Discussion on Artist Rights and the Value of Creative Expression

There is increasing recognition of the potential of cultural industries as economic drivers but is there requisite support for artist rights and freedom of creative expression? What needs to be done to improve conditions for democratic arts practice in Africa? Does society fully recognise the intrinsic value of arts and culture for its citizens? A panel of experienced cultural practitioners – Faisal Kiwewa (Director of Bayimba International Festival), Blick Bassy (artist from Cameroon), Ayeta Wangusa (Director of CDEA/Culture and Development East Africa), Sara Nsigaye (Director of Native Film Travel), moderated by Peter Rorvik (Secretary-General, Arterial Network) – will focus on these issues during a discussion at the Bayimba International Festival, that is organized by Artwatch Africa and Arterial Network.