Culturesmali : a new Malian cultural operators database

Southplanet, new developments : pooling cultural information

On 20 September 2011, Hamane Niang, Malian Minister of Culture, and Giacomo Durazzo, Head of the European Delegation to Mali, inaugurated the new Malian cultural portal, [click here]. At the same time, they launched the PADESC (Economic and Social Development of Culture Support Programme) website, which is part of the third Cultural Sector Support Programme implemented under the auspices of Malian-European Union cooperation. This marked the latest step forward in structuring cultural information in Africa.

Culturesmali.net (click here] is the fruit of the collaboration between the PADESC, which coordinated on-the-ground surveys of cultural operators in all the participant countries, and Africultures, architect of the Southplanet database. This international database already contained a wealth of information on Malian artists and their productions, which was added to here. Arts professionals were also contacted individually by email to complete their data via a system of specially-developed forms. Out of respect for discretion, they were also asked to indicate whether or not they wished to feature in the database. Thanks to the PADESC study, a considerable number of cultural operators were added to the database ; Culturesmali.net thus now features over a thousand Malian organizations, nearly a thousand artists, groups and companies, some thirty festivals, 250 films, 250 books, etc. The Cultures.mali database enables the PADESC to contact the country’s cultural operators directly with regard to its information and consultation actions on the country’s cultural policy. It also enables them to conduct polls on specific issues. Being listed on Culturesmali.net allows artists, groups and companies to be contacted by email, to present th...

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Bamako : inauguration of the PADESC website and the Culturesmali.net database
© Harandane Dicko
Giacomo Durazzo
© Harandane Dicko
presentation of the PADESC website
© Harandane Dicko
Ayoko Mensah shows to the malian Minister of Culture how the website www.culturesmali.net works
© Harandane Dicko
From left to right, the PADESC coordinator, Mrs Mariko Korotoumou Théra ; the minister of Culture, Hamane Niang ; the head of the European delegation, Giacomo Durazzo.
Douala : the representatives of the MTN Fondation-MAM Gallery and Africultures,and the winners of thegraphism contest for the Kamercultures'websiteduring the prize giving.
Douala : the three winners of the Kamercultures'contest : Dejulius Moyopo (first prize), Armand-Tierry Nguélé, alias "Arthie" (second prize and Louis Épée Mbounja, alias "Louisépée" (third prize)
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