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Githinji Patrick (°1977, Nyeri, Kenya) makes paintings, photos and drawings. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Patrick creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

His paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By applying abstraction, he investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

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Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa
The Observatory is a Pan African international NGO created in 2002 with the support of African Union, the Ford Foundation, and UNESCO. Its aim is to monitor cultural trends and national cultural policies in the region and to enhance their integration in human development strategies through advocacy, information, research, capacity building, networking, co-ordination, and co-operation at the regional and international levels.
OCPA NEWS
No 360
September 2017
OCPA News aims to promote interactive information exchange within Africa and between Africa and the other regions. Please send us information for dissemination about new initiatives, meetings, research projects and publications of interest for cultural policies for development in Africa. Thank you for your co-operation.
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Contact: OCPA Secretariat, Avenida Patrice Lumumba No. 850, Primeiro Andar, Caixa Postal 1207, Maputo, Mozambique
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In this issue
In Memoriam of Angeline Kamba
A. News from OCPA
A.1 Tribute to Mrs Angeline Kamba
A.2 Missions of Hamadou Mandé, Focal Point for Burkina Faso, Assistant Research Coordinator of OCPA
A.3 Cooperation with Federico Escribal, professor on cultural rights at the University of Buenos Aires
Activities of the Executive Director
A.4 Participation in the International Conference on African Cultures (Harare, 11-15 September 2017)
A.5 Other Activities in Zimbabwe
A.6 /OCPA Publications
B. News, events and projects in Africa
B.1 Financial Training for Cultural Managers in Mozambique
B.2 Sudan: Training Sessions on Cultural Management for Senior Figures in the Ministry of Culture
B.3 FNB Johannesburg Art Fair 17
B.4 BJCEM: The call for the hosting city of the next Biennale is open!
B.5 Cinema: An International Film Festival in Abidjan to Emerge from the African "entre-soi"
C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Ethiopia: Call for Cultural Policy Media Popularization
C.2 Congo-Brazzaville: Ministry of Culture and Arts - Dieudonné Moyongo takes its services
C.3 Rwanda: Julienne Uwacu stays at the head of the Ministry of Culture in the new government
C.4 Guinea: Sanoussy Bantama Sow, the new Minister displays his vision on Culture and Sports
C.5 The New Minister, Abdoulatif Coulibaly Commits to Consolidating Senegalese Cultural Identity
C.6 AU Endorses the Statutes of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission
D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 Report ''Promoting access to culture via digital means''
D.2 Guide on how to organise an artistic event in public spaces
D.3 Report ''Towards cultural democracy''
D.4 LIKE - European cities and regions for culture – Meeting on What kind of activism for culture?
D.5 Future Memories - Art, Public Space and Memory Culture
E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Links to portals
E.2 Selected information from Allafrica
• Ethiopia: Promoting National Development in the Spirit of Meskel
• Africa: Nigeria to Top Media Entertainment Market
• South Africa: How Cape Town's Zeitz Museum Can Be Money Spinner for the City and Country
• East African Cultural, Arts Fete Kicks Off in Kampala
• The second International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC)
F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
• UNESCO welcomes United Kingdom commitment to protecting cultural property in armed conflict
• Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Med Region
F.2 Africultures
• The 7th art in the Comoros Union
• Cologne Film Festival of Africa
• FIFDA 2017: reversing the gaze and restoring history - Olivier Barlet
F.3 Arterial Network Newsletter Lettre d’information du Réseau Arterial
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• Artwatch Africa Response Training, East and West Africa
F.4 The Cultural Policy in the Arab Region (ARCP) Newsletter
• Call for Sharing Experiences from & around the MENA Region
F.5 Alger Culture: Action culturelle
• Algerian Cultural Sector Investor’s Guide — Arabic Edition
F.6 Arts Management Newsletter
• Workshop on “Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education”
F.7 Cyberkaris - The monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
• SouthMed: Gender equality and the under-representation of women in the audiovisual sector
F.8 Roberto Cimetta Fund
• An Opportunity for Cultural Policy Research by the Roberto Cimetta Fund
F.9 Culture, Commerce et numérique
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In Memoriam of Angeline Kamba
The disappearance of Mrs. Angeline Kamba on the night of September 11, after more than a decade of that of her dear husband, Professor Kamba, former Rector of the University of Zimbabwe, leaves a vacuum that it will be difficult to fill.
Among the various functions which the Providence had granted her to occupy can be mentioned: Director of the National Archives, Member of the UNESCO International Commission for Culture and Development, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Arts Harare (HIFA) and Member of the Steering Committee of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa.
Among the numerous and prestigious missions entrusted to her to carry the message of the emerging OCPA figure: in Dakar, at the first conference of intellectuals of the African Union; in Johannesburg, in the Witwatersrand University for a public reading on the need to study the role of cultural policy in Africa's development; in Mutare, at the Africa University where she and her fellow members of the structures of our Organization participated in the animation of the opening of the academic year in the Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance; and in Maputo, where she represented the Chair of the OCPA Board of Trustees and delivered the opening address of the First Euro-African Campus of Cultural Cooperation in collaboration with Interarts.
But above all it is a great lady of the heart who goes away, a brilliant spirit, who honors her gender, who disappears precisely at a time when we needed her sense of discernment, the measure of her openness and of the relevance of her vision of the future, all qualities that her close friend Lourdes Arizpe, former UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, considered as historical elements of our foundations.
In giving her this homage, we would like at the same time to formulate a fervent prayer so that her example and her memory remain a reference for young men and women acting in the field of culture, in search of landmarks and embarked in the quest for a sustainable and all round development for themselves and their relatives as well as for a world thus assured, as to its foundations, of the benefits of relevant and integral policies.
Harare, 14 September 2017
Lupwishi Mbuyamba
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A. News from OCPA
A.1 Tribute to Mrs Angeline Kamba
The month of September 2017 will remain marked in the history of the OCPA by the disappearance of Mrs. Angeline Kamba, Member of its Board of Directors which occurred on the night of 11 to 12 September following an illness that will have prevailed. A tribute was paid to the international conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Gallery of Contemporary Art in Harare, which included the Executive Director of OCPA, Lupwishi Mbuyamba and Stephen Chifunyise, Focal Point for Zimbabwe and Chairman of the Technical Committee of the OCPA. The president of the council, Pierre Dandjinou, immediately informed of this sad news, sent, from September 12, his condolences moved to the family and relatives of the deceased.
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A.2 Missions of Hamadou Mandé, Focal Point for Burkina Faso and Assstant Research Coordinator of OCPA
From 15 to 28 September, Hamadou Mande, Focal Point for Burkina Faso and Assistant Research Coordinator, carried out a field mission which took him successively to Morocco, Gabon, South Africa and Mozambique, the purpose of which was the technical visit of some high-performing cultural institutions with a view to preparing the legal framework for SICADIA (Summit of African Cultural Institutions and the Diaspora) for which OCPA is in charge of preparing for the 5th session foreseen in Yaoundé in October 2017.
Mr. Mande then joined the Executive Director of OCPA in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the new headquarters of ARTERIAL, where a technical meeting was held to validate the outcome of the working group on cultural policies.
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A.3 Cooperation with Federico Escribal, professor and researcher on cultural rights and cultural policies at Tres de Febrero National University (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
The OCPA, continuing the extension of its scope, initiated cooperation with Federico Escribal, former Director of Diversity and Cultural Rights at the National Ministry of Culture of Argentina and presently professor and researcher on cultural rights and cultural policies at the National University Tres de Febrero and Collaborator of the Observatory of Cultural Policies of the great Cultural Center of Buenos Aires.
The occasion of this virtual meeting was the dissemination of the Charter of the Molaare communicated to the OCPA by its Focal Point in Mauritania, Professor Abdoulaye Sow of the University of Nouakchott.
A wider cooperation is thus envisaged in all the fields of culture in the region of Latin America where Argentina is a country that counts, which will undoubtedly consolidate the intercultural approach included in the process of OCPA. A forthcoming formal presentation of OCPA Network facilitators will give OCPANews readers more information about the personality of Federico Escribal.
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Activities of the Executive Director
A.4 Participation in the International Conference on African Cultures (Harare, 11-15 September 2017)
Mr. Mbuyamba took part in the International Conference on African Cultures which marked the 60th anniversary of the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe. On this occasion, he delivered a paper on the theme “Identity, Heritage and Values: Foundation for the African Cultural Renaissance”. He then made specific interventions on the notions of African art, the orientation of art education, access to culture and the decolonization of museums, the responsibilities of public authorities and the adhesion of creators and professionals to the process of cultural renaissance, the necessity and urgency of the ratification of the Charter of the African Union for African Cultural Renaissance.
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A.5 Other Activities in Zimbabwe
On the occasion of his mission to Harare, the Executive Director had various meetings and
• he had the privilege of a televised interview during the ZBC (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation) Broadcasting Journal on the evening of September 13th.
• he had several talks and outlined a framework for cooperation with several heads of research institutions or programs in countries represented by Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, of Zimbabwe.
Before returning to Maputo, he extended working visits on 15 September to
• the Regional Office of UNESCO for meeting with Damir Dijakovic, Regional Cultural Adviser, before greeting the Director of the Bureau, Professor Hubert Gijzen;
• the Music Crossroads project to meet the Director, Ms Melody Zambuko;
• the Zimbabwe Music College to discuss with Professor Fred Zindi, Director of the Human Resources Research Center of the University of Zimbabwe, Vice-Chairman of the African Music Council.
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A.6 OCPA Publications
In relation with its research activities OCPA has produced some 25 books and publications such as a strategy document (2004) and a research programme (2007 and 2010) on the cultural indicators of human development in Africa, a book on “African Musics – New Stakes and New Challenges” (with UNESCO, 2005), the Observatory’s 1st and 2nd Medium Term Strategy and Plan of Action (2006 and 2011), the Compendium of basic reference texts for cultural policies in Africa (E/F/S, 2006 and 2009), the Guidelines for the Design and Evaluation of National Cultural Policies in Africa (2008 an 2009). The Proceedings of the International Symposium on Policies, Strategies and Experiences in Financing Culture in Africa was published in 2010, the Manual for Training Specialist of Cultural Policy and Management in Africa and the book on the Contribution of Culture to Poverty reduction in Africa were produced in 2013.
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Most of the Reports of some 25 meetings and training sessions organized by OCPA are published at http://ocpa.irmo.hr/activities/meetings/index-en.html.
Some 25 articles published in books and reviews of the OCPA Partners (Culturelink, AFRICOM, Interarts - Barcelona, África e Mediterraneo, Wale keru, Arts Management, Itau Cultural – Sao Paolo, Brazil, University of Pécs – Hungary, University of Gerona – Spain,
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Catalonia, Institute for African Culture and International Understanding - IACIU, Abeokuta, Nigeria, African Institute of the United Nations for Economic Development and Planning - IDEP, Dakar, etc.
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For previous news and OCPA activities click on http://www.ocpanet.org/activities/news/index-en.html
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B. News, events and projects in Africa B. Nouvelles, événements et projets en Afrique
B.1 Financial Training for Cultural Managers in Mozambique
With the technical and financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Arterial Network Mozambique recommenced their activities with a training workshop for cultural managers.
The workshop was open to those representing the local cultural civil society in Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane provinces. Thirty participants from fifteen organisations, associations, cultural groups and cultural enterprises attended the workshop that took place from the 15th to the 17th of August in Maputo at the Centro de Recursos Juvenis - Mozarte.
The training aimed to strengthen cultural managers, cultural entrepreneurs, artists and civil society organisations by developing their capacities for project design and management to ensure the sustainability of their activities and their organisations.
