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Sarda Garriga proclaimed the abolition of slavery in Reunion 166 years ago

Sarda Garriga proclaimed the abolition of slavery in Reunion 166 years ago ( December 20 is a holiday in the island of La Reunion. It commemorates the proclamation of the abolition of slavery by Sarda Garriga on December 20, 1848. Often called “Birthday Party * kaf" in Creole, this event is celebrated by the population of Reunion every year since the 1980s.

December 20 is a historic date at which the abolition of slavery was proclaimed on the island of La Reunion. This day is a major event in the cultural life of Reunion where many events are held throughout the island, including Kabars. These local dances then make a musical tribute to ancestors on the rhythms of Sega and maloya-inherited music of slave songs.

This day is an opportunity for all islanders from a unique ethnic and cultural diversity to come together in a unique moment of sharing. The festivities of December 20 are a highlight for the population of Reunion, which conducts an annual commemoration of a common history.

* Day Kaffir

Program of festivities December 20, 2013


Thursday, December 19 - Paniandy - from 3 pm to 2 am

• cake contest root lontan
• battle cock
• evening tale with Leah Varon
• demonstration of percussion and Moringue
• Kabar from 8 pm: Lindigo, Kiltir, Soulangue, Compere Maloya Kafouye, Mederice, mielo Amballah, Cimendef
• play followed by the traditional torchlight parade
• Following the Kabar around the campfire until dawn

Friday, December 20 - Place Michel Debre – 3 pm to 12 midnight

Davy Sicard sponsored festivities
• 9 am: introductory workshops on percussion with Soulangue association and initiation Moringue with Zambek Association
• 10 am: wreath laying
• 12:30 pm: Potluck with the participation of the associations Kaz Zazakel, MJC Bras- Panon, Nut All Ensamb, Donn hand flower Vacoas, Understanding Good Humor, Pin-Pins Panonnais, ACVA Transmits Nout Knowledge Emballah, Boys and Girl, Association of Caribbean
• 2 pm: king and queen contest maloya (dance)
• 3 pm: contest “Ron maloy” Best maloya group (enrollment 0262 51 76 23)
• 5 pm: departure parade
• 8 pm: fireworks
• 9 pm: Kabar with mielo, Soulangue, Davy Sicard, Ravakini Ala



From December 10-19, 2013: Mozambique camp

December 13

• From 9 am to 10 pm: Brook White
• From 5 pm to 11 pm: Montgaillard (multipurpose room)
• From 5 pm to 11 pm: Brittany (ZAC Bois Rouge - sports facilities)

December 14

• From 5 pm to 10 pm: Moufia (opposite of candlenut CASE)
• From 6 pm to 11 pm: Primate (amphitheater of the church)
• From 10 am to 11 pm: Camellias (Plateau Black Laverdure)
• From 6 pm to 11 pm: The Chestnut (Azalea Place)
• From 4 pm to 10 pm: Down River (Turtle Fountain Place)
• From 4 pm to 11 pm: The Source (street and boulevard Jean Jaures Leblond Angle)

December 18

• from 9:30 am Ote exposure Maxime (Bann Laope) stencils workshops, storytelling sessions, workshops percussion at the library Francois Mitterrand
• 6 pm: concert Bann Laope
• From 10 am to 11 pm: Sainte -Clotilde (Plateau Black Lilacs)
• From 5 pm to 10 pm: The Cauldron (square hall annex)
• From 5 pm to 10 pm: Bois- de- Nefles (Coffee Black)

December 19

from 6 pm to 11 pm: Bellepierre (Coffee Black)

December 20 - The Night of Freedom
• 6 pm: grand parade, starting Paris street
• 8 pm: large Kabar with Mory Kante, drums Guinea, Zan Mari Bare, Sofy Mazandira, Risofe with Simangavol


December 1and 12 - Auditorium Harry Payet

• conferences maloya
• dissemination of the documentary “The singer of the shadows"

Wednesday, December 18

• 6:30 pm: animation instead of the church followed by a torchlight parade with the Sacred Drums, Moringue Angola, Tribal Perkusion, the municipal band
• 8 pm: artists plateau of Saint Joseph with Kermaye Jerome Payet, Tambourissa, Karen and Sonj, Tanou Manu KDE
• 10 pm: 20 years of concert Kayen group (Reunion sega)

Thursday, December 19 - evening broadcast live on

• 8 pm: Granny and Cascade Maloya (Traditional maloya)
• 9 pm: Jean- Paul Volnay (Sega Reunion)
• 10 pm: Exile One (cadencelypso)

Friday, December 20

• 10 am: Ceremony of Remembrance Place Joseph Fandiova Bittern (parking primary school) in homage to ancestors slaves and engaged. Musical entertainment.
• 8 pm: Marmay The Kour (Traditional maloya - winner of the Marathon Muzikal 2013)
• 9 pm: Votia (Traditional maloya)
• 10 pm: fiesta Mauritius in 2013 with Jean- Claude and Mary Jane Gaspard , Maureen, Ino Nakeed Michel Legris




December 19, 2013

• 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Moringue initiation and djembe with the Association of Moringueurs Tamponnais on the square of the city of Trois Mares
• 6:30 pm: Sacred Drums parade, Manzelles Islands, Woba kele, Tribal Percussion, Frinka Dance, Dance and Three Mares associations the 3rd Youth

Night Scene: Sports tray Three Mares
• 7 pm: Ti Moriss
• 8 pm: Kaloubadia
• 9 pm: Gren sown
• 10 pm: Loryzine
• 11 pm: Tiloun

MEDIA CONTACT: Reunion Island Tourism Board, Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Web:

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