of the tourist frequentation rate, the increase of the profits of the local entrepreneurs and the development of technical skills such as welding, sewing and carpentry among the young people of the district. The Récréâtrales also give families living in Bougsemtenga all the responsibilities related to reception, ticketing and security during the Festival Platform.
In addition, the Récréâtrales offer opportunities to artists, artistic residencies allowing professionalization in all theater disciplines. The festival is an important networking opportunity for artists, programmers, as well as administrators, and is a highly anticipated showcase for new African talent.
Since 2002, more than 1000 African, European and Caribbean artists have taken part in the festival, about sixty shows have been created and about forty of them have been extended following the festival in various tours, in Africa and elsewhere. Over the past eight editions, more than 500 actors and 180 set designers have attended training workshops, and more than 100 shows have been presented to diverse audiences.