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B.2 Sudan: Training Sessions on Cultural Management for Senior Figures in the Ministry of Culture
In August 2017, the Sudanese Ministry of Culture conducted a training course on the technology of archiving and indexing files and e-documents headed by the World Intellectual Property Organization in cooperation with Sudan Academy of Sciences (SAS) and the Centre for Community Development Studies.
According to Minister of Culture Tayeb Hassan Badawai, this step is part of the Sudanese government's efforts to reform the country, digitalise the government, and enable senior members of the Ministry of Culture to become aware of modern technologies in the world of cultural management.
A second training course which took place in August targeted middle-ranking leaders in the ministry and hoped to promote their understanding of "Institutional Excellence in accordance with European Quality Standards" through the development of their leadership and management skills.
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B.3 FNB Johannesburg Art Fair 17
The FNB (First National Bank) JoburgArtFair is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. Now in its tenth year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions.initiatives.
Since 2008, Artlogic has set out to grow a sustainable industry for the arts with a solid base of local and international buyers. Loyal commitment from all of our participating galleries and partners each year has allowed the fair to reach record sales and visitor numbers.
Special features of the Fair include a series of curated Special Projects, a VIP Programme that has hosted top international curators and directors from institutions like The Tate Modern, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and CCA Lagos. The Fair will also see the seventh edition of the FNB Art Prize – a major opportunity for an artist to realise a new work at the Fair.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and http://www.artlogic.co.za/contact.html
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B.4 BJCEM: The call for the hosting city of the next Biennale is open!
The procedure is open to find the seat of the 19th edition of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, that will be organised in 2019.
In order to present a solid candidature it is really important to reflect:
– the engagement of the territory, cultural institutions, local artists and public;
– ability to leave a legacy of the passage of the Biennale in the territory;
– the presence of 220/230 artists (including local artists) atz least for days/5 nights;
– capacity to host all the artistic disciplines in the Biennale in appropriate venues;
– the economic feasibility of the event, including the fee for the BJCEM for 2018/19.
Propoals can be presented by BJCEM members by 5 October 2017 by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. information at www.bjcem.org
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B.5 International Film Festival in Abidjan to Emerge from the African "entre-soi"
Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, the Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophonie, announced the creation of an International Film Festival in Abidjan.
This event, scheduled for November 2018, will not be expected to compete with FESPACO. European, American, Asian films will be programmed, and foreign professionals invited. The goal is not to let African cinema into a "squeezing" between-itself and, above all, to conquer new markets.
The event also aims to boost the Ivorian cinema, both in terms of production and broadcasting. A multiplex of five Gaumont theaters should see the light of day by 2019.
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C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Ethiopia: Call for Cultural Policy Media Popularization
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism called on the media to popularize the revised cultural policy aimed at nurturing the constitutionally-guaranteed equal recognition of cultures and languages of Ethiopia.
Cultural Industry Development and Cooperation Director Desta Kassa stated that the old policy had limitations in marketing cultural resources and putting in place viable system.
As the diverse cultures of Ethiopia are the foundations and sources of its economic, social and human resources, the Director indicated that the revised policy would play a pivotal role in enhancing commercialization of the cultural industry.
Therefore, he said the policy would be instrumental to the transformation of these resources to potential investments that can create employments and sustainable incomes for citizens.
For the effective implementation of the policy, the Ministry encourages public agencies to preserve the diverse cultures, languages and histories of the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia, he added.
The policy would also create framework for empowering the people to further develop their values and cultures of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect as well as build national consensus thereby exploiting these for the country's renaissance, Desta elaborated.
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C.2 Congo-Brazzaville: Dieudonné Moyongo, the NewMinister of Culture and Arts
Named by the decree n° 2017-373 of 22 August 2017, the new Minister of Culture and Arts took office on August 28 after the conclusion of the service with Arlette Soudan Nonault, assuring the interim of the outgoing Minister of Culture, Léonidas Carel Mottom Mamoni.
After reading the moral report on the presentation of the structure, human resources, files, and annexes, Dieudonné Moyongo signed the minutes.
At the end of the signing of the minutes, Dieudonné Moyongo, paid a special tribute to the Head of State for bringing him to the head of this department. He also paid tribute to Jean Baptiste Tati Loutard, icon of Congolese culture and Minister of Culture and Arts for 17 years.
Our common challenge to raise culture is to work hand in hand to execute the program of the head of state in the field that is ours, namely culture, "declared Dieudonné Moyongo.
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C.3 Rwanda: Julienne Uwacu remains Minister of Culture in the new cabinet
Julienne Uwacu is a politician in Rwanda, who has served as the cabinet minister of sports and culture in the Cabinet of Rwanda, since 24 February 2015. In the cabinet reshuffle of 31 August 2017, Julienne Uwacu retained her portfolio.
Her political career started prior to 2008, when she served as the Vice Mayor of Nyabihu District, responsible for the economy and development. In 2008, she was elected to parliament, serving in that capacity until February 2015. While in parliament, she served as "the deputy chairperson of the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security".
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In 2015, she took over the reigns at the Rwandan ministry of sports and culture (Minispoc); the first woman to serve in that capacity, replacing Joseph Habineza.
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C.4 Guinea: The Vision of Sanoussy Bantama Sow, New Minister of Culture and Sports
During the transfer of power at the head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Historical Heritage between Siaka Barry, outgoing minister and the new ministry, Sanoussi Bantama Sow, former minister adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, it was recalled that the culture, sports and historical heritage sector occupies a prominent place in the programme of the Prime Minister which stresses the priority of
• the rehabilitation of the country's cultural heritage;
• the mobilization of Guinean artists for peace.
Siaka Barry, the outgoing minister said that the main results achieved under his leadership are
•the adoption of the draft law on the preservation of the national cultural heritage;
• the drafting of the copyright law under study in the National Assembly;
• the start of restoration work on the national mausoleum of Camayenne.
As head of the department, the incoming minister, for his part, believes that the path set out by the President of the Republic and the Government of the Republic requires good planning and a diversification strategy linked to training and capacity building officials of the said Ministry.
He took the opportunity to extend a frank hand to the artists from outside that he considers to be ambassadors of Guinea to promote the culture and the historical heritage.
At the head of this department, the new minister intends to focus on priority cultural
• the creation of "Palace of Culture"; at national, regional level;
• the launching of the national literary competition (Grand Prize of the President);
• the establishment of the special status of artists and the promotion of historical heritage.
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C.5 New Minister of Culture Wants Consolidating Senegalese Cultural Identity
Dakar, September 22 - Abdou Latif Coulibaly is since September 7, the Minister of Culture, a department that is now cut off from the Communication, which should allow Mbagnick Ndiaye's successor to "dedicate himself exclusively to culture, a sector that is both specific and complex, which seems to be floating. "The new Minister of Culture, Abdoulatif Coulibaly, has pledged to" build and consolidate the cultural identity "of Senegal.
Mr. Coulibaly, a journalist and jurist by training, said he was "not an expert on culture". "It's my passion and I want to invest in culture," he said.
The outgoing Minister cited the revitalization of the National Festival of Arts and Cultures and the renovation of the tangible and intangible national heritage as one of its initiatives.
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C.6 AU Endorses the Statutes of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission
Dakar - The statutes of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC), a body to strengthen the film industry in Africa, were adopted by the African Union, announced the Pan-African Film Federation (FEPACI) in a statement.
This document was adopted at the special session of the AU Technical Special Committee on Youth, Culture and Sport, which brought together the Ministers of Youth, Culture and Sport of the AU Member States, 13-14 September in Nairobi, Kenya.
The African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission was created in June 2016 in Addis Ababa with the mandate to support the development of the audiovisual and film industry in Africa.
The implementation of this decision will be launched at a FEPACI conference in 2018.
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D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 Report ''Promoting access to culture via digital means''
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture recently published the study "Promoting access to culture via digital means. Policies and strategies for audience development". The report stresses the need for change in institutions and arts organisations, both public and private, to bring them more in line with the impact of digitisation and the internet. This is the only way they will be able to reach their audiences. The report also points out the benefits of new technologies to the cultural sector and explores possible reasons why it is lagging behind.
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D.2 Guide on how to organise an artistic event in public spaces
ARTCENA, the National Centre for the Circus, Street and Theatre Arts in France, published an updated version of "Organising an artistic event in a public space. A guide to good practices", which has been drafted by a working group led by José Rubio. The contents have been adapted to current challenges and circumstances, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture, CMB-Santé au travail and ISTS-Institut supérieur des techniques du spectacle d’Avignon. Its aim is to contribute to the smooth running of projects devised for public spaces.
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D.3 Report ''Towards cultural democracy''
King’s College London recently published the report "Towards cultural democracy: Promoting cultural capabilities for everyone" written by Nick Wilson, Jonathan Gross and Anna Bull. The report describes cultural democracy as being when people have "substantive social freedom to make versions of culture". Based on a 15-month research project, the authors seek to explore a 11
different way of supporting arts and culture in the UK in all its diversity and richness, by providing people with the skills to develop everyday cultural creativity.
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D.4 LIKE - European cities and regions for culture Newsletter
Le Rendez-vous de Paris" (4 - 5 October 2017): What kind of activism for culture?
LIKE wishes to put the relationship between political decision-makers, the cultural sector and artists at the heart of our Rendez-vous de Paris. In particular, it will be necessary to shed light on the special relations existing between the various stakeholders taking part in the social/policy dialogue which LIKE wishes to be the basis for the development of democratic, effective and inclusive cultural policies. How can the co-construction of cultural policies integrate the cultural sector effectively and without demagogy? Could it be so by actively taking into account the peculiarities of the activism of these circles?
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D.5 Future Memories - Art, Public Space and Memory Culture
This publication produced (Stuttgart, 2015, 32 p.) collects texts to the debate concerning art, public space and memory culture in Africa. The contributions originated during a conference bearing the same name in Addis Ababa.
Authors are experts from Cameroon, Ethiopia, the Democratic Rep. of the Congo, Germany, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and South Africa, actively involved in the production of art and in artistic processes, curatorial and scientific experiences in public space.
Future Memories is published by Elke aus dem Moore, head of the Art Department at ifa – Institute for International Cultural Relations, Stuttgart, Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, director of the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Addis Ababa in tandem with the curator Marie-Hélène Gutberlet as editor-in-chief.
