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The African Arts Institute (AFAI) was launched in February 2009 to promote participatory democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.

AFAI Organisation

AFAI’s vision is for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative sector that contributes to development, human rights and democracy on the continent

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Cultural Governance & Leadership

Developing the leadership of civil society organisations (NGOs, networks, etc) and government agencies active in the sector.

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Empowering Artists

Help Desk and a Toolkit providing information about legal, funding, technical issues as well as other advice.

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Research and Cultural Policy

Researching and helping to develop theoretical tools and perspectives on international cultural policies.

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Market Development

Developing South African and international markets for African artists and creative goods.

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Human Rights & Democracy

Promoting democracy, freedom of expression and human rights through the arts.

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Recent News

16Apr

Greater Cape Town- April to May

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AFAI is passionate about building the creative sector in historically disadvantaged areas outside the CBD, look out for the following... Read More →
16Apr

ICT training workshop with Artists from Langa

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From 22 – 24 April an ICT training workshop with Artists from Langa, will be facilitated from 9am – 16:00pm... Read More →
15Apr

(CPRG) – Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Bill Gazetted in March 2015

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There has been a slight shift of plan for next week’s session (23 April from 14:00- 16:00 at the District... Read More →

African Arts Campus

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To mark Africa Month, the African Arts Institute invites you to the AFRICAN ARTS CAMPUS (AAC). Three weeks of evening and afternoon short courses, mini-lecture series and stand-alone talks on arts, culture and development in contemporary Africa! Read more 

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