Members of Arterial Network’s Executive Committee and members of the Cultural Policy Task Group (CPTG) will be in Abidjan next week for a big strategy meeting. On the agenda for the 29th and 30th of September are preparations for the launch of the Fonds Arterial and the relaunch of the CPTG.
The Fonds Arterial is the first African fund for art and culture set up by Arterial Network. Beyond professionalisation and mobility, the fund will promote cultural and artistic rights across Africa and its diaspora, targeting all cultural actors and artists in order to celebrate their diversity, with special attention accorded to young people and women. Arterial Network has launched a call for African cultural institutions, arts professionals, cultural actors, philanthropists and financial partners to contribute to this unique fund. The Fonds Arterial will be officially launched on the 13th of November 2017 in Abidjan where the fund will be based.
As for the Cultural Policy Task Group (CPTG), this meeting will mark the networks’ re-engagement on cultural policy issues around the continent. The CPTG is composed of experts and academics from across the network who represent the five regions of Africa and meet twice a year. The task group was created in 2011 to devise a cultural policy template based on international cultural policy instruments. This resulted in the publication Adapting the Wheel: Cultural Policies for Africa, a tool that has been translated into French and Arabic and has been (is being) used in the formulation or updating of cultural policies in Zimbabwe, Morocco, Egypt, Mauritius and elsewhere. In 2014, Arterial Network published Towards an African Arts and Culture Index with input from the CPTG experts, and in 2016, some CPTG members contributed to UNESCO's Culture Urban Future report. The meeting in Abidjan will deliberate on the future orientations of the task group based on their past successes.
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