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E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Links to portals
http://fr.allafrica.com/arts/bydate/?n=1
http://www.africaonline.com/site/africa/arts.jsp
http://www.apanews.net/news/fr/rubrique.php?id=65
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/646/culture.htm
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E.2 Selected information from Allafrica
Ethiopia: Promoting National Development in the Spirit of Meskel
Meskel is one of the most inclusive outdoor religious and cultural celebrations registered at UNESCO as intangible cultural human heritage. It is celebrated among the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia on the 27th of September in Ethiopia with a mosaic of cultural paraphernalia as practice among the peoples of Ethiopia. The significance of Meskel surpasses beyond its cultural and religious values. Meskel heralds the end of the rainy season and the onset of the Ethiopian spring. Even non Christians enjoy Meskel mainly because the occasion coincides with the end of the main rainy season (June to September) and the onset of Ethiopian spring. Meskel is a season of peace, rapprochement, peaceful coexistence and tolerance. http://allafrica.com/stories/201709250549.html
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Africa: Nigeria to Top Media Entertainment Market
Nigeria will be the world's fastest-growing Entertainment & Media (E&M) industry between 2017- 2021. In Africa, Nigeria still tops followed by Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania. This is according to a new report by PriceWaterCoopers (PwC), dubbed Entertainment and media outlook:2017-2021: An African perspective' report. In terms of total E&M revenue, PWC stated that Nigeria was one of the fastest-growing countries in Outlook. The report also showed that significant shifts are underway in how Africa's E&M companies compete and generate value, as the quality of the experience they deliver to consumers becomes their basis for strategic differentiation and revenue growth. http://allafrica.com/stories/201709250556.html
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Zeitz Museum Can Be Money Spinner for South Africa and Cape Town
The new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town) will become one of the top three attractions in Cape Town. The museum will provide a big boost to the Cape economy, according to the. In its view, the Zeitz MOCAA will attract potential investors from across the world who will contribute to economic growth and job creation. The museum has a number of different galleries on 9 floors and is anticipated to be able to handle between 800 and 900 people at a time. http://allafrica.com/stories/201709250071.html
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East African Cultural, Arts Fete Kicks off in Kampala
The third edition of the East African Community (EAC) arts and culture festival kicked off officially in Kampala on 10 September. Dubbed Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni Festival (Jamafest), the fete is aimed at promoting regional socio-cultural integration. In the opening ceremony Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda urged the use of arts to enhance unity and for job creation especially since more than 60 per cent of the EAC population is made up of youth. The events include musical performances, theatre, literary works, poetry and storytelling, among others. The Festival is held every two years in one of the EAC member states on a rotational basis. The 2013 and 2015 editions were hosted by Rwanda and Kenya respectively. http://allafrica.com/stories/201709120725.html
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The second International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC)
Harare – Zimbabwe’s National Art Gallery hosted over 60 local and international delegates in the arts and culture industry for the second International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC), which ran from the 11 to 13 September under the theme “Mapping the Future”. Attended among others by participants from Cuba, Botswana, Ghana, Malawi,Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, it was aimed at discussing the future 13
of, and the challenges currently affecting the continent’s arts and culture sector. It opened debate on the underplayed African contribution to the global art world as well as the sophistication and holistic nature of the continent’s visual culture. The ICAC’s main thrusts was to promote appreciating the contemporary art and to set foundations for the Afropolitan discourse on visual arts.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201709070680.html
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F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
How digital learning is improving livelihoods in Nigeria
UNESCO’s “Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy” Project (RAYL) established a pilot digital literacy scheme in Nigeria’s Cross River state in November 2015 to tackle the high illiteracy level in the country. The RAYL Project is committed to the eradication of illiteracy in Nigeria by strengthening national capacity for designing and delivering quality literacy. http://en.unesco.org/news/how-digital-learning-improving-livelihoods-nigeria
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Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Med Region
The Intercultural Trends Survey of the Anna Lindh Foundation, first established in 2010, presents scientific data on what people see as critical aspects of life in this Euro-Mediterranean region. http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/intercultural-trends-euro-med-region
Web site: www.ifacca.org
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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F.2 Africultures
The 7th art in the Comoros Union
To speak of cinema in the Comoros sometimes comes to dissert in an unnamed desert. Not that the images do not circulate in numbers - the net, the TV and the DVD make their nest there a long time - but the cinema as a practice of cultural expression is especially part of the new arts. The cinema remains a new expression in this island landscape. The CIFF, of course, is helping to build a new report on the 7th screen in the country. But it will take time for the screen to resume alive in the neighborhoods. http://africultures.com/7eme-art-lunion-comores/
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Cologne Film Festival of Africa
Since 1992, FilmInitiativ has presented more than 750 films from 40 countries in Africa to Cologne and invited 170 directors for discussions with the public (all in a three-language database on the website www.filme-aus -afrika.de). This African Film Festival is the biggest event devoted to contemporary African cinema in Germany. At its 2017 edition (September 21 - October 1, 2017), 80 new films will be presented, including the winners of FESPACO 2017 and the 2016 Carthage Film Days (Tunisia). http://africultures.com/evenements/?no=47812
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FIFDA 2017: Reversing the Gaze and Restoring History - Olivier Barlet
Organized by Artmattan, a distributor based in New York, and returning to Paris each September, the International Festival of Films of the African Diaspora (FIFDA) affirms its objective, in line with its North American anchorage: to share cinematographic looks on the lives of Africans or Afro-descendants around the world and enrich the resulting dialogue between all concerned whatever their culture. As usual, FIFDA offers, for its 7th edition from 8 to 10 September, unpublished or little-known films, occasion of fruitful discoveries. E-mail: http://africultures.com/fifda-2017-inverser-regard-lhistoire-14247/
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F.3 Arterial Network Newsletter
Artwatch Africa Response Training, East and West Africa
In August 2017, the first two regional “Artwatch Africa Response” training workshops for East African and West African lawyers took place in Nairobi (2 - 4 August 2017, GoDown Arts Centre) and Lagos (8 - 10 August 2017, Freedom Park). The workshops were organised within the framework of the Artwatch Africa project in order to improve the legal and judicial protection of artists in Africa, and were led by Oludayo Fagbemi from the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa. The participants looked at enforcement mechanisms for artists rights. The participants used role play in order to practically demonstrate the lessons learned. http://www.arterialnetwork.org/article/awa_artwatch_africa_response_nairobi_lagos
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F.4 The Cultural Policy in the Arab Region (ARCP) Newsletter
Call for Sharing Experiences from & around the MENA Region
The German Commission for UNESCO, the European Cultural Foundation, Racines and Ettijahat-Independent Culture have released an open call for Practices and Projects from around the MENA Region to contribute to a joint online publication that highlights practices and projects from and around the MENA Region, which showcase pathways to cultural diversity. “Building the Future” is an online publication that aims at identifying and presenting those cultural practices that had most significant impact on the cultural transformation in the MENA region in the period from 2011 to 2017. Read more about the project at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwyY4dkZNQbvVDc1VHBkbXV1SkE/view. The online publication will be launched at the beginning of December 2017.
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F.5 Alger Culture: Action culturelle
Algerian Cultural Sector Investor’s Guide —Arabic Edition
After a drastic reduction in the culture budget in 2016, the Algerian authorities have recognized the importance of private investment in boosting the cultural sector, which can be a driving force for economic development for the country, stimulating growth and by creating sustainable jobs. The Guide to investing in the cultural sector in Algeria is therefore timely: it is a necessary instrument to accompany private investors in setting up their projects. Prepared by Ammar Kessab, the Guide presents the different regimes for private investment in the culture sector, as well as specific provisions and tax advantages. The Guide will be updated 15
annually. Read the Guide at
http://gtpca.org/wp-content/uploads/Guide-of-investor-in-the-sector-culture-en-Agency.pdf
Site web: www.alger-culture.com
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F.6 Arts Management Newsletter
Workshop on “Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education” by Antonio C. Cuyler
To the author, the third seminar of the network “Brokering Intercultural Exchange” was the best gathering of Arts/Cultural Management academics, practitioners, and students he has ever attended because of eight qualities that continue to come up in conversations like a leitmotiv.
http://artsmanagement.net/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=1825
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F.7 Cyberkaris - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
SouthMed: Gender equality and the under-representation of women in the audiovisual sector
The objective of this call is to support projects (research activities, training and awareness training and advocacy) addressing weaknesses and issues related to Gender equality and the under-representation of women in the audiovisual sector in the Southern Mediterranean societies, with the goal of influencing cultural attitudes on these issues. The target countries are Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia.
http://www.smedwia.eu/en/apply/first-call/
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F.8 Roberto Cimetta Fund
An Opportunity for Cultural Policy Research by the Roberto Cimetta Fund
The Roberto Cimetta Fund has announced it will be providing the Tamteen Scholarship, which aims to strengthen and sustain local Arab organisations and projects (places, networks, and platforms), redress the balance between Arab and European cultural events, and promote cultural exchange between Arab countries in the various areas of contemporary art: performing and research in cultural policy. More at https://www.cimettafund.org/index/index/lang/en
Web site: www.cimettafund.org
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F.9 Culture, Commerce et numérique (Culture, Trade and the Digital Era)
Taxing cross-border e-commerce and making GAFA contribute to local cultural production and production: a complex equation?
In this issue of September, the newsletter explores the complex relationships between taxation and e-commerce by proposing an analysis that puts into perspective the possibility of taxing online purchases and sales of cultural goods and services on platforms such as Netflix and Amazon for the purpose of financing the creation and local cultural production. The issue also highlights the "Manifesto for the Sustainability and Outreach of National Culture and Media in 16
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A. News from OCPA
The activities of the Executive Director and Staff Members


A.1 Mission to Brazzaville at the African Music Council (AMC)
A.2 Mission of Maria Fernando Manjate to Ryad
A.3 Forum for the preparation of the National Structure of Cultural Industries of Mozambique
A.4 Cooperation with the OIF
A.5 Week of the International Decade of People of African Descent held in Libreville
A.6 Participation in the 2nd Regional Conference on Arts Education in Africa (Cairo)
B. News, events and projects in Africa
B.1 Sauti za Busara 2018 - Call for artists
B.2 Morocco: Rabat, capital of the African arts (29 March 28 April 2017)
B.3 International Festival of Theaters and Plastic Arts (Lome, 24 - 29 - April 2018) - Call for applications
B.4 Morocco: First Festival of African Film and Audiovisual Schools
B.5 African World Heritage Day (5 May)
B.6 African Film Festival (FCAT, 14th ed., Tarifa and Tangier, 28 April - 6 May 2017)
B.7 Soul Train, a Traveling Artist Residency on the Kenyan Railways
C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Morocco: Mohamed Laâraj, new Minister of Culture and Communication
C.2 Book: The fabulous world of Amadou Hampâté Bâ
C.3 The National Research Agenda of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO)
C.4 Open access to African Music Journal on the Rhodes University website
C.5 South African Performing Arts Database Booklet
D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 The 33rd International Film Festival "Vue d'Afrique" (Montreal, April 14 - 23, 2017)
D.2 World Book and Copyright Day 2017 (23 April)
D.3 Arts Rights Justice Program & Conference (Hildesheim, 24 August – 1 September 2017)
D.4 The 37th IMC General Assembly (Pafos, Cyprus, 11-12 June 2017)
D.5 Festival Production Management Training Module I: Antwerp, 17 – 20 January 2018
E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Selected information from Allafrica
• Ethiopia: Call for National Culture Week Recognition
• Sudan: Author's International Literary Award 'For All Sudanese'
F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the web site of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
• World Press Freedom Day 2017: Critical Minds for Critical Times
F.2 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
• The urgency of art in a dangerous, rapidly changing world
• Cultural policies for sustainable development: four strategic paths
F.3 Africultures
• Arab Cinema Meetings 2016: How to say the present time?
• African Festival - 100% Afriques (Paris, La Villette, 29 March to 21 May 2017)
• The panorama of Maghreb and Middle East cinemas (Saint-Denis, 25 April - 14 May)
• International Pan-African Film Festival (Cannes, France, 05 - 09 April 2017)
F.4 Arterial Network Newsletter Lettre d’information du Réseau Arterial
• African Cultural and Creative Industries Fair 2017 (Abidjan, 2 – 4 November 2017)
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F.5 The Cultural Policy in the Arab Region (ARCP) Newsletter
• Sudan: Sennar, Capital of Islamic Culture 2017 to Launch in March
F.6 ICCROM News
• Prioritizing Preservation using the Risk Management Approach
F.7 Pambazuka News
• The role of culture in Africa’s development
F.8 Arts Management Newsletter
• Arts Management Education: "We need to unlearn the past ways in which we learned"
• Culture Management. Strategy and Marketing Aspects by Lukasz Wróblewski
• The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research by Vlad Petre Glăveanu
F.9 Jeunesse musicale
• The Transcription of African Music: Is it a Way to Value Local Music?
