Ouagadougou

12 January, 2015
Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou, a city that thrives as an eclectic arts hub for the West African Country, Burkina Faso. Alive with dance and concert venues, live bands, theatre companies, a busy festival schedule and beautiful handicrafts.

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural and economic centre of the nation. The city's name is often shortened to Ouaga. The country's big draws are its enchanting landscapes – from atmospheric Sahelian plains, to rolling savannah and surprising geology – and the lively cultural scene. Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina's two largest and gloriously named cities, are famous for their musical traditions and beautiful handicrafts. 

The harmattan (a dry wind) and the monsoon are the two main factors that determine Ouagadougou's climate. The cold season runs from December to January, with a minimum average temperature of 16 °C (61 °F). The maximum temperature during the hot season, which runs from March to May, can reach 43 °C (109 °F).

With its rich heritage in arts and music, Burkina Faso offers an array of Several international festivals, notable amongst them is FESPACO (Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou), which is Africa's largest festival of this type usually held between February and March of every year. Other sights to see include; Memorial To The Martyrs, Ouagadougou Cathedral, The National Museum of Music, Musée de Manega which exhibits musical instruments of Burkina Faso, Mossi rifles and other cultural items. 

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