GENERAL PREENTATION

The African Capitals of Culture is a program led by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

It aims:
The structuring, empowerment and networking of the cultural and creative actors of the African continent;

The development of public and private ecosystems that will make them culturally independent, and economically autonomous, sustainable and viable.

Created by Africans for Africans, the African Capitals of Culture aim to design alternative development scenarios for the continent and the world, based on unparalleled cultural depth and addressing the challenges of transition, which are the key to our common future.

The African continent must become the space for solidarity-based innovation, where secular traditions will blend with ongoing modernities to shape hybrid urban spaces capable of reinventing a conscious, committed citizenship that can set an example for all the world's metropolises.

Every three years, an African city will be declared African Capital of Culture. Twelve months of events, occasional or structuring events, will take place there.

Each African Capital of Culture becomes the host of all Africa. It is the crossroads, for one year, of the continent's creativity, its territories and its cities.

Each edition of an African Capital of Culture opens a time of global visibility for a set of multi-year programmes, led by the organizing committee of African Capitals of Culture. These programs are continuously deployed throughout the continent by networking the creative actors of African cities.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The African Capitals of Culture aim to restore Africa's awareness of its cultural depth and to make the continent the keystone of our common future, embracing the challenges of transition.

UCLG Africa bases the African Capitals of Culture on a holistic approach to the 2063 and 2030 agendas for sustainable development.

The year 2015 hosted three major summits for the future of our planet: the Addis Ababa summit on the financing of development policies, the New York summit setting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and finally the COP21 finalizing the Paris Climate Agreement. This year 2015 and this high-level political triptych founded more than four years ago a new paradigm for the management of global common goods and thus standardized, through a common language, the conditions for preserving our planet. The African continent, which holds one of its essential keys, must become the space for solidarity and inclusive innovation where secular traditions will blend with current modernities and creativity to shape hybrid urban spaces capable of reinventing a wise and sober citizenship, capable of setting an example for all the world's metropolises.
Agenda 2063 adopted in January 2015 by the African Union proposes to look at and build Africa for the next fifty years. It is part of the vision of an "integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, led by its own citizens, and representing a dynamic force on the world stage through seven priorities:

- A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development;

- An integrated continent, politically united and rooted in the ideals of pan-Africanism and the vision of African renaissance;

- An Africa where good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law are on the agenda;

- An Africa living in peace and security;

- An Africa with an identity, a common heritage, shared values and a strong cultural ethic;

- An Africa whose development is people-centred, which builds on the potential of its populations, especially women and youth, and which cares about the well-being of children;

- An Africa experienced as a strong, united and influential actor and partner on the world stage.

These seven priorities, together with the African Development Bank's "High 5", are a strong signal from African institutions to build a sustainable and prosperous continent.
The 8th edition of the Africities Summit, the pan-African gathering of cities and local authorities, took place in Marrakech, Morocco, from 20 to 24 November 2018, under the theme "Transition to sustainable cities and territories: the role of local and regional authorities in Africa". This 8th edition has set itself the objective of linking long-term thinking about the future with immediate action, given the current situation on the continent. Africities 8, based on the situation of Africa in globalization and urbanization, wished to shed light on the dimensions of the transition that the continent and the world are undergoing from the current changes and therefore emphasized the strategic role of African local authorities in supporting this transition. Africities 8 highlights: ecological transition; economic and social transition; geopolitical transition; political and democratic transition; cultural and communicational transition.



Around ODD11: Ensuring that cities and human settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, African Capitals of Culture aim to:

• Valuing territorial initiatives in terms of ownership and implementation of the MDGs:
ODD4 - Ensure that all people can have a quality education with equity and promote lifelong learning opportunities
MDG5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
ODD9 - Establish a resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization that benefits all and encourage innovation
SDO10 - Reduce inequalities between and within countries
ODD16 - Promoting peaceful and open societies for sustainable development
ODD17 - Partnerships for the achievement of objectives

To constitute a label supported by UCLG Africa and the African Union, based on a multi-stakeholder dialogue promoting the voice of non-state actors, including the most informal, and making it possible to foster social cohesion, the emergence of a young person who is an actor for its future, to support the implementation of inclusive and solidarity-based local policies, placing education at the heart of the process.