F.10 Cyberkaris - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
• Blue Helmets for Heritage?
• New options for the ACP-EU art and culture support programme
• Audience development in the arts
F.11 Africalia
• Africalia’s New program of cultural cooperation for 2017-2021
F.12 Nhimbe Trust-NPAAC Newsletter (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe), July 2016
• The workshop on Harnessing cultural statistics for sustainable development
F.13 Culture Montréal
• Budget of Québec for 2017-2018 - Québec gives priority to digital issues
F.14 Chronique commerce, culture et numérique (Chronicle on Trade, Culture and Digital)
• The US Grip on Global Trade in Cultural Goods and Services in the Digital Age
F.15 C-NEWS - Culturelink Newsletter
• Creative Disruption in the Arts: Politics, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact
• The 4th edition of Visa For Music 2017 (Rabat, Morocco, 22 - 25 November 2017)
• Critical Arts Special Issue: Contemporary African Cultural Studies
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A. News from OCPA
The activities of the Executive Director and Staff Members
A.1 Mission to Brazzaville at the African Music Council (AMC)
Lupwishi Mbuyamba, in his capacity as Chairman of the African Music Council, visited Brazzaville, the headquarters of the organization, from 9 to 14 April 2017. During his stay, he met key figures of the country like the Deputy Mayor of Brazzaville, Adviser for Cultural Affairs of the President of the Republic of Congo and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and for the Congolese staying abroad.
In addition to the current state of operation of the African Music Council, he informed his interlocutors about the activities envisaged by the CAM in 2017 and announced the feasibility study relating the project of the creation of a Pan-African Music Library (BMP) in the Congolese capital, UNESCO Creative City for Music,
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A.2 Mission of Maria Fernando Manjate to Ryad
The 7th International Forum of the Liaison Committee of NGOs in official relations with UNESCO will be held in Ryad, Saudi Arabia, on 3 and 4 May 2017. It will focus on "Youth 4
and the impact of their action on society". The Observatory will be represented at this Forum by Maria Fernando Manjate, OCPA Program Officer.
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A.3 Forum for the preparation of the National Structure of Cultural Industries of Mozambique
Before leaving for this mission, Maria Manjate accompanied the Executive Director to the Forum convened for the preparation of the National Structure of Cultural Industries which was launched on 23 April 2017 in Maputo under the presidency of His Excellency Armando Dunduro Silva, Minister of Culture and Tourism.
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A.4 Cooperation with the OIF
The International Organization of the Francophonie, in the framework of its cooperation with the OCPA, has acceded to the request of the OCPA to support a mission to mobilize and consolidate the structure of SICADIA (Summit of African Cultural Institutions and the Diaspora) following the Seminar held in Maputo in October 2016 by the OCPA and the OIF.
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A.5 OCPA at the Week of the International Decade of People of African Descent held in Libreville
At the invitation of the Director-General of CICIBA (International Center for Bantu Civilizations) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Gabon, the Executive Director of OCPA will participate in the week of the International Decade of People in African Descent in Libreville from 17 to 19 May 2017.
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A.6 Participation in the 2nd Regional Conference on Arts Education in Africa held in Cairo
From May 23 to 25 Lupwishi Mbuyamba will participate in the 2nd Regional Conference organized by the African Union's NEPAD in Cairo on the theme of Arts Education for Northern Experts and Research Centers of Eastern Africa.
He will make a communication on "Art in formal education: an unfinished battle".
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For previous news and OCPA activities click on http://www.ocpanet.org/activities/news/index-en.html
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B. News, events and projects in Africa B. Nouvelles, événements et projets en Afrique
B.1 Sauti za Busara 2018 - Call for artists
The 14th Sauti za Busara, the most successful edition to date, took place last month in Zanzibar with people from all corners of the world that joined together to celebrate the unifying power of music: African music under African skies!
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Sauti za Busara 2018 will feature 40+ performances including original and live musicians from the African Continent and diaspora. Artists from the Arab World and Indian Ocean are also welcomed to apply.
The Call for Artists is open only until 31st July 2017. To apply to participate, see more information at http://www.busaramusic.org/callforartists
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B.2 Morocco: Rabat, capital of the African arts (29 March 28 April 2017)
"Africa in capital": Rabat is putting itself in the colors of Africa for a month. At the Mohammed VI museum of modern and contemporary art, some of the most prominent artists from sub-Saharan Africa exhibit their works until 28 April: the colorful paintings by Chéri Chérin next to those falsely naïve of Chéri Samba, the fantasies of Pierre Bodo with the works of the Nigerian Onobrakpeya and the Ivorian Aboudia.
The theme of Africa has become unavoidable in Morocco, as the country has for months carried out a vast diplomatic, political and economic offensive on the continent, crowned by the return of the kingdom within the AU at the end of January.
Source: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/423400/culture/maroc-rabat-capitale-arts-africains/
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B.3 The 10th edition of FITAP (International Festival of Theaters and Plastic Arts (Lomé, Togo, 24 - 29 - April 2018) - Call for candidatures
Nominations are invited to this edition of the festival which will be placed under the theme "Place and role of culture in achieving the objectives of sustainable development - ODD: Art and Environment".
FITAP will be responsible for the transportation, accommodation and catering a few companies in the South (1 per country). Companies wishing to have full coverage will have to send applications by end of May 2017. For companies in the North, FITAP will provide accommodation and catering.
All particpating companies will have to create in addition to their performance, a show of 3-6 minutes on culture and environment.
FITAP is planning to open a theater school called "International Theater School of Togo (EITT)" in January 2018 and is keen to benefit from the expertise of the partner schools.
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B.4 Morocco: First Festival of African Film and Audiovisual Schools
12 April 2017 - This first edition of the Festival of Film and Audiovisual Schools of Africa (FECAA) took place with the participation of a group of directors and students of the 7th art schools from 15 African countries. This gethering will be an annual event.
The Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj highlighted the importance of sustaining this festival, considering that it will constitute an unprecedented meeting place for young African talents and expressing its great satisfaction to see a meeting of a young generation of filmmakers full of enthusiasm and determination to take over from their elders and carry the flagship of the 7th African art.
The director of the Higher Institute of Audiovisual and Cinema, Mohamed Belghouate, said that this festival will allow a greater openness on African countries and their cultures.
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Source: http://www.allafrica.com/stories/201704120355.html
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B.5 AfricanWorld Heritage Day (5th May)
On 16 November 2015, the 38th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO adopted a resolution proclaiming May 5th as African World Heritage Day. This Resolution is aimed to increase international awareness of African heritage. It will foster cooperation on the local, regional, and global scale to allow for stronger involvement from many stakeholders in the conservation and promotion of African heritage.
This day will help make them more aware of the intergenerational sense of belonging and ownership of this common property of humankind. It underscores the potential of heritage as a source of creativity and socioeconomic development, and furthers the status of promoters of heritage in our societies.
Read more at http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1364/
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B.6 The 14th African Film Festival (Tarifa and Tangier, 28 April - 6 May 2017)
The festival takes place in Tarifa, Spain and Tangier, Morocco. It presents 70 films including 20 premieres in Spain, 26 films in competition from 17 African countries, 6 European countries and 3 countries of the Middle East. Apart from the screenings in the different sections (films in competition, films out of competition, Afroscope selection of films on such current issues, Africa section in rhythm of films on musical expression, etc.), the FCAT is also the " Opportunity to meet some of the film's authors.
It offers an opportunity for training at the Cinémathèque of Tangier, patner of this festival, which also hosts, besides a dozen films, other programmes namely debates and training.
More information at http://www.festival.fcat.es/en/le-festival/
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B.7 Soul Train, a Traveling Artist Residency on the Kenyan Railways
The East African Soul Train (E.A.S.T) is an annual traveling residency that brings together artists and passengers on a journey of self discovery while traveling on the historic Kenya-Uganda railway tracks. In this second edition of the project, a class of forty creatives including visual artists, musicians, writers, etc. were selected to attend the five day residency.
The train rumbled out of the Nairobi Railway Station in February on its way to the coastal city of Mombasa with 99 artists and passengers who had jumped on-board for the journey. It was full of activity and enthusiasm at all times. The journey provided a massive opportunity for passengers to exchange ideas, build cross-border relationships and make friends.
As to the future, the founder plans to expand the project for other African regions and beyond.
Source: http://www.okayafrica.com/culture-2/east-african-soul-train-kenya-artist-residency/
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C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Morocco: Mohamed Laâraj, new Minister of Culture and Communication
April 5 - Born in 1964 in Al Hoceima, he remained a long time away from politics and preferred to concentrate on his studies. He graduated in law from the University of Fez in 1987 and obtained his Doctorate in 2002 in Rabat.
He worked as a university teacher in Tetouan and Fez and was visiting professor at several universities in the kingdom. He also has nearly twenty books to his credit.
In politics, he chooses the Front of Democratic Forces for joining the Parliament in 2007 and has two mandates under the colors of the Mouvement Populaire (2011-2016 and 2016-2021).
Mohamed Laâraj inherits two problematic departments. Among several projects awaiting him mention should be made of the creation cultural infrastructures and of a cultural action fund.
Source: http://m.le360.ma/politique/portrait-mohamed-laaraj-un-juriste-a-la-tete-de-la-culture-and-de-la-communication-114283
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C.2 The fabulous world of Amadou Hampâté Bâ. From a singular relationship between the writer and his reader, PUF, ISBN: 978-2-84050-958-5, 2014, 228 p.
The work of the Malian writer Amadou Hampâté Bâ reveals his will to contribute to the construction of a discourse that will allow to insert Africa in a universal framework. An indefatigable researcher, he collects throughout his life a set of traditions and ancestral knowledge through his tales, his initiatic or historical narratives, his portraits of characters, which he writes in French for a public of Western culture.
Website: http://pups.paris-sorbonne.fr/
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C.3 The National Research Agenda of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO)
Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, the SACO is a research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa through a range of innovative statistical methodologies, audits and research tools.
One of the key functions of the South African Cultural Observatory include advanced theoretical and policy-relevant research on cultural trends and the cultural economy.
This task is implemented in the framework of the NRA meant to focus research efforts in 15 thematic areas of the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa.
For promoting the exchange of ideas, the SACO is organizing its 2017 National Conference on the interface between the creative economy and development Johannesburg, 24 - 25 May 2017.
More information at https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/
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C.4 Open access to African Music Journal
THE International Library for African Music (ILAM) is offering free access to the African Music Journal’s digitized version on the Rhodes University website.
African Music (ISSN 0065-4019) is an annual, peer reviewed academic journal established in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, founder of ILAM. The journal publishes original articles pertaining to
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contextualised studies of African music and related arts. Since it was re-launched in 2007 it features a CD compilation of audio examples illustrating the articles in each edition.
The journal is available here: https://www.ru.ac.za/ilam/publications/africanmusicjournal/
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C.5 South African Performing Arts Database Booklet
Produced in 2016 the booklet intends to improve contact among the artists.
The launch of the Performing Arts Database Booklet forms part of the Ministerial mobilization campaign that seeks to harness ideas from the public and artists within the efforts of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) for the promotion of the creative sector.
The Minister launched this campaign to engage young aspiring artists to both local and international market while at the same time create an enabling environment for collaborations.
Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201607270454.html
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D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 The 33rd International Film Festival "Vue d'Afrique" (Montreal, April 14 - 23, 2017)
Vues d'Afrique takes place in Montréal with the participation of more than one hundred films representing 37 countries of the world, namely Morocco, the special guest of this edition.
