The aim of the ‘Culture at Work Africa’ project, which was launched in February by a consortium of eight African, European and international partners, including Interarts, is to promote the public value of intercultural dialogue for social cohesion in urban Africa. Together with the European Union they are endeavouring to contribute to creating new opportunities and mobilising stakeholders to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas of Africa as drivers of social inclusion and sustainable human development. ‘Culture at Work Africa’ has two calls for applications to select around 50 innovative on-the-ground projects to receive financial support. The projects selected will be presented by public and private cultural operators, local governments, networks and associations that represent marginalised groups from 15 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ‘Culture at Work Africa’ is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by Interarts; Arterial Network; Fine Arts Center-BOZAR; Culture et Développement; Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa – CERAV/Afrique; Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust; International Music Council – IMC; Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG, together with their associated partners: Africa Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town, Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS, and the Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition – CELHTO.
- Photo credits: Photographer: Steven Chikosi. Saxophone player: Vee Mukarati. For Culture Fund of Zimbabwe