Once a site of fishing villages, Kinshasa is now an urban area with a 2014 population of over 11 million. It faces the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River. The city of Kinshasa is also one of the DRC's 11 provinces. Because the administrative boundaries of the city-province cover a vast area, over 90% of the city-province's land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the city-province.
Kinshasa is the third largest urban area in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. It is also the second largest "francophone" urban area in the world after Paris, French being the language of government, schools, newspapers, public services and high-end commerce in the city, while Lingala is used as a lingua franca in the street. If current demographic trends continue, Kinshasa should surpass Paris in population around 2020. Kinshasa hosted the 14th Francophonie Summit in October 2012.
It is situated in the east of the city, south of Gombe and the Boulevard du 30 Juin. In existence since the founding of Léopoldville, the place became with Barumbu and Lingwala part of the city developed indigenous beginning of the twentieth century. The place was once the 1940s linked to the historic heart of Léopoldville, now located at Kintambo, from the boulevard du 30‑Juin. He gave his name to the entire city in 1966.
The district is now home to several institutions of the city of Kinshasa, such as the Grand Market of Kinshasa, the Somba Zikita Market, and the zoological garden.
The freestyle ball, "it's too good!" says Fatinha, 21, who came on Monday evening with her family to attend a "ball juggling" competition-show, organized in Kinshasa as part of the 9th Games of La Francophonie. The discipline is not classified in sport, but in "street arts", which ...
Some participants had planned to arrive in Kinshasa on the day of the coup, or shortly afterward ... On Sunday, he was hard at work in Kinshasa's Academie des Beaux Arts, using a chainsaw to shape tropical wood into a new giraffe sculpture, which he aims to finish before the end of the games.
The two performers are taking part in the KinAct Festival, an annual arts event held in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa... Kimbalambala is slang for used vehicles that have undergone several successive repairs in Lingala – the most widely spoken language in Kinshasa, says Samba.
Soundtrack the upcoming spate of (god willing) sunny days, with new local music releases from indie pop self-love artist Meagan Sky and art rock duo Corvair. May flowers with a show that pairs experimental, electronic Kinshasa band KOKOKO! with Portland’s magical soul act YAWA. .
It incorporates bits of things, like fabric, tarp, rubber hoses and old bottle caps, that he found while in Kinshasa... “I was a budding artist and didn’t have much money for art supplies,” he said ... He first discovered these objects during a visit to the Congo’s national art museum in Kinshasa ... Kinshasa Memory, 2023.
... all former students of the Academy of Fine Arts in the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa — to escape the restrictions of their academic training ... The exhibition was staged by Yetu Management, an organization that promotes Congolese art and which recently opened its own gallery in Kinshasa.