Promoting institutional dialogue and transborder exchanges to enhance advocacy towards sustainable cultural futures.
The project “Arts et culture pour l’inclusion citoyenne: l’Université Abdou Moumouni jette des ponts” provides African youth with knowledge and resources on culture and sustainable development to build the societies of tomorrow. Based on the strengthening of the institutional dialogue and exchange among cultural centres and academia in Niger, the project has enabled the Arts & Culture Department of the Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey to collaborate at local, regional and global level with several organisations, “understanding the essence and aspirations of African adolescents as individuals and as members of local and global communities, and preparing them for development challenges”. The project took shape through diverse actions: promoting cultural mediation activities to raise awareness on African tangible and intangible heritage, which included the production of three fictional documentaries; activities around the connection between culture and environment, which involved the rehabilitation of a green space and the organization of a symposium, and activities focused on the promotion of local creativity, which featured the launch of literary prize for young adults.
“Creative diversity and social inclusion” (Credisi) aim was to facilitate a cohesive and constructive dialogue between local artists and creators and public authorities on the matter of reengaging public deciders with the importance of culture and the arts, and to raise awareness on their crucial role regarding the building of socially cohesive societies and the development of urban policies that respect individuals, communities and cultural expression and creation in Bulawayo. Through a combination of interactive workshops, debates and performances, the project led to engage over one hundreds of young creatives, fifty women artists and creatives, as well creators from ethnic minority groups and communities to discuss the critical necessity to ensure the access to safe spaces for cultural dialogue and artistic creation together with more than thirty arts administrators and experts, and more importantly four policy makers and councillors from the local authorities of Bulawayo. The gathering of the different cultural and creative stakeholders of the city allowed to generate a common and collective understanding of local public policies regarding culture and creation, and to discuss ways for artists and creators to better access venues and existing infrastructures. Among others, this resulted in the unlocking of various cultural spaces and safe venues for local artists and creators to create, perform and present their work in their diversity.
Creative diversity and social inclusion (Credisi)
“Makeshift constructions of trust: music-making, placemaking and movement-building” started as an initiative to create open and inclusive platforms for informal waterfront settlements in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which are home to up to 480,000 people. The project empowered young residents, especially women, and promoted their acknowledgement as people who participate actively in the shaping of the city, despite their precarious situation. Makeshift Constructions of Trust worked towards increasing the visibility of socially marginalised slum communities and their capacity to voice their vision of an inclusive city through digital, physical and organisational platforms using tools and techniques of self-representation, from music to maps, architecture to litigation, and contributed in a meaningful way to the “social, spatial, technological and political changes involved in the next ‘great urban transformation’”. The result was the design of an immersive, interactive online media platform for the community station, Chicoco Radio, as well as a gathering space for the media space – Chicoco Sounds. Given the Covid19 crisis, the video, music, text platform focuses on the impact of covid19 and called “Viral Times”.
“Éducation citoyenne et à la paix par l’expression de la diversité culturelle et artistique en milieu scolaire” grouped actors in the field of culture, education, and the social and solidarity economy with an aim to promote cultural and artistic expression as a lever for education and awareness to citizenship and peace in 100 primary and secondary schools of the Province of Bazega, to develop the skills of 10,000 children, adolescents, and young people as ambassadors of qualitative changes to citizenship and peace in their communities and to promote the capitalisation of its own developments and actions in order to multiply and integrate education for citizenship and peace through art and culture in the school curricula of Burkina Faso.
Arts et culture pour l’inclusion citoyenne: l’Université Abdou Moumouni jette des ponts
“Artistic and Cultural Action in favour of Social Cohesion and Accountable Governance” was implemented in Gao, scene of numerous violations of human rights. The initiative aims at supporting the population in recuperating the ownership of an accountable governance at the local level, and especially the youth, through socio-educational and cultural activities aiming at strengthening the knowledge of their role and responsibility as citizens, promoting the spirit of solidarity and tolerance between culturally diverse communities, and strengthening the social mechanisms which already within the framework of the promotion of cultural activities.
Artistic and Cultural Action in favour of Social Cohesion and Accountable Governance
“Energizing cross border cohesion and inter-cultural peace in East African Nomadic Cattle Corridor of Karamoja (Uganda) and Turkana (Kenya) through participatory theatre, folk arts and inter sports” organized theatre practice and awareness-raising workshops in the East African Nomadic Cattle Corridor of Karamoja and Turkana, subject of violent disputes between nomadic cattle-herding clans. Outreach and training activities were programmed among local communities in order to restore cross-border dialogue between several localities in the region, including rural communities. Through theatre practice and awareness-raising workshops, some 120-150 young people from 6 different cattle villages and around 30 nomadic clan chiefs and tribal elders were sensitized to the need to reintroduce social dialogue between themselves.
Energizing cross border cohesion and inter-cultural peace in East African Nomadic Cattle Corridor of Karamoja (Uganda) and Turkana (Kenya) through participatory theatre, folk arts and inter sports
“Mirages et perditions” addresses terrorism as a contemporary phenomenon from a necessary cultural approach. Through creativity, using theatre and film, the project raised awareness and called on young people to mobilisation against violence and intolerance. Participants wrote and performed a playwright, and a documentary on the process was produced and disseminated in theatres and on television channels and social media. Sensitisation sessions by religious communities were held as well, contributing to build citizenship and a sense of responsibility towards terrorist attacks, as well as learning how to express emotions related to collective and individual experiences of violent extremism.