The first networking event of the Culture at Work Africa project was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 21 to 25 February 2019. The consortium that implements the project, led by Interarts with Arterial Network, BOZAR, Culture and Dévéloppment, CERAV / Afrique, International Music Council, the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG and Culture Fund of Zimbabwe, and their associates (African Center for Cities and the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, ECOWAS and CELHTO)  are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Art and Tourism of Burkina Faso, the Municipality of Ouagadougou, the Delegation of the European Union in Burkina Faso and the General Delegation of FESPACO  for having actively collaborated in the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to offer the beneficiaries of the 15 projects selected from the First call for applications, a space for exchange and training, workshops, seminars and visits to the cultural spaces in the city of Ouagadougou. The beneficiaries were also able to participate in the opening of the FESPACO, one of the most important events for the film industry in Africa that this year celebrated its 50th  anniversary.

Throughout its implementation and with the contribution of the European Commission, Culture at Work Africa will support between 35 and 40 projects with the aim to:

  • Support the local actors’ competencies for cooperation management , intercultural dialogue, diversity and culture of peace, beyond the diversity of their sectors and cultural and artistic approaches.
  • Promote multisectoral and cross-border association as a tool to share experiences and knowledge;
  • Fulfill the basic needs of the most vulnerable groups of the population, paying special attention to women, youth, minorities and refugees;
  • Strengthen public and cultural spaces as places for community life, share and promote coexistence, as well as fundamental rights.

The Culture at Work Africa consortium, which is very diverse, takes on the challenge for a true spirit of cooperation between Europe and Africa for the promotion of peaceful and sustainable societies.

If you are interested in knowing more about Culture at Work Africa, please click on the following links.