• Imagine an urban destiny capable of agglomerating all the identities it contains, integrating the continent's solidarity traditions, local imaginations and technological and digital modernities, to design an African urban destiny: inclusive, capable of carrying the African future in a sustainable approach.

• Educate citizens, especially young people, in a reinforced "gender" approach, on the objectives of sustainable development and their impact on the future of their territory. Make mentoring a model for the transmission of knowledge, know-how, even the most informal, including through distance learning.

• Promote cooperation and cultural exchange programmes in dedicated spaces, designed on local architectural models and put them in dialogue with all the components of the diversity involved.

• Federating and involving all citizens, particularly young people, women and all vulnerable populations, but also elected representatives, entrepreneurs, community activists in a common search for a new sustainable, inclusive and united urban character, promoting in particular the voice and initiatives of new informal actors.

GOVERNANCE OF THE COMPANY

The founding organizing committee of the african capitals of culture is led by a steering committee, a high council and an operational committee.

To manage the programme, UCLG Africa sets up a steering committee, of which Mr Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa is the president. The director committee is chaired by Mr Adama Traoré, Mr Khalid Tamer is appointed General Manager. The steering committee is composed of personalities recognized for their expertise and action, as well as representatives of major public organizations. The steering committee validates the general orientations and represents the organization's committee to public and private authorities.

The High Council brings together African personalities for their independence and their knowledge of the challenges of the continent. It is responsible for ensuring respect for the fundamental values that guide the action of the African Capitals of Culture, and to nourish a deep reflection.

The operational committee concretely relays the decisions and the vision of the steering committee. It associates with the two preceding instances, representatives of the host city of an edition, representatives of the previous edition, and the following edition, as well as the chairman of the committee of sponsors, and major public partners associated with the African Capitals of Culture operations for funding and monitoring large blocks of programs.

The organizing committee, finally, has the opportunity to tap into a resource pool of consultants, disciplinary specialists, to enrich its thinking and possibly feed the programming of an edition.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI

President
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Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi is the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) since 2007. He has been the Chairperson of the Cities Alliance Interim Management Board till April 2016. He is also Co-Chair of World Cities Scientific Development Alliance-WCSDA, and Deputy Secretary General of the China-Africa forum of local governments. Mr. Elong Mbassi is the man behind the Africities Summit, the largest event of cities, regions and local communities in Africa, where he oversees the organization since the first edition in 1998. Mr. Elong Mbassi has a rich experience of nearly 40 years in the field of urban development and planning, urban services, local economic development, local governance, housing and of slum upgrading. From 1996 to 1999 he was the first Secretary General of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination-WACLAC at the same time he held the position of Secretary General of the Municipal Development Partnership, MDP from 1992 to 2006. Previously, from 1981 to 1991, Mr. Elong Mbassi was the director of the first urban project financed by the World Bank in Cameroon and which focused on the restructuring and development of a slums area of 300,000 inhabitants in the city Douala. Mr. Elong Mbassi began his career in Paris, France where he was responsible for research and project manager at the Agency of Cooperation and Planning (Agence Coopération et Aménagement ) from 1973 to 1980.

Adama TRAORE

Honorary President
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Adama Traoré is a Malian actor, director and author of several publications, born in February 1962 in Sikasso. He is a graduate of the National Institute of the Arts (INA) in Bamako, where he was a drama teacher from 1989 to 1999. From 2001 to 2005, he was mandated by the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) to sit as an expert within the Commission Internationale du Théâtre Francophone (CITF). In 1994 he created the company Acte SEPT (Sensitisation, Education and Theatre Promotion) which initiated the Festival du Théâtre des Réalités, organised every two years in Bamako, of which he has been artistic director since its creation. He is the President of the Malian Coalition for Cultural Diversity and Secretary General of FEDAMA (Federation of Artists of Mali).

