Les Récréâtrales, Pan-African residences for theater writing, creation, and research, were established in 2002 by the Burkina Faso theater artist Etienne Minoungou. Their aim was to create a meeting space for French-speaking authors, stage directors, and scenographers from the continent and offer them the comfort of time to create high-demanding contemporary theater performances together. Twenty years later, the Récréâtrales have become one of the major events in contemporary theater in Africa.
Along the way, they have enriched the Bougsemtenga district, whose inhabitants have welcomed the festival and its artists every two years since 2006.
The Récréâtrales have also gradually moved away from being solely event-based and have become anchored daily in their territory, building with and for their residents: inhabitants and artists. Thus, there are:
Led by Aristide Tarnagda since 2016 and chaired by Odile Sankara since 2019, the two artists have been working to strengthen the ties between the artists who come to create at the “Récréâtrales” festival and the men and women who welcome them and who have until now participated in the general organization of the festival. Women and young people from the neighborhood are invited to take the stage and create with the artists: