Research from many parts of Africa reveals the role and significance of cultural heritage and the creative arts in sustainable development. According to Njogu and Mugo-Wanjau (2007, p189), ‘when used as a dynamic process, culture could be a tool for social change and art can be used for the creation of awareness, behavior modulation, advocacy, therapy and the mobilisation of social support’. The evidence is that the relationship between culture and development can justify the contribution of culture in African economies.
This conference will underscore the need for African governments, educational institutions, and the society at large to conserve, protect, transmit and present the continent’s culture and heritage and the creative arts. The event will reflect on current developments in the Arts and Culture sector and to address areas that need critical attention. The conference will bring together key players from the continent’s arts and culture sector; including policy makers, artists, educationists and the media. It is hoped the event will give impulse to new initiatives for strengthening the continent’s cultural sector and stimulating cooperation between players in the regions.
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