Africa's 'Re-Imagination Creative Hub'
The renowned African-American hip-hop artist/actor, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), is in Addis Ababa along with more than 100 writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and artists as part of a discussion entitled "Africa Re-imagination Creative Hub
(ARCH): Developing the identity, heritage, arts and culture chapter for Agenda 2063," which is being held at the African Union conference center from May 21-25.
Apart from Yasiin Bey, some of the renowned personalities in the discussion include Jamaican reggae star Sizzla Kalonji; the Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri; the South African poet, sculptor, writer Pitika Ntuli and the Malian famous Kora player Mamadou Diabete. In this discussion not only the famous artists but also promising artists are also part of the discussion. The African Union Agenda 2063 sets to lay a foundation for how to involve the creative economy into the bigger picture and envision a 50-year plan. Some of the expected possibilities of the discussion are to present proposals on the participation of the creative economy in the development and implementation of Agenda 2063.
Some of the raised agendas are African identity and renaissance, democratic governance: role of the arts and cultural activists; determining Africa's destiny; writing and designing Africa's narratives and scenarios for and by Africans, social and economic development; utilizing technology to promote the creative economy and launch of Dot Africa; agenda for peace and security: securing lasting peace by 2020 through the creative economy raised.
Within the discussions, the cultural and visual, the intangible and cultural heritage, education and training, intellectual property, archiving and preservation, resources, both human and material to achieve the goals were reviewed.
There was also an open mic session with storytelling, poetry, music,
dance and comedy. The discussion will be closed tomorrow with
exhibitions and performances.