The Nigerian cultural scene has been flourishing over the past years. Despite financial difficulties, there were always possibilities - especially for already well-established projects – to find sponsors e.g. banks or food processing companies.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the cultural scene worldwide, has demonstrated how fast traditional structures can vanish into thin air. In order to keep the Nigerian cultural scene alive and functional, structures and platforms henceforth have to be modified. The health crisis has gradually brought to a halt all cooperation and mobility projects taking place worldwide. Faced with this unprecedented situation, everyone seeks solutions to maintain or transform them, particularly via digital tools.
Important questions are right now: What can we finally learn from these live experiments and this forced pause? When the circulation of people and the dissemination of works is once again possible, what do we want to keep from these experiences?
With the support of the German-French Culture Fund and in cooperation with the Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA), Institut Français du Nigeria and Goethe-Institut Nigeria develop a series of online workshops that focus on the necessary modification and the advantages of creating and working in networks. Conceived as reflection and action workshops around three main topics, this participatory meetings will bring together French, German and Nigerian professionals mobilized by these issues who will be able to report on the responses that are being invented, in the diversity of contexts around the world.
Four digital workshops (each workshop will be 1,5 days) will take place between March and October 2021.
The experts from Nigeria, France and Germany will present and discuss topics such as
- Lessons learnt during the COVOD-19 pandemic – how can cultural initiatives react on the new circumstances
- The art of networking – how cultural initiatives benefit from sharing
- Administrational and legal challenges
In a resume session, participants will present and discuss their first experiences with setting up networks