Arterial Network News Arterial Network to be launched in Guinea and Gambia

The West African Regional Secretariat in collaboration with artists, cultural activists, arts NGOs and cultural enterprises is gearing up to set up Arterial Network national chapters in Guinea and in Gambia. To join Arterial Network in those countries, please fill the membership form from our website or contact respectively Gambia: Ibrahim Ceesay at and Guinea: Souleymane Koly at


April Arts and Culture Events
Watch out for interesting arts and culture events coming up in April on our website:

 Kanda Bongo Man Marks Arterial Network Day Malawi

Kanda, the DRC born musician world renowned for Soukous music was in Malawi this week and took time to commemorate Arterial Network Day with an artists interaction and dialogue at Copyright Society offices in Lilongwe Malawi and later in the day he visited Music Crossroads to have a jam session with the musical youth of the city. 
Steering Committee member Zilanie Nyundo called the event "a synergized outpouring of experiences and positive exchange between creative cultures which goes to the heart of the pan-African vision of connecting African artists to each other and to new opportunities and markets"
In Blantyre Arterial the chapter’s interim Chairperson Thom Chibambo conducted television interviews on MBC Television to highlight the marking of the five years since Arterial was conceptualized on Goree Island Senegal.

 African Festivals Network to be launched in Ghana 19-20 April 2012

Following a seminar in July 2010 at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) at which delegates agreed to establish a network of African festivals and events, this network – comprising festivals and events in theatre, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, heritage as well as multidisciplinary events – will be formally launched in Accra, Ghana from 19-20 April 2012.

The event – an initiative of Arterial Network in association with the British Council – will comprise both a seminar component on the economic, social and other contributions of arts festivals and events in Africa, as well as a meeting formally to launch the network with the adoption of a constitutional framework, a programme of action and the election of a Steering Committee. Representatives of festival associations from other regions will be invited to attend. The Report on the ZIFF Festival Seminar – to be used as a basis for building AFRIFESTNET – is available on the Arterial Network website:

For more details about this event, please contact Dounia Benslimane

General News
INTWASA 2012: Open Call for Participation
Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, one of the biggest arts gatherings in Zimbabwe, is calling for participants for this year’s edition of the festival. Intwasa 2012 will take place from the 18th to 22nd of September 2012 and will run under the theme BLOOMING. The festival will host about 50 events during the five day arts extravaganza that will include performances, skills sharing workshops, exhibitions, competitions and seminars. The festival focuses on the following arts genres: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film, spoken word, literary arts and fashion.

Local and international artists interested in taking part in the 8th edition can apply to the secretariat for participation. Application forms can be downloaded from www.intwasa,org. The deadline for application is 30 April 2012. For more information contact Rue or call 263 9 63928

The Global Search for the World's Best Storytellers
Emirates is excited to bring you Your Film Festival in partnership with YouTube. They are looking for the world’s best storytellers to submit a short, story-driven video and were giving you the chance to have your work screened at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Everyone has a story, and stories need telling. The way to tell them is changing.

You have until 31st March 2012 to submit a video. There's no entry fee. It can be any format – short film, web-series episode, TV pilot – and any genre.
In June, audiences around the world will vote, sending ten deserving storytellers to open the 2012 Venice Film Festival where a Grand Prize Winner will be rewarded with a USD 500,000 grant to create a new work, produced by Ridley Scott and his world class team.

For more info visit

Promoting inclusive governance of culture: the role of civil society in the quadrennial periodic reports of the UNESCO 2005 Convention

An exchange session was organised by Secretariat of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, with the collaboration of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee to engage Parties to the Convention and civil society representatives in a discussion about the key questions related to civil society’s role and involvement in the reporting process. During the session, Parties shared their experiences with regard to the modalities and processes they have set up to involve civil society in the preparation of their periodic reports. Mr. Mhlanganisi Musoga, a member of Arterial Network’s working group on the Convention attended the session and shared the South African experience. Please click the following link to watch the videos:


UNCTAD Xiii Policy Dialogue on Creative Economy for Development
The High-level Policy Dialogue on the Creative Economy at UNCTAD XIII aims to further support governments to enhance their creative economies, as a feasible development option for advancing socio-economic growth, trade and innovation. Debates will focus on the main findings and policy recommendations of the Creative Economy Report 2010. The panel will discuss policy strategies, multilateral processes, national experiences and concrete initiatives for enhancing their creative economies. Over the last decade, the topic of creative economy became well-inserted into the international economic and development agenda, calling for new insights and policy responses. Read more:

 "Performing Arts Management Today" December 17 – 21, 2012 at Retzhof Castle – Retzhof Educational Institute in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria!

"Performing Arts Management Today" is the professional conference open to arts managers, arts administrators, arts management educators and consultants, arts entrepreneurs, fundraisers, producers, arts agents and talent managers working in various artistic disciplines from all over the world interested in the research of topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts administration and training.

The conference is a great opportunity to meet potential collaborators and partners – performers from different creative genres and techniques, actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, musicians; casting directors, artists, authors, theatre managers, festival organizers and arts publishers from different countries.

The main tasks of the conference are to gain important insights into today's best management strategies for arts and cultural organizations of various sizes and scale, to consider relevant questions in contemporary arts management education and training, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration. The Conference is currently accepting submissions. For more information please visit the Conference web page:

International Arts Management Lab For performing arts managers and arts administrators March 23, 24, 25, Vienna, Austria
The Lab is the introductory course which opens the door towards the new collaboration project in Russia in autumn 2012 – the six-week period of performance creation in a Russian repertory theatre together with Russian actors and performers from different countries! There are several scholarships available for participation in the Lab in March in Vienna.
The scholarship amount is 300 EUR and covers part of the participation fee.
The programme is designed for existing arts managers, working in various creative industries, seeking further professional development and interested in strengthening their practical knowledge and skills. This course will be especially relevant to those candidates who are motivated to develop a managerial career in performing arts at international level – personalities with strong personal mission, passion for the arts and a strong sense of purpose.
The working language is English.
To apply for the scholarship and participation in the Lab, candidates should send CV/resume with photo and the letter of motivation to Full Course programme & details: Gallery of the past events: