Call For Entries: Bursuaries, Awards, Conferences, Expos & Festivals

Call for Entries: Sauti za Busara
Sauti za Busara is East Africa’s No 1 music festival. Stone Town Zanzibar will come alive in celebration of African music during 9 – 13 Feb 2011. New for the 2011 festival is the African Music Film programme. We are looking for a variety of stimulating and entertaining music films from the African Continent and diaspora. These may be full length features, recorded concerts, documentaries, music clips and videos or more experimental films. More info and application form at

Deadline for applications: 31st October 2010

Call for Entries: International Mis Me Binga (“Eyes of Women”) Film Festival
The 2nd International MIS ME BINGA (“Eyes of Women”) Film Festival will be held in Yaounde on 8-12 March 2011. The festival’s goal is promote women’s creativity from Cameroon, Africa and the whole world, establish a network between women filmmakers from different parts of the world and give hand to a better understanding of different cultures and each other. The purpose of the festival is to address through films issues of violence, inequality, discrimination and other problems related to women’s rights and gender problems, and to let the world discover the problems of society and the evolution of a changing world as seen by women. Website: Deadline: 30 November 2010
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Call for Applications: PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards
This is an international documentary development fund, offering 40 awards annually of up to 5,000 euros each. The fund provides resources in the early stages of documentary projects, to shoot and edit a film trailer. The fund is open to filmmakers of any nationality and grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis.
Call for applications closes: 1st December 2010
For more information on how to apply please go to:
For more information on the BRITDOC/PUMA partnership:

WOMEX: the World Music Expo (Netherlands)

Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen will be hosting WOMEX during 27 – 31 October 2010. WOMEx is a huge event for the Music world and artists, and provides a stage of opportunities for every avenue. It starts on the Wednesday with a sneak preview to the Trade Fair followed by the WOMEX Opening night with the first Showcases. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday come the principal days with the full Conference, Film Market, Trade Fair and Showcase programmes. Sunday hosts the networking breakfast and celebrated WOMEX Award ceremony.

UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity describes WOMEX as “The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.” For more information and to register (fees apply):

1st World Crafts Council Africa Assembly & African Arts & Crafts Exhibition (Zambia)
The Government of the Republic of Zambia and other major private sector partners in Zambia are assisting and supporting the Handicrafts Association of Zambia in collaboration with the World Crafts Council International in organising the WCC Africa Assembly which will usher in office the first Executive Members who will then take the primary responsibility of firstly driving membership for WCC African Region and there after create African work teams that will encourage dialogue with the members and organizations. The WCC Africa Assembly and Crafts and Arts Exhibition will take place in Lusaka, Zambia from the 26 to 28th October 2010 at Mulungushi International Conference.
For Application Forms, Exhibitions Booking Forms and more details contact Christopher Chilongo:

Superwoman Arts Festival, Nov25-26 (Malawi)
The inaugural festival celebrating female creative expression in visual art, film, literature, spoken word poetry, comedy, music, fashion, contemporary and modern dance will be held in Lilongwe, Malawi. For information and applications to attend: deadline 18 Oct 2010 contact

Symposium: Exploring Mobility Around the Mediterranean (Egypt)
The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) and the Arab Education Forum – Safar Fund invite participation in their Symposium, to be held in Alexandria, Egypt on 4-6 February 2011, as part of their joint Istikshaf project exploring mobility around the Mediterranean, backed by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Under the theme “Entering the 21st Century for Cancer Control in Africa”, topics covered in the AORTIC 2011 conference will be around cutting edge cancer management, basic science and clinical research of cancers relevant to Africa. This includes the following – Infection related cancers, Cancer & HIV, Preventable cancers, Cancer Control Programs, Pathology, Cancer Biology, Palliative Care, Oncology Nursing, Cancer Registries, Tobacco and Cancer, Radiation and chemotherapy in low resource settings, Good clinical practice training, Ethics in Cancer Research, Capacity Building, Research Methodology and updates on site specifi c cancers.

•Abstract Submissions Open – 26 October 2010
•Abstract Submission Deadline – 31 March 2011
•Registration opens – 26 October 2010
•Early Bird discount close – 30 June 2011
You can find more information regarding the conference programme and exhibition on the conference website alternatively you can contact the conference secretariat.


