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Arterial Network: Driving Africa's Creative Sector with a New Website

The Arterial Network is a dynamic, civil society network of artists, cultural activists, entrepreneurs, enterprises, NGOs, institutions, and donors active in Africa's creative and cultural sectors. Established as a member-based, non-profit organisation, Arterial Network operates as a bilingual network with French and English as its official languages. Arterial Network's mission is to create civil society networks of artistic roleplayers and empower their work for the cultural dimension of development.

Arterial Network has launched its new website, actualizing its mission in becoming a leading source of information and exchange for the African creative sector and its diaspora. Its web-platform, www.arterialnetwork.org, will revolutionize the way members and partner organizations communicate about their activities and projects, becoming a true forum for the African creative sector, while showcasing the nature and scope of the organization's endeavours and efforts.

The new website has a range of extremely practical and useful resources for arts practitioners. Some of these features include "The Network", an interactive map where members and countries will be profiled with updates on their activities, events and partnerships; the "Artwatch Africa" page that profiles the latest news on censorship, cultural and artistic rights and its various workshops ran across the continent, and the "Opportunities" page that will be constantly updated with vacancies, residencies, call for papers, awards and conferences. Additionally, the "Publications" page will have Arterial Network's toolkits downloadable for free, as well as Arterial Network's partners' research and a vast array of useful resources for cultural practitioners.

With this new website and through the dissemination of pertinent information, relevant research, a stronger defense and monitoring of infringements made to freedom of creation and creative expression, Arterial Network sets the pace once more for sustained action for the African creative sector.

For more information please contact: Jeanne Hefez at jeanne@arterialnetwork.org or Lara Preston at lara@redflag.co.za; www.arterialnetwork.org