Vues d'Afrique is establishing itself as the reference organization for the information and dissemination of cultural productions on African and, Creole countries, in particular audiovisual productions on all current and emerging local and international platforms. Vues d'Afrique promotes dialogue between African and Creole countries and other peoples.
The program also includes symposia, debates and a resource bank. This year's colloquium is organized under the theme Cinematographic co-production in Africa: Morocco's leadership.
Website: http://www.vuesdafrique.com/cinema/mot-de-bienvenue
Contact: http://www.vuesdafrique.com/a-propos/contact
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D.2 World Book and Copyright Day 2017 (23 April)
World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote our vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens.
With the framework of the convention, UNESCO is working to promote a better understanding of issues related to disability and to mobilize support for the recognition of the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities and of the benefits of their integration in society.
This is the spirit guiding Conakry, designated World Book Capital 2017, in recognition of its programme to promote reading among youth and underprivileged sections of the population.
Read the message from UNESCO Director-General at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd
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D.3 Arts Rights Justice Program: Academy & Conference (ARJ, Hildesheim, Germany, 24 August – 1 September 2017)
The program seeks to convey and professionalize skills, ensure the exchange of knowledge, make the most of multiplier effects and build expertise on the subject. Therefore, the aim is to strengthen and expand structures for the promotion and protection of artistic freedom.
The program was developed in cooperation with 30 international expert institutions and is initially intended to run from 2017 until 2019. It will encompass an annual academy accompanied by an international conference at the Hildesheim Kulturcampus; a series of satellite workshops in the partner regions; and an open access online library.
The ARJ Academy will be organized as a one-week training and will be a mix of workshops, discussions, presentations, expert insights and other innovative formats. 30-40 participants will join international experts and lecturers from the University of Hildesheim.
The international ARJ Conference will attract around 120 participants and facilitate connections with institutions active in the field and highlight discourse and required actions.
Read more at http://arts-rights-justice.de/
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D.4 The 37th IMC General Assembly (Pafos, Cyprus, 11-12 June 2017)
The biennial General Assembly is the main arena of the IMC membership, as well as its principal decisional body. Its coming session will take place in the framework of the 7th edition of the European Forum on Music (EFM). For the first time, the European Music Council joins forces with one of our international member organisations, the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), combining their annual conferences to produce a unique event. This year’s EFM is hosted by Pafos2017, European Capital of Culture.
Under the forum title “Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures”, this collaboration will bring together delegates of music organisations representing different genres and areas of music life in Europe and beyond, to exchange with each other, be inspired and plan future co-operations.
Website: http://www.imc-cim.org/create-members-events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/06/11/218/132/37th-session-of-the-imc-general-assembly.html
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D.5 Festival Production Management Training: Antwerp, 17 – 20 January 2018
The Festival Academy opens the call for application for Edition 2018 of the Festival Production Management Training. The deadline for application is 31 May 2017.
The three-module programme targets early career production managers from all over the world who will be guided by international renowned production managers. Following two successful editions, The Festival Academy continues its collaboration with deSingel International Arts Campus where Module I will take place from 17 to 20 January 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The Festival Production Management Training is a format developed by The Festival Academy. The programme has been set up to allow flexibility in attending the different modules. More information at https://www.thefestivalacademy.eu/en/home/
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E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Selected information from Allafrica/Informations provenant de Allafrica:
Ethiopia: Call for National Culture Week Recognition
As the Ethiopian National Culture Week constitutes a huge tourism potential and cultural phenomenon for ethnographers, a call to take advantages to this end has recently made. The week is characterized by a unique, diversified, colorful cultures of over 80 nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia. http://allafrica.com/stories/201704190817.html
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Sudan: Author's International Literary Award 'for All Sudanese'
Geneva — Sudanese novelist Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin has won the 2017 edition of the Committed Book Prize of La Cène Littéraire for his novel Le Messie du Darfour. The annual La Cène Littéraire awards are based in Switzerland, and honour African literature than has been translated into French. La Cène Littéraire describes The Messiah of Darfur as "a dense, epic and edifying novel about the Darfur War which, since 2003, has a terrifying record of about 300,000 dead. http://allafrica.com/stories/201704200628.html
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F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the web site of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
World Press Freedom Day 2017: Critical Minds for Critical Times
UNESCO, f Indonesia, and the Press Council of Indonesia will co-organize the World Press Freedom Day's main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony (Jakarta, 1-4 May 2017). Under the global theme of Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies, participants will examine current challenges facing media, including the continuous trend worldwide of attacks against those who bring journalism to the public. The outcomes of this session will feed into the Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Strengthening the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. More information at http://en.unesco.org/wpfd
Web site: http://www.unesco.org/new/fr/communication-and-information/resources/
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F.2 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
Cultural policies for sustainable development: four strategic paths
In the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the role of culture is limited. We argue that culture’s absence is rooted in the lasting interplay among policy debates on culture in sustainable development and on cultural policy since the mid-twentieth century. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/QxZC4ZFwrv4Cksc72su8/full
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F.3 Africultures
Arab Cinema Meetings 2016: How to say the present time?
By Olivier Barlet - In the diversity of the programming of a festival, emerging trends that speak to us about the research and tensions that live cinematographies. The fourth edition of the International Meeting of Arab Cinemas which took place in Marseille from 30 to 4 December 2016 was filled with questions about the form to be adopted in the cinema in order to meet the current challenges of the Arab world. http://africultures.com/rencontres-des-cinemas-arabes-2016-14037/
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African Festival - 100% Afriques (Paris, La Villette, 29 March to 21 May 2017)
This festival, which is continuing to broaden its horizons, is the second edition of the 100% festival presenting the contemporary African scene in all its facets: dance, theater music, fashion, design, exhibition, culinary creation. 100% is also Afriques Capitales, this exhibition is an opportunity to discover the contemporary African art scene through all media. http://africultures.com/evenements/?no=46581
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The panorama of Maghreb and Middle East cinemas (Saint-Denis, 25 April to 14 May)
The 12th edition features 50 films to capture the pulse of the Maghreb and the Middle East, combining fictions and documentaries, popular successes, previews and discoveries of previously unpublished works, as well as a competition of short films and A focus devoted to the vitality of Algerian cinematographic creation. This represents a program of twenty days punctuated with meetings with personalities of the cinema, round tables, literary encounters http://africultures.com/evenements/?no=46758
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International Pan-African Film Festival (Cannes, France, 05 - 09 April 2017)
With the theme "USA: Yesterday - Today & Tomorrow", the 14th edition of the Cannes Film Festival also pays tribute to the Independent African-American Cinema. In addition, the Festival will have as usual a great choice between films from Africa, its diaspora and the rest of the world. The program will feature fictions and documentaries. conferences, workshops, and a "Pan-African Salon". http://africultures.com/murmures/?no=20244
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F.4 Arterial Network Newsletter Lettre d’information du Réseau Arterial
African Cultural and Creative Industries Fair (FICCA, Abidjan, 2–4 November 2017)
During its meeting in Seychelles (June 2016), the Steering Committee of Arterial Network decided to set up a cultural and creative industries fair on the continent in order to give a logical and practical follow-up to the lessons learned from the ACEC. Conceived as an international platform for exchange, sharing and meeting between professionals in the creative sector, the FICCA is a space with a multiplier effect. More information at
http://www.arterialnetwork.org/article/announce_ficca_march_2017
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F.5 The Cultural Policy in the Arab Region (ARCP) Newsletter
Sudan: Sennar, Capital of Islamic Culture 2017 to Launch in March
In late March 2017, Sennar Capital of Islamic Culture festivities started under the patronage of the Sudanese Ministry of Culture in collaboration with a commission of experts sent by the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Sennar governorate. Minister of Culture Al-Tayeb Hassan Badawi said that Sudan would be welcoming numerous guests and cultural symbols and that the program would show-off Sudan’s cultural legacy and civilization. Read more on the program at http://scic17.gov.sd/index.php/en/
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F.6 ICCROM News
Prioritizing Preservation using the RiskManagement Approach
By investigating risk management in other fields such as health and finance, and thanks to over a decade of international training and case studies, ICCROM and CCI have developed and refined an new methodology now available for download in two complementary publications.
http://www.iccrom.org/prioritizing-preservation-using-the-risk-management-approach/
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F.7 Pambazuka News Lettre d’information Pambazuka
The role of culture in Africa’s development
Africa is a vast continent with diversity of cultures. Rather than see this as an impediment to development, the continent should take advantage of this rich cultural diversity in its quest for economic development and should change the attitudes of its people towards work, interpersonal trust, time, youth and women. https://www.pambazuka.org/economics/role-culture-africa%E2%80%99s-development
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F.8 Arts Management Newsletter
Arts Management Education: We need to unlearn ways in which we learned in the past
In this interview, Alan Salzenstein (De Paul University, Chicago) and Martin Zierold (Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe) talk about the relevance of teaching “transformation skills” to arts management students.
http://artsmanagement.net/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=1800
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Culture Management. Strategy andMarketing Aspects by Lukasz Wróblewski
This book recognizes that the pressures on the cultural sector in the 21st Century are greater than before. It is an invaluable tool for all those working in the cultural world to develop future strategies. http://artsmanagement.net/index.php?module=books&func=display&bkid=874
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The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research by Vlad Petre Glăveanu
This book brings together leading international experts in creativity and culture research to provide an overview of current debates. This Handbook provides a global outlook on current creativity research in this emergent field. https://artshacker.com/change-the-theater-experience/
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F.9 Jeunesse musicale
The Transcription of AfricanMusic: Is it a Way to Value Local Music?
By Music Crossroads Intern, Joanne van Spyk - Transcribing music means the reduction of recorded sound to standard Western music notation. Ethnomusicologists have discussed widely to what extent it is possible to write down folk music or if it is possible at all. Basically, a transcript can provide some useful information to a local musician, who knows the style but cannot capture all aspects for an outsider to understand the music fully. Traditionally, African music is passed on orally from one generation to the next. Children grow up hearing music and learn to play the songs by listening and watching, and eventually participating in the performance. http://jmi.net/media/article/the-transcription-of-african-music
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F.10 Cyberkaris - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
Blue Helmets for Heritage?
A few days ago, Ministers of Culture of the G7 (i.e. the seven most industrialized countries), met in Florence with the Commissioner for Culture of the European Commission. The aim was to come up with measures to preserve cultural heritage as world heritage. One of the most notable initiatives was to appoint 'blue helmets' (UN soldiers) specifically for heritage. But the final declaration of the conference, entitled 'Culture as an instrument for dialogue between peoples', contains a series of other interesting proposals. http://interarts.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c6738c6010b710a80c771b993&id=fd355b6388&e=32ef509486
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New options for the ACP-EU art and culture support programme
A kick-off meeting for a new project financed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development was held on 30 March in Brussels. Its aim was to explore options for a new EU support programme for ACP countries in the cultural industries. The EUC hopes that the new programme will boost the creation of cultural goods and services from these countries.
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Audience development in the arts
Audience development specialist Shoshana Fanizza Danoff has a website and blog aimed at the culture and artistic sectors on: Audience Development Specialists. The goal is to help cultural managers and artists form new perspectives on building audiences. Her approach goes beyond focussing on revenues to factor in other critical dimensions such as the long-term impact, community-building and self training. http://buildmyaudience.com/
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F.11 Africalia
Africalia’s New program of cultural cooperation for 2017-2021
Pursuing the will to structure and professionalize the cultural actors in Africa, this new program will give a central place to the creativity, source of social and economic transformations. For the next 5 years, Africalia will be working in Burkina Faso, Kenya, DRC, Rwanda, Senegal (phasing out) and Zimbabwe. These will also bring a series of innovations 14
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F.12 Nhimbe Trust-NPAAC Newsletter (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe), July 2016
The workshop on Harnessing cultural statistics for sustainable development in Zimbabwe
The workshop, organized in Harare from 21 to 24 March 2017 by UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, gathered participants from the government and civil society to explore the best methods for gathering a solid evidence base to measure the impact of cultural resources. The workshop reviewed the Quadrennial Periodic Report submitted in 2016 as part of the country’s monitoring of progress on the 2005 Convention The forum was aimed at the consolidation of cultural statistics in Zimbabwe by using the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS).
