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In view of fostering dynamic creative industries in developing countries, UNESCO has launched an exploratory study, aiming to map the fashion industry in Africa and provide a detailed and accurate assessment of its current state of development. This call is open to interested institutions/organizations that can develop and conduct a multi-stakeholder survey in order to collect qualitative and quantitative data on the main trends, challenges and opportunities faced by the fashion industry in Africa, as well as produce an analysis of the results and present them in a consolidated report, which will be published in the framework of the work conducted by UNESCO on cultural and creative industries and in line with the Organization’s Global Priority Africa.
On the morning of 24/11, the 57th Meeting of the ASEAN Culture and Information Committee with the theme "Digital Transformation: Access opportunities for everyone" officially opened in Hoi An city (Quang Nam province). Attending the conference were representatives of Quang Nam People's Committee, delegations of ministries, ASEAN agencies in charge of culture and information, representatives of embassies of ASEAN countries in Vietnam. IFACCA was represented by Executive Director Magdalena Moreno Mujica at the meeting.
African artists and human rights defenders face a troubling rise in restrictions on artistic freedom, exacerbated by recent military coups, political crises, flawed elections, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these and other serious threats to African artists and their freedom, in mid-November 2021 PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) and the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SouthernDefenders) conducted a four-day closed virtual workshop titled “Artistic Freedom in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities." The final report is now available online.
The second call for applications of the ACP-EU Culture Programme (Eastern Africa): Ignite Culture is now launched. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of 180,000 euros for the support of Creative and Cultural industries(CCIs) in 14 countries in Eastern Africa. The call for applications opens on November 22nd to December 13th, 2022.
Composed of 24 representatives elected from among the 180 States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and chaired this year by the Kingdom of Morocco, the Committee will examine 56 applications for inscription. The Committee will also examine a request for international financial assistance submitted by Malawi and a series of reports on the status of previously inscribed elements.
The Arts Council of Wales’s Collectorplan gives everyone the opportunity to own and enjoy art. Collectorplan is an interest free loan scheme that makes it possible to spread the cost of buying contemporary art and craft made by living Welsh artists over a 12-month period. Collectorplan was suspended for three months at the start of the covid-19 pandemic, but it has since bounced back. 853 interest-free Collectorplan loans were approved during the 2021-22 financial year compared to 478 in 2020-21.