Cultural Policy Task Team

The cultural policy task team was appointed at the cultural policy seminar that took place in Nairobi in 2009. One aim of the seminar was to develop Arterial Network positions on particular cultural policy matters as well as to develop experts who can represent civil society perspectives on such matters in local and global forums. This task team worked in consultation with Avril Joffe in preparing a national cultural policy template for African countries.


    Deeply involved in the cultural debate in North Africa, Ammar Kessab is a founding member of “AlgerCulture”, an academic group that develops the tools of cultural management in the Algerian cultural field ( Ammar is an expert in cultural policies for UNESCO, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) and El Mawred El Thaqafy (Cultural Resources). He is also a member of the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit of Cultural Institutions in Africa and the African Diaspora (SICADIA), a member of the U40 World Forum “Cultural Diversity 2030” and a founding member of U40 Africa.

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    An industry strategist, trainer, researcher and policy adviser specialising in the creative industries and creative economy in sub- Saharan Africa, Avril Joffe was formerly attached to the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in South Africa’s Gauteng province as a specialist adviser. She conducts research and designs and implements projects for local and national government, research institutions and corporate and United Nations agencies.

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    Basma El Husseiny is an arts manager and a cultural activist who has been involved in supporting independent cultural projects and organisations in the Arab region for the past 20 years. She is currently managing director of Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource), a regional non-profit organisation that aims to support young artists and writers and stimulate cultural exchange within the region and with the world. She has also co-founded, and is a trustee of, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, an independent regional foundation.

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    Carole is an actress, a theatre practitioner and used to be the Director of the Festival of Panafrican Dance (FESPAD) in Kigali. She now runs the vibrant Ishyo Arts Centre and is very active in the cultural sector in and outside of Rwanda. Carole is the Arterial Network Country Representative in Rwanda and its Deputy Secretary General.

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    Farai Mpfunya studied French and electrical engineering and worked successively in telecommunication, electronics and the IT industry in Paris, Harare and London. Back home, he changed careers and founded a consulting and creative industries firm called Ramafa Design. He also took up documentary film making before taking charge of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust, which he helped found. Farai is now the Executive Director of the Culture Fund, one of the biggest funding organisations in Zimbabwe’s arts and culture sector.

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    Joy is the Director of the Performing & Visual Arts Centre Ltd, popularly called the GoDown Arts Centre, a nonprofit facility providing subsidised space for Kenyan artists and presenting artistic public programmes for local audiences. Through appointment by the Minister of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services, she has served on the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre, under which falls the Kenya National Theatre. Joy is a member of the Arterial Network Steering Committee.

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    Korkor Amarteifio started her career in the seventies in Montreal, where she created a platform for artists from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. She was also a member of the Canadian Arts Council. In Ghana she worked for the National Theatre until she founded the Institute for Music Development in 2004.

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    In Zambia she is the Chairperson of the Zambia National Arts Council, where she works with a number of networks and funders and civil society organisations. She is also serving as a Commissioner for UNESCO (Zambia) and has been involved in a number of policy developments in the cultural sector. Mulenga Kapwepwe is currently Chairperson of the Arterial Network Steering Committee.

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    Patrick Mudekereza is an author and a cultural operator from Lubumbashi in the DRC. With Sammy Baloji, photographer, he created and runs the association, Picha, which works in the field of visual arts and participates in advocacy for the status of artists in Congolese civil society. Patrick is a member of the Arterial Network Steering Committee.

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    Paul Nchoji Nkwi is professor of African anthropology at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. He studied anthropology and education at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and obtained his habilitation in the same university in 1982. He taught anthropology at the University of Yaounde, at the Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaounde, and at the St.Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui, Bamenda, Cameroon. In his political career, he has served as the policy adviser and now shadow cabinet minister of the Cameroon Social Democratic Front (SDF), for Social Affairs, Youth Development and Sport.

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    Tade Adekunle was national president of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (Nantap) between 1998 and 2003. He has served in various federal government committees, including the ministerial committee on the review of cultural policy (2000-2001) and the ministerial committee on the establishment of the national endowments for the arts (2001-2003). Tade contributes articles on socio-political and cultural issues to leading national dailies in Nigeria. He is a member of International Special Events Society (ISES) and Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He is currently a member of the steering committee of the International Network of Cultural Diversity (INCD) and is deputy chair of Arterial Network’s steering committee.

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