Web site: http://www.nhimbe.org
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F.13 Culture Montréal
Budget for 2017-2018 - In its new Cultural Policy, Québec gives priority to digital issues
In the estimates, Culture Montréal notes that the amounts allocated to the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) and Crown corporations reporting to the Minister of Culture and Communications Subject of any increase. However, a number of measures have been announced in the 2017-2018 Budget. The presentation of the proposed renewal of the Québec Cultural Policy is scheduled for next fall. Read the press release at
http://culturemontreal.ca/budget-quebec-2017-2018-lecture/
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F.14 Chronique commerce, culture et numérique ( «Trade, Culture and Digital Age»
The US Grip on Global Trade in Cultural Goods and Services in the Digital Age?
Published on this issue (Issue 12, No. 3, April 2017), deals with the concerns that this United States holds for trade agreements that are under negotiation or to come. First, Gilbert Gagné presents his latest book, "The Trade and Culture Debate: Evidence from US Trade Agreements.". Secondly, we return to the conference on "Cultures and digital: towards what future?" Organized by Université de Montréal (UdeM) on March 23rd by the Office for the Development of the French Language and the Francophonie. The issue ends with the measures taken in Europe to develop access to legal offer while promoting European films.
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F.15 C-NEWS - Culturelink Newsletter
Creative Disruption in the Arts: Politics, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact
The 2017 STP&A conference on Creative Disruption in the Arts: Politics, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact will be held in Minneapolis, USA, on 12 - 14 October 2017. The theme for the 2017 conference is built around the multiple disruptive roles of the arts in foreseeing and responding to political dysfunction, reflecting the need for a positive social change. Proposal submission deadline is 15 May 2017. http://www.culturelink.org/conf/diary/2017.html#stpa
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Visa For Music 2017
The 4th edition of Visa for Music, the first professional music market for Africa and the Middle East, will be held in Rabat, Morocco, on 22 - 25 November 2017. 30 artists or groups will be selected by a qualified jury to perform in front of music industry professionals from all over the world. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2017.
http://www.culturelink.org/conf/diary/2017.html#visa
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Critical Arts Special Issue: Contemporary African Cultural Studies
Critical Arts, the Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies recently published its Special Issue on Contemporary African Cultural Studies. The theme issue includes articles on contemporary orientations in African Cultural Studies and its potential future, African queer studies, its non-migrant diasporas, postcolonial
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In this issue
A. News from OCPA
The activities of the Executive Director and of the Assistant Research Coordinator
A.1 Mission to Chibuene
A.2 Mission to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
A.3 Contribution of the OCPA to the finalization of the new cultural policy of the DRC
A.4 Preparation of a workshop on sectoral policy in the field of the performing arts in Africa
A.5 Participation in the 2nd session of the Liaison Committee of NGOs in cooperation with UNESCO
A.6 Hamadou Mandé at the Workshop of the National Team in Charge of the Preparation of the 2nd
Quadrennial Report (RPQ) of Burkina Faso on the Implementation of the 2005 Convention
Other information
A.7 Study by Marcel Diouf, entitled "From the Cultural Charter for Africa (1976) to the Charter for
African Cultural Renaissance (2006): The development of the cultural doctrine of Africa"
A.8 Publication on the Internet of the Synthesis of the Seminar on the Strategy of the Campaign for the
Implementation of the Charter of the Cultural Renaissance of Africa
A.9 Calls for participation
B. News, events and projects in Africa B. Nouvelles, événements et projets en Afrique
B.1 4th Sterkfontein Composers Meeting, 20 February – 1 March 2017, Nirox Foundation, SA
B.2 The 25th edition of FESPACO (Ouagadougou, 25 February – 4 March 2017)
B.3 Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF, Cape Town, 17 – 19 February 2017)
B.4 International Theatre and Puppet Festival of Ouagadougou 2017 (FITMO)
B.5 The 9th edition of the Africa Musics Market "Le Kolatier 2017" (Yaoundé, 11 - 14 October 2017) -
Call for applications
C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Senegal: Macky Sall Asks for Building a National School of Art and Culture
C.2 Congo-Brazzaville: Towards a Cultural and Artistic Renewal
C.3 Rwanda: National Action Plan for Arts and Culture (NPAAC)
C.4 Mauritius: Arts and culture - Mauritian Social Democratic Party (PMSD) files left unresolved
C.5 Morocco: Waiting for a new cultural start!
D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 La Rencontre de Bruxelles... in the heart of Europe yes, but what kind of Europe are we really talking
about? (Brussel, 8 - 10 February 2017)
D.2 Meeting of the International Scientific Committee of Volume IX of the General History of Africa
(Havana, Cuba, 23 - 28 January 2017)
D.3 International conference to focus on challenges facing World Heritage museums
D.4 Africa: Exhibition - "Africa of the roads" at the Museum of Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac
D.5 Film festival and Middle Eastern culture 2017: open call
E. Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Links to portals
E.2 Selected information from Allafrica
• South Africa: Deputy Minister John Jeffery - Media Briefing on Traditional Courts Bill
• Nigeria: For the House of Culture, Tourism to Breathe Again
• Nigeria: Entertainment Industry - Platform to Create Jobs for Nigerian Youths
• Kenya: Over 300 Artistes from Six Counties in Strategic Plan to Fight Exploitation
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F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the web site of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
• World Radio Day 2017
F.2 News of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies - Acorns
• 7th World Summit on Arts & Culture Report now available
F.3 Africultures
• Musical Days of Carthage 2017 (Tunisia, 8 - 15 April 2017)
F.4 Arterial Network Newsletter Lettre d’information du Réseau Arterial
• Arterial Network Chairperson's Report 2016 – Message of the president Mamou Daffé
F.5 Culture resource – Mawred (Beirut)
• Meeting of Arab National Cultural Policy Group in Tunis Assesses a Year of Activities
F.6 South African Art Times
• The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
F.7 Agenda 21 Culture Circular
• The 2nd UCLG Culture Summit (Jeju-do, Republic of Korea, 10-13 May 2017)
F.8 Cyberkaris – The monthly information newsletter of the Interarts Fondation
• 8th International Seminar on Cultural Policy: call for papers
F.9 Culture Montréal
• $ 110 million for festivals
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A. News from OCPA
The activities of the Executive Director and of the Assistant Research Coordinator
A.1 Mission to Chibuene
With a view to renew the cooperation between the Prince Claus Foundation and OCPA, the
Executive Director traveled to Chibuene (Vilanculos), in the Mozambican province of
Inhambane, on 8 January 2017, where he visited the archaeological site of the Eduardo
Mondlane University and the interpretation center erected on this site by OCPA in cooperation
with the Ministry of Culture in 2009. At the end of the visit, he submitted a technical report in
view of making the Center more operational.
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A.2 Mission to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Lupwishi Mbuyamba then traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
which is preparing to host in August 2017 the first Pan-African Festival of Choral Singing
organized jointly by the Confederation of African Choral Singers and the Congolese Federation
for Choral Music. In addition to the numerous meetings and negotiations he had in this context,
he met Mr. Nzey, President of the National Federation of Theater, FENATH, in preparation for
the participation of the theater group "Les Marabouts" and its Angolan partner at the artistic
meeting scheduled by the Alto Mae House of Culture in Maputo, Mozambique, for the
celebration by artists from the SADC Member States of Africa Day in May 2017.
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A.3 Contribution of the OCPA to the finalization of the new cultural policy of the DRC
In Kinshasa, the Executive Director was also informed of the wish of the new Minister of
Culture, Mr Sylvain-Maurice Masheku, expressed during a meeting of cultural associations and
institutions gathered on the occasion of the New Year, to solicit The contribution of the OCPA
to the preparation of the final version of the document of the DRC national cultural policy.
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A.4 Preparation of a workshop on sectoral policy for performing arts in Africa
OCPA is preparing the organization of a workshop on the sectoral policy for performing arts in
Africa, as part of the 13th edition of the Festival on the Niger which opens in Segou, central
Mali on 1 February 2017.. Hamadou Mande, Assistant Research Coordinator at OCPA, will
lead the meeting in cooperation with Arterial Network and the Koré Institute of the Foundation
on the Niger River.
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A.5 Participation in the 2nd session of the Liaison Committee of NGOs in official
cooperation with UNESCO
Finally, the Executive Director will participate in Paris on 7 February 2017 at the second
session of the Liaison Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations in official cooperation
with UNESCO, in which OCPA represents Africa.
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A.6 Hamadou Mandé at the Workshop of the National Team in Charge of Drafing the
2nd Quadrennial Report (RPQ) of Burkina Faso on the implementation of the2005
UNESCO Convention
Hamadou Mandé, professor at the University of Ouaga 1 Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Deputy Research
Coordinator and Focal Point for OCPA in Burkina Faso participated in the Training Workshop
held at CERAV / Afrique in Bobo Dioulasso from 24 to 26 January 2017 in view of
strengthening the capacities of the national team in charge of the 2nd Quadriennial Report of
Burkina Faso on the Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the
Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO, Paris, 2005). He participated in this event as
General Rapporteur of the National Team. The workshop was animated by Valeria Marcolin
and Francisco D’Almeida and benfitted from the presence of the Secretariat of the Convention
represented by Melika Caucino-Medici.
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Other activities
A.7 Study by Marcel Diouf, entitled "From the Cultural Charter (1976) to the Charter
for African Cultural Renaissance (2006): The stages of development of the cultural
doctrine of Africa"
This document was prepared by Marcel Mahawa Diouf, former Director of the Education and
Culture Division, a member of the Administrative Committee of the OCPA, and his focal point
for West Africa.
It served as a basis for the author's introductory presentation to the Seminar on the Strategy for
the Campaign for the Implementation of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance (Maputo,
12-15 October 2016) organized by The International Organization of the Francophony (OIF
(Paris) and the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA, Maputo) under the patronage
of the Commission of the African Union and with the support of the Ministry of the
Government of Mozambique.
This two-part document briefly summarizes the genesis and elaboration of that culminated in
the adoption of the Cultural Charter for Africa by the OAU in 1976 in Port Louis (Mauritius)
and its revision in 2006 AU in Khartoum, Sudan, under the name of the Charter for African
Cultural Renaissance. The conclusion evokes one of the shortcomings of the two charters,
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which, given the current challenges, can explain the slowness of ratifications by the Member
States.
The text of the presentation has been posted on the OCPA Facebook website and can be
accessed at:
Https://www.facebook.com/notes/ocpa-observatory-of-cultural-policies-in-africa/de-la-charteculturelle-
1976-a-la-charter-de-la-renaissance-culturelle- 2006/1407371539293223
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A.8 Publication on the Internet of the Synthesis of the Seminar on the Strategy of the
Campaign for the Implementation of the Charter of the Cultural Renaissance of Africa
Referring to the information published in the issue 349 (October 2016) of OCPA News we
inform the readers that the summary conclusions of the Seminar can be found on the OCPA
Facebook page at
Https://www.facebook.com/notes/ocpa-observatory-of-cultural-policies-in-africa/synthesesystem-
support-on-strat- The-campaign-for-the-promotion-of-the-c-1405
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A.9 Calls for participation
The OCPA Secretariat has registered several calls for applications for major cultural programs
and events for which it strongly recommends participation.
