The 1st Call for proposals of the ‘Culture at Work Africa – Promoting the Public Value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development’ project closed on 21 September 2018, with a total of 253 applications from 15 African countries.

The project proposals address a wide variety of themes related to culture thus testifying to the diversity and richness of cultural expressions in Africa. Some of the main themes include intercultural dialogue, transfer of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural practices, as well as social inclusion of children, young people and women through artistic activities such as theatre, music, visual arts, cinema, etc. Moreover, projects submitted under Lot 2 seek to strengthen the professional capacities of artists and cultural professionals in networking, cultural mediation and intercultural dialogue. Finally, regional cooperation is an important dimension of a number of projects; over 80 applicants foresee to carry out their activities in more than one African country.

The results of the 1st Call for proposals are expected to be announced by the beginning of November. Culture at Work Africa will launch the second Call for proposals in December 2018. (Photo by Kamryn Hinojos on Unsplash.).