Inaugural Creative Business Africa Summit 2018

Published on: Aug 30, 2018


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Are you a creative? Junior Achievement Kenya welcomes you to the Inaugural Creative Business Africa Summit 2018, a 3 day summit bringing together a pool of extensive high level network of specialists, global policy makers and influencers, advocates and change agents in the areas of growth, innovation and venture capital as we engage in different conversations on the development of the creative economy which will receive regional and global press interest and raise the profile of the creative startup economy in Africa. Submit your applications through the link below to participate in the bootcamp and pitching competition for a chance to represent the country at the Global Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark.

For more information: https://platform.younoodle.com/competition/cbc_2018_kenya

To register:https://www.ticketsoko.com/

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The Art Summit of Southern Africa

Published on: Aug 28, 2018


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The Art Summit of Southern Africa (ASSA) is a gathering of individuals representing the creative industries from a technical, financial, and administrative perspective across various backgrounds who will bring ideas and recommendations on the direction of the creative industry in SADC.

NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL OF NAMIBIA ARTS
SUMMIT OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (ASSA)
21st–23rd AUGUST 2018
NAMIBIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
Topic discussed include;

FUNDAMENTALS FOR A HEALTHY ECOLOGY OF CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

Speaker: Magdalena Moreno

Mujica, Executive Director of the International Federation of

Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

Cultural expressions shape a society, the ways in which its people interact and reflect upon their perceptions, and how they imagine their futures. Creative professionals are pivotal to this process and a healthy ecology can empower them to make positive contributions to society, culture and the economy. Evidence shows that certain conditions are fundamental to cultivating a thriving ecology: a diversity of perspectives and disciplines ensures vibrancy; financial and professional support frameworks encourage experimentation, collaboration and creation; cultural infrastructure provides platforms for creatives to present, provoke and transmit their work; and purposeful policies and legislation safeguard, protect and facilitate the free flow of ideas, people and cultural goods. This session will draw on evidence from UNESCO’s Status of the Artist recommendations and insights from IFACCA Member institutions on how they recognize and approach the complex systems in which creative professionals work.

THE ROLE OF CULTURAL LEADERSHIP IN STRENGTHENING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

Speaker: Prof. Richard Haines, Chief Executive Officer, South African Cultural Observatory (South Africa)

A leadership void will necessarily dilute the efficacy of the creative economy. Cultural leaders with knowledge across the spectrum of the creative industries must be recruited and supported in their endeavors to develop the creative economy in the region. The success of these leaders will in part depend upon the support offered by policy makers and regional governments in the changing realities of today. The sector can be seen as experiencing many challenges ranging from the impact of new technologies, the production and distribution of cultural goods, limitations of migration, lack of access to capital funding just to mention a few. For this reason, cultural leaders need to understand how to respond to these challenges in order to strengthen governance structures that effectively respond to the needs of the sector.

STRENGTHENING ARTS EDUCATION FOR THE GROWTH OF THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

Prof. Sarala Krishnamurthy, Professor Communication, Namibia University of Science and Technology Currently, arts education has a perceived limited benefit on human development, including its contribution to the creative economy. To effectively nurture the creatives of tomorrow, an environment which promotes culture as a viable and valuable career choice must be developed by national and regional governments. The ability to identify industry crossover points and convey commitment to innovative aspects of the creative sector is crucial to growth. Arts education is birthed in mainstreaming the knowledge and skills to learners at an early age in their schooling career. The early introduction of art education to learners heightens the benefits of art education to human development.

