African Creative Economy Conference 2013

Cape Town, already gearing up for World Design Capital (WDC2014) next year, has concluded another creative coup – it will host the third the 3rd Creative Economy Conference 2013 and the 4th Arterial Network Biennial Conference from 6 – 9 October 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.African Creative Economy Conference and the fourth Arterial Network Biennial Conference from 6-9 October this year.

The event should attract more than 300 delegates from around the world, including visitors from at least 40 African countries. It will be held in the City Hall with a parallel programme celebrating African creative industries. These will include music, theatre, dance, film, fashion, visual art, design, literature and cuisine, mostly taking place in the East City district – The Fringe – deemed to be Cape Town’s cultural and innovation precinct.

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The Arterial Network Kenya chapter having been in existence for 2 years is preparing to hold its chapter elections on Saturday, March 30th, 2013, at the Kenya Cultural Centre (opposite Norfolk Hotel) at 11am.

Like all democratic institutions, the Network regulations demand that members elect their officials to steer the Chapter to greater heights. We are calling upon members to participate in this very important event and vote in a new Steering Committee who should comprise:
•An individual competent in managing the Information part of the National chapter
•An individual competent in Advocacy and lobbying
•An individual competent in Cultural Policy
•An individual competent in Capacity- Building
•An individual competent in Research
•An individual competent in Sustainability plan
•An individual competent in managing Creative Arts projects

These positions are open to registered chapter members and are on volunteer basis.
We are looking at engaging in activities that will push the agenda of arts and culture in Kenya to a deeper level the coming years. We look forward to your attendance and participation.

If you feel that you would like to be elected to the National Steering Committee and can act in any one of the above capacities please let us know in advance through e mail at by 21st March 2013.

This will also be an opportunity to network with other art practitioners. Please bring along a friend in the arts!

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New Steering Committee Members elected

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World Summit reaches over 200,000 people via Twitter

IFACCA, 23 November 2011

A report tracking the #artsummit hashtag, produced by the team at the Asia-Europe Foundation, shows that tweets sent by the World Summit delegates reached 209,135.

The report uses various tools to track the hashtag, and was developed to learn more about the value of Twitter.

The report presents a range of statistics including the top 10 Tweeters using the official #artsummit tag; the TweetReach report; an #artsummit Word Cloud; and some Top Tweets! It also includes a link to TwapperKeeper and Summarizr’s archive of all the #artsummit tweets, and an online newsletter about the Summit composed using

Our thanks go to for creating this interesting analysis, and also to all the delegates, speakers, staff and everyone who shared the 5th World Summit with the Twitter world!  We look forward to continuing this conversation on Twitter: @ifacca

For more information on the media coverage of the World Summit visit

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Commonwealth Writers final call for entries:

Commonwealth Writers final call for entries:


Last few weeks remaining to enter the new Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The prizes are part of a new initiative, Commonwealth Writers, an online hub to inspire, inform and create a community of writers from all over the world. Together with the prizes, Commonwealth Writers unearths, develops and promotes the best new fiction from across the Commonwealth.


Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Wednesday 30 November 2011 (5pm GMT)

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English (2000-5000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000.


Commonwealth Book Prize: Friday 9 December 2011 (5pm GMT)

Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction in English) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000.


Enter online at


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2012 Sundance Institute Theatre Stage Directors’ Workshop in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia

The application for the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre Stage Directors’ Workshop in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia is now open!


Sundance Institute East Africa is accepting open submissions from artists who live and work in East Africa and consider themselves Stage Directors. Sundance Institute East Africa welcomes applications from stage directors only. In order for Sundance Institute East Africa to fully evaluate your submission, please submit the following:

  • A LETTER OF INTEREST that briefly gives your directing history, why you would like to be a part of this workshop, as well as stating what you think a director’s role is in the theatre.
  • DESCRIBE A SHOW that you recently directed or a show that you were most happy directing. If you have any visuals (pictures/Images) to accompany your description, that would be great. But please note that the visuals are not a requirement. Your description does not have to be more than one page.
  • Sundance often employs ‘dramaturgs’ who work alongside playwrights and directors. These artists help to guide the playwright and playwright/director relationship by assisting in clarification of the playwright’s intentions, assuring that the playwright’s vision is central. If you are familiar with the word “dramaturg”, in not more than a paragraph, please describe what you think is the ROLE OF A GOOD DRAMATURG.

In addition to the above, please send us your resume or C.V with at least two references. People who know and can speak to your work. Sundance Institute East Africa is interested in receiving submissions from both established and emerging Stage Directors, as well as directors making a transition from areas outside of theatre. Previous applicants may re-apply, even if you consider yourself primarily a playwright and or actor/actress. But, you must have directed at least one play or musical before applying.


Through an open submission process, Sundance Institute East Africa looks for originality, innovation, and a collaborative spirit in its artists – traits that reflect well-rounded and generous individuals.. We are interested in supporting a diverse and daring group of Stage Directors who approach the composition of space in a unique way, present material in a new form, or conceptualize existing material with an inventive spirit. We look for Stage Directors who are interested in genuinely exploring material they are presented with. The Sundance Institute East Africa staff will read all submissions. Every effort will be made to include the participation of representatives from each of the countries in the region.



Each full-time participating artist will receive a $400 USD expense reimbursement. Sundance Institute will provide for round-trip travel expenses between all selected participants’ homes and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, including air and ground transportation if available. Participants will also be provided with accommodations (except for those who live in Addis Ababa) and all meals while at the workshop.

The deadline for all submissions is January 10th 2012.
Applicants will be notified by February 10th 2012.

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African Creative Economy Conference

There are less than 2 weeks until we meet in Nairobi for the first ever African Creative Economy Conference. We will be sending regular alerts to keep you informed of updates, changes and general information. Note: Conference venue change: All Africa Conference of Churches Guest House (a.k.a. Desmond Tutu Conference Center) Westlands, opposite Safaricom Headquarters Waiyaki Way Tel: +254 20 4440224, 4442215 Fax: +254 20 4443241, 4445835 Email:



1-to assess and share some of the research done to date on the African creative economy in order to inform advocacy strategies in support of the African creative sectorrigorously

2-to interrogate the available research and the relationship between the African creative economy and development, cultural diversity and other contemporary cultural themes

3-to provide a platform primarily for African experts and thinkers on the African creative economy or aspects thereof, to share their insights and perspectives (note: most of the speakers will be Arterial Network members)

4-to identify areas for further research, interrogation and action – continentally, regionally and nationally – after the conference

5– to identify links, opportunities and potential relationships – if any –with the creative economies of the north and the south, but particularly south-south.


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