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The African Arts Institute (AFAI) was launched in February 2009 to promote participatory democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.

AFAI Organisation

AFAI’s vision is for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative sector that contributes to development, human rights and democracy on the continent

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Cultural Governance & Leadership

Developing the leadership of civil society organisations (NGOs, networks, etc) and government agencies active in the sector.

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Empowering Artists

Help Desk and a Toolkit providing information about legal, funding, technical issues as well as other advice.

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Research and Cultural Policy

Researching and helping to develop theoretical tools and perspectives on international cultural policies.

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Market Development

Developing South African and international markets for African artists and creative goods.

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Human Rights & Democracy

Promoting democracy, freedom of expression and human rights through the arts.

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Recent News

20Aug

Nyanga # Remember Marikana Mural painting

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From 11-15 August 2014 a group of artists in association with Greatmore Art Studio’s together with AFAI staff members and... Read More →
20Aug

Poetry Procession through St.George’s Mall ending in Church Square

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AFAI hosted a Marikana commemoration poetry procession through St. Georges Mall ending upon Church Square which was curated by Khanyisele... Read More →
20Aug

Picket/March from Parliament to SAPS

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On 15 August there was a picket outside of Parliament where representatives from various organisations together with AFAI staff members... Read More →

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