THE NEED FOR EVIDENCE BASED POLICY MAKING FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Speaker: Florence Mukanga, Part time Lecturer Arts and Culture Management, University of Zimbabwe and independent research consultant (Zimbabwe) NIPAM

Good policies are based on evidence, and currently there is a lack of reliable data in the creative and cultural economy. Creativity may be associated more with the emotive, yet the policies which underpin the creative industries in the region must be derived through rigorous evidence based practices. In developing these policies, global experts are an invaluable resource, as academics, policy makers and practitioners need to question how the creative industries have succeeded and/or failed as a basis for establishing best practice that is contextualized to specific needs of the respective country. Statistical information that is able to contribute to policy making and investment in the cultural and creative economies is essential.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CREATIVE ECONOMIES (TECHNOLOGY, MARKETING, PARTNERSHIPS AND MULTI-

SECTORIAL APPROACHES)

Speaker: Dr Jenny Mbaye, Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries, Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University of London, (United Kingdom)

The creative economy in the region must keep pace with the creative economies elsewhere if it is to succeed and bring economic growth to the area. Embracing and utilizing new technologies and methods not only ensures that the regional creative economy remains relevant in a global context, it also situates it as a global leader, ready to innovate and inspire. The future of the creative economies trajectory is based in diversity that allows the creative and cultural sectors to be key components of sustainable human development.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Speaker: Avril Joffe, Head of the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of arts (South Africa)

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, the ‘creative economy’ is defined as an emerging concept dealing with interfaces between creative, culture, economics and technology in a contemporary world dominated by images, sounds, texts and symbols. The creative economy occupies a unique space within the national, regional and international economies because it develops distinctive identities for each area of trade and human development, enhancing visibility while simultaneously bringing wealth into the economy. Creative industries are integral to the planning and development of countries, and connections between regional partners can bring forth fresh economic and cultural wealth that allows the region to compete with the wider world. The creative economy is amongst the most dynamic sectors in the world economy providing new opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog into emerging high growth areas of the world economy.

CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR INVESTMENT IN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

John Davies: Research Fellow, Creative Industries NESTA (UK)

Policy makers, practitioners and experts from all aspects of the creative industries must develop an enabling environment that places the creative economy at the forefront of the region’s economic strategy. Regional governments are pivotal in creating conducive environments for investment and operating in tandem with industry to impact economic growth and national development. Impact investors are particularly interested in investing capital in the creative economy as the sector is underutilized to increase access to opportunities of upward mobility for many unemployed citizens.

ECONOMIC AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THE CREATIVE ECONOMY IN TOURISM
Dr Sem Shikongo, Director: Tourism & Gaming Ministry of Environment & Tourism, and Cultural Activist (Namibia)
The creative economy has the potential to be far more than the sum of its parts. Creativity and cultural developments
can have wide ranging effects on other industries and exploring these potential overlaps can enhance further the
importance of the creative economy in the regional growth strategy. Equally, the ability for culture and creative professionals to grow and expand their endeavors , often requires assistance and yet is a crucial element of economic
growth. The coordination and cooperation of the creative and cultural sector to other industries like tourism, trade and innovation are vital in ensuring national development.
REGIONAL INTEGRATION AS A KEY ENABLER TO EXPANDING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
Dr Ricardo Peach: Director Arts Festival Regional integration for the promotion and popularization
of the creative economy is a key indicator to increase access, opportunities and upward mobility. The current SADC Trade and Industrialization strategy does not involve the creative economy as a key pillar to economic growth and
development. The opportunities that the creative economy can provide to national development in terms of addressing unemployment, poverty and inequality have been demonstrated, but the opportunities have not been
maximized. Hence, the need for regional integration is key in improving the impact of the creative economy at a national, regional and international level.

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British Council’s East African Arts: CREATIVE ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME

Published on: Aug 27, 2018


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In November 2018, the British Council in partnership with Nesta (the UK’s innovation Foundation) will deliver the Creative Enterprise Programme again to East Africa.

The programme will be delivered in a four-day workshop from 5 – 8 November 2018, focusing on the following creative entrepreneur categories – fiction and nonfiction writers, editors, publishers, journalists, screenwriters, scriptwriters, illustrators, graphic novelists, comic artists, playwrights, bloggers and poets.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The programme is looking for creative entrepreneurs from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda to attend this four-day workshop in Kampala, Uganda.

WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR

The Creative Enterprise Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs who are already in the process of setting up their own creative enterprise. The workshop content and activities are relevant to people whose businesses are up-and-running and those who are in the very early stages.

