Announcing the World Cultures Connect Creative Skills workshops in Trinidad and Tobago, Ethiopia and Malawi

Visiting Arts partners with The Africa Centre, South Africa, The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the ArtsTrinidad and Tobago, and The Pacific Arts and Culture Foundation in Suva, Fiji, to offer the World Cultures Connect Creative Skills training programme for arts practitioners who are looking to develop their creative business. 

The training will involve interactive workshops to increase artists’ and creative practitioners’ awareness and knowledge of the platforms, tools and opportunities that exist for communicating and promoting their work to local & international audiences & partners.

The intensive workshop sessions will explore
- how to access local and international markets
- how to progress your professional development, marketing and business plans
- the benefits of digital tools, networks and innovations
new opportunities for connecting and collaborating with audiences and partners
The workshop sessions will be followed by a series of virtual presentations and meet-ups with experts spread out over several months to support participants’ self-directed learning and strategic planning. Peer learning and collaborative working will form a considerable part of these sessions.

In August 2016 a select group of the participants will also have the opportunity to convene in the UK for a networking week and to showcase their work during the Edinburgh Festivals. The results of the programme will be shared during this time at Visiting Arts annual International Producers’ Breakfast in partnership with Creative Scotland
The programme forms part of the Culture Works Connections project to connect arts practitioners across Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific to international networks, and is funded by the ACP Cultures+ ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors, financed by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of States.

Upcoming training dates for 2015:
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago - 16-18 October
Successful applicants notified 9 October
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 11-13 November
Successful applicants notified 22 October
Lilongwe, Malawi - 17-19 November
Successful applicants notified 26 October

The application process is now closed for artists and creative practitioners in Trinidad & Tobago and Africa looking to develop their business. Look out for upcoming opportunities on the World Cultures Connect website. For more details please contact



Kate McBain is a freelance creative strategist and training consultant with more than 15 years experience working as a lecturer, coach, researcher and strategist for the cultural and creative industries. She has taught innovation, business, marketing, entrepreneurship and collaborative practice to creatives in professional and academic institutions across the UK and Europe: and designed qualifications frameworks for music, dance, digital arts, performance and cultural events across Scotland. Kate established Scotland's leading company for African-contemporary dance Descarga Dance; is long-time consultant to Havana-based youth dance company Acontratiempo; and her last Brazilian show for World Festivals Ltd. won the Spirit of the Fringe Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2014).  

Tom Porter is an experienced business and programme manager with an entrepreneurial background. He has delivered training on a range of topics from festival management to new media skills for NGOs. After 7 years with his start-up new media business he worked at BBC World Service Trust and set up Bokamoso consultancy with the Lake of Starts Festival founder. From 2012 to 2015 Tom worked as Head of Arts South Africa for the British Council, where he created and delivered the Connect ZA programme, which was awarded it the Diplomacy in the Arts Award by Business and Arts South Africa. He is also a consultant for the sub Saharan Africa Arts programme and a part-time Global Digital Cultures MA student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

C. Brian Williams is a graduate of Howard University and the Founder of Step Afrika! International Cultural Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brian has performed, lectured and taught in Europe, South & Central America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. Brian has been cited as a "Civic/Community Visionary" by NV Magazine, "Nation Builder" by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. He is featured in Soulstepping, the first book to document the history of stepping, and several documentaries discussing the art form. He is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship; the Mayor’s Art Award for Innovation in the Arts; and the 2011 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance.

After studying Mechanical Engineering at University, Abel Asrat from Addis Ababa has had the opportunity to take on exciting roles with different initiatives including member of AIESEC Ethiopia, Google Student Ambassador, Global Voice Member and Chair person for Drop of Water, whilst also volunteering for Barcamp Ethiopia and TEDx Addis. Abel is Wikipedian In Residence for the WikiAfrica project initiated by the Africa Centre. Currently he is working at EthioInfoDesk - a news site platform he co-founded with a friend.

Michael Mutisunge Noel Phoya (Muti) is a Malawian author, filmmaker, and historian. His research interests include questions of public culture, heritage and memory in the Malawian context, impact of open technologies on Africa, and the status of Africa’s archival heritage. Muti has authored several books including the entertaining travelogue Walks of Life, the Other Side of Malawi (Central Africana 2011) and Malawi, Lake of Stars (Central Africana 2011). He also contributed to A Memory this Size – The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013 (New Internationalist 2013)

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