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February 21 2017

Introducing Arterial Network Chad | Good Days Ahead

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Since January 2017, RECAF has been officially affiliated with Arterial Network and now represents the network in Chad.

The Réseau Culturel et Artistique pour la Formation et la Francophonie (RECAF) (renamed "Renewed by Culture, Art and Formation”) is a cultural, artistic and literary organisation established in N'Djaména on the 22nd of June 1999.

It is intended as a programme for cultural development and sub-regional cooperation, both locally and across the African diaspora (pan-African). RECAF is part of an active process to integrate the search for cultural identity and the loyalty of arts audiences, in parallel with a structuring and professionalisation of the cultural actors and artists involved. It also offers the opportunity to create, train and / or integrate into networks, as well as the circulation of artists and their works. RECAF is responsible for a space for creation and musical accompaniment, a hip hop movement and the Festival NdjamVi.

NdjamVi gives young people who want to make a career in music access to the necessary tools. Over the last few years, the increasing number of partners and the scope of the event has attracted the interest of the government and various sub-regional promoters, enabling RECAF to integrate a sub-regional network promoting cultural and artistic partnerships. Therefore, we see the great cultural names of Africa participating in NdjamVi, making it a truly international festival of music and artistic encounters. This new dynamic of participation will give many musicians the opportunity to take part in a multitude of festivals across Africa. In 2009, conscious of the plethora of hip-hop artists, RECAF, in partnership with the Institut Français of Chad, set up the festival of urban music, Ndjam Hip-hop, with the ambition of becoming a strong institution for the promotion of music, culture, arts and youth activities.

RECAF became a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in 2014. In 2015, through the "Emerging Youth" project, RECAF created a sub-regional network for the training and development of musicians and sound technicians. Thus, a school of music was born, Reou-Goss, that allows the younger generation to better follow the footsteps of their elder role models.

The Domestic Creative Sector in Chad
Chad's cultural environment is under-supported by the State, as well as by domestic bilateral and multilateral partners. Indeed, the cultural actors and the sector face a serious lack of infrastructure, and hardly any technical and financial support. To its credit, in 2012 the country developed a framework document of cultural policy, although its implementation has remained problematic to date. The Chadian Bureau of Authors' Rights, the Artist Support Fund and many other support structures are going through an unprecedented crisis. The cultural sector is still largely under-explored. Planning for and investment in the Chadian cultural sector are not visible.

Within the Central African sub-region, Chad's cultural sector is less active than other countries, with a cultural and artistic dynamic that takes place within only a few artistic disciplines such as music, dance, cinema, theatre, literature and photography. Then, these products have virtually no access to sub-regional markets because they are generally ignored. At national level, we have the following platforms; the International Music Festival NdjamVi, the Festival Ndjam Hip-Hop, the International Festival of Dramatic and Plastic Arts (FIADPUP), the International Dance Festival SOUAR SOUAR and Festival Souffle de l'Harmatan. We welcome private initiatives and the contribution of cultural operators in the advancement of the Chadian cultural sector. In these difficult times, hope prevails that the region will enjoy good days ahead.

Manassé Nguinambaye Ndoua
Chairperson of RECAF/ Arterial Network Chad

Click here to contact Arterial Network Chad.

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