Freetown is the capital and also the largest city in Sierra Leone with a population of about 1 million. It is located in the west of the country, on the Sierra Leone Peninsula along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from being the major port the city also functions as the administrative, cultural and economical hart of the country, as well as being a major transport hub with other countries. Freetown has come a long way since the end of the civil war at the beginning of the 21st century and is actually quite safe compared to other cities in West Africa.
Taking place annually in March, the Sierra Leone International Film Festival spans six days, showcasing the collaborative efforts of talented film makers from around the globe. The festival is held in Freetown, but secondary screenings also take place in the towns of Bo, Makeni, Kono, and Kenema. The program consists, not only of several screenings, but also of educational workshops and discussions. Aspiring filmmakers are afforded the opportunity to engage in discussions with experts in the field and attend workshops focused on specific aspects of film. This is a great festival for anyone who is interested in international film, but also simply for travelers looking for a way to spend an enjoyable evening.
Organized by the Ballanta Academy of Music in Freetown, this festival spans two days in mid-March. Performances and lectures by local musicians are enjoyed by both international and domestic attendees, with the events spanning a wide array of musical genres.
The climate of Freetown is of the typical tropical kind, basically meaning hot and humid the whole year. The hottest time is from February to May when temperatures (especially in April) are generally well over 30 °C during the day. The wet season lasts from June to October and the total amount can be called massive. It is one of the wettest places in this part of the world and during the months of July to September there is around 2000 mm of rain totally! This time of year is cooler though, with temperatures between 26 °C and 28 °C. Night temperatures are just slightyly cooler with temperatures year round around 25 °C.
Freetown-Lungi International Airport (FNA) receives all international flights, among which are those with the national airline Sierra National Airlines. International services are limited on the other hand and other airlines like Brussels Airlines (Accra and Brussels), BMI (London), Kenya Airways (Nairobi) and Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca) have better services. Other airlines are mainly within the West African region. Bellview Airlines has flights to Accra, Conakry and Lagos.
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