Kwani Trust a 2010 Prince Claus Award Laureate
Kwani Trust has been awarded a 2010 Prince Claus Award, given annually in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of Culture and Development. Each year, this prestigious award run by the Prince Claus Fund invites an expanding network of colleagues, partners and experts in artistic and cultural fields that are relevant to the Fund’s mission to nominate candidates for the award. Kwani Trust is honored to be among the 9 winners of the EUR 25,000 Award, which will be presented in Nairobi in December 2010 by the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya, HE. Laetitia van den Assum. The Trust plans to use the award money as a seed fund for a manuscript project that produces novel-length manuscripts between 2011 and 2013, with the project kicking off in early 2011. Further details will be available through the press and the Kwani Trust website from December 2010.    Website:

The Republic of Liberia opens its first school dedicated to the visual arts
Our ARTerial Network Country Representative in Liberia, Mr. Leslie Lumeh, has been instrumental in setting up Liberia’s first visual arts school in Monrovia: Liberia Visual Arts Academy (“LiVArts”). Liberian citizens between the ages of 10-25 can to apply to the Academy regardless of gender, creed, religion or physical handicap. The school has already accepted 15 students and plans to offer free tuition for up to 20 students who will receive a certificate of accomplishment after successfully completing two years of studies. Education involves training in various visual art disciplines, and will soon incorporate modern communication and design technologies. LiVArts is a registered non-profit organisation. Mr Lumeh serves as its Executive Director. More Information: 80 Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia LIBERIA
Email: Tel: +231 6 430 483

Arterial Network discussion forum at Blantyre Arts Festival (Malawi)
A Response to the Nairobi Plan of Action: Plan and Action presentations from Peter Rorvik (director, Centre for Creative Arts)with contributions by Lebo Mashile, Pitika Ntuli and other poets from the Poetry Africa festival.

Commonwealth Foundation hosts UK launch of new EU film fund
On Wednesday 8 September, the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth’s culture agency, hosted in collaboration with MEDIA Desk UK the UK launch of new EU MEDIA Mundus film funding programme at its headquarters, Marlborough House, London. The film funding scheme, now open to applicants from outside Europe, is an international collaboration programme which aims to encourage links in the audiovisual industry between Europe and other continents. The programme, which begins from 1 January 2011, offers 5 million Euros to fund film projects in the areas of training, distribution and circulation and access to markets. It aims to increase audiences for films from different countries by bringing more culturally diverse products to European and international markets and to create new business opportunities for audiovisual professionals from around the world. MEDIA Mundus draws on the success of the three year preparatory action MEDIA International, which from 2008-2010 funded 70 projects delivered with partners from Canada, Morocco, Turkey, India, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, Korea, Nigeria to name just a few.
For more information on MEDIA Mundus please visit
For more information on the Commonwealth Foundation, please visit

5th World Summit on Arts and Culture (2011)
The 5th World Summit, to be held by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, 3-6 October 2011, under the theme Creative Intersections, will investigate how the arts can give voice to different communities and concerns through collaborations with other sectors such as business and the economy, new technologies, health and well-being, the environment, education and identity through Indigenous, local and global cultures. The Summit will investigate the relationship between artists and other sectors, including the cultural sector, government (public) agendas, community interests, private sector interests, etc. More information:;

Unite as One Campaign
Our Aim is to create a South African society in which people notwithstanding their language or country of origin, respect each other and live together peacefully. Our Goal is to collect one million signed pledges supported by specific actions and events to express support for the campaign which will run from Mandela Day on 18 July until African Human Rights Day on 17 October 2010. Sign the pledge:

The Courier ACP Competition for Young Photographers
The award is open to all photographers from ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) countries aged 29 or under. Through this award, The Courier – the magazine of Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union cooperation and relations – aims to promote and support young talent from ACP countries in the field of photography, focusing particularly on photojournalism. Theme: African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and development: trade, climate change, culture, science and technology. Photos must be shot in an ACP country. Prize: 1.000 euros, offered by the sponsors of the competition: Africa e Mediterraneo and Grand Angle. Additionally, a working contract of a minimum value of €1000 for a photo reportage in ACP countries will be offered by COLEACP. All travel expenses (linked to the reportage) will also be covered by COLEACP.

Deadline: 15 October 2010       Website: Email:

Call For Registration of African Cultural Policy Experts on the Connect-CP Database
IFACCA hosts an on-line database of cultural policy experts from around the globe. The database is an important tool to link cultural policy experts and to identify cultural policy experts for conferences and paid consultancy work. Of the 800 or so profiles on the database representing 103 countries, about 65 are from the African continent.

This is to invite, and strongly encourage African cultural policy experts who are not already registered to do so as soon as possible, as this would also provide the 5th World Summit organisers with information about possible speakers. Register at