Khalid TAMER

Executive Director
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Franco-Moroccan, born in Casablanca in 1968, Khalid Tamer is a dancer by training, but very quickly opted for a different form of expression, located between theatre and dance. He meets and works with Nadine Abad, Jerzy Grotowski, François Coupat, Pascal Rambert, Nicolas Rafal. In 1998, he created the company Graines de Soleil in Paris and began his career as a director. He has to his credit 13 creations and productions, including Philippe Guillotel's fashion show at the Paris Quartier d'Eté 2001 festival, L'Avare, a bilingual adaptation of Molière's work on Commedia dell'Arte trestles, created in residence at the Institut Français de Casablanca and toured throughout Morocco. In 2001, he created Terrain vague, on the theme of street children. It was then that the meeting with the Moroccan public marked him to the point of nourishing the desire for a certain return. This resulted in the creation of a collective of artists in Marrakech, the collective Eclats de Lune with whom he created Les Soldats Inconnus, for the Festival d'Avignon and then Profils Atypiques, a creation that he will tour in Morocco, France and Canada. In 2013, Le Griot de Marrakech, inspired by Mahi Binebine's eponymous work, was his first circus creation.
At the same time, he created and directed several festivals, in Paris, Le Festival au Fémininin, Les veillées du Ramadan, in Bamako, the Voix de femmes festival. This incessant questioning of the links between the arts and territories led in 2007 to the creation of the Rencontres Artistiques Internationales en Places Publiques Awaln'art, which until 2016 inhabited the public squares of Marrakech and its region but also the largest cities of Morocco, thus opening the way for the emergence of contemporary creation in public space in Morocco. A tireless ambassador of creativity in Africa and the Francophonie, he became in 2010 an expert for the International Organization of the Francophonie, in 2013 the first Moroccan president of the International Commission of Francophone Theatre, between 2014 and 2016 vice-president of the Marrakech Biennale and recently member of the international artistic committee of MASA.

Vydia TAMBY MONTEIRO

General Secretary
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Vidya, a book lover, has done all her secondary education in France in publishing. She moved to Dakar in 2008 where she and Mrs. Ghaël Samb Sall founded the Vives Voix Voix publishing house. A small Senegalese publishing house, Vives Voix now occupies a place as a voice in the Senegalese artistic cultural universe, thanks also to the artists' residency that the structure brings to life in parallel. Vives Voix is committed to the enhancement of Senegalese and more generally African heritage. It works to archive its rich and diverse cultures, territories and cultures. She also occupies an undeniable position in the City of Dakar, as personal assistant to the Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, from 2009 to 2018. As Mr. Mayor's first collaborator, she works very closely with him and plays a leading role with him in the formulation of projects for the city and in their follow-up. By affinity, it will be more responsible in the field of international relations, in particular with city networks and the European French-speaking area, but also in the cultural field where it will be in charge of monitoring the major cultural project of the City, and will be the interface with the actors. With this experience in planning, managing and monitoring the development of a city like Dakar, and her political and diplomatic experience in the cities, Vydia became a founding member and Secretary General of the African Capitals of Culture.

MUSTAPHA MOUFID

Chairman of the Sponsors and Patrons Committee
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Dorine RURASHITSE

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Since 2012, Dorine Rurashitse has been Programme Manager (Burkina, Senegal, DRC, Rwanda) AFRICALIA asbl. Born in 1980 in Bujumbura, Dorine Rurashitse graduated in 2003 from the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine, in public relations. She then trained in project cycle management, before obtaining, in 2010, a master's degree in cooperation and international relations at the ULG in Liège. She joined AFRICALIA asbl in 2003 as a site manager. From 2004 to 2006, she was artistic (audiovisual) coordinator for sub-Saharan African countries. From 2008 to 2006, she was regional coordinator for West Africa (Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Mali). From 2009 to 2011, she coordinated the West Africa programme (Burkina Senegal).

Dorcy RUGAMBA

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Dorcy was born in 1969 in Rwanda into a family of artists. He is trained in the Rwandan tradition of "Intore" dancers. And founded his first dance and theatre company "Isango" in 1992 in Butare. After studying pharmacy at the National University of Rwanda and then at the Catholic University of Louvain, Dorcy entered the Royal Conservatory of Music of Liège in the Department of Dramatic Art to leave with the first prize. He is the founder of the arts creation and promotion agency "Rwanda Arts Initiatives".
In 1999 he co-wrote with five other authors, the play "Rwanda 94", created at the Avignon Festival by the Belgian Company Groupov under the direction of Jacques Delcuvellerie. The piece has been awarded several prizes in Belgium and France. In 2004, ten years after the genocide, after four seasons (in Europe, Canada, the Caribbean), "Rwanda 94" was presented to the Rwandan public in Butare, Kigali and Bisesero.
He develops a pedagogy of theatre teaching that he applies in training courses in England, Belgium and Senegal. In 2001, he founded the "Urwintore" Workshops in Kigali, a space for training, creation and research on the performing arts. It is in this context that in 2005, he directed Peter Weiss' "Instruction", which he toured in Rwanda, then in France, Belgium, England, Japan, and the United States.
In 2004, 2006 and 2008 Dorcy performed under the direction of Peter Brook, Rosa Gasquet and Milo Rau.
He is the author of "Marembo", a poetic account of his family's last days in Rwanda. From "Bloody Niggers! "a play created at the Théâtre National de Belgique in 2007, directed by Jacques Delcuvellerie. In 2010, the text "Going back to Heaven" is presented as a working step at the Ferme de Bel Ebat in the Yvelines. A short version, "Market Place", is presented as part of the 2010 edition of Les Bruissements de la langue. The same year he finished "Gamblers or the last war of the Hungry soldier" which he directed. The piece was premiered in April 2011 at the Zuiderspershuis in Antwerp.

