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Aimé Césaire Theatre

Historic site and monument, Civic building in Fort-de-France
  • The Théâtre Aimé Césaire is the former Town Hall of Fort-de-France.

  • The old town hall is a neo-classical stone building. Equipped with a bell tower with a four-sided clock, the building is a fine example of Caribbean construction with a strong presence of wood and serrated frieze decoration. Inside on the first floor, a 1879 statue by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse depicts a slave whose irons have just been broken; the base bears the names of all the members of the provisional government of 1848.

    In 1912, an annex was added to the building in which a...
    The old town hall is a neo-classical stone building. Equipped with a bell tower with a four-sided clock, the building is a fine example of Caribbean construction with a strong presence of wood and serrated frieze decoration. Inside on the first floor, a 1879 statue by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse depicts a slave whose irons have just been broken; the base bears the names of all the members of the provisional government of 1848.

    In 1912, an annex was added to the building in which a municipal theatre was built with an 800-seat Italian-style hall. With excellent acoustics, the Italian-style theatre welcomed renowned actors and plays.

    The building now houses various exhibitions and shows and the ensemble was renamed Théâtre Aimé Césaire on 30 September 2009, in tribute to the poet born in the country who died in April 2008. The spectator can see performances of classical dance, classical music but also traditional Martinican, as well as plays and sometimes film productions.
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