Arts Africa

Foundation Arts Africa originates in Cairo, Egypt, where a group of theatre artists and scholars met in September 2001 during the Festival of Experimental Theatre. This historical shock-experience led to initiatives from the Netherlands to organise a series of workshops with the Independent Theatre-makers and later El Sawy Cultural Centre in Cairo between 2002-2007. The Dutch Embassy supported the programme.


International scholars met in a series of East-West conferences between 2003-2007 in Gent, Belgium, in Tetouan, Morocco, and in Khartoum, Sudan. The proceedings are available on this website under Archive/books


The College of Music and Drama, University of Sudan of Science and Technology, Ahfad University for Women, in cooperation with the Institute for Theatre Studies of the University of Amsterdam, invited international guests for conferences in Khartoum on topics of Rituals and Ceremonies in Sudan (2005) and Performing Gender in Arabic/African Theatre (2007).


A new impulse on university level was developed in 2016-2017 resulting in intensive academic workshops teaching new research methods. Winter University is a co-operation of universities in Sudan and The Netherlands.




Theater workshops and conferences were organised also in Sudan. Sponsored by the University of Sudan, the Bugaa Festival and the Dutch Embassy, 12 workshops on theatre- and dance-practices, dramaturgy and theatre theory, as well as music were convened in Khartoum until 2011.


In 2012-2014 the Foundation developed a new project, Khartoum Arts Lab (KAL), a series of workshops on the use of New Media in the Arts. Young visual artists, theatre and film makers were invited to work with African curators from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.  Prince Claus Fund supported this new approach.


Social Design (2015-2017)

New developments in art-practices stimulate coalitions between artists, designers, scientists and  stakeholders to address major problems in our societies today. Combinations of artist and scientist re-think social problems and offer new frames to address and find alternative ways of communications. In March 2015 a cooperation of the University of Sudan, Faisal Cultural Centre and Goethe Institute invited KHU/ No Academy from Utrecht (NL) and the foundation to organize a Social Design pilotproject, based on this new methodology, in Khartoum. The project was very sucessful and is to be continued