Christophe GALENT

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In thirty years, Christophe Galent has worked in various performing arts venues in France: municipal theatre, creative centre, national stage. He was Secretary General of the Volcano, one of the great French stages, and chargé de mission at the OFF in Avignon. He has (co-)published several collective works (Art in Difficulties, with Cassandre/Horchamps; Producing Creation, with Cantarella, Comolli, Fisbasch, Françon, Jourdheuil, Lagarde, Milin, Mondzain, Tsaï...), and co-directed Culture(s): Forces and challenges of the 21st century. A member of a commission of experts in France and Belgium, he now directs the Halles de Schaerbeek, one of the most important stages in Brussels, whose production capacities he has developed. A member of the International Artistic Committee of MASA since 2016, he is involved alongside the festival and the OIF in supporting technical training in Africa.

MODESTA MUNYANKINDI

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Modesta Munyankindi (Luxembourg/Brussels/Rwanda) is a member of various non-profit organisations operating in the arts and culture sector in Africa such as the Rwanda Art Initiative established in Rwanda since 2012 to contribute to the promotion and development of the arts in Kigali. It is also a member of the Operational Committee of the African Capitals of Culture, whose objective is to support the sustainable development of culture and the arts in Africa through multi-year programmes that build capacity, raise awareness and establish broad and inclusive networks of cultural actors. Modesta holds a master's degree in political science and international law and is an experienced senior risk management executive and currently works for one of the trusted leaders in online payment.

Ayoko MENSAH

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Since 2016, she has been working as an artistic programmer and consultant in the Africa department of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Since 2000, she has also been a consultant for several organizations (UNESCO, European Commission, International Organization of La Francophonie, Royal Museum of Central Africa,) and regularly participates in international conferences. Franco-Togolese, born in 1968, Mensah holds a degree in Cultural Management (MA) from the University of Paris-Dauphine (France), in Modern Letters (MA) from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris) and in Journalism (CFPJ, Paris). After directing the journal Africultures (www.africultures.com) from 2005 to 2008 and founding and editing the magazine Afriscope, she worked as an expert for the EU-ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) support programme for the ACP cultural sectors, ACPCultures +, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. Since 1995, she has written more than a hundred articles (notably for Africultures.com) and has collaborated with several media (RFI, Revue Noire, Ballet Tanz, Balafon, etc.) She has also co-authored several books: Houn-Noukoun, Tambours & Visages (1996), Faustin Linyekula, choreographer (2002); Un corps à construire - La nouvelle génération d'artistes africains de la performance (2004); Créations artistiques en pays d'islam (2006); Kultur Afrika (2010); Djoliba, le grand fleuve Niger (2010); Créer en postcolonie - Voix et dissidences belgo-congolaises (2016). Recently, Mensah published a short story in the collection "How Free is Free? Réflexions sur la liberté d'expression créative en Afrique" edited by Arterial Network and directed his first short film entitled "Bilal".

