Exploring the Creative Economy in Africa

You are invited to attend a one-day seminar ‘Exploring the Creative Economy in Africa’ taking place at King’s College on the 27th of June 2016 (9.30 – 6pm).

In recent years there has been a growing interest on the role that cultural and creative industries play in developing economies, not only in reference to economic contribution but also in connection with social change and cultural engagement. In this one day seminar we bring together some academics, practitioners and policy makers who work in this field to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that the creative economy faces in emerging contexts like Africa. The full programme of the event is available here. The first part will explore the role of policy and mapping in framing and understand the role that creative and cultural industries can play in different contexts. The second part will focus on the role of creative education in supporting cultural development in Africa. The last part of the day will focus on cultural production networks in Africa discussing informality, networks and financial issues, as well as new economic and business models.
The one day seminar is organised by Dr Roberta Comunian (King’s College London) in collaboration with Ejemen Ojeabulu (African University of Creative Arts) and Sam Jones (Sound Thread) with the support of King’s Worldwide Partnership Fund, The Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries.

For more information visit: http://creativeafricaseminar.weebly.com

Please register here

The cost of registration is £5 and this will help cover catering costs (including two coffee breaks, lunch and an evening reception) for participants.


Football & Connected Communities – End of Project Event/Report

We thought some of you might be interested in our end of project event which takes place in Sheffield on Saturday 14th May and will feature a whole host of football-related activities along with discussions of how best to engage young people in participatory research. All are welcome!!

Please, click here for our end of project report (masquerading as a football programme), which outlines some of the main findings alongside the challenges we have faced. It’s written in a very informal, non-academic style – if you do have the time/energy to have a look, any comments or suggestions would be most welcome.


FURD Football Circus - Poster

Connected Communities Report Launched

The Connected Communities Report – Creating Living Knowledge – was launched yesterday. It explores issues ranging from the expectations that community and university partners might have entering projects, the new roles that are emerging, the mixed benefits of project funding, some ways of thinking about project legacies – as well as some recommendations for the wider funding landscape and universities.

The link to download the report is here: https://connected-communities.org/index.php/news/creating-living-knowledge-report-launched-today/

We hope it’s a useful tool for those of you working on collaborative projects, and we look forward to working with you over the next few years to take these issues forward.

This is also a reminder of the CC catalyst fund – which may be useful for groups wanting to work on enhancing the legacy of their projects – deadline end June.