Design Indaba Festival is coming to Nairobi!

Published on: Feb 08, 2020

25 years of people
inspiring people.

Design Indaba has seen over 600 illustrious speakers take to the stage to deliver soul-stirring and mind-awakening talks earning the acclaim as the best conference in the world whilst also actively pursuing change and action – seeding over 200 impact driven projects into the public square.

Design Indaba 2020 will be a 3 day multi-sensory, thought provoking and expansive experience that includes a series of captivating talks by day and festival by night, featuring live music, theatre, exhibitions and masterclasses.

Where: The Artscape Theatre, Cape Town

When: 26—28 February 2020

Design Indaba Festival is coming to Nairobi!
The Kenya Film Commission is partnering in the Design Indaba Simulcast that’s scheduled to be held at University of Nairobi from 26-28 Feb 2020. . For more information


Afreximbank Announces $500-Million Creative Industry Support Fund

Published on: Feb 07, 2020


Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) announced a $500-million envelope to support the production and trade of African cultural and creative products over the next two years at the Creative Africa Exchange Weekend held in Kigali on the 17th of January 2020. The funds, which would build on what the Bank was already doing, would be accessible as lines of credit to banks, direct financing to operators and as guarantees.

“Creative industries can be potent vehicles for more equitable, sustainable and inclusive growth strategies for African economies,” stated President Oramah, “Because of underinvestment in the creative and cultural industries, Africa is largely absent in the global market of ideas, values and aesthetics as conveyed through music, theatre, literature, film and television. African countries import overwhelmingly more creative goods than they export or trade amongst themselves.”

He described the African market as the lowest hanging fruit for African creative products but noted that, until recently, “that market was fragmented and balkanized, such that a Senegalese knew more about creative products in France than in Ghana”. He declared “change has come!” and he showed his contribution with the $500 million pledge.

Other CAX WKND speakers, such as Dr. Ramson Owan, Managing Director of AITEO,  stressed the need to focus on the commercial side of Africa’s creative talents and to begin to monetise them.

Rosemary Mbabazi, Minister of Youth and Culture of Rwanda, said that the creative industry would enhance collaboration and cooperation among African countries. The government of Rwanda had envisioned the creative and cultural industries as a key part of its economic strategy.


CAX WKND, Africa’s first Cultural and Creative Industry Continental Event

Published on: Feb 07, 2020


The Creative Africa Exchange has been created to be a catalyst that brings together identified assets and resources within the creative industry’s ecosystem

Developed and managed by Times Multimedia, CAX has been designed to be the nexus of Africa’s creative economy to stimulate, consolidate the African creative and cultural industry’s’ fragmented ecosystem into a sustainable impactful asset that contributes to the transformation of  the continent.

Launched during the Intra Africa Trade Fair in Cairo in December 2018, CAX is the first exchange of its kind. The only pan-African summit for the creative ecosystem devoted to creativity in the fields of music, art, design, fashion, literature, culture, publishing, film and television.

The Creative Africa Exchange (CAX) is a consolidated marketplace for the creative and cultural industry. CAX will facilitate investments into the industry through trade, industrialization and provision of critical infrastructure to support the transformation of Africa. Through mobilizing continental initiatives such as African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and Intra African Trade Fair (IATF).

Why Now?

  • Key Markets in Africa have recorded unprecedented and exponential growth.
  • Generating US 4.2billion Dollars and 547,500 jobs.
  • Consolidated investment of just 100million US Dollars will create an impact and additionality of close to 10 million new jobs.
  • Cultural and creative industries in Africa are on the verge of becoming one of the major drivers for sustainable development of growth in the continent. CAX aims to be at the forefront of these discussions with viable infrastructure and working methods to realise the United African goal.

Creative industries are amongst the main dynamic sectors of world trade, and an important contributor to the economy of developed countries

CAX WKND hosted on the 17th of January 2020 will be followed by CAX Week to be held on the sidelines of IATF2020 in Kigali from 1 to 7 September. To learn more about the CAX WKND and how they can benefit your creative career, follow this link


CreaTech Animation Incubator is Open for Applications

Published on: Feb 06, 2020


The Africa Digital Media Foundation (ADMF), in association with the Heva Fund, Rubika, ADMI, and the Association of Animation Artistes, is launching the CreaTech Animation Incubator in order to equip select East African animators to attend the Mifa in 2020.

Individual animators and teams with the most engaging, outstanding, and distinctive animated series project ideas are invited to apply to participate as fellows in this unique incubator. Adapted from ADMF’s Scale-up Accelerator, the Incubator will provide up to 10 animators or teams with the mentorship they need to develop relevant animated projects that speak to both a local and global audience.

The CreaTech Incubator will be a three-month series of bootcamps that will include mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Experts will include trainers from Rubika, the top animation school in France now at Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI), as well as international broadcasters, distributors, and sales agents. The teams will receive technical training to refine their animation projects, as well as market training to position their projects for success at the Mifa.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:00 East Africa Time.

*Call open to all East Africa residents.

For more information on how to apply, click here