SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

African Development Forum: Creative Africa

Ikenna Azuike, Minna Salami, Isabel Moura Mendes, Musa Okwonga, Helen Jennings, Mathilde Dongala, Kiran Yoliswa and Alae Ismail

Date: 15 March 2014Time: 12:00 PM

Finishes: 15 March 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Suite

Type of Event: Forum

Under the banner of ‘Creative Africa’ the forum will focus on the potential of the creative and cultural industries to contribute to development on the continent and assess the challenges and roadblocks standing in the way of creatives.

The creative industries are increasingly recognised as an essential source of economic growth. How is Africa harnessing this potential? And what dynamic political and cultural changes are being sparked by artists and industries on the continent?

Addressing the most current developments and their influence in the political, economic and cultural spheres, the Forum will centre around three interactive panel discussions with speakers from a range of different industries and disciplines.

  • ‘Creative Africa’: Challenging the Political Landscape
    How are African artists and industries inspiring political change on the continent? What are they doing to exert their influence and what are the effects?
  • ‘Creative Africa’: Driving Economic Growth
    The creative industries sector has been growing worldwide since 2000. What stake does Africa have in this global market and how is this impacting the continent?
  • ‘Creative Africa’: Celebrating Cultural Heritage
    What forms is creativity taking right now in Africa? How are artists and industries shaping movements and transforming ideas and perspectives? What connections are developing between the diaspora and the continent?

To celebrate the theme the event will also showcase African creative talent with music, art and poetry.  

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