Demba SOW

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Since 2016, he has been the associate director and co-founder of Mansa Musa Advisors, a Senegalese stock market portfolio management company in West Africa and a co-investment platform for start-ups and SMEs. Trained at HEC Montréal, he obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration Es Sciences, Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Spécialisation en Finance et Commerce électronique in 2005. Since then, he has worked with several banks and large companies as a financial analyst and consultant: Société Générale Private Banking in Geneva in 2005 and from January 2008 to July 2009, La Financière Banque Nationale/INNOCAP-BNP Paribas in Montreal from December 2006 to August 2007, CGF Bourse in Dakar from February 2010 to February 2012, Root Capital in Dakar from February 2012 to August 2012, Euromonitor International from August 2013 to December 2013, Global South Group from December 2013 to April 2014. In January 2014, he co-founded Asoka Insight, and assumed the position of Media and Business Development, which he left in December 2015 to focus on Mansa Musa Advisors.
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KORKOR AMARTEIFIO

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YACOUBA KONATÉ

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PROFESSEUR LUPWISHI MBUYAMBA

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HISTORY OF THE EVENT


At the instigation of Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, meetings involving passionate experts are taking place from the beginning of 2017.

They lead to the development of a project framework in Spring 2018 and the decision to present an «African Capitals of Culture» program at a session of the upcoming Africities summit Africities.

On 22 November 2018, during the 8th Africities Summit, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi officialize the birth of the African Capitals of Culture.

February 2020 :Rabat is officially the first city to celebrate the African Capitals of Culture

GENERAL PRESENTATION

The African Capitals of Culture is a programme led by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

It aims:
The structuring, empowerment and networking of the cultural and creative actors of the African continent;

The development of public and private ecosystems that will make them culturally independent, and economically autonomous, sustainable and viable.

Created by Africans for Africans, the African Capitals of Culture aim to design alternative development scenarios for the continent and the world, based on unparalleled cultural depth and addressing the challenges of transition, which are the key to our common future.

The African continent must become the space for solidarity-based innovation, where secular traditions will blend with ongoing modernities to shape hybrid urban spaces capable of reinventing a conscious, committed citizenship that can set an example for all the world's metropolises.

Every three years, an African city will be declared African Capital of Culture. Twelve months of events, occasional or structuring events, will take place there.

Each African Capital of Culture becomes the host of all Africa. It is the crossroads, for one year, of the continent's creativity, its territories and its cities.

Each edition of an African Capital of Culture opens a time of global visibility for a set of multi-year programmes, led by the organizing committee of African Capitals of Culture. These programmes are continuously deployed throughout the continent by networking the creative actors of African cities.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT


The African Capitals of Culture aim to restore Africa's awareness of its cultural depth and to make the continent the keystone of our common future, embracing the challenges of transition.








• Valuing territorial initiatives in terms of ownership and implementation of the MDGs:
ODD4 - Ensure that all people can have a quality education with equity and promote lifelong learning opportunities
MDG5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
ODD9 - Establish a resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization that benefits all and encourage innovation
SDO10 - Reduce inequalities between and within countries
ODD16 - Promoting peaceful and open societies for sustainable development
ODD17 - Partnerships for the achievement of objectives

To constitute a label supported by UCLG Africa and the African Union, based on a multi-stakeholder dialogue promoting the voice of non-state actors, including the most informal, and making it possible to foster social cohesion, the emergence of a young person who is an actor for its future, to support the implementation of inclusive and solidarity-based local policies, placing education at the heart of the process.

• Imagine an urban destiny capable of agglomerating all the identities it contains, integrating the continent's solidarity traditions, local imaginations and technological and digital modernities, to design an African urban destiny: inclusive, capable of carrying the African future in a sustainable approach.

• Educate citizens, especially young people, in a reinforced "gender" approach, on the objectives of sustainable development and their impact on the future of their territory. Make mentoring a model for the transmission of knowledge, know-how, even the most informal, including through distance learning.

• Promote cooperation and cultural exchange programmes in dedicated spaces, designed on local architectural models and put them in dialogue with all the components of the diversity involved.

• Federating and involving all citizens, particularly young people, women and all vulnerable populations, but also elected representatives, entrepreneurs, community activists in a common search for a new sustainable, inclusive and united urban character, promoting in particular the voice and initiatives of new informal actors.

GOVERNANCE OF THE COMPANY

The founding organizing committee of the african capitals of culture is led by a steering committee, a high council and an operational committee.

To manage the programme, UCLG Africa sets up a steering committee, of which Mr Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa is the president. The director committee is chaired by Mr Adama Traoré, Mr Khalid Tamer is appointed General Manager. The steering committee is composed of personalities recognized for their expertise and action, as well as representatives of major public organizations. The steering committee validates the general orientations and represents the organization's committee to public and private authorities.

