AU In Partnership With UN Call For Creatives To Participate In Continental Contest
A partnership between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a call for applications to ensure creative voices find a space in the public awareness campaign marking the 20th anniversary of the AU, known as AU20.
Under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future”, two residency programmes powered by Africa No Filter will offer the space, time, resources, and support needed to produce a broad spectrum of fiction, narrative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art, video, and graffiti.
Visual artists will be hosted at the Loman Art Gallery in Dakar, Senegal, while the writers will be hosted at the Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) in Accra, Ghana. Residencies are scheduled to take place in November 2022 and are open to African citizens from all member states of the African Union.
All creatives have therefore been called to participate in the contest in the context of Africa, and its successes. Leslie Richer, Director of Information and Communications at the AU Commission, said, “The writers and artists will depict their vision of the continent or their country within the context of the successes of the AU in its 20-year history. They will also show how art and literature have, and can play, a role in fostering African prosperity, integration, and peace.”
The artistic outcomes of the residencies will be featured in two public events to showcase and discuss the written and visual works, an e-book anthology as well as an exhibition at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They will also be amplified through the African Union’s digital platforms. The AU20 project is in line with the African Union’s vision of elevating citizen voices in the continental and global arenas in pursuit of sustainable development. This is because Storytellers and artists have the power to connect citizens to institutions.
Moky Makura, Executive Director at Africa No Filter, said: “Africa’s creative community is one of its most influential. We’re excited to work with artists to ensure that African creative voices are properly heard and reflected in all activities marking the 20th anniversary of the AU.”
At the end of the competition, Ten talented pan-Africanist writers and visual artists will help the African Union mark 20 years of leading the continent’s development, unity, and peace. The application deadline is 30 September 2022.