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African Festival Network (AFRIFESTNET) to be launched in Ghana

Following a seminar in July 2010 at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) at which delegates agreed to establish a network of African festivals and events, this network comprising festivals and events in theatre, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, heritage as well as multidisciplinary events will be formally launched in Accra, Ghana, on 19-20 April 2012. The event, an initiative of Arterial Network in association with the British Council, will include both a seminar component on the economic, social and other contributions of arts festivals and events in Africa, as well as a meeting to formally launch the network with the adoption of a constitutional framework, a programme of action and the election of a Steering Committee. While all existing, emerging and new festivals based in Africa are welcome to attend, when deciding on financial assistance, preference will be given to festivals that have been in existence for 5 years or more and that are considered to be key festivals by their peers in their respective disciplines or regions. The Report on the ZIFF Festival Seminar, to be used as a basis for building AFRIFESTNET, is available on the Arterial Network website at www.arterialnetwork.org. One of the proposed aims of the African Festival Network is to undertake advocacy on behalf of arts festivals and events. To this end, the interim steering committee would like to produce a publication that contains recent studies or papers on the social, economic, cultural or other impact of any festival on the African continent. Should you be aware of such studies, or should any festival have such studies, please send them to, or alert Dounia Benslimane at benslimanedounia@gmail.com