It’s suitable for people just starting out and for people who have been running a business for a long time, to take a fresh look at their business using new methods.

For more information on how to apply, follow this link https://www.britishcouncil.org/east-africa-arts/opportunities/creative-enterprise-training-uganda.

Applications close 31st August 2018.

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’Twenty Four’ TRINA MUNGAI

Published on: Aug 25, 2018


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Taurus Musik’s new signee Trina Mungai has dropped yet another single featuring fellow male signee and fast rising Kenyan artist Kagwe Mungai. The song titled ‘Twenty Four’ comes just a few months after the songstress dropped a big reggae tune ‘Tonight’. 24 is a romantic duet that is an expression of love and affection between two individuals. The audio has been produced by Kagwe Mungai, and  is written by the duo.

The video is set to be released mid-September and is predicted to be one of the most sensual videos of the holidays.

Find link below:

To connect with Trina Mungai on

: Trina Mungai

@trinamungai

@trinamungaimusic

 

For more information Contact:

Patricia Waruguru

A&R Manager

Tel No.: 0706140436

Email: pwaruguru@taurusgroup.biz

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Open Call for the 2019 MTN Bushfire Music Festival!

Published on: Aug 25, 2018


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MTN Bushfire is calling on artists to apply for the 24th to 26th May 2019 edition of the festival in Malkerns Valley, eSwatini.

The deadline for applications is 13 October and only successful applicants will be contacted. Interested artists can apply online.

“The festival is looking for inspired African and international musicians and artists in all creative mediums to Bring Your Fire!” the organisers said.

“As we gear up for the 13th edition, candidates interested in participating can now send in their application to showcase their craft at MTN Bushfire’s eclectic and multi-dimensional programme, which is deeply rooted in music and further features a fascinating line-up of dance, art exhibitions and installations, theatre, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, film, speakers as well as themed workshops.”

MTN Bushfire was named as one of the 7 African Music Festivals You Really Have to See by CNN and was featured on BBC’s list of Top African Festival.

MTN Bushfire celebrates creative expression while promoting social responsibility through supporting the festival’s mandate that donates a percentage of profits to eSwatini’s orphans through the NGO Young Heroes and 100% merchandise proceeds to non-profit BoMake Rural Projects, a community development project.

Attracting over 30 000 fans from across Africa and other parts of the world, the festival provides an opportunity for both established and developing artists to showcase their work.

“Through our ideals and our actions we continue to explore and redefine the typical festival formula. In doing this we ask questions of ourselves, of artists, and of our audiences: How best do we shape the festival we have created and what do we want to say? What role should the arts play in our society? How do we become practical dreamers? Exploring these questions defines our festival and is the real spirit that people take away,” festival director Jiggs Thorne was quoted as saying last year.

For more information about MTN Bushfire, visit the official website

Article sourced from Music In Africa

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British Council’s East African Arts Opportunity: MAPUTO FAST FORWARD

Published on: Aug 25, 2018


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British Council #SouthernAfricaArts invites young digital creatives to take part in the second edition of ColabNowNow, hosted with Maputo Fast Forward  in Mozambique. ColabNowNow will select 4 digital storytellers and 4 digital artists from East, West and Southern Africa and the UK. Working with the guidance of two digital facilitators, the creatives will create work for a physical and digital exhibition at the festival. The ColabNowNow facilitators will be mentored by interactive digital artist, senior lecturer and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival director, Dr. Tegan Bristow.

They are looking for visual/graphic artists, architects, technical artists, programmers/coders, music/sound artists, performers and animators, writers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, bloggers and vloggers!

Application Deadline: 31 August 2018, end of day.

Open Call Alert: Applications for #colabnownow at Maputo Fast Forward are now OPEN! Looking for 4 digital artists & 4 digital storytellers from East + West + Southern Africa & UK to join us in Maputo in October! Follow this link for more information on how to apply! https://festival-mff.com/colabnownow/

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