The Institut français is in charge of implementing France’s cultural action abroad. The agency was set up by the July 27, 2010 French Foreign Cultural Action Act and its enabling decree of December 30, 2010. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its role is to act as the conduit for a new, more ambitious “diplomacy of influence”, within the framework of French governmental policies and priorities. It will help to promote French influence abroad through greater dialogue with foreign cultures, while responding to the needs of France via a policy of listening, partnership and openness to other cultures. The Institut français replaces the Culturesfrance association, with the legal status of a “Public Industrial and Commercial Undertaking”.
The European Union
Celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Uganda
2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It is a celebration aiming to showcase Europe’s heritages as a unique, rich and diverse mosaic of cultural and creative expression. This Year we pay tribute to museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literature, music, audio-visual works, and natural, built, and archaeological sites of interest. In doing so, we recognise the intangible elements of cultural heritage, including the knowledge, practices, and traditions of European people. The European Union Delegation to Uganda is firmly committed to promote the same message and values in this beautiful and rich country.
I am pleased, therefore, to announce that we will support the Kampala Art Biennale, now in its third edition and titled this year: The Studio. We share the same vision with the organising partners of this important event – the Kampala Arts Trust and l’Agence à Paris – who are working to revitalize olden practices needed in our contemporary world particularly to pass on knowledge, practices, and traditions to the youth. Through The Studio, the European Union will support young Ugandan, East African, African and international artists to learn as apprentices from seven internationally renowned artists who are opening their studios in Kampala. The Masters cover all different aspects of contemporary art including: sculpture, textile, performance, photography, video, painting, installation, etc. Cultural heritage is both the inheritance from previous generations and the legacy for those to come. Cultural heritage is not only an important resource for social cohesion, economic growth and employment, but it also strengthens people’s sense of belonging and their cultural identity. We invite you to join us and share in this important celebration.
Attilio Pacifici Ambassador–Head of Delegation
European Union Delegation to Uganda
Africa Facing Art (AFA) partners with dynamic collaborative projects that foster innovation, creativity, and connection in arts and culture spaces across Africa. In line with this goal, AFA is thrilled to support KAB18 and its efforts to develop new audiences and serve as a generative platform for the contemporary art of Africa in Uganda and beyond.