Arterial Network has launched www.africancreativeeconomy.org, the African Creative Economy website.
The African Creative Economy Conference is the second to be hosted by Arterial Network, a dynamic network of individuals, organisations, donors, companies and institutions engaged in the African cultural sector. The Pan African Network, currently active in 40 African countries was formed in 2007 to support the effectiveness and growth of the African arts and culture civil society and to enhance the sustainability of creative industries in Africa.
The 2012 conference will create a platform, unprecedented for the coming together of upcoming, established and pioneering arts practitioners, intellectuals, policy makers and patrons in powerful debate and energetic collaboration.
Commenting on the launch of the website, communications and marketing manager of Arterial Network, Nancy Onyango, said, "We are extremely excited about the launch of the ACE Conference website which I hope will give artists, cultural entrepreneurs, researchers, arts practitioners, journalists and conference delegates the opportunity to follow us every step of the way by either getting program and logistics updates during the preparation of the event or real time updates of the conference proceedings. We have made the provision of interactivity on the website and relaying live updates via Twitter #ace2012dakar and on Facebook. Finally, launching of the website would not be possible without the incredible support of Nelam Services based in Senegal. We look forward to a successful event.''
The first conference on the African Creative Economy (ACE) was held at AACC Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2011. Over 120 delegates from 35 Africa countries and internationally attended the forum in East Africa. The 2011 conference assessed and shared some of the research done on the African creative economy. It also developed advocacy strategies in support of the African creative sector with a view to rigorously interrogate the available research and the relationship between the African creative economy and development, cultural diversity and other contemporary cultural themes.
One of the key challenges identified at the founding conference of Arterial Network on Goree Island, Senegal in 2007 was the simple need of information on the African creative sector. In response to this need, the network has for the past five years compiled and distributed a regular monthly e-newsletter to its primary constituents – artists, cultural NGOs, creative enterprises and cultural institutions. Arterial Network also established a website www.artsinafrica.com that provides a comprehensive information on the arts, cultural heritage of each African country and published an Art and Culture information directory: an alternative to constituents who cannot access the online directory due to limited internet access owing to digital divide or poverty.
For more information about Arterial Network, visit www.arterialnetwork.org.
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