Big crowds of spectators went to the Barougo Stadium in Brazzaville recently to see a day-long festival of Congolese folk art and dancing.
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Background: Big crowds of spectators went to the Barougo Stadium in Brazzaville recently to see a day-long festival of Congolese folk art and dancing. Many regions of Congo-Brazzaville sent tribal dancers to the festival, which provided an unequalled spectacle of colour and rhythm.
It is hoped that this festival will prove to be the first of a series of annual events, designed to bring back the folklore of the Congo to the general public.
The Barougo Stadium, normally a football pitch, was turned into a folklore arena by the costumes of the stilt dancers of Aiverne, the plumage of the Ikoue tribe and the traditional masks of the Kigili.
The pygmies of Zauaga displayed a large range of ancient musical instruments, but the most exciting event came from the warrior Konyou tribe who re-enacted a brutal tribal dance depicting the killing of their enemies.