Le Château - Association Diagn´Art

General information

Brief description of organisation

Diagn\'Art was created in 2006 by Alioune Diagne, choreographer, dancer and artistic director. It was registered as an official association for Senegalese law in 2008.

Association Diagn’Art’s mission is to develop and professionalize the artistic and cultural sector in Saint-Louis, Senegal, with a special focus on contemporary dance.

Our vision: art and culture are driving forces for development, they incite innovative ideas, action, expression, debate and education.

Diagn’Art has rooted itself deeply in the West-African cultural landscape as an important springboard for national and international talent through artistic projects that are created along 3 pillars within the association:

Pillar 1: Contemporary Dance Company Compagnie Diagn’Art

Pillar 2: International festival for contemporary dance Festival Duo Solo Danse

Pillar 3: Cultural Centre and Artist Residency Le Château:

Starting out as HQ for the festival, Le Château (The Castle) turned into a dynamic cultural centre over the years, anchored in the city and its neighbourhood and always open for intercultural and inter-artistic debate.

Le Château is at the same time:

- An artist residency.

- A production house for artistic creation by local, national and international companies. Logistic and technical support are offered through sharing of space, equipment and knowledge.

- A cultural hub and a breeding ground for urban and artistic development.
- An open stage with a multidisciplinary programme: exhibitions, theatre, dance, cinema, music, circus ...

- A training centre for (aspiring) artists and cultural operators that offers administrative support to local companies, professional meetings, personalised coaching and other training.

- A co-working space: a dance school, a video editing studio, a recording studio, graphic designers and webmasters share our premises and a common charter. Project holders can benefit according to their needs from a user-friendly workspace.

- An open house for the neighbourhood where young entrepreneurs can develop their activities. Evening courses, HQ for associations, renting of spaces for social activities like baptisms and weddings, a lot is possible.

- A meeting space for groups and travellers in the context of intercultural exchanges that also offers boarding and lodging.

Le Château is in short a manufactory. A manufactory of artistic identities first of all, but also of performances, of cultural employment, of audiences and above all of collective adventures. Join us!

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Brief description of residency program

Support and possibilities

The local and international staff of Le Château will be happy to accompany you in the discovery of local life and put you in touch with the people you need to develop your artistic project.

The presence of a dance school, video editors and a recording studio within the co-working space allows different types of artistic creations and exchange.

Le Château encourages it’s residents to host exhibitions, representations or shows during and at the end of a residency.

The venue is equipped with:

- 2 performance spaces (8X12m and 8X4M)
- A rehearsal space on the terrace (9X17m)
- A classroom
- A cinema space
- A sound system
- Lights and video projectors
- Black dance mats and soft judo mats
- Stage curtains
- Offices with desks and WiFi
With the partners of the co-working space it is possible to have access to a recording studio, video recording and video editing material.


Location, boarding and lodging

Le Château is housed in the former palace of the governor of Mauritania in the times of the AOF (French West Africa). The characteristic building is located between the sea and the river on the Langue de Barbarie, right in the middle of the densely populated fisherman’s district "N’dar Tout".

A 2-minute walk takes you to the historic centre of the legendary city of Saint-Louis which is classified as UNESCO world heritage.

We have 2 large rooms available for artists in residence. Both around 50 M2 with a private bathroom.

The rooms are individual but can accommodate 4 people maximum. Families are more than welcome.

The beds are equipped with mosquito nets.

A shared kitchen is at your disposal. It is also equipped with a fridge stocked with drinks for affordable prices.


Covered by Le Château:

- Support and advice before your arrival and during your stay
- Logistic support
- Disposition of the equipment (A participation fee will be asked for the use of the equipment of partners from the co-working space)

Costs for artists in residence:
- A residency at Le Château costs €500,- per room, per month (max 2p).
- For a 3rd and 4th person in the same room we charge an extra €150,- per person, per month.
- On weekdays there is a possibility to share lunch with the team for €2,- per person, per meal.
- Please note: International and national transport are not included.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Film Making
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Please note: if you are looking for a quiet place to write or create otherwise, Le Château is probably not for you. Quite often our vibrant environment equals noise and ongoing activity.
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other

Please note: Le Château is not an ideal place for toddlers and young children, please discuss!

Grants available

There are no grants available directly via Diagn\'Art. However, in the past we supported several artists in applying for grants themselves.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

We strongly encourage artists to share their work and knowledge!

Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


UrbanNdar Toute is a very densely populated (and thus quite noisy) fisherman\'s district. A 2-minute walk takes you to quite another world, the historic centre of the legendary city of Saint-Louis which is classified as UNESCO world heritage.

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Film Studio
  • Other resources are available via partners and neighbours.
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Wolof is the mother tongue, French is fluent and professional. The local team has very basic knowledge of English and Spanish.
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Rehearsals and concerts are very frequent.

How to reach

By train

no option

By plane

The new Blaise Diagne International Airport is located in the town of Diass, about one hour from the capital Dakar.

To get to Saint-Louis from the airport, we strongly advice you to consult us. We are more than willing to organise the approx. 4 hour car journey for you.

By car

If you are planning to come to Senegal by car please contact us. We might be able to put you in touch with people who have experience in the EUR/SN by road trajectory.

Nearest airport

Blaise Diagne International Airport (DIASS, SENEGAL)

Contact information

Le Château - Association Diagn´Art
Avenue Dodds 402 (please note that Google maps does not indicate the address correctly! Please follow the Google maps link provided here.)
BP 520 Saint-Louis


Phone: 00221767399405

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