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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.

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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Latest Blogs

08Jul

Contemporary culture, lessons from history and the future of the African development agenda

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On Monday 23 June, a diverse audience poured into the café at the Alliance Française in Loop Street, Cape Town,... Read More →
08Jul

I, Afrikaner – White privilege and black oppression in contemporary South Africa?

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The night witnessed an intimate screening of the yet-to-be-commercially-released, emotionally-wrenching and award-winning documentary, I, Afrikaner, followed by a discussion on... Read More →

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