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Art Moves Africa – Retracing Roots and Tracing New Routes: Mobility and Touring in North Africa

A study by Lara Bourdin for Art Moves Africa, October 2019

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10<br />

Introduction<br />

1.1<br />

Background<br />

of AMA’s<br />

research<br />

program<br />

AMA launched its research program<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2011, <strong>in</strong> recognition of the<br />

complexity of mobility <strong>and</strong> tour<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> the hopes of fill<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the vast gaps <strong>in</strong> knowledge<br />

<strong>and</strong> data perta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g to the topic. It has produced three<br />

studies to date: two focus on East <strong>Africa</strong> (perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

arts <strong>and</strong> visual arts) <strong>and</strong> one focuses on Central <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

Through these studies, it has contributed to the<br />

development of knowledge, <strong>in</strong>itiatives <strong>and</strong> policies that<br />

strengthen mobility on the cont<strong>in</strong>ent. Indeed, AMA’s<br />

statistics show a substantial impact on mobility <strong>in</strong> the<br />

East <strong>Africa</strong>n <strong>and</strong> Central <strong>Africa</strong>n arts sectors s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

the publication of the studies.<br />

In East <strong>Africa</strong>, mobility appears to have <strong>in</strong>creased,<br />

with a significant jump <strong>in</strong> the number of<br />

applications to / from East <strong>Africa</strong> per session (see<br />

next page). Events such as Addis Foto Fest <strong>in</strong> Addis<br />

Ababa <strong>and</strong> Bayimba <strong>Art</strong>s Festival have become major<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational platforms, draw<strong>in</strong>g artists from across<br />

the region, the cont<strong>in</strong>ent <strong>and</strong> the world. AMA has also<br />

received significant numbers of applications for events<br />

such as the Karibu Music Festival <strong>in</strong> Dar Es Salaam; the<br />

Bagamoyo Festival; Tuz<strong>in</strong>ne Festival <strong>in</strong> Kampala; as well<br />

as for projects <strong>in</strong> Kigali <strong>and</strong> Lilongwe. F<strong>in</strong>ally, a new,<br />

regional mobility fund has emerged: the British Council’s<br />

East <strong>Africa</strong> Travel Grant.

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