Democratic Republic of Congo

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The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the provinces of Kasaï, Kasaï Central, Kasaï Oriental, Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika, areas to the west and east of Kananga including Tshikapa and Mwene-Ditu, and within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The FCO also advice against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, including Kinshasa. Click here for more information.


Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles

Despite its small size, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles has a packed program of musical and other performances as well as a small exhibition space. It's one of the best place to see local musicians performing live.

Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Texaf Bilembo

This charming arts-and-cultural centre has changing exhibits in its gallery, shows films and hosts various cultural events. The gift shop has a good range of local handicrafts, books and delicacies for sale.

Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Centre Culturel Français

Kinshasa's premier arts venue, which has an energetic calender of live music, art exhibitions and cultural events. It has a good restaurant-bar, too.

Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Espace Mutombo Buitshi

For a deeply local experience, check out a theatre, music or dance performance at Espace Mutombo Buitshi way out in Bandal.

Live Music in Kinshasa

Zamba Playa

Concerts and other live performances are given at this fun outdoor venue by local bands and singers.