Creative Africa

This is an initiative of the UNCTAD secretariat to bring greater pragmatism to the policy debate. It will showcase the diversity of Africa’s abundant creative talent as well as the vigour of its creative industries.

Creative Africa is based on close partnership between UNCTAD, African artists, the government of Ghana and Agoralumiere International, a non-profit organization that aims to promote Pan-African creative economies through cultural diversity. Creative Africa will bring a series of cultural events to UNCTAD XII in Accra. It is hoped that the initiative will mark a starting point for further promotion and development of Africa’s creative sector on the world stage.

Creative Africa Programme

20 Apr 2008
12:30 - 15:00

Launch of the Creative Economy Report
Press conference held by UNCTAD and UNDP
20 Apr 2008
13:30 - 13:30

Inauguration: Exhibition of African Art and Crafts
The art exhibition will be open every day from 20-25 April and will showcase the artwork of ten contemporary African artists.

21 Apr 2008
15:00 - 18:00

Free Dialogue 1: Promoting Partnership and concrete initiatives for Enhancing the Creative Economy in Africa
The dialogue will provide a platform for business partnerships, investment and international cooperation, with a view to strengthening the capacities and competitiveness of Africa’s creative products and services in global markets.

22 Apr 2008
14:30 - 16:00

Free Dialogue 2: From Fashion to African Communities and the Millennium Development Goals
Open discussion on the opportunities for poor communities, African designers and SMEs in the global market of Ethical Fashion and on how to overcome prevailing obstacles to enter the value chains.
23 Apr 2008
19:00 - 23:30
Creative Africa Concert
The show will spotlight existing creative industries with real development impact in Africa and illustrate the huge untapped potential of these industries in Africa
 24 Apr 2008
9:00 - 18:00

The Pan-African Creative Africa Dialogue on an African Development Strategy for its Cultural and Creative Industries based on existing instruments.

This dialogue aims at officially presenting the Creative Africa Initiative to the Pan-African creative industry stakeholders and African institutions as Creative Africa is based on African ownership. It aims also at receiving  their input on a Pan-African strategy and road map for the development of the Continent's creative and cultural industries.

  24 Apr 2008
19:00 - 23:30
 Creative Africa Closing Night (Traditional Dance, Fashion Show, Film)
This show will spotlight existing creative industries with real development impact in Africa and illustrate their huge untapped potential.