Apply for British Council festival funding to build cultural exchange and programming between UK and Sub-Saharan Africa

FestivalConnect 2020 is now open to festivals in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), allowing festivals to apply for funding from British Council for creative exchange or programming emerging artists from both SSA and the UK.

There are two streams open for applications until 12pm GMT on 5 February 2020.

  • Festival to Festival: Supporting exchange between Festivals who would benefit from connecting and sharing with each other, creatively and professionally.
  • Festival to Artist & Creatives – Supporting festivals to programme artists and creatives from SSA and the UK, so more SSA and UK 18-35-year-old's have access to take part, collaborate and showcase their creative work with audiences of that country.

Apply for either stream here before 5 February 2020.

Eligible countries are:

  • East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Southern Africa: Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • West Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leonne, Senegal
  • UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

More information - webinars:

  • Click here to watch webinar recording from 13 December.
  • Click here to register for 15 January (12pm GMT, 2pm Central African Time, 3pm Eastern African Time)

Your proposal for FestivalConnect 2020:

  • should be between £10,000 and £20,000 (or the equivalent in local currency)
  • must be a confirmed partnership or booking between festivals, organisations or artists
  • must be festival-led
  • must address one or more of the expected outcomes
  • must have one partner in SSA and one in the UK
  • should include artists from the reciprocating country (ie UK or SSA) if you are programming
  • should take place between May 2020 and May 2021
  • should include festivals that have presented a minimum of three iterations (ie. no new festivals)
  • should attract an 18–35-years-old audience
  • should include artists between 18 and 35 years old
  • will be open to festivals, biennales, art fairs or large-scale exhibitions

Suggestions of the work that will be successful in this open call include:

  • Programming of young, emerging artists between UK and SSA festivals
  • Incubation of existing art (eg existing work that would benefit from further development)
  • Cross programming/curating of work
  • Professional development of artists and festival management teams or professionals
  • Co-producing work
  • Experimentation between festivals

Download and read the FAQ document attached below. Apply by clicking the link above.


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