Once the headquarters of former colonial powers, the Palais de Lomé and its spacious park will open to the public for the first time in its 121-year history, as a spectacular exhibition, design, visual and performing arts venue without parallel in West Africa.
Right at the heart of the city, facing the Atlantic Ocean, the Palais de Lomé and its park will boast an exhibition space, a bookshop, a boutique and two restaurants in addition to facilities for musical, dance and theatrical performances. For the first time ever, the public will be able to climb to the top of the tower of the Palais and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
This major new cultural development for Togo and West Africa has been funded with support of the Togolese State. It is part of a personal initiative by the Togolese Head of State, His Excellency Mr. Faure E. Gnassingbé, to open up the derelict space to the public, allowing the Togolese people to reclaim and reimagine this heritage for the future.
Once a symbol of colonial power, the Palais de Lomé will now:
- showcase the dynamism, culture and creativity of a modern country (in the arts, food, sciences and technology);
- preserve an area of outstanding natural beauty;
- act as a place of inspiration and experimentation;
- provide a place of learning for future generations;
- be a valuable cultural and economic asset, attracting tourism.
Sonia Lawson, Director of Palais de Lomé, said: “The centre will kick start a vital cultural conversation in Lomé, Togo, West Africa and beyond, by showing the special role creativity plays in people’s lives here – whether that be artistic, scientific or technological.
The Palais will celebrate the notable contribution Togolese and West Africans have made and continue to make to the world of creativity, educating and inspiring visitors from all over the world.“