They concern namely
• Appeal from the Hildesheim University in Germany for doctoral studies in music and in
the fields of cultural development in the western region of Africa organized in
cooperation with the Maidougouri and Ghanaian universities of Cape Coast;
• The Call for the AFRICA CANTAT festival in Kinshasa (6-12 August 2017).
• The call for MASA 2018 in Abidjan.
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For previous news and OCPA activities click on
http://www.ocpanet.org/activities/news/index-en.html
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B. News, events and projects in Africa B. Nouvelles, événements et projets
en Afrique
B.1 4th Sterkfontein Composers Meeting, 20 February – 1 March 2017, Nirox Foundation,
SA
Following the success of the third meeting in 2015, we welcome them again in 2017 together
with ten participating composers from South Africa and Uganda.
Composers were invited to submit short pieces for trombone and percussion to be developed
during the ten days of the meeting. during which the artists-in-residence will give seminars on
their instruments and selected works from their repertoire, and each participating composer
will give a presentation about one of their own recent pieces. Members of the faculty and the
board will also lead discussions about all aspects of composition and new music.
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It is hoped that these meeting will encourage a greater understanding about, and awareness of,
new composition, its diversity and its trends of experimentation in South Africa.
The sponsors are: Musikverket (Sweden), Nirox Foundation (SA), SAMRO Foundation (SA),
Africa Open: Institute for Music Research and Innovation (SA)
Website: www.michaelblake.co.za/sterkfontein-composers-meeting
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B.2 The 25th edition of FESPACO (Ouagadougou, 25 February – 4 March 2017)
The 25th edition of FESPACO (Pan African Festival of Film and Television of Ouagadougou)
will focus on “Training of Professionals for Cinema and Audiovisual Production.”
FESPACO is considered as one of the biggest film events on the African continent. This
biennial event brings together every second year for one week, African and not – African
professionals and festival – goers from all over the world sharing one common factor: the
interest in the development of the African film created in Africa and by artists of the African
Diaspora. During this great film event, various film competitions are organized and
professionals of the seventh art demonstrate their expertise and excellence as well as thir
efforts made with a view to put the African cinema on the international stage.
Site web: https://www.fespaco.bf/en/fespaco-2017
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B.3 Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF, Cape Town, 17 – 19 February 2017)
The 5th edition of CTAF will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre
(CTICC). Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, CTAF 2017 will include the foremost
galleries from South Africa, the African continent, and abroad.
As to the innovations, the fair will include the Unframed section, which will exhibit largescale,
museum-quality sculptures and new media installations. Once again, Tomorrows/Today
will present solo presentations by some of the most exciting emerging artists from Africa and
the diaspora.
The programme will also include the Cultural Platforms section, showcasing art institutions
and non-profit organisations, as well as curated walkabouts and talks by art professionals.
Web site: http://www.capetownartfair.co.za/about/#the-fair
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B.4 International Theatre and Puppet Festival of Ouagadougou 2017 (FITMO)
The organizers of FITMO are pleased to inform artists, the public, media men and partners and
friends of culture that the 16th edition of FITMO will be held from 4 November to 2 December
2017 in Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Niger under the theme "Theater and
Human Development".
The 2017 edition of the FITMO will be held in accordance with the following timetable:
• Burkina Faso (FITMO / FAB) from 04 to 10 November 2017;
• in Mali (FITMO / FAM) from 13 to 15 November 2017;
• in Côte d'Ivoire (FITMO / FACI) from 18 to 21 November 2017;
• in Togo (FITMO / FAT) from 24 to 28 November 2017;
• in Niger (FITMO / FAN) from 29 November to 02 December 2017.
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FITMO is a festival open to all the arts (theater, puppets, music, dance, circus, tales, cinema,
visual arts and plastics). Artists wishing to take part in the 16th edition are requested to send
their application form before March 30, 2017, including an artistic proposal (Project file / Press
book) and a video (for shows), in a physical version and / or digital, to: FITMO / Espace
Culturel Gambidi 01 BP. 5743 Ouagadougou 01 Burkina Faso.
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B.5 The 9th edition of the Africa Musics Market "Le Kolatier 2017" (Yaoundé, 11 - 14
October 2017) - Call for applications
Le Kolatier is a platform for meetings and exchanges between actors in the field of music
industry, with the aim of providing a good opportunity for emerging African music groups and
contributing to the development of the African music industry.
The organization does not pay fees, but can take care of the accomodations during the market
period (hotel and meal), and offers accreditations to participate in all activities.
The deadline for submitting applications is 30 April 2017.
For the submission of applications and the online form on http://lekolatier-market.org/.
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C. News about cultural policies, institutions and resources in Africa
C.1 Senegal: Macky Sall Asks for Building a National School of Art and Culture
Dakar - President Macky Sall asked the government Wednesday in council of ministers to
quickly build a national school dedicated to the arts and crafts of culture.
"The Head of State asks the government to take the necessary steps to ensure the full
implementation of the law on copyright and neighboring rights, to initiate the opening of a
national school of arts, crafts and culture, in adapted and modern premises ", reports the
communiqué of the Council of Ministers.
Macky Sall also congratulated the Minister of Culture and Communication, Mbagnick Ndiaye,
the Mayor of the City of Kolda and the public of the 9th edition of the National Festival of Arts
and Culture (FESNAC), which took place recently in this City of the south of the country.
The President of the Republic "has enhanced the authenticity of Senegalese art and the
creativity of our artists, who contribute to the flourishing of our populations, as well as to the
international reputation of Senegal," the press release issued after the meeting Government.
"The Head of State invites the government to pursue the policy of decentralization of cultural
action," the source added. Macky Sall sees cultural industries as the "pillars of a culture
economy that creates jobs and enhances the talents of our artists."
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He also called on the government to "support the promotion of books and art in general, and
called for" safeguarding classified buildings and sites ", which are" valuable elements of our
national heritage ".
Website: http://www.allafrica.com/stories/201701050757.html
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C.2 Congo-Brazzaville: Towards a Cultural and Artistic Renewal
By Bruno Okokana and Rosalie Bindika January 3, 2017 - Cultural activity in 2016 was more
or less eventful with a series of promises made to several structures under supervision of the
Minister of Culture and Arts, Leonidas Carel Mottom Mamoni.
Appointed to this position on 30 April 2016, in replacement of Bienvenu Okiemy, Léonidas
Carel Mottom Mamoni, Minister of Culture and Arts, began his duties with a great dynamism.
The weeks following his arrival at the head of the Department of Culture and Arts, Leonidas
Carel Mottom Mamoni met various cultural actors to listen to them and assess the needs of the
cultural community. It emerged from these meetings that the cultural sector is not structured.
In view of this, the Minister focuses on three points, namely cultural diplomacy; the
development of cultural activities and the promotion of cultural life. It also aims to create two
or three incubators, which are operational structures, in line with the head of state's social
program, the Way to Development. This sector is full of young people. As a result, this sector
is becoming a vector of direct and indirect job creation.
It also planned to strengthen the state's support for the development of music (the international
music festival, FESPAM, traditional music), arts (the Poto-Poto painting school), theater and
cinema (the creation of a National Film Center), literature and publishing.
Read more at http://en.allafrica.com/stories/201701040124.html
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C.3 Rwanda: National Action Plan for Arts and Culture (NPAAC)
The Ishyo Arts Centre (Kigali, Rwanda) organized a first stakeholders meeting towards the
development of the “Rwanda Creative Sector National Action Plan for Arts and Culture”. The
meeting was attended by members of the local creative civil society as well as the
representatives of the government, the UNESCO National Commission and other partners.
Web site: https://www.docdroid.net/1LhmwHj/culture-lens-nhimbe-newsletter-december-
2016.pdf.html
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C.4 Mauritius: Arts and Culture - Mauritian Social Democratic Party (PMSD) files left
unresolved
By Aline Groëme-Harmon - During the passage of the PMSD in the present government, arts
and culture were shared between the ministry and the Ministry of Tourism - Festival Kreol,
museum of slavery, among others. His departure left many files to advance.
These include
• the construction of the Culture House
• the launch of the project for national competitions and artistic prizes
• the launching of the International Indentured Labour Route Project (ref. Slave Route)
• the creation of the Musical Stadium
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• the preparation of a proposal for the inclusion of the Sega drum (Rodrigues) to the
UNESCO list of the Intangible World Heritage (ref. inscription of the „geet gawai”)
• the fight against piracy
• the opening of the Cultural Villages (exhibition spaces for artists)
• the installation of the Museum of Slavery
• the development of the Copyright Act, Status of the Artist Bill and the Bill on the
creation of a new Film Commission.
The Minister of Social Integration and Economic Development and Minister for Arts and
Culture, the Honorable Mr. Prithvirajsing Roopun, will be responsible for monitoring these
projects.
Read the article at http://www.allafrica.com/stories/201701030174.html
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C.5Morocco: Waiting for a new cultural start!
By Mustapha Elouizi - December 30 216 - For the Minister of Culture or his successor, the
time has come to change the approach. The cultural sector is proving to be an ongoing struggle
for the establishment of the principles of citizenship and the eradication of the germs of
extremism and hatred. And it seems that what is undertaken remains insufficient or even
insignificant, as the stakes are great at the societal level.
Young people in particular suffer from a blatant lack of a basic cultural infrastructure, but also
a new breath.
On a day-to-day basis, the leaders reiterate the same discourse in relation to the project of
modern and democratic society. This becomes a loophole to avoid dealing with substantive
issues.
It also seems that the department no longer knows where to head. Failing to look at a new
strategy with viable tools, we manage everyday life. We are far from the role of the image in
the construction of the imagination of young people.
In the meantime, therefore, while waiting for the conception of a thoughtful strategy, we
deplore the emergence of insidious projects.
Read the article at http://www.allafrica.com/stories/201612300386.html
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D. News, institutions, resources and events in other regions
D.1 La Rencontre de Bruxelles... in the heart of Europe yes, but what kind of Europe are
we really talking about? (Brussel, 8 - 10 February 2017)
Europe of insiders; Europe of extremes; Europe of crises; Europe of metropolises; Europe of
finance... Are those the kinds of Europe we really want: a ran-down ideal which is not in
adequacy with the realities of European territories any more? Of course, LIKE wants to be at
the heart of Europe; but what kind of Europe are we really talking about?
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LIKE settles down in Brussels to look into the crises urging the militants of Europe to re-think
the bases of the European project. First one of these crises: the "migration crisis".
Europe’s inertia has made a crisis of an influx, headlined Balkan Insight in 2015. But what
about it two years later? The lack of a European concerted response facing the migration
“crisis” is chilling even to the strongest supporter of our community of nations: is it thinkable
that on such topics, Europe will never be able to stand together politically?
Web site: http://www.likeculture.eu/qui-sommes-nous.htm
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D.2 Meeting of the International Scientific Committee of Volume IX of the General
History of Africa (Havana, Cuba, 23 - 28 January 2017)
The International Scientific Committee of Volume IX of the General History of Africa will
hold its fifth meeting, organized by UNESCO, in Havana, Cuba, from 23 to 28 January 2017.
The main objective of the meeting is to assess the progress of the work, review and validate the
latest papers submitted by the authors and discuss the modalities for finalizing the volume by
the end of 2017.
This meeting will also allow members of the Committee to exchange with Cuban researchers,
artists, civil society and journalists on new approaches and concepts developed for the
preparation of this volume.
As part of this meeting, a concert by Ray Lema and Cuban musicians will be organized to
launch the Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa in Cuba.
