Arterial Network May Newsletter

List of contents:

  1. What's new at Arterial Network?
  2. Artists Rights and Advocacy
  3. Opportunities: Training/Jobs/Funding
  4. Resource Centre

French version
 What's new at Arterial Network?


Artwatch Africa: upholding the value of Freedom of Expression 

The Artwatch Africa project is premised on the understanding that freedom of expression is an essential condition for creative practice in the arts, and that to promote freedom of expression is to advance democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms on the continent. A training workshop alongside the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) will involve an initial cadre of country coordinators in the formulation of programmes that promote the value of freedom of creative expression for artists and societies in Africa.(read more) 

Arterial Network Cultural Policy Task Group (CPTG): 2014 updates

Arterial Network recognizes the importance of cultural policies that set the institutional framework for the development, protection and advancement of the arts, culture and heritage in African countries. We regard cultural policies as key to articulating a national vision for arts, culture and heritage, and call for the strategies that will appropriately promote them. This year, the CPTG will provide expertise in four main areas… (read more) 

Arterial Network and Artwatch Africa at the 17th edition of the ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival)

The 17th edition of the Zanzibar International film Festival will take place from 14-22 June 2014. This year, ZIFF is welcoming Arterial Network, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Steps International (Why Poverty?) to support discussion forums and critical thought around political themes. Arterial Network will host an Artwatch Africa training in parallel, aimed at mapping and monitoring the state of freedom of expression for artists in Africa. (read more) 

Arterial Network partner MTN Bushfire Festival launches the Firefest Route

MTN Bushfire Festival, a long-standing member of Arterial Network and of Afrifestnet, is pioneering the Firefest Route, a Southern Africa Festival Tour circuit that seeks to encourage and promote regional and international cultural exchange and knowledge sharing among member festivals. Arterial Network consolidated its relationship with the MTN Bushfire Festival in 2011 after a Cultural Boycott against Swaziland was called from South Africa. (read more) 

Limam Kane: 7th edition of the ASSALAMALEKOUM Festival (Mauritania) 

Limam Kane, a current member of Arterial Network’s Steering Committee, has become an emblematic figure of Mauritanian hip-hop. A dedicated musician, engaged in his social context as a cultural entrepreneur, he was the kick-starter of the Assalamalekoum Festival, (June 12-18, Nouakchott). Attracting more than 50 000 people, Assamalekoum is more than a music festival: a platform for dialogue, debate and training, it gives a chance to the youth from the region to participate and express their creativity in a wide variety of ways.(read more)

Arterial Network vacancy: Project Manager 

Arterial Network is hiring! We are currently looking for an experienced full time Project Manager to be based at Arterial Network’s Continental Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa. (read more) 


Artists Rights and Advocacy

Artwatch Africa Alert

While the month of May is traditionally associated with Labour Day as we celebrate improved working conditions worldwide, many artists continue to face repressive challenges because of their work. During the course of the month, Artwatch Africa has recorded a number of cases which highlight the constraints.(read more) 

5th Durban FilmMart: African Filmmakers selected

The Durban FilmMart has revealed the filmmakers whose films and documentary projects have been officially selected to participate in the continent’s leading finance and coproduction film market. The event is set to take place in Durban from 18-21 July 2014 during the 35th editio
n of the Durban International Film Festival. (read more) 


Developing the identity, heritage, arts and culture chapter for Agenda 2063 (African Union) 

Held at the African Union conference centre in Addis Ababa from May 21-25, the Developing the identity, heritage, arts and culture chapter for Agenda 2063 Conference saw hundreds of artists and cultural practitioners in attendance. Raised on the agenda were questions of African identity and renaissance, democratic governance and the role of the arts and cultural activists in determining Africa's destiny.(read more) 

 Opportunities: Training/Jobs/Funding

World Wide Poetry Month: call for readings, poetic and artistic activities

The World Poetry Movement is a historic conjunction of organizations that has carried out many global actions for peace. They are inviting poetry festivals, poetry organizations, poets, workshops, schools, musicians, artists, actors, dancers, painters, and all of the members of the World Poetry Movement, to celebrate, from 1 July to 30 July, thousands of mass poetry readings and interventions, in open and closed public spaces (read more)

