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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

31Aug

Culture, Development and Human Rights Seminar-Artscape Resource Centre

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The African Arts Institute presented an intimate half-long seminar on the theme of Culture, Development and Human Rights. The topic... Read More →
31Aug

‘Culture and Human Rights: Culture as facilitator, culture as inhibitor of human rights’-Public debate CPT

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In partnership with Michaelis School of Fine Arts and the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA), AFAI presented a public... Read More →
30Aug

Morwa: The Rising Son and discussion with Botswana-actor, Tefo Paya, around contemporary theatre in Botswana

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The African Arts Institute (AFAI), in partnership with Artscape, invites you to a once-off performance of Morwa: The Rising Son... Read More →

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