Art Moves Africa: the Mobility Fund of Artists & Cultural Operators within Africa

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Cotonou-based storyteller and AMA grantee Koudoussou Adéchina Laourou is currently in Dondoutchi, Niger, to participate in the biennial Gatan-Gatan festival (International festival of storytelling and orality) taking place between December 2nd and 5th.

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Nairobi-based journalist and AMA grantee Wanjeri Yvonne Gakuru is currently in Abeokuta, Nigeria to participate in the Ake Arts & Book Festival (November 17-21, 2015).

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"The highlight was the spoken word workshop. Each participant produced a poem and I produced two although I have not written poetry for a while. [...] Another highlight was the Herstory event. It was a full house. Audience suggested a Facebook page to keep th Hersotry discussion going as the attendance and participation showed there is need for a Herstory space."

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"The trip was my first to another African country, attending a truly African film festival has always been one of my dreams.

I hoped to meet and connect with other filmmakers, who share the same struggles and challenges that I face, as an emerging filmmaker in South Africa, where the divide exists between the established filmmakers and emerging filmmakers, a place where we continue to struggle immensely to make and have our stories told.

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Justine Akouir Mireille Akaba and Yvonne Gladys Tchuimo, both dancers based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, are currently in Brazzaville to participate in the Festival International de Théâtre, danse et cirque au Congo (FITHEDAC) (September 30 – October 11, 2015), where they will perform a contemporary dance piece titled « Plus femme que femme ».

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Cairo-based playwright and director Dalia Basiouny and actors Maison Abo El Naga and Helal Ibrahim are now in Addis Abeba to perform the play Solitaire the Crossing Boundaries Festival (September 24-27, 2015).

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Harare-based AMA grantee Tsitsi Dangarembga is currently in Nairobi to participate in the Storymoja literature festival, taking place between September 16 and 20.

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Mauritanian rap artist Mohamed Kourouma (aka Franco Man) is currently in Casablanca for the urban music festival L’BOULEVARD (September 11-20, 2015).

A socially engaged rapper, Mohamed Kourouma uses his microphone to spread messages of unity and peace and to denounce the various forms of ethnic and racial discrimination that run rampant in his home country. He seeks to use his voice, his technique and his flow in the name of all oppressed peoples from Mauritania and beyond.

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AMA is pleased to announce the grantees of Session 28 (August 2015) of its mobility grants programme.

This session was one of AMA's most competitive, with 165 eligible applications received. A total of 17 artists and cultural practitioners (including 3 groups) were awarded grants:

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