Feb Newsletter

Arterial Network is a civil society network of artists, organisations and activists engaged in growing and strengthening the cultural and creative sectors in Africa.            Every month, we send our newsletter to 30 000 practitioners across Africa. Email to publicize your information on our digital platforms. 

Dear Arterial Network readers,

Welcome to the second edition of our brand new Arterial Network newsletter! 
You'll find here the latest updates from our Arterial Network Chapters, fresh news on the Artwatch Africa project and the African Creative Economy Conference and the usual array of opportunities and grants for African creatives on our website. 

March 2015 will be a memorable month for Arterial Network. As part of the 24th Ouagadougou Pan-African Cinema and Television Festival-the acclaimed FESPACO- which will be held this year from 28 February to 7 March 2015, Arterial Network and Artwatch Africa are gathering leading West African artists for the launch of its Artwatch Africa Ambassadors project. These ambassadors, champions of Freedom of Expression and artistic rights, will give an exclusive concert in Ouagadougou as we celebrate Arterial Network's 8th Anniversary!

Stay tuned for more news on our website and social media platforms!

Arterial Network News

ARTWATCH AFRICA AMBASSADORS: As part of the FESPACO and on the occasion of Arterial Network's 8th anniversary, 11 musicians are coming together to workshop issues pertaining to artistic rights and freedom of expression. Didier Awadi (Senegal), Ade Bantu (Nigeria), Zeynab Abib (Benin), Soum Bill (Cote d'Ivoire), artists of the Balai Citoyen led by Smockey from Burkina Faso, Alif Naaba (Burkina Faso), Josey Priscille (Cote d'Ivoire), Phéno Bi (Niger) and Master Soumi (Mali) will be collaborating for the first time to outline common aims and strategies when championing freedom of artistic and creative expression on the continent!


Artwatch Africa and Arterial Network Kenya partner for Women in Cultural Leadership Project (17-18 March)
Combating discrimination against women is one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. This objective is also applicable with reference to women in culture. 


Artwatch Africa and Racines/ Arterial Network Morocco: open call to participate in Artwatch Africa training and regional seminar (April 2015, Casablanca, Maroc)

Arterial Network Algeria/ Artwatch Africa: call for participation in Artwatch Africa training (19-21 March 2015) 

Artwatch Africa and Arterial Network Kenya hold a workshop on the status of the artist in Kenya with The Nest Collective from Nairobi. 

Arterial Network Benin and Artwatch Africa host a Public Conference on Cultural Rights and the Fribourg Declaration

Artwatch Africa: 1st Think Tank Session on the Freedom of Expression Barometer 

Artwatch Africa update:
"Burkina Faso: Artists United and Committed for their Rights!"

Artwatch Africa Award in honour of Al-Husseiny Abou-Deif

Racines/ Arterial Network Morocco hosts Music Freedom Day for the 1st time!

Arterial Network Gabon and Artwatch Africa hold a conference in Libreville on artistic rights in dance 

Arterial Network at the Festival sur le niger and Segou Symposium 

A significant Arterial Network delegation was present the 11th edition of the Festival on the Niger, which took place from 4 to 8 February in Segou in Mali. The Artwatch Africa project hosted an exhibit with Malian painters on the theme of Freedom of Expression with the Anw-Ko’Art Centre, the Réseau Kya and the Foundation Festival on the Niger. Nadia Nkwaya, Research Manager at Arterial Network,  gave a presentation of the Symposium of Ségou on the theme of "Craft at the heart of the Creative Economy: stakes and priorities.”It was also an opportunity for Réseau Kya/ Arterial Network Mali to launch the Creative City Network!  

African Creative Economy Conference 2015: dates announced!

Organised in partnership with Arterial Network Cameroon, Arterial Network's 5th African Creative Economy Conference will take place 9-10 October 2015 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Fespaco and Arterial Netwrok: partnership for the rights of the artist

FESPACO will be organising a Colloquium from 3 to 4 March 2015 on the topic "African Cinema: Producing and Broadcasting in a Digital Era."

Among the topics of the colloquium is "Copyrights in Cinema: Stakes and Challenges in a Digital Age", a session thosted by Arterial Network.

#culture2015goal campaign update

Last round of negotiations on the UN post-2015 development agenda were launched in NYC on January 19, 2015. Remember to sign the Declaration for the inclusion of culture in the UN Sustainable Development Goals post-2015!

Meet the Artwatch Africa Ambassadors!

From 4 to 5 March, these artists, called "Artwatch Africa Ambassadors", will identify new strategies for artists to be considered, heard and respected as such on the continent.

The aim of the project is to reinforce these artists' presence and involvement in the struggle for freedom of creative and artistic expression on the continent.

Cultural Industries in Africa: between Hope and Despair

"Culture and employment: What kind of Culture industry do we want for Africa?"

This is the topic that brought together several cultural actors from Africa and Europe in Ségou, including Nadia Nkwaya, Arterial Network’s Research Manager, who did a presentation on "Craft at the heart of the Creative Economy: stakes and priorities."

The meeting was part of a colloquium organised during the 11th Festival sur le Niger held from 4 to 8 February 2015 in Mali.

Opportunities, vacancies, resources

Don't forget our opportunities page on the Arterial Network website. 

Call for projects, vacancies, residencies, conferences, festivals and much more!