Africa Story Challenge journalism competition: call for participation

The African Story Challenge is a $1 million programme for reporting grants to encourage innovative, multi-media storytelling. This African Media Initiative will have new funding opportunities for business and technology stories in its pan-African journalism competition. Apply before 30 June. (read more)

International Black Women’s Film Festival: call for film entries

The International Black Women’s Film Festival (“IBWFF”) is accepting film submissions for the 12th International Black Women’s Film Festival. Films completed within 2013 will be prioritized for consideration. The International Black Women’s Film Festival screens media by and/or about Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical, non-pornographic roles. Send your films before 2 August. (read more)

Morse Code Distress exhibition: call for video material

Morse Code: Distress Call aims to discover video material of international artists and cultural workers which have been blocked, banned, unnoticed, terminated, unfinished, too locally sensitive, too dangerous or provocative to talk about. It is looking for moving images presenting a response to certain political, economical and social events from local and international perspectives. Apply before 8 June. (read more)

Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR): call for papers

CITAR is a peer-reviewed publication that promotes knowledge, research and artworks. It covers a wide range of topics related to the study and practice of artistic work, through Science and Technology and much more. (read more)

Documenting Africa, Creating Fact or Fiction through the Lens (University of Westminster): call for papers

This is the first call for papers for a two-day conference (8-9 November 2014) called ‘Documenting Africa’ which will  bring together academic scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss contemporary issues around how Africans portray themselves and how they are portrayed by others. Submit abstracts before 31 July. (read more) 

Rfi (Radio France Internationale) Discoveries Award 2014: call for participation

The Discoveries Award is an annual opportunity to promote musical artists from Africa. Over the years, the award has been awarded to popular artists including Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast), Awadi (Senegal), Amadou and Mariam (Mali) and more.The winner receives a large cash prize, a live tour of Africa and a show in Paris. The award is organized in partnership with Sacem, the French Institute, l’OIF and Deezer. Apply before 15 June. (read more)

POPCAP photography award 2014: call for photography 

POPCAP is a dynamic prize for contemporary African photography that is awarded to portfolios that are either produced in an
African country or deal with an African diaspora. It aims to raise the profile of African photography in the arts, and provide more publicity for artists engaging with the African continent. Apply before 1 July. (read more) 

Celeste Art Prize 2014 (Italy): call for participation

The Celeste Prize (15-23 November, Milan) is an international contemporary art award in which artists from all over the world can participate. On offer artists will find 20 500€ cash prizes, benefits, an exciting exhibition location, worldwide exposure and top international jurors. Send your works before 15 July. (read more)

Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) contest “A wish for the planet”: call for drawings

A Cultural Diplomacy Initiative developed in collaboration with the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), this is an international  drawing contest called “A wish for the planet" for young people between the ages of 5 and 18. Stories and drawings should be sent by 5 June, on World Environment Day.(read more)

UNESCO Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition: call for participation

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an exciting new opportunity to develop  innovative ideas and projects that create positive change. Launched by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO, it provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs of all sectors. Apply before 30 June. (read more)

UNESCO “My Role as a citizen of the Earth” International Youth Contest: call for essays 

UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people and ensure that their contributions are taken into account. This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth (up to 25 years old) in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Apply before 15 June. (read more)

Women Weave the Web Campaign: prizes and opportunities

World Pulse's Digital Action Campaigns brings together powerful grassroots women leaders who are generating vital changes on the ground by providing key resources and toolsof empowerment. This year, they will be giving away some generous prizes, including the $20,000 Lynn Syms Prize. Apply before 13 August. (read more)

Mobile Phone Film Competition “Social Cohesion, in my opinion”: call for videos

Cine-à-dos (Sisseko, Mali) is launching its first Mobile Phone competition! The theme: “you have less than a minute to reinvent social cohesion.” With a phone or tablet on the topic of social cohesion, African practitioners have to propose a film, personal testimony, art video project or an animation. Three prizes will be distributed (250 000F CFA). Apply before 15 June. (read more) 

