Manchester-based African-led Arts and Cultural organisation Amani Creatives has received funding to support post-COVID resilience. This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The support will enable the organisation to become a Community Interest Company (CIC), review its business plan and develop its digital presence until it is able to programme events in venues once again.
Amani Creatives will buy new equipment, which will be used to launch a series of streamed events (20 & 27 April). In this way they will be able to continue supporting and showcasing African artists during lockdown, and the equipment will enable a blended approach to programming once arts organisations are able to resume face-to-face activities.
The forthcoming online events will feature original work by four local African artists responding to the theme of Change. These will include Sierra Leonean musician, Papa Sam Alafia, Congolese pianist and composer, Tshepe Tshepela, Ghanaian dance and visual artist, Christian Asare and Somalian international actress and theatre practitioner, Yusra Warsama (see images below).
The dates of the showcases are as follows: 20 (Asare & Alafia) & 27 April (Tshepela & Warsama) at 6.30pm via the Amani Creatives YouTube channel.
About Amani Creatives
Amani Creatives is a dynamic, African-led arts organisation based in Manchester.
Amani Creatives showcases the beauty, diversity and complexity of contemporary arts and culture from the African diaspora through a range of professional and community development services.
Further information: https://amanicreatives.wordpress.com/
About the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Image shows Amani artist Christian Asare