Africa Chapter

15 October 2018, International

The Africa Chapter of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies was formed in 2009 during a meeting of members from the region at the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg, co-hosted by the National Arts Council of South Africa.

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The sixth and most recent meeting of the Africa Chapter took place alongside the first ever Arts Summit of Southern Africa in Windhoek, Namibia in August 2018. The Arts Summit and Africa Chapter Meeting were co-hosted by the National Arts Council of Namibia, IFACCA's Regional Focal Point for Africa in 2018-19.

The fruitful first instalment of the sixth Africa Chapter Meeting took place on Monday 20 August, during which members collaborated on building a shared vision of a thriving arts and culture sector for the development of public cultural infrastructure and explored issues of participatory processes and citizen engagement. In the days that followed, this collaboration extended to include more than 250 international delegates during the Arts Summit of Southern Africa, which explored the theme Human creativity is a vital economic, social and cultural resource. On Thursday 23 August the Africa Chapter held the second instalment of its meeting, during which the members present consolidated findings from the Arts Summit to collectively endorse shared principles, make recommendations and agree to collaborative action. These were issued publicly in the Concluding Statement from members of the Africa Chapter.

The next meeting of the Europe Chapter will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia alongside the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture in March 2019. 



The current members of the Africa Chapter are:

• Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Botswana
• Ministry of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Malawi
• National Arts Council of Namibia
• Ministère de la Renaissance Culturelle, Arts, Modernisation Sociale, Niger
National Council for Arts & Culture, Nigeria 
National Arts Council of Seychelles
National Arts Council of South Africa
• Basata: National Arts Council, Tanzania           
• Ministry of Communications, Culture, Sport and Civic Education, Togo
• Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Tunisia   
• National Arts Council of Zambia
• National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

Current affiliates of the Africa Chapter:

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia
Heritage Foundation, Seychelles
Mnistry of Tourism and Arts, Department of Arts and Culture, Zambia
Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust



Each IFACCA Regional Chapter has a Regional Focal Point. This is a National Member institution of the Federation that liaises with members in the region and organises a Chapter Meeting or other joint initiative. The role of Regional Focal Point is for a fixed period and is open to all National Members on a rotating basis.

The current Regional Focal Point for Africa is the National Arts Council of Namibia (NACN). Mr Patrick Sam is the official representative of the RFP as the Chairperson of NACN, and Ms M'kariko Amagulu is the RFP Chapter Liaison responsible for coordinating the Regional Chapter Meeting and associated Arts Summit of Southern Africa.


Members in Africa have held seven regional meetings to date:

  • Windhoek, Namibia, August 2018
  • Valletta, Malta, October 2016 
  • Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2015 
  • Santiago, Chile, January 2014
  • Melbourne, Australia, October 2011 
  • Harare, Zimbabwe, April 2010
  • Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2009