“Reinventing natural and historical heritage to foster creative talents in Africa” – a single sentence that embodies the full scope of our project’s ambition. Located on the seafront, the Palais de Lomé is the result of the transformation of the former palace of the German and then French governors into a cultural leisure and park facility open to the public. Once a symbol of power, the former Palais des Gouverneurs and its adjoining park have been restored and transformed to become the Palais de Lomé – a unique public space that celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of Africa and its diasporas.
The project was born of the determination of His Excellency Mr Faure E. Gnassingbé, the President of the Togolese Republic, to open the Palais to the Togolese people so that they can claim back their cultural heritage and draw inspiration from it. Today the former colonial building has severed ties with its past of exclusion to present the best of Togolese and African creativity.