Africa is the youngest continent in the world. Its new generation of leaders and activists will be the determining players in the continent’s trajectory, and the future of globalization.
For centuries, the majority of the 54 countries have been scarred by Western colonization and have experienced post-independence violence and struggle to this day. Post-colonial relations and rough political transitions have made the flourishing of sovereignty, civil agency and democratic stability difficult.
Today, urbanisation, climate change and the digital revolution are generating new challenges, shifting priorities and alliances. The time to “open up new field of possibilities” is now, to use economist Felwine Sarr’s terminology, “the African continent must be a laboratory. We must imagine novel forms; we must reinvent a richer and more open humanity”.
Artists have been and are, now more than ever, guardians of the pulse of their countries’ struggles and energies. Their work generates intercultural dialogue and enhances cultural diversity, essential drivers of social inclusion and people-centered sustainable human development.
Culture At Work Africa – The Public Value of Intercultural Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Urban Africa is a 3-year project aimed to support new and innovative local initiatives promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas, in 15 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Each of these 15 countries boasts living heritage traditions, thriving contemporary arts scenes and creative industries, and engaged contemporary artists and activists working in tough contexts and - in most cases - without state or municipal support.
This multimedia digital showcase offers a glimpse into the kinds of locally-driven initiatives conceived as part of this project and the admirable stakeholders behind them.