The High Council brings together African personalities for their independence and their knowledge of the challenges of the continent. It is responsible for ensuring respect for the fundamental values that guide the action of the African Capitals of Culture, and to nourish a deep reflection.

The operational committee concretely relays the decisions and the vision of the steering committee. It associates with the two preceding instances, representatives of the host city of an edition, representatives of the previous edition, and the following edition, as well as the chairman of the committee of sponsors, and major public partners associated with the African Capitals of Culture operations for funding and monitoring large blocks of programs.

The organizing committee, finally, has the opportunity to tap into a resource pool of consultants, disciplinary specialists, to enrich its thinking and possibly feed the programming of an edition.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Jean Pierre
ELONG MBASSI

President
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Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi is the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) since 2007. He has been the Chairperson of the Cities Alliance Interim Management Board till April 2016. He is also Co-Chair of World Cities Scientific Development Alliance-WCSDA, and Deputy Secretary General of the China-Africa forum of local governments. Mr. Elong Mbassi is the man behind the Africities Summit, the largest event of cities, regions and local communities in Africa, where he oversees the organization since the first edition in 1998. Mr. Elong Mbassi has a rich experience of nearly 40 years in the field of urban development and planning, urban services, local economic development, local governance, housing and of slum upgrading. From 1996 to 1999 he was the first Secretary General of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination-WACLAC at the same time he held the position of Secretary General of the Municipal Development Partnership, MDP from 1992 to 2006. Previously, from 1981 to 1991, Mr. Elong Mbassi was the director of the first urban project financed by the World Bank in Cameroon and which focused on the restructuring and development of a slums area of 300,000 inhabitants in the city Douala. Mr. Elong Mbassi began his career in Paris, France where he was responsible for research and project manager at the Agency of Cooperation and Planning (Agence Coopération et Aménagement ) from 1973 to 1980.

Adama
TRAORE

Honorary President
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Adama
Traoré is a Malian actor, director and author of several publications, born in February 1962 in Sikasso. He is a graduate of the National Institute of the Arts (INA) in Bamako, where he was a drama teacher from 1989 to 1999. From 2001 to 2005, he was mandated by the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) to sit as an expert within the Commission Internationale du Théâtre Francophone (CITF). In 1994 he created the company Acte SEPT (Sensitisation, Education and Theatre Promotion) which initiated the Festival du Théâtre des Réalités, organised every two years in Bamako, of which he has been artistic director since its creation. He is the President of the Malian Coalition for Cultural Diversity and Secretary General of FEDAMA (Federation of Artists of Mali).

Khalid
TAMER

Executive Director
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Franco-Moroccan, born in Casablanca in 1968, Khalid Tamer is a dancer by training, but very quickly opted for a different form of expression, located between theatre and dance. He meets and works with Nadine Abad, Jerzy Grotowski, François Coupat, Pascal Rambert, Nicolas Rafal. In 1998, he created the company Graines de Soleil in Paris and began his career as a director. He has to his credit 13 creations and productions, including Philippe Guillotel's fashion show at the Paris Quartier d'Eté 2001 festival, L'Avare, a bilingual adaptation of Molière's work on Commedia dell'Arte trestles, created in residence at the Institut Français de Casablanca and toured throughout Morocco. In 2001, he created Terrain vague, on the theme of street children. It was then that the meeting with the Moroccan public marked him to the point of nourishing the desire for a certain return. This resulted in the creation of a collective of artists in Marrakech, the collective Eclats de Lune with whom he created Les Soldats Inconnus, for the Festival d'Avignon and then Profils Atypiques, a creation that he will tour in Morocco, France and Canada. In 2013, Le Griot de Marrakech, inspired by Mahi Binebine's eponymous work, was his first circus creation.
At the same time, he created and directed several festivals, in Paris, Le Festival au Fémininin, Les veillées du Ramadan, in Bamako, the Voix de femmes festival. This incessant questioning of the links between the arts and territories led in 2007 to the creation of the Rencontres Artistiques Internationales en Places Publiques Awaln'art, which until 2016 inhabited the public squares of Marrakech and its region but also the largest cities of Morocco, thus opening the way for the emergence of contemporary creation in public space in Morocco. A tireless ambassador of creativity in Africa and the Francophonie, he became in 2010 an expert for the International Organization of the Francophonie, in 2013 the first Moroccan president of the International Commission of Francophone Theatre, between 2014 and 2016 vice-president of the Marrakech Biennale and recently member of the international artistic committee of MASA.

