The DAC-supported AFAI Cultural Accelerator is much more than simply a training. It is an innovative development of AFAI’s EU-supported African Cultural Leadership Programme which we have been running over 4 years with partners from across the African continent. The Cultural Accelerator is a medium-term creative journey and partnership with entrepreneurs who resonate with the mission of AFAI.” says Belisa Rodrigues, Business Manager African Arts Institute.
The AFAI Cultural Accelerator includes a focus on business skills; project incubation; Access to finance; Mentorship and bespoke Networking opportunities. AFAI’s particular “value-add” is a model steeped in a culture and development / human rights philosophy as it relates to the conditions of creatives in Africa.
Deep Dive Phase I
From 28 September to 02 October 2015, AFAI will present a five-day course, aimed at individuals from the Western Cape region wanting to enhance their business and social enterprises within the arts and culture sectors. Applicants who live and work in various townships in the greater Cape Town region are strongly encouraged to apply. The course will take place in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
A 5 day course will be the phase 1 of the process possibly leading to a six month partnership with the African Arts Institute should the learning partners be selected to continue the programme.
Accelerator Phase II
The six month process will include among other opportunities: short focused online/off line course; fortnightly mentoring sessions; monthly learning and sharing spaces; access to resources including financial support to those selected from the Deep Dive phase.
A minimum of 6 applicants will be accepted into each phase I and phase II, with full scholarships.
The Cultural Accelerator has been made possible with the kind support of the Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Department’s Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy.
To keep up to date with the Cultural Accelerator program and the candidates be sure to visit African Arts Institute (AFAI) on http://www.afai.org.za/projects-2/cultural-accelerator/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org (021 465 9027) in order to received updates.