AFRIMA (All Africa Music Award): call for African musicians 

AFRIMA is a combined effort to recognise, award, promote and preserve Africa’s rich music culture. Launched in partnership with the African Union, it will take place from 21 to 25 October 2014 in Lagos (Nigeria), and has the ambition to become the biggest music event in Africa. Music professionals of African origin living either on the continent or abroad are encouraged to participate. The deadline is 5 July. (read more)

Cultural and Creative Sector Management Training (Casablanca and Beirut): call for applications

The MENA/EUNIC training in cultural & creative sector management is a peer-to-peer cooperative learning experience to foster regional exchanges within the MENA region. It will take place in November 2014 in Casablanca (Morocco) and in April 2015 in Beirut (Lebanon). All expenses covered. Apply before 1 June.(read more)

10th Edition of the N’Sangu Ndji-Ndji Festival, Pointe-Noire (Congo-Brazaville): call for participation

From 4-8 June 2014, Pointe-Noire will welcome the 10th edition of the exciting music festival N’Sangu Ndji-Ndji. The festival will be a platform for broad calls to make arts and culture more accessible, while creative workshops, debates with cultural actors and other parallel animations will take place. Participants can expect free international acts from Ismaël Lô, Saintrick, Gasandji and many more. In partnership with Arterial Network Congro-Brazzaville. (read more)

Fair of Music Trade Yaoundé 2014: call for musicians and participation

Designed as a large market of Music and Crafts, the International Fair of Music and Music Trades, FIMU, is an exchange platform between artists and those in the musical industry (interpreters, technicians, stage shows, etc.) The 2014 edition will take place in Yaoundé from 25 to 30 November 2014. Apply before the end of July. (read more)

Sondeka Festival 2014 (Kenya) for creativity and sustainability: call for innovators, artists, storytellers

Sondeka is an urban Kiswahili slang from the word tengeneza that means, “To create”. The Sondeka Festival (18-20 October 2014) acts as an intermediary where producers of creative innovations can meet with consumers of their products. It brings all forms of creativity into one space to collaborate, co-create and showcase skills. (read more)

FESTICCA 2014 Choral Music International Festival of Abidjan: call for participation

The FESTICCA is an engagement of the ACJ-CI federation (A Coeur Joie, Ivory Coast) and the Music Choral Federation. Taking place from the 31 July to 4 August in Abidjan with the theme of “Fraternity through music choral”, they are encouraging participants from all over the continent to join. (read more)

Storytelling and Scriptwriting Workshop at ZIFF 2014: call for participation

This workshop will take place during the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) to help filmmakers and storytellers develop their ideas and turn them into compelling stories in the genre of their choice. Applications are invited from filmmakers from East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania). Apply before 31 May. (read more)


ASSITEJ programme for young theatre makers: call for applications

ASSITEJ is committed to engaging young and emerging artists and professional theatre makers from all over the world. It offers placements and residency programmes designed to create new opportunities for learning and to enable international exchange and collaboration between younger artists. Apply before 30 June. (read more)

Balmoral exchange fellowships 2015 (Germany): call for applications

Residential fellowships and curator fellowships are available at the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral School in Bad Ems, Germany. The residential fellowships are endowed with 1,400€ a month and include free accommodation. The deadline is 28 June. (read more)

Black Coffee Scholarship for DJs: call for applications

South African house superstar Black Coffee has launched a R65 000 scholarship program aiming to help youngsters establish viable careers in the music industry. The funding covers the full tuition for a student to study in Cape Town at the SAE (School of Audio Engineering). Apply before 6 June. (read more) 

ArtWard Awards and Residencies (Belgium): call for applications

The ARTWARD is supporting highly talented fine arts practitioners for the 7th time. The programme is tailored for freelance artists under the age of 40, debutants and art students in painting, sculpting, photography, graphic reproduction, installation, video, media art, and new media. Apply before 30 September. (read more)

Ticket Fund by The Prince Claus Fund: call for submissions

The Prince Claus Fund’s Ticket Fund supports the cross-cultural exchange of artists and cultural practitioners. By covering travel costs, the Ticket Fund assists in the professional growth and networking abilities of those it supports. The Ticket Fund is open for applications throughout the year. (read more)

