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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

18Feb

***STATE OF THE NATION DRESS*** Competition guidelines

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**Alternative Opening to Parliament Fashion Parade** COMPETITION GUIDELINES All entrants must take note of these conditions. In submitting an application,... Read More →
18Feb

Viva Riva! Kinshasa called and the Cape Town audience responded

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On the evening of Tuesday, 17 February AFAI screened the gritty, sexy and audacious Congolese film, Viva Riva! The film... Read More →
18Feb

NAC Cultural Policy Workshop in Free State Province

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AFAI is currently hosting a Cultural Policy Workshop in Bloemfontein in the Free State province. It is being held in... Read More →

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