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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

29Mar

African Arts Institute elected as ECOSOCC member of the African Union

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The African Arts Institute (AFAI) was elected into the 2nd Permanent General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council... Read More →
29Mar

White Paper consultative workshop

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In 2013, the Department of Arts and Culture tabled a new White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage which met... Read More →
29Mar

Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA)

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The Department of Arts and Culture appointed an Interim Committee in March 2014 to work towards the establishment of a... Read More →

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