Vydia
TAMBY MONTEIRO

General Secretary
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Vidya, a book lover, has done all her secondary education in France in publishing. She moved to Dakar in 2008 where she and Mrs. Ghaël Samb Sall founded the Vives Voix Voix publishing house. A small Senegalese publishing house, Vives Voix now occupies a place as a voice in the Senegalese artistic cultural universe, thanks also to the artists' residency that the structure brings to life in parallel. Vives Voix is committed to the enhancement of Senegalese and more generally African heritage. It works to archive its rich and diverse cultures, territories and cultures. She also occupies an undeniable position in the City of Dakar, as personal assistant to the Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, from 2009 to 2018. As Mr. Mayor's first collaborator, she works very closely with him and plays a leading role with him in the formulation of projects for the city and in their follow-up. By affinity, it will be more responsible in the field of international relations, in particular with city networks and the European French-speaking area, but also in the cultural field where it will be in charge of monitoring the major cultural project of the City, and will be the interface with the actors. With this experience in planning, managing and monitoring the development of a city like Dakar, and her political and diplomatic experience in the cities, Vydia became a founding member and Secretary General of the African Capitals of Culture.

MUSTAPHA
MOUFID

Chairman of the Sponsors and Patrons Committee
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Dorine
RURASHITSE

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Since 2012, Dorine Rurashitse has been Programme Manager (Burkina, Senegal, DRC, Rwanda) AFRICALIA asbl. Born in 1980 in Bujumbura, Dorine Rurashitse graduated in 2003 from the Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine, in public relations. She then trained in project cycle management, before obtaining, in 2010, a master's degree in cooperation and international relations at the ULG in Liège. She joined AFRICALIA asbl in 2003 as a site manager. From 2004 to 2006, she was artistic (audiovisual) coordinator for sub-Saharan African countries. From 2008 to 2006, she was regional coordinator for West Africa (Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Mali). From 2009 to 2011, she coordinated the West Africa programme (Burkina Senegal).

Dorcy
RUGAMBA

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Dorcy was born in 1969 in Rwanda into a family of artists. He is trained in the Rwandan tradition of "Intore" dancers. And founded his first dance and theatre company "Isango" in 1992 in Butare. After studying pharmacy at the National University of Rwanda and then at the Catholic University of Louvain, Dorcy entered the Royal Conservatory of Music of Liège in the Department of Dramatic Art to leave with the first prize. He is the founder of the arts creation and promotion agency "Rwanda Arts Initiatives".
In 1999 he co-wrote with five other authors, the play "Rwanda 94", created at the Avignon Festival by the Belgian Company Groupov under the direction of Jacques Delcuvellerie. The piece has been awarded several prizes in Belgium and France. In 2004, ten years after the genocide, after four seasons (in Europe, Canada, the Caribbean), "Rwanda 94" was presented to the Rwandan public in Butare, Kigali and Bisesero.
He develops a pedagogy of theatre teaching that he applies in training courses in England, Belgium and Senegal. In 2001, he founded the "Urwintore" Workshops in Kigali, a space for training, creation and research on the performing arts. It is in this context that in 2005, he directed Peter Weiss' "Instruction", which he toured in Rwanda, then in France, Belgium, England, Japan, and the United States.
In 2004, 2006 and 2008 Dorcy performed under the direction of Peter Brook, Rosa Gasquet and Milo Rau.
He is the author of "Marembo", a poetic account of his family's last days in Rwanda. From "Bloody Niggers! "a play created at the Théâtre National de Belgique in 2007, directed by Jacques Delcuvellerie. In 2010, the text "Going back to Heaven" is presented as a working step at the Ferme de Bel Ebat in the Yvelines. A short version, "Market Place", is presented as part of the 2010 edition of Les Bruissements de la langue. The same year he finished "Gamblers or the last war of the Hungry soldier" which he directed. The piece was premiered in April 2011 at the Zuiderspershuis in Antwerp.

