Mobility fund of artists and cultural operators within the African continent

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AMA is proud to announce the launch of “Retracing Roots and Tracing New Routes: Mobility and Touring in North Africa,” the latest publication in its series of regional studies on arts mobility in Africa.

The new study is now available in two formats: e-Book and PDF for download.

The study provides:

- a mapping of spaces and organizations in North Africa that currently support artists’ and cultural actors’ mobility;

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Emerging writer Faith Mutheu Matheka travelled from Nairobi (Kenya) to Abuja (Nigeria) to participate in the African Writer’s Conference between November 30 and December 2, 2018.

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Mary Mutinta Manzole travels today from Lusaka (Zambia) to Johannesburg (South Africa) to participate in the 10th annual Drama for Life Conference at Witwatersrand University (28 November-8 December).

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AMA grantee Davy Lessouga is currently in Rabat (Morocco) as a participant in the Visa for Music Foundation's Africa-Middle East Music Meeting (21-24 November 2018).

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AMA grantees Yannick Proenca, Stachys Nzolani and Joonho Wantete, of Sahad and the Nataal Patchwork, traveled last week from Dakar (Senegal) to Nairobi (Kenya) to attend and perform in ACCESS - Music in Africa Conference 2018 (15-17 November).

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Last weekend, AMA grantee Achiro Patricia Olwoch travelled from Entebe, Uganda to Cape Town, South Africa, in order to participate in the Women Playwrights International Conference (June 28-July 4).

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Alexandria-based AMA grantee Amany El-Sawy travels to Cape Town today to participate in the Women Playwrights International Conference (June 28-July 3).

Amany El-Sawy is a lecturer in the English department at the Faculty of Education of Alexandria University. Her field of specialization is contemporary British theatre. While her career has to date been focused on academic pursuits within the field of literary and theatre studies, she has recently turned to playwriting. Her first play, titled The Sun, deals with notions of displacement and the sense of being “out of place.”

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"Tendai Tshakisani Makavani and Peter Churu, Complete Arts Project’s board chairman and executive director respectively, travelled to Botswana from 10 to 13 December under an Art Moves Africa grant. We met with Mitisong Festival Director Mr Gao Lemenyanne who gave us a tour of his venue and facilities. We then had a meeting at which we discussed the Women Alive: Democracy through Women concept and how our two countries can cooperate through theatre arts in this theatre for development project.

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Today, AMA grantees Peter Churu and Tendai Tshakisani Makavani are travelling from Harare, Zimbabwe, to Gaborone, Botswana on behalf of Complete Arts Project (CAP) for a meeting with Gao Lemmenyane of Maitsitong Theatre. They will be developing a collaboration platform in preparation for the Women and Democracy / Theatre for Development project that will be hosted by CAP in Harare in February 2015.

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The conference programme included 4 keynote addresses, 2 panel discussions and roundtable discussions on 10 thematic areas, including the UNESCO Conventionon the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its relevance to the African creative economy. From the keynote presentation by Joy Mboya (Executive Director of the GoDown Arts Centre, Kenya), I learnt, for the first time, the extent to which the global economic meltdown had impacted the creative industries.

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