Based on the Creative Vibrancy Index for Africa (CVIA), 12 African cities were evaluated on their ability to promote and facilitate the arts, culture, and creative industries.
The results of the index reveal that the city of Johannesburg in South Africa has been ranked as the most culturally dynamic city in Africa.
The index evaluated several cities, including Kinshasa, Dakar, Nairobi, Tunis, Marrakech, Luanda, Accra, Cairo, Lagos, Harare, and Dar-Es-Salam, providing a comprehensive assessment of the environment for artists and creative entrepreneurs in these locations.
The ranking of cities was determined by their level of accessibility to cultural venues and facilities, cultural policies that foster the arts, and their ability to promote culture. Johannesburg emerged as the top-ranked city for providing the most conducive environment for creativity, with Cairo and Lagos following closely behind. On the other hand, Marrakech, Tunis, and Kinshasa ranked the lowest in terms of creating an enabling environment for the arts.
The aim of the CVIA is to stimulate growth in the arts, culture, and creative industries sector by showcasing the available support landscape and the sector’s potential for job creation, community cohesion, and youth engagement.
The index offers valuable insights into the gaps in the creative and cultural landscape, providing much-needed data for investors, funders, creative entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders in the sector. As a result, it serves as a decision-making tool for those involved in the creative and cultural industries. The index will be updated in the future to include additional cities and track changes in the cities already mapped.
The CVIA is funded by the narrative change organisation, Africa No Filter, and the British Council. The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and the World Cities of Culture Forum are part of the project’s advisory board, providing technical input.
Moky Makura, executive director of Africa No Filter, says: “The availability and access to arts, culture and creativity is increasingly the mark of a successful city and developed economy. For us at Africa No Filter it is also a measure of the support and infrastructure provided to African storytellers to enable them to share their stories, grow audiences and build their own sustainability as artists.
“We were keen to understand how culturally vibrant the African creative sector is, so we know if African stories are being heard. This index will shine a much-needed spotlight on the state of the creative landscape in Africa and help us all advocate for more support for storytellers on the continent. We have started with just 12 cities, but our aim is to do this across all major cities on the continent.”
Sandra Chege, head of arts, Kenya, adds: “We are excited to collaborate with Africa No Filter and the Creative Economy Practice at CcHUB to develop this important index. We look forward to engaging in the conversations and insight generated through this project on how cultural actors can strengthen the cultural infrastructure of cities across Africa to create a more enabling environment for creative and cultural practitioners.”