The French integrated media and content group Vivendi has constructed the first of its Canal Olympia cinema and live performance hall in the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde. The hall was inaugurated yesterday 14th, June 2016. This event was presided by the Prime Minister of Cameroon Philemon Yang, together with the CEO of Vivendi Vincent Bollore, who arrived Cameroon on the 13th of June with members of the Vivendi supervisory board.
The hall was inaugurated yesterday 14th, June 2016 during an event that was presided at by the Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang, alongside the CEO of Vivendi, Vincent Bollore. Mr. Bollore is reported to have arrived Cameroon a day before the launching with members of the Vivendi supervisory board.
The closure of the cinemas Abbia (Yaoundé) and Wouri (Douala) in January 2009, left the country with no cinema halls. But this new venture which will put an end to 7 years of no cinema halls in Cameroon, will surely show a green light to the country’s entertainment industry.
According to businessincameroon report, the Canal Olympia performance hall of Yaoundé will have another location in the country’s economic capital, Douala, before the end of this year. This will help in projecting films, organising concerts by local and international artists and serving as a stage for stand-up comedians.
However, this hall is part of a dozen of such venues which will be opened across Central and West Africa. In the coming months, additional Canal Olympia locations will be launched in Benin, Senegal, and Togo.
The hall that cost the Vivendi group about FCfa 2.5 billion was built within two months by the Cameroonian company, Kalfrelec.
Design and Capacity of the Vivendi Canal Olympia
The structure has an eco-friendly design. The entire building is powered by 720 square meters of solar panels and the hall is outfitted with state-of-the-art digital projection and sound equipment.
The Canal Olympia venue with its unique architectural design can accommodate at least 300 people indoors and thousands more outdoors.
The venues will also benefit from Canal+’s wealth of rich content and its well-established presence in Africa, as well as from the experience and expertise gained from owning and operating the legendary Parisian venue L’Olympia.
Canal Olympia is an important platform for local talent. The Group intends to create new spaces dedicated specifically to entertainment and culture in Africa.
The group also has as aim, to reveal African artists by producing them, giving them audience exposure and enabling them to shine throughout Africa.
We now look forward to many more talented Cameroonians who have not had the opportunity to show what they’ve got to the public.