Inge Ruigrok


February 2006 -

Bangladesh is developing its first cultural policy. The National Cultural Committee submitted its draft text to the government for approval in July 2005.


In de ban van Nollywood

February 2006 -

Hollywood and Bollywood have a new competitor: Nollywood. Each year the Nigerian film industry produces about one thousand movies, often with a budget of less than € 10,000 a piece.



January 2006 -

In 1960, the distinguished poet and philosopher Léopold Sédar Senghor led Senegal to independence. Since that time, the country has been playing an important role in the West African arts, thanks to its biannual arts festival Dak’Art, its musicians such as Youssou N’Dour, and the Gorée Diaspora Festival that has been held for over 30 years now.


Culture often neglected in efforts to reduce poverty

januari 2006 -

Developing countries often assign a minor role to culture in their plans to reduce poverty. The Swedish organisation Sida recently reviewed sixteen Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and concluded that in nearly half the cases culture was not mentioned at all or else was merely seen a factor holding back development.


The African union

December 2005 -

The main theme of the first Pan-African Cultural Congress, which opens on 4 December 2005 in the Kenya capital of Nairobi, is "Culture, Integration and the African Renaissance". Following on from this, there will be a meeting of the ministers of culture from the African Union (AU), an association of 53 African countries



November 2005 -

In the 1960s, Egypt initiated the first international UNESCO campaign for the protection of cultural heritage. But Egypt's cultural policy currently receives a lot of criticism.


Soaps stimulate reconciliation in Angola

november 2005 -

Ask anyone in Angola who Gustavo is and they will answer immediately. The hero in the Brazilian soap A Lua Me Disse'' is always on screen, either in the new daily episode or one of the numerous reruns. And everyone is glued to the tube for the continuation of the intrigues.



October 2005 -

As one of the world’s longest-standing countries, Ethiopia has been able to resist the forces of colonialism down through the centuries, something that has made it into a symbol of hope and independence amongst the other African states.



September 2005 -

From its earliest days of independence, Ghana has kept culture high on the agenda. Primary focus was placed on promoting African culture to soothe the pain of the colonial past.


South Africa (2005)

August 2005 -

The cultural policy of the new South Africa, if anything, had to be democratic. In November 1994, the Arts and Culture Task Group initiated a large-scale consultation process with the people of South Africa.

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