Practical info

The team of Picha will happilly inform and assist you in the preparation of your visit of the Biennale de Lubumbashi. However our limited resources do not allow us to organise your trip.


The Biennale de Lubumbashi takes place from 24 October to 24 November 2019. The opening days and the Forum Days take place from 24 to 31 October 2019.

Visa application

A visa application for the Democratic Republic of Congo is accompanied by an invitation letter which is signed and legalised by the communal authority of the inviting organisation ($37.50). Some embassies require in addition to the invitation letter a certificate by the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) sent by the inviting organisation and paid by the applicant ($90). In the USA for example, the procedure to obtain a visa may take longer. Make sure to contact the embassy of DRC in your country as soon as possible.

Contact: Alexandre Mulongo,


Picha can help facilitate your bookings with the hotels we are used to working with.

Contact: Damiette Kanowa,


The official currency in Congo is the Congolese Franc. Money exchange offices are numerous but often informal in the streets of Lubumbashi. Possibility of changing Dollars and Euros. ATM’s are available in hotels and at Rawbank and TMB banks. Beware few hotels, restaurants, counters and shops accept credit cards.

Local transport

The best and most secure way to move around the city is by taxi or by private car. It is easy to rent a car with a driver during your stay. The daily fee is negotiable.


In principle, Lubumbashi is a quiet city and no major security issues are reported at this time. However, we recommend you to remain vigilant. Avoid dark streets at night and use a taxi to go from one place to another. Important notice: never shoot with a camera or take a photo in public space neither in a private building without being accompagnied by local people.