Culture Works Connections

Culture Works Connections is a project linking the creative businesses in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific 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. It runs for three years from 2014- 2017. There are four parts to the programme which, at its heart, aims to build stronger more sustainable creative businesses that are able to access world markets and develop collaborations. It aims to overcome one of the major barriers to international working which is the need for good accessible information on what exists and how to contact them.

  • The first part is a process of mapping and surveying the creative businesses.  We build on the existing initiatives of mapping and provide the sector with access and training to be able to promote themselves through the World Cultures Connect online platform. This is a searchable database for the cultural sector worldwide.
  • The second part is a training exercise that involves the appointment and training of a “link” person in each region responsible for the marketing, promotion and moderation of the platform. 
  • The third part is a programme of targeted and tailored workshop training packages that are co-designed by the creative businesses themselves in response to a needs analysis that we undertake online. This allows us to match the needs with the training. The outcome is a bespoke programme that will build the skills of the sector as well as give them access to contacts worldwide.
  • The final part is an opportunity for some of the participants in the workshops to meet together at a final networking event in the UK where the experience of the programme can be shared. In addition, a one week work placement in a UK organisation can be organised. The results of the programme and future initiatives can then be discussed at the International Producers’ breakfast event at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2016.

The programme is being led by Visiting Arts, who have a 30 year history of working with and connecting artists across the world. The three partners are:
Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Trinidad and Tobago
The Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
The Pacific Arts and Culture Foundation, Suva, Fiji

With the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.


Photo credits: Africa Centre / Sydelle Willow Smith

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