During this period of global health crisis, most of the cultural and artistic activities are suspended. Faced with this situation, the cultural sector is looking for alternatives as art, culture and creativity remain fundamental components of everyday life, even in periods of crisis. Creativity and imagination allow us to keep an open eye to the world, a form of freedom during the lockdown.
In this context, Africalia wishes to further support artists and cultural institutions by highlighting innovative initiatives and actions.
Since all of the free screenings which had been planned in the coming weeks before the 25th edition of the Afrika Filmfestival - Leuven will not be able to take place physically, the festival team offers spectators to discover each week movies for free at home !
Each week, Atelier Graphoui highlights movies from its catalog. These films are then available for several weeks free of charge.
The WIELS contemporary art center offers free exclusive content to discover at home during this period.
You will find among others :
extracts from books
audiovisual productions including Cailloux, a martial art film directed by Tetshim and Frank Mukunday, with candles and pebbles from Frank’s garden in Lubumbashi.
In this context of covid-19 crisis, the cultural organization Nhimbe Trust, under the leadership of the Nhimbe Global Affairs Observatory, launched the Covid-19 Culture and Creative Industries Portal.
This initiative aims to offer information resources, technical support and professional expertise in response to the crisis in the ecosystem of the cultural and creative industries. The objective of this platform is to develop preparedness mechanisms for the months following the crisis we are currently experiencing.
In order to measure the economic impact of covid-19 on the cultural and creative sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Professor Ribio Nzeza has developed a survey for business leaders, associations or independent workers working in the cultural and creative sector.
Find below some calls for projects to support artists and cultural initiatives :
The French Institute in Morocco is launching an exceptional call for projects aimed at supporting the Moroccan artistic and cultural sector, particularly weakened by the health crisis. The purpose of this call is to implement artistic actions for populations whose access to culture is limited.
Initiated by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Uganda & South Sudan, this call was launched in response to the covid-19 crisis for artists in Uganda .
University of York’s Center for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), through a grant from Open Society Foundations, is calling on artists and activists around the world to apply for COVID-19 funding of up to £3 000 ($3 750).