Articoli taggati con ‘african cultural festivals’

Tafterjournal n. 72 - giugno 2014

How African cultural festivals are using innovative methods to attract new audiences, fund and host sustainable festivals

di Mazuba Kapambwe

This paper will focus on trends within the management of African cultural festivals, particularly on aspects of attracting new audiences primarily through social media, new approaches to funding such as using crowd funding and original models of social and environmental sustainability such as the Maaya model for festivals and cultural events. This paper will use secondary research from credible sources such as the UNESCO 2013 Creative Report, African Festival Network (Afrifesnet) concept document, African Musical Festival Network and HIVOS.

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Tafterjournal n. 72 - giugno 2014

Culture and development at a crossroads

di Antonio Paolo Russo

The two articles featured in this issue of Tafter Journal by Mazuba Kapambwe and Johannis Tsoumas may inspire some further reflections on the difficult, ‘liquid’ relation between place, ideology and politics, which is so present in almost any debate on the role and use of culture in development. Both papers tell us something of the ways in which culture can serve local development. However, the later is basically about what can go wrong – unimaginative planning abiding hidden interests and business tactics, though the ‘missed opportunity’ from the Athens case is only an arguably minor example of a wider system failure which screams for change and inclusion in decision-making. The former discloses the emergence of a new paradigm, a ray of hope from the plentiful sorrow that plagues the developing world: in the breech of the global cultural economy, social innovation and protagonism has flourished from technology and has reached even the more backwards – but still connected – places.

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