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29 June DEADLINE: Call for Applications, Cultural Leadership Training

This call is for applicants from English-speaking African countries, to participate in the second course offered by the Southern African regional Cultural Leadership Training Hub in Cape Town, SA from 6 to 16 August. DEADLINE: 29 JUNE 2012.

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June 2012 Call for Applications: Cultural Leadership Training

This call is for applicants from English-speaking African countries, to participate in the second course offered by the Southern African regional Cultural Leadership Training Hub in Cape Town, South Africa from 6 to 16 August 2012. The course is aimed at high-level leaders within the African creative sector, representing civil society, government or the public sector.

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Africa 101 - an African Arts Campus - for Cape Town, 24 to 29 October 2011

Come travel the length and breadth of this dynamic continent and its wealth of creative expressions at AFRICA 101, AFAI's first African Arts Campus, in Cape Town, from 24 October 2011.

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Ugandan writer, Doreen Bangaina, at Franschhoek Literary Fest

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Writers' Birthday Calendar at 2011 Franschhoek Literary Festival

The African Writers' Birthday Calendar, one of AFAI's first publications, will be launched at the 2011 Franschhoek Literary Festival on Saturday14 May.

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VOICES at 2011 Franschhoek Literary Festival

Voices A compilation of testimonials: African Artists living & working in Cape Town & surrounds.

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African Artists' Showcase

Ongoing events as part of the African Diaspora Project.

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CLOSED: Cultural Leadership course applications1

Applications to participate in a second round of Cultural Leadership training presented by the African Arts Institute (AFAI), in Cape Town, South Africa, during March 2014, have now closed.

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CLOSED: Train-the-Trainer applications 2014


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Cultural Leadership Training Programme continues...

Cultural Leadership Training Programme continues...

The programme was launched with huge success in Johannesburg during May 2012, with all continental partners attending.

The Southern African training hub was the first to be launched at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, from 13 to 18 May. Fourteen arts and culture practitioners representing 10 Southern African countries, underwent a week-long 'Train-the-Trainer' programme, lead by cultural expert and training facilitator Avril Joffe. Read more about the week's events, including feedback from a number of participants, on our News pages and Facebook page.

The Southern African training programme will continue during August this year, this time focused on Cultural Leadership & Governance. Programme details will be announced soon.

Similar training hubs and programmes will be launched in North, East, West and Central Africa later this year. Project partners are The GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, Groupe 30 Afrique in Senegal, Doual’art in Cameroon, Casamemoire in Morocco and the Goethe-Institut.

DOWNLOAD The Migrant Artist's Handbook (Cape Town/Joburg)

DOWNLOAD The Migrant Artist's Handbook (Cape Town/Joburg)


Handbook serves migrant and SA start-up artists

The African Arts Institute launched The Migrant Artist’s Handbook: A guide to living and working in Cape Town & Johannesburg - online - on 25 April 2012.

The Institute invites and welcomes all suggestions, comments, corrections and additions to be sent to intern@afai.org.za by 15 June 2012, in preparation for a first revision by 30 June 2012.

Congrats & Support

Following the launch, attended by close to 30 local and diaspora arts practitioners, representatives of arts and culture organisations, as well as civil society organisations, messages of acknowledgement and congratulations were received from representatives of the City of Cape Town as well as the City of Joburg, where a Migrant Help Desk has been active since 2007.

“As Arts, Culture and Heritage in the City of Johannesburg, we are approached on a daily basis by migrant artists who are trying to find their way in the city in order to establish themselves as artists”, commented Alba Letts, Acting Director: Arts, Culture and Heritage at the City of Joburg.

“We recognise the need for putting in place a support system that will provide them with information and increase their independence within a new environment.  The Migrant Artist’s Handbook fills this gap and will be an invaluable tool for these artists to assist them to understand the cities they have come to work in."

 Resources, references and tools

The handbook undertakes to provide both Migrant and South African start-up artists with resources, references and tools to approach various arts disciplines with self-fulfilling and self-sustaining imperatives.

It includes two sections, the first covering five disciplines, Music, Film, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Literature. Each discipline is introduced by an overview of the South African context, followed by personalized “how to” contributions from specialists in the respective fields.

Contributors include musicians Neo Muyanga and Concord Nkabinde, producer Rhoda Isaacs, filmmakers Aryan Kaganof and Dylan Valley, performing artists Mamela Nyamza, Mwenya Kabwe and Quanita Adams, visual artists Kemang Wa Lehulere, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok and Maurice Hermes Mbikayi, writer Phillippa Yaa de Villiers and publisher Colleen Higgs.

For each discipline an extensive list of resources is provided, of professional associations, educational, training or funding institutions, recording studios (for music), galleries and art shops (for visual art) and bookshops (for literature).

The second section of the book is resource focused, covering Communications, from how to use the internet as marketing tool, to where to access English language courses; Business, from opening a bank account to processing orders, deliveries and payments; and including substantial chapters on Personal Documentation and Legal assistance.

The handbook was researched by AFAI Project Manager and migrant artist Patricia Matongo and conceptualised by a team of African diaspora artists, Jedaja Ikoli, Ronald Muchatuta, Marcelino Manhula, Richard Mudariki, Musa Banda, Cosmas Mairosi and Mwila Mambwe. It was edited by Liepollo Rantekoa with content directed by Rucera Seethal.

Acknowledgement is given to contributors Joyce Tlou of the South African Human Rights Commission, Braam Hanekom and David Burgsdorff of Passop, Hilton Johnson, Marco Zumpt and the City of Joburg Migrant Help Desk.

Also see information about an earlier AFAI publication, VOICES: A collection of testimonials of African Diaspora Artists living & working in Cape Town & surrounds.