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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

30Apr

AFRICA COMES TO CAPE TOWN

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AFRICAN ART CAMPUS COMES TO CAPE TOWN IN MAY Learn about Climate Change, Colonialism and Contemporary Culture in Africa The... Read More →
25Apr

Public Forum on Responses to Xenophobic Violence in South Africa

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In response to the wave of violence against foreign African nationals that has moved through many parts of South Africa... Read More →
22Apr

PRESS RELEASE: ECOSOCC CONDEMNS XENOPHOBIC “AFROPHOBIC” ATTACKS ON AFRICAN CITIZENS IN SOUTH AFRICA

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The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) condemns the Xenophobic and/or Afrophobic attacks on African citizens... Read More →

African Arts Campus

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To mark Africa Month, the African Arts Institute invites you to the AFRICAN ARTS CAMPUS (AAC). Three weeks of evening and afternoon short courses, mini-lecture series and stand-alone talks on arts, culture and development in contemporary Africa! Read more 

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