Web site: http://en.unesco.org/events/meeting-international-scientific-committee-volume-ixgeneral-
history-africa-1
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D.3 International conference to focus on challenges facing World Heritage museums
An international UNESCO conference on 2 and 3 November at the Organization’s
Headquarters will examine challenges facing the 8,000 museums worldwide that are situated in
World Heritage sites, some of which, like the museums of Mosul in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria,
have been sacked or damaged in conflict situations.
Organized by UNESCO and the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARCWH), the
event was focussed on the role of museums as conveyors of the shared history of sites and their
duties with regard to heritage conservation. Separate sessions will also turn to the growing
influence of museums on local communities and the specific challenges facing endangered
World Heritage museums and sites.
More information about the conference at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/mediaservices/
single-view/news/international_conference_to_focus_on_challenges_facing_world/
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D.4 Africa: Exhibition - "Africa of the roads" at the musée du Quai Branly-Jacques
Chirac
By Dona Elikia - From January 31 to November 12, 2017, the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques
Chirac presents an unprecedented exhibition, "Africa of the Roads", through 300 sculptures,
such as a new portrait of a continent at the crossroads of worlds, Contrary to popular belief.
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The Africa of roads is a striking panorama of the continent. Each piece is a journey into an
Africa longtime ignored, especially where the Pan-African and extra-African exchanges began
thousands of years before the colonization and the arrival of the first Portuguese ships at the
end of the fifteenth century. Among the 300 sculptures, pieces of jewelry, ivory, paintings and
other objects, fruits of the richness and diversity of the continent.
Read the article at http://en.allafrica.com/stories/201612270627.html
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D.5 Film festival and Middle Eastern culture 2017: open call
Med Culture recently announced the launch of its call to participate in Middle East Now, the
eighth edition of the film festival which will take place in Florence from 4 to 6 April 2017. The
event is aimed at creators from the Middle East and North Africa and also features exhibitions
of photography, visual arts, painting, sculpture, debates and book presentations. Its aim is to
enhance awareness in Europe of contemporary creations from the countries in this geographical
region. Directors of feature films, documentaries, short films or animated films from
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco,
Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and
Yemen can submit proposals. The deadline for submissions is 5 February 2017.
Web site: http://www.middleastnow.it/now/en/
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E. Cultural Agenda in the African Press
E.1 Links to portals
http://fr.allafrica.com/arts/bydate/?n=1
http://www.africaonline.com/site/africa/arts.jsp
http://www.apanews.net/news/fr/rubrique.php?id=65
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/646/culture.htm
http://english.alarabonline.org/display.asp?code=zculturez
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E.2 Selected information from Allafrica
South Africa: Deputy Minister John Jeffery -Media Briefing on Traditional Courts Bill
The approval by Cabinet of the revised Traditional Courts Bill in December 2016 is a
culmination of the tireless work of the Reference Group made up of representatives of the
institutions of traditional leaders and members of civil society. During the colonial and the
apartheid era the traditional way of dispensing justice in accordance with communal values and
traditions existed side by side with the western courts. This led to the pluralist legal system.
The Constitution, as the Supreme Law has incorporated customary law into the mainstream
South African legal system making it part of the law of the land. It is for this reason that all
courts must apply customary law when such law is applicable in any matter before the court.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201701240402.html
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Nigeria: For the House of Culture, Tourism to Breathe Again
Last week, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture invited technical and financial bids
for the execution of some capital projects in line with the approved budget for the 2016
financial year. According to the bid notice published in some national dailies and in the tender
journal of government, the ministry requested qualified firms to obtain bids for four projects of
construction and renovation of structures at the Federal Government Press (FGP), Lagos State.
Some stakeholders had expected that whatever funding is available to the ministry should be
spent on seeing to the full implementation of problems militating against growth in the sector,
including implementing the revised Tourism Masterplan, the revised Cultural Policy, yet to be
implemented. http://allafrica.com/stories/201701180596.html
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Nigeria: Entertainment Industry - Platform to Create Jobs for Nigerian Youths
Mrs Bolanle Austine-Peters, a movie producer said that the entertainment industry can serve as
a veritable platform for creating jobs for Nigerian youths. The movie producer disclosed this in
Lagos that the multi-billion naira industry was capable of generating huge revenue for the
nation as well. Austine-peters, also the founder of Terra Kulture, a cultural firm, said that the
industry was also capable of employing millions of youths across the country. According to
her, the industry is the third largest employer around the world, and it has contributed to the
development of the nation. "The industry is full of creativities and potential that is capable of
developing a country”. http://allafrica.com/stories/201701160032.html
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Kenya: Over 300 Artistes From Six Counties in Strategic Plan to Fight Exploitation
More than 300 artistes from Nakuru and neighbouring counties have jointly formulated a threeyear
strategic plan that avert exploitation and enable them fully earn from royalties. Nakuru
Creative Economic Structure seeks to bring on board musicians, photographers, storytellers
and all people who earn a living through creativity onto a single online platform to promote
their works as well as jointly fight challenges that face the sector. Among the steps to be taken
include imposing punitive penalties on people who pirate their original works.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201612280395.html
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F. Info from newsletters and information services
F.1 News from the web site of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
World Radio Day 2017
The sixth edition of World Radio Day will be held on 13 February 2017, with all radio stations,
regulatory bodies and related organizations invited to plan special events or broadcasts to
celebrate how radio shapes our lives.The theme for the 2017 edition of World Radio Day is
“Radio is You!”, a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and
planning of radio broadcasting. Web site http://www.worldradioday.org/. Contact Alison
Meston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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F.2 News from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies -
ACORNS
7th World Summit on Arts & Culture Report now available
In October 2016 World Summit speakers and delegates explored the theme At the Crossroads?
Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century and addressed a number of critical issues. The Summit
Report provides an overview of programme highlights and key themes from the Summit.
https://ifacca.org/media/filer_public/62/ab/62ab5b85-7814-40cb-9bce-
9f3cb22b859b/eng_summit_report_web.pdf
Web site: www.ifacca.org
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F.3 Africultures
Musical Days of Carthage 2017 (Tunisia, 8 - 15 April 2017)
Festival and Arab-African competition, the Carthage Music Days (JMC) will be held, in their
fourth edition, with a representation of sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty application files were
received for the competition. The majority of the files were Tunisian (32 applications). The
remaining 18 cases were distributed among 8 Moroccans, 3 Egyptians, 1 Lebanese, 2
Senegalese, 1 Burkinabe, 1 Ivorian, 1 Central African and 1 Ghanaian. For the selection, the
jury was based on criteria such as creativity and originality. Finally, it chose 6 Tunisian artists
and 6 foreigners (Arabs and / or Africans). It should be noted that the foreign artists' cota must
not exceed 50% of the total number of participants according to rules. Read the press release at
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=murmure&no=20070
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F.4 Arterial Network Newsletter Lettre d’information du Réseau Arterial
Arterial Network Chairperson's Report 2016 –Message of the president Mamou Daffé
2016 has been a year for significant changes and realignment for our network. As a matter of
fact, we embarked on great reforms in a drive to strengthen our sector and rally all synergies on
the continent so as to impact our continent through overarching programmes (capacity
building, Creative Cities, Artwatch Africa and market access). We also learnt a lot and tried to
readjust our actions whenever it was necessary while maintaining a positive and energetic
mind. One of our motivations is to make Arterial Network a huge success, a model of solidarity
and collaboration for networking in Africa, while remaining sustainable. There were numerous
challenges encountered. Given the numerous challenges facing AN, we manage to place the
network on a fresh path of professionalism, while placing culture at the centre of the continent's
development policies. Thanks to the trust we have enjoyed from our Chapters, to the
commitment of the Secretariat and the support of our partners, we have successfully completed
the first phase. More at http://www.arterialnetwork.org/article/message_mamou_daffe_2016
Web site: http://arterialnetwork.org/
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F.5 Culture resource –Mawred (Beirut)
Meeting of Arab National Cultural Policy Group in Tunis Assesses a Year of Activities
Culture Resource organized the sixth meeting of the Arab Cultural Policy Group in Tunis
(Tunisia) from 3-4 December 2016. At the meeting, Culture Resource presented the direction
of its programming, including and successes, during 2016, and its plans for the new year to
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representatives of the various National Cultural Policy groups. Participants also discussed the
significant changes taking place in the Arab region in 2016 and their effects on cultural policies
in the various countries. The Arab Cultural Policy Group is made up of representatives of
national policy groups from 12 countries, which include Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen,
Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine, Mauritania and Egypt. The group was formed in 2011
with the aim of monitoring and developing cultural policies in the Arab region.
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F.6 South African Art Times
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
The Zeitz Museum is due to open in Cape Town in September in the historic Grain Silo at the
V&A Waterfront. It is attracting worldwide attention‚ and features in The Guardian’s “Top 10
new museum openings in 2017”. “It will be the biggest museum to open on the continent for
over a century‚” says the British newspaper. “It will be an influential place too: the $38-million
institution will be filled entirely with work created since the year 2000‚ and house the
impressive collection of Jochen Zeitz (German philanthropist and former CEO of Puma.” The
Guardian calls the 57-metre-high Grain Silo “a towering reminder of Cape Town’s industrial
heritage – and soon to be a symbol of its creative future”.
http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2017/01/09/Art-world-buzzes-over-September-opening-of-
Cape-Town%E2%80%99s-Zeitz-museum
Web site: http://www.arttimes.co.za
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F.7 Agenda 21 Culture Circular
The 2nd UCLG Culture Summit (Jeju-do, Republic of Korea, 10-13 May 2017)
Entitled “Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities”, the Culture Summit
aims to develop and reinforce messages on the role of culture in sustainable development, with
a particular emphasis on the importance of cities and local spaces. It can also be seen as a
forum for knowledge-sharing, peer-learning and networking among cities and local
governments. It expects to gather approximately 300 participants from all world regions. It will
also respond to the growing importance given to the nexus of culture, cities and sustainable
development by international organizations and frameworks. Recent milestones include the UN
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015), the New Urban Agenda (adopted by the
Habitat III Conference in Quito, October 2016) and the Statement of the 2nd World Assembly
of Local and Regional Governments (Quito). The Jeju Summit builds on the results of the first
UCLG Culture Summit, which took place in Bilbao on 18-20 March 2015. More at
http://www.uclg-culturesummit2017.org/eng/. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web site: http://www.agenda21culture.net/
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F.8 Cyberkaris - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation
8th International Seminar on Cultural Policy: call for papers
From 23 to 26 May 2017, the House of Rui Barbosa Foundation (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will
be holding a new edition of its International Seminar on Culture Policies. To ensure that the
seminar addresses a wide range of aspects related to current culture policies, the Foundation
has launched a call for papers aimed at MA and PhD students and graduates, researchers,
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teachers, and other professionals from higher education institutions who work in culture
policies. The deadline to submit papers is 20 February 2017. Read more at
https://www.ietm.org/en/publications/of-boxes-and-ceilings-arts-and-gender
Web site: www.interarts.net
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F.9 Culture Montréal
$ 110 million for festivals
Radio-Canada.ca, January 16, 2017 - "The Government of Quebec announced Monday a
revision of its program of financial assistance to festivals and events and will inject $ 110
million over the next five years. [...]. To be eligible, major festivals and tourist events in the
Quebec City and Montreal regions, such as the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Quebec City
Summer Festival, must have recorded "20,000 days of participation by tourists", Or a measure
of goodwill. At least 5% of the days of participation must also have been carried out by tourists
outside Quebec [...] »Read more at http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1011175/110-millionsde-
dollars-pour-les-festivals

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