The African Arts Institute (AFAI) is calling on African arts and culture organisations to attend the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Melbourne, Australia during October 2011. Organisations wishing to attend that are in need of financial assistance have until 15 April 2011 to submit bursary applications to IFACCA.
Online registration for the Summit is now open at www.artsummit.org
The Summit will bring together government and cultural leaders from over 80 countries to explore the theme Creative Intersections. Events and discussion will be around how artists can give voice to diverse communities and concerns through collaborations with experts in health and well-being, the environment, education, business, new technologies, cultural identity and more. Preliminary programme details will be announced during April.
Jointly hosted by IFACCA and the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Victoria, the Summit will take place in Melbourne from 3 to 6 October 2011. The cultural programme for the Summit will be arranged by Melbourne Festival, with the support of Arts Victoria. A four-day programme of arts events will be organised by Melbourne Festival Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy, from 3 October, culminating in the opening night of the Festival on the evening of 6 October.
The AFAI is the Regional Coordinator for the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in Africa. It was launched in February 2009 with a two-year grant from Spier to establish an entity that would work in the creative sector across the continent. The Institute also houses the secretariat of the Arterial Network, a continent-wide body dedicated to advancing the African creative sector.
The 4th World Summit, held in Johannesburg in 2009, attracted 450 delegates from 70 countries. Two-hundred-and-fifty delegates represented 31 African countries, the highest ever for a World Summit. It was co-hosted by the National Arts Council of South Africa.
AFAI facilitated the first meeting of the African Chapter of IFACCA at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe during 2010.
For more information on the World Summit on Arts and Culture, visit www.artsummit.org.