Talks / Workshops

Creative Skills Workshops in Ethiopia and Malawi

World Cultures Connect, Addis Ababa / Lilongwe
Deadline: 16 October 2015

Creative Skills Workshops in Ethiopia and Malawi

The Creative Skills training programme calls for artists, creatives and cultural workers in Ethiopia and Malawi.

The World Cultures Connect Creative Skills training programme for arts practitioners is delivered by Visiting Arts in partnership with the Africa Centre, South Africa in Addis Ababa from November 11-13 and Lilongwe from November 17-19.

The workshop aims to increase artists’ and creative practitioners’ awareness and knowledge of the platforms, tools and opportunities that exist for communicating and promoting their work to local & international audiences & partners.

The workshop will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on their current practice and explore:

  • How to access local and international markets
  • How to develop professional development, marketing and business plans
  • The benefits of digital tools, networks and innovations
  • New opportunities for connecting and collaborating with audiences and partners

Applications for the training are now being invited via an online form (you will find links at the bottom of the page, which closes on Friday 16 October. Successful applicants will be notified on 22 October (Ethiopia) and 26 October (Malawi), and will be required to undertake short submission tasks once selected.

The workshop will be facilitated by an experienced international trainer but will be led by participants’ own experiences, current projects and relevant case studies. Participants will be tasked with developing a professional development plan through the two days. WCC Creative Skills will provide mentoring sessions after the training to track and support progress against the participant’s goals.

Participants will be encouraged to explore the benefits of World Cultures Connect, a new digital hub for international arts and cultural professionals, to Promote their work, Discover new ideas and intelligence, and Connect with new partners, audiences and markets.

Visiting Arts Lead Trainer, Tom Porter, is an experienced business and programme manager who has delivered training on a range of topics from festival management to new media skills for NGOs. Porter served as Head of Arts South Africa for the British Council from 2012-2015 and has delivered training in Moshi, Tanzania and Khartoum, Sudan through his consultancy Bokamoso Limited.

A public event will be held during each training workshop, where participants will be encouraged to discuss their experiences and panellists will be invited to engage with issues of internationalisation.

In August 2016 as a final stage of the programme, there will be an opportunity for selected workshop participants to convene in the UK for a networking week and to showcase their work during the Edinburgh Festivals. The results of the programme will be shared during this time at Visiting Arts annual International Producers’ Breakfast in partnership with Creative Scotland.

For further information, have a look at World Cultures Connect website.

Click the country you’re interested in applying for to get application forms for the World Cultures Connect Creative Skills workshops in Ethiopia and Malawi.


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