“Elsewhere”Photoquai Residency (France): call for applications

Every year, the “Photoquai Residency” program gives one or several non-European contemporary artists the chance to submit a creative project related to the mission of the Musée du Quai Branly, “where cultures meet in dialogue”, and coherent with a personal aesthetic path. The grant (€ 15 000) should allow artists to successfully complete a specific project. Apply before 31 May. (read more)

African Centre, AIR (Artists In Residency) 2014: call for submissions

The Africa Centre has formed partnerships with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States to provide eight residencies for our Artists in Residency (AIR) 2014 Programme. AIR is seeking applications from African artists who are both socially engaged and stretching the boundaries of their creative domain. Deadline for application submissions is the 20 June. (read more)

International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM): travel grants 

CIMAM is offering travel grants for its 2014 Annual Conference (9–11 November 2014) in Doha, Qatar, as hosted by Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art. There are currently 20 grants to support the attendance of modern and contemporary art curators and museum or collection directors. (read more) 


Mokolo Project Vacancies (Lagos): IT Project Manager and Project Assistant 

The Mokolo platform was created in 2012 with the aims to promote and support film and audio-visual sectors in Africa and its diasporas. They are looking for an IT Project Manager for the Mokolo portal development (apply before 6 June) and for a project assistant assistant (before 29 June). (read more) 

Contemporary Image Collective (Egypt) vacancy: Artistic Director 

CIC, an independent non-profit art initiative founded in Egypt in 2004, is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on the role of Artistic Director (AD). This is a key artistic and management position within the institution. Apply before 31 May. (read more) 

6th edition of the International Volunteer program (Francophonie): call for participation

L’OIF (International Organization for the Francophonie) is encouraging applications to their 2014 edition of the International Volunteer program. Designed by the OIF, it offers opportunities to participate in societal development through volunteering. 60 places are available! (read more)

GIPCA, Cape Town (South Africa) vacancy: Administrative Assistant

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) invites applications for an exciting 6 month contract as Administrative Assistant, commencing 1 July 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The main purpose of this position is to assist the GIPCA Director in ensuring the smooth running of GIPCA initiatives. Deadline is 5 June. (read more)

This is Africa vacancy: Music Editor

This Is Africa, a leading forum for African opinion, arts and music, is looking for a Music Editor, based in Cape Town. Apply before 6 June. (read more) 

Resource Centre

FOMECC Portal:  network for entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative industries

The FOMECC portal provides information on the cultural and creative industries, with a special focus on Spain, Latin America and Western Africa. This collaborative tool enables cultural enterprises, through their profiles, to present their projects, organizations and objectives with the aim of exchanging and sharing and starting new professional collaborations with other members of the network. (read more)

Institute of Network Cultures (INC): resource database 

The aim of the INC is to create sustainable research networks. On its website it offers a variety of research documents and open online discussions. Through these publications and other activities, the INC wants to help feed the great potential of networked cultures in all its aspects: artistic, political and technical.(read more)

The UNESCO/UNDP 2013 Creative Economy Report: Perks and Perils of an Evolving Agenda: Christiaan De Beukelaer

This article develops a critical appraisal of UNESCO Creative Economy Report 2013. It discusses continuity and change in the focus and message of the Creative Economy Reports and provides a balance engagement with the relation between culture and development. (read more) 

OIF African Heritage Revival/ Digital Resources: call for Francophone Africa files

The project “Digital Resources” is aimed at reviving the heritage of African audio-visual files. The aim is the better circulation of hundreds of digitized works and the creation of platforms for more exchanges, initiated by the National Library of France. (read more)

Cultural Policy Quick Tasks: IFACCA

Cultural Policy Quick Facts is a short international overview of the existence of cultural policies, plans and guidelines; the nature of cultural authorities and governance; and the key elements of cultural policies. The information has been drawn from the Cultural Policy Database, an IFACCA initiative designed to compile information on the cultural policies and policy structures in 210 countries and regions around the world. (read more)