Christophe
GALENT

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In thirty years, Christophe Galent has worked in various performing arts venues in France: municipal theatre, creative centre, national stage. He was Secretary General of the Volcano, one of the great French stages, and chargé de mission at the OFF in Avignon. He has (co-)published several collective works (Art in Difficulties, with Cassandre/Horchamps; Producing Creation, with Cantarella, Comolli, Fisbasch, Françon, Jourdheuil, Lagarde, Milin, Mondzain, Tsaï...), and co-directed Culture(s): Forces and challenges of the 21st century. A member of a commission of experts in France and Belgium, he now directs the Halles de Schaerbeek, one of the most important stages in Brussels, whose production capacities he has developed. A member of the International Artistic Committee of MASA since 2016, he is involved alongside the festival and the OIF in supporting technical training in Africa.

MODESTA
MUNYANKINDI

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Modesta Munyankindi (Luxembourg/Brussels/Rwanda) is a member of various non-profit organisations operating in the arts and culture sector in Africa such as the Rwanda Art Initiative established in Rwanda since 2012 to contribute to the promotion and development of the arts in Kigali. It is also a member of the Operational Committee of the African Capitals of Culture, whose objective is to support the sustainable development of culture and the arts in Africa through multi-year programmes that build capacity, raise awareness and establish broad and inclusive networks of cultural actors. Modesta holds a master's degree in political science and international law and is an experienced senior risk management executive and currently works for one of the trusted leaders in online payment.

Ayoko
MENSAH

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Since 2016, she has been working as an artistic programmer and consultant in the Africa department of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Since 2000, she has also been a consultant for several organizations (UNESCO, European Commission, International Organization of La Francophonie, Royal Museum of Central Africa,) and regularly participates in international conferences. Franco-Togolese, born in 1968, Mensah holds a degree in Cultural Management (MA) from the University of Paris-Dauphine (France), in Modern Letters (MA) from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris) and in Journalism (CFPJ, Paris). After directing the journal Africultures (www.africultures.com) from 2005 to 2008 and founding and editing the magazine Afriscope, she worked as an expert for the EU-ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) support programme for the ACP cultural sectors, ACPCultures +, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. Since 1995, she has written more than a hundred articles (notably for Africultures.com) and has collaborated with several media (RFI, Revue Noire, Ballet Tanz, Balafon, etc.) She has also co-authored several books: Houn-Noukoun, Tambours & Visages (1996), Faustin Linyekula, choreographer (2002); Un corps à construire - La nouvelle génération d'artistes africains de la performance (2004); Créations artistiques en pays d'islam (2006); Kultur Afrika (2010); Djoliba, le grand fleuve Niger (2010); Créer en postcolonie - Voix et dissidences belgo-congolaises (2016). Recently, Mensah published a short story in the collection "How Free is Free? Réflexions sur la liberté d'expression créative en Afrique" edited by Arterial Network and directed his first short film entitled "Bilal".

Demba
SOW

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Since 2016, he has been the associate director and co-founder of Mansa Musa Advisors, a Senegalese stock market portfolio management company in West Africa and a co-investment platform for start-ups and SMEs. Trained at HEC Montréal, he obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration Es Sciences, Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Spécialisation en Finance et Commerce électronique in 2005. Since then, he has worked with several banks and large companies as a financial analyst and consultant: Société Générale Private Banking in Geneva in 2005 and from January 2008 to July 2009, La Financière Banque Nationale/INNOCAP-BNP Paribas in Montreal from December 2006 to August 2007, CGF Bourse in Dakar from February 2010 to February 2012, Root Capital in Dakar from February 2012 to August 2012, Euromonitor International from August 2013 to December 2013, Global South Group from December 2013 to April 2014. In January 2014, he co-founded Asoka Insight, and assumed the position of Media and Business Development, which he left in December 2015 to focus on Mansa Musa Advisors.
HIGH COUNCIL

KORKOR
AMARTEIFIO

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YACOUBA
KONATÉ

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PROFESSEUR
LUPWISHI
MBUYAMBA

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HISTORY OF THE EVENT


At the instigation of Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, meetings involving passionate experts are taking place from the beginning of 2017.

They lead to the development of a project framework in Spring 2018 and the decision to present an «African Capitals of Culture» program at a session of the upcoming Africities summit Africities.

On 22 November 2018, during the 8th Africities Summit, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi and the President of the Commune of Marrakech, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid, officialize the birth of the African Capitals of Culture and declare Marrakech the first African Capital of Culture.

February 22, 2019: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa and the Municipality of Marrakech sign the Marrakech 2020 Convention. The first edition of the African Capitals of Culture will take place there, from 31 January to 31 December 2020.