African artists embrace the digital era

© Kër Thiossane

Growing cultural industries hinges on integrating new digital technologies. But accessing technology is often a challenge for developing African countries, hindering socioeconomic growth and the emergence of new forms of arts and culture.

Established a decade ago in Dakar, Senegal, Kër Thiossane has become a hub for digital creativity. The NGO trained some 100 African artists to integrate multimedia into all art forms. Apart from gaining much-needed skills, workshop participants experienced the new possibilities of digital expression and communication.

An online platform, Ci*Diguente, where African and Caribbean emerging digital artists can network and showcase their work, was also set up by the project, promising the sustainability of the initiative long after its completion.

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