Accès Culture, the new support programme for African cultural artists


Updated on 21/01/2021

Following the signing of the partnership agreement between the Institut français and the French Development Agency (AFD) on 16 January 2020 in Paris, the Accès Culture programme was launched enabling African and French cultural players to benefit from support for their cultural projects aimed at fostering social ties in Africa. 

The aim of the Accès Culture programme is to co-finance cultural projects throughout the African continent with the aim of fostering social ties and collaborations between African and French cultural players. Micro-projects will be led by a French/African pairing and will be selected via a call for proposals in the first half of 2020. 

This programme targets cultural co-operation projects whose activities are aimed at the public through cultural mediation (awareness-raising and artistic education; introduction to artistic practice; setting up artistic meetings etc.). The primary objective is therefore to place culture and cultural and creative industries at the service of social ties by developing a high-quality cultural offer for the populations most remote from culture for social, economic and/or geographical reasons. 

In addition to funding some 60 projects selected during this three-year programme, a dynamic of capitalising on the social impact of the micro-projects financed will be stimulated. A laboratory will carry out action research based mainly on case studies of supported projects. These studies will be carried out in Africa with researchers working in pairs with African experts. Also, the research laboratory "Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM)” (“Africans in the World”), attached to the CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research) and Sciences Po Bordeaux (the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies) will carry out research on the programme by leading a doctoral thesis and a post-doc. This essential component of Accès Culture will offer an advocacy strategy to the public authorities and cultural players operating in Africa and will serve as an evaluation framework. 

The Accès Culture programme also aims to develop exchanges of good practices, know-how and experience through collaborations between African and French cultural players and to encourage the structuring of cultural and creative sectors in Africa.

The Institut français will also soon collaborate with the AFD and Unesco as part of a new project aimed at young people and schools in sub-Saharan African countries. In particular, the Institut français will deploy a system aimed at promoting the development of a literate environment to encourage reading and support learning.