Festival of Contemporary Culture
29 November–3 December 2017

This year, it’s a Porlwi by Nature that will take root in the historic streets of our capital. The theme emphasizes urban regeneration and cultural reconnection with our land. It is an exploration, a desire to integrate Nature into the daily lives of our lives. Porlwi by Nature is a celebration of the very essence of life on Earth. Today in cities around the world, communities are coming together to rethink the city of tomorrow.

Porlwi invites Mauritians and travellers from all over the world to come to the capital to breathe, feel and reconnect (Respire. Resanti. Rekonekte). This year, the festival is conceived around three islands and two connectors, each integrating components of Porlwi’s DNA – Street Light, Street Art, Street Music, Street Food, Performance and Open Ideas. Each island is linked to an incentive: Respire, Resanti, and Rekonekte. These three calls to action invite festival-goers to take the time to look around and soak up the energy of the city. It’s an invitation to feel – joy, wonder, a sense of uniqueness – and to share those emotions with others. It should be noted that this festival is part of the countdown to the 50th anniversary of the independence of Mauritius, which will be celebrated on March 12, 2018.

Respire. Resanti. Rekonekte.


1. Îlot Citadelle

Fort Adelaïde (the Citadel), which looms beyond the city, perched on its hill, is in a way the lung of the city. The slopes of the hill on which it stands – majestic and imposing – are part of a reforestation project by Friends of the Environment in collaboration with UNDP-Forena. The fort overlooks the old roofs, and the newer, bustling streets crowded with the crowd, the noise and accumulated memories of past centuries. A feeling of freedom invades us, from the top of the hills, where we can see the port and the expanse of sea beyond. In the shadow, the jagged mountains stand straight, half-moon shaped. They also seem to stand guard.

2.  La Rue Bourbon

The streets of the city are its arteries, connecting the places to each other. It is in the streets that the city is actually lived. People build their houses, their businesses line up along the cobblestones. It is in these same streets that hundreds of thousands of people walked, swapped, discussed, crossed their destinies … At the corner of a street, a musician makes his number. A mountebank walks along the cobbled streets … Street artists live in the corners, the shadow of the city. They personify his vibrant energy. Against the buzz of the city, its whirrings, its cries and its horns, these silent interpreters catch your attention, attract you ever closer. The passer-by becomes a spectator, fascinated by the wonders of the city.


1. Îlot Grenier

The forgotten part of the city is steeped in history. Historians even say that it could be the cradle of Port Louis. The Attic, its surrounding streets and buildings have a human dimension. These places are inhabited by a stream of migrants (any Mauritian is directly, or indirectly, connected to these places), who crossed the borders of the island, worked at the Grenier, been treated at the hospital and walked along the docks, sneaking between stone warehouses – kept cool despite the sweltering heat.

2. Le Waterfront

The Waterfront attracts those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Perhaps it is due to the iodine breeze or the comforting sounds of the harbor. The huge boats moored in the bay, the smaller ones sailing between the banks. Perhaps it is simply due to the quiet thoughts that cross our mind when we stand near a body of water. Dreams of ships, voyages at sea, exploration and unknown. The Waterfront connects the city to the sea. It is there to remind us of the role of Port-Louis in the spice trade: a place where ships and sailors could rest, breathe.


Îlot Caudan

The Caudan symbolizes the meeting – it is a place where we meet and meet, where with family or friends, we stroll along the port, get a coffee, go to the cinema. It symbolizes the interaction – between those who roam there and those who contribute to its daily existence – and finally urbanism (it is a model of the coexistence between humans and their environment). To enter the Caudan is to be transported to an exciting and contemplative space, at the edge of the port, in a kind of transition between land and sea. The buildings are imbued with references to a historical past. The ephemeral, fleeting nature of the moored ships runs up against the memory of our time spent in the Caudan, timeless – strolls along the port, which at nightfall sparkles with a thousand fires; of our contemplation, of our interaction.