Side event: Itinerant urban exhibition

Side event: Itinerant urban exhibition

Date & Venue:

29 November 2010. Tripoli, Libya.
10-31 January 2011. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
19 February-13 March 2011. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Three other African capitals to be designated.

More information:

Visionary Africa Context


The event includes an itinerant urban exhibition of contemporary African artistic practices, artists’ residences and workshops. The exhibition will be presented within the framework of the EU-Africa Summit in Tripoli. It will then travel between the various African capitals from early 2011, beginning in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and then Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Some thirty reproductions of works of art, produced by contemporary African creators from works presented during exhibitions at the Visionary Africa festival in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (30 May to 26 September), will be exhibited.


This project demonstrates the importance of culture and creativity as a development tool and uses the work of African artists to illustrate the transformations which have occurred on their continent over the past  half-century. It also sets out to raise public awareness about the Joint Strategy between Africa and the EU with a view to involving citizens in this initiative.


2010 and 2011 mark the 50th anniversary of independence in 22 African countries. To commemorate this anniversary, and on the occasion of the 3rd EU-Africa Summit, the European Commission and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, in cooperation with the African Union, have initiated an itinerant and multidisciplinary cultural project, "Visionary Africa: Art at Work". This project was launched during the international conference, "Culture and Creativity as Vectors for Development", organised by the European Commission in April 2009. Culture is increasingly recognised as fundamental in order to guarantee the development of constructive relations between peoples. The Joint Africa-EU Strategy has therefore identified cultural cooperation as a priority action for consolidating dialogue between the two continents.