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

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

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Summary of Outcomes<br />

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The high cost of travel was the other most-cited obstacle to<br />

mobility, named by almost all respondents. Costs of <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

flights are exorbitant on all <strong>in</strong>tra-regional <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>tra-cont<strong>in</strong>ental<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Aggravat<strong>in</strong>g factors <strong>in</strong>clude:<br />

a) Impossibility of road travel between most countries (see<br />

Section 3.1.3 above).<br />

b) Poor flight connections between cities. Until recently, most<br />

travels between <strong>Africa</strong>n cities had to go via Europe. The<br />

situation is chang<strong>in</strong>g, especially with the development of<br />

RAM’s <strong>and</strong> other local airl<strong>in</strong>es’ networks <strong>and</strong> Casablanca’s<br />

emergence as a travel hub. However, direct flight connections<br />

rema<strong>in</strong> few <strong>and</strong> far between, <strong>and</strong> costs rema<strong>in</strong> high.<br />

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QUOTE:<br />

« That’s the life of an artist: we<br />

want to make th<strong>in</strong>gs happen,<br />

but sometimes it’s money that<br />

blocks everyth<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong> other<br />

times we have the plane<br />

tickets but not the visas. »<br />

Cyr<strong>in</strong>e Gannoun<br />

Theatre practitioner, Director of<br />

the Centre Arabo-<strong>Africa</strong><strong>in</strong> de<br />

Formation et de Recherche<br />

Théâtrale, Tunis*<br />

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QUOTE:<br />

« That’s the whole paradox.<br />

There are so many European cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutes that do spotlights on the<br />

Arab world; the Arab world has greater<br />

<strong>and</strong> greater visibility <strong>in</strong> Europe; but at the<br />

same time, the conditions to get<br />

a visa are gett<strong>in</strong>g more <strong>and</strong> more<br />

complicated. »<br />

Am<strong>in</strong>a Mourid<br />

Cultural manager, co-founder of Th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

Tanger/Atelier Kissaria,<br />

Tangiers, Morocco*<br />

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c) Absence of fund<strong>in</strong>g organizations <strong>and</strong>/or <strong>in</strong>sufficient<br />

coverage of ancillary costs.<br />

d) Ancillary costs of travel: the cost of mobility goes<br />

beyond the flight ticket. Accommodation, <strong>in</strong>surance,<br />

vacc<strong>in</strong>es, visas, travel to embassies, etc.<br />

(see Visas above) all add to the f<strong>in</strong>ancial burden<br />

associated with travel<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

e) Lack of knowledge of fund<strong>in</strong>g possibilities.<br />

f) <strong>Art</strong>ists’ precarity across the region makes self-funded<br />

travel impossible.<br />

g) Issues with currency <strong>and</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ancial transactions<br />

are present <strong>in</strong> many of the countries covered, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

limits on cash withdrawals (Libya, Morocco,<br />

Tunisia); <strong>in</strong>eligibility for credit cards; restrictions<br />

on currency exchange <strong>and</strong> frozen accounts (Libya).

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