As part of our programmes in the West African Cluster, we are running a Festivals programme through which we programme young emerging artists from the UK in West African Festivals and vice versa. The programme also includes a training strand through workshops and short secondments in UK and West Africa.

Research conducted in three cities in Nigeria identified skills gaps as a key obstacle to the growth and sustainability of both public and privately funded arts and culture festivals in Nigeria[1]. A subsequent Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) between British Council and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture sets out an agreement for both organisations to work together to develop festival management skills across Nigeria to enhance the capacity of the festival sector to contribute to overall cultural and creative economy growth. 

The Festivals Programme will;

  •   Increase the artistic, technical and management skills of arts and culture festival management teams in Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.
  •  Provide networking opportunities for festival managers from West Africa and the UK to enhance the sharing of best practice and collaboration
  • Strengthening of the festivals sector in West Africa to enhance their capacity to create opportunities for engagement with the international sector, while achieving economic and social impact for their host communities.

Following the 1st stage of the Festival management training that held on March 1 and 2, 2017 another training will be delivered to the same group of 40 festival managers.