Matasia Arts Center, an international multidisciplinary arts hub, is organizing an international conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from August 7-8 this year. The conference is expected to bring together artists from 170 countries.
Based in Matasia, Kenya, the center’s mission is to promote intercultural exchange among artists globally. The theme of this year’s conference, dubbed Indaba2015, will be “Harnessing the Arts to Break Cultural Barriers.”
“Matasia Arts Center was founded to provide a forum for intercultural exchange among artists with a view to breaking cultural barriers through art. We believe that the arts can be used to promote dialogue across cultures to achieve global peace,” the center’s Executive Director, David Karanja, said.
Karanja said that the center was founded on the belief that art-making is central to the creation of a vibrant, just and free society. Its vision, he said, is premised on the belief that the arts are central to the growth of individuals and communities and appreciation for cultural diversity.
The focus of the discussions at the conference will include: translating works of art for broader appeal; how the Internet is giving artists a global platform to sell their work; performing music across cultures; funding the arts to empower global voices; how international artists’ conferences narrow cultural gaps and taking the arts to the center of foreign policy priorities.
Artists who wish to have a topic added to the agenda can make a request before July 30 when the final conference program will be published.
Artists can register for the conference through Eventbrite or through the center’s website.
For more information, visit MatasiaArtsCenter.org/.