This week hundreds of African creative delegates descend to Cape Town for the Arterial Network’s African Creative Economy Conference.
The African Creative Economy Conference brings together some of the continent’s leading thinkers, academics, cultural producers, and experts in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, heritage and museums, design, fashion, craft, festivals and cultural events, film, literature and stand-up comedy. It also attracts entrepreneurs, politicians and funders whose interest lies in expanding the creative economies across the continent.
The conference focuses on the creative industries not just as economic drivers, but also considers how the creative sectors can eradicate poverty.
The conference takes place each year in a different city. In 2013, over three hundred delegates from around 40 different countries were drawn to a blustery Cape Town.