In a week time Arterial Network’s 5th African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC2015) will be held in Yaounde, Cameroon. From 9 to 10 October 2015, Mount Febe Hotel will host the conference which is a key cultural stakeholder gathering to enable dialogue and debate on crucial issues around culture, development and the creative economy.
The first morning of the conference will feature three keynote presentations. The event will open with a special address by Patron of the conference, the Minister of Arts and Culture in Cameroon, Her Excellency Ms Ama Tutu Muna. Ms Muna entered government as Secretary of State for Trade in 2004 but has been Minister of Arts and Culture in Cameroon since 2007.
Legendary filmmaker Cheick Oumar Sissoko is a two-time winner of best film awards at FESPACO. Sissoko was the Minister of Culture in Mali from 2002 to 2007. Founder of a political party, African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence, in 1996, Sissoko is currently Secretary-General of the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI). His keynote address on The State of Arts and Culture in Africa will include an historical perspective on how far the sector has developed, what are the positive achievements and critical challenges.
A keynote address by Prof Charles Binam Bikoï will offer a more regional perspective, orientating us to shifts in the Arts and Culture sector in Central Africa, and providing a contextual anchor for the conference in the socio-geographic location in which it takes place this year. Cameroonian Prof Binam is an author, University Professor and Research Manager, and a specialist on heritage. He is the current Executive Secretary of Cerdotola which is involved in the preservation, and development of African cultural heritage, especially in the field of languages, culture and African traditions.
The conference will thereafter take the form of presentations and panel discussions. The full programme and biographies of speakers are available on the ACEC 2015 pages of the Arterial Network website www.arterialnetwork.org
The event is supported by the Ministry of Arts and Culture Cameroon, Doen Foundation, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Goethe Institute, HIVOS, ACP Culture, Centre for Culture and Development (CKU), CERDETOLA, Music in Africa, le Kolatier, Mimpessaa, Mintour, Foundation Muna, Blackitude, Miss me binga, Motherland, Yes Cameroon and Culture Ebene.
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