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Funding : Check out British Council Festival Connect Fund

The Festival Connect Fund, introduced by the British Council, provides fresh and creative means of exchanges, mobility, and connections while showcasing contemporary art at festivals both domestically and abroad.

Grant proposals from festivals in a variety of artistic disciplines, including creative technology, dance, film, literature, music, theatre, and/or multidisciplinary arts, are sought after by the Festival Connect Fund. They accept applications from festival organisations that run yearly, triennial, or biannual festival programmes that are conducted both in person and virtually since they recognise the wide variety of festivals.

African festivals are recognised in the programme as social hubs, economic engines, and cultural icons. It provides subsidies for joint projects, easier access to artists, and chances for exhibition. Applications are welcomed from festivals that have held at least two biennales or three editions, as this will guarantee their survival in a world that is changing quickly.

The Festival Connect Fund seeks to encourage artistic expression, collaborative creativity, and community involvement in festivals. It creates a safe environment for tech experimentation, fosters interregional cooperation, enhances the festival value chain, facilitates festival directors' mobility, and fosters data-driven innovation in the African festival industry.

The Festival Connect Fund's results
Between 2024 and 2027, they anticipate that the Festival Connect Fund will assist in achieving the following strategic outcomes:

Artists, curators, managers, and festivals in Africa and/or the UK formed new ties and exchanges, and deepened ones already in place.
access to local and international artists promotes more public participation.

African festivals coming together to support joint efforts by showcasing work.
the creation of a network of festival managers, curators, and representatives from all throughout the region.
access to data-driven studies on the African festival industry to promote knowledge of the events taking place there and to fortify partnerships, interactions, and networks within the larger festival ecosystem.
Influence society, spark creative innovation, and have a positive societal impact.

Don't miss out on the application deadline which is  1 April 2024.

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Additional Information

Host Institution
British Council
Program Type
Fully Funded
Program Benefits
Funding Details

Festivals in the qualifying nations can apply for up to £200,000 in funding to foster collaborations, exchanges, mobility, and showcasing on a range of £10,000 to £40,000 per application.
For each festival, a maximum of two applications will be accepted.
There are three funding tiers accessible.
Tier 1: Festivals are eligible to apply for funds up to £10,000.
Tier 2: Festivals are eligible to apply for funds up to £20,000, but not less than £10,000.
Tier three: Festivals are eligible to apply for funding up to £40,000, but not less than £20,000. Festivals submitting an application for a tier three award must be able to show that they are capable of managing grants and include supporting documentation.
Eligibility Criteria
Festivals involving all kinds of art in the following nations are eligible to apply: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
It is advised that a person or creative get in contact with the festival of interest to submit an application on their behalf if they would like to take part in it.
It is mandatory for applicants to have established their personal contacts with the artists or festivals they wish to collaborate with. The British Council will not be in charge of making these arrangements.
Eligible Countries
All Countries

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