Introducing "The African Alternatives: Shaping the Cultural Landscape of Sub-Saharan Cities" report, which offers a comprehensive analysis of emerging cultural trends across Africa, drawing insights from 11 vibrant capitals in the region.

With projections indicating a doubling of Africa's population by 2050, with 80% of this growth concentrated in urban areas, our research underscores the flourishing creativity within African cities. It emphasises the immense potential for cultivating sustainable economic development through cultural endeavours.

In collaboration with the British Council and Andani.Africa, the World Cities Culture Forum delved into the cultural dynamics of Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dakar, Freetown, Harare, Johannesburg, Kampala, Kigali, Lagos, and Nairobi. Our comprehensive approach involved engaging with over 150 policymakers, cultural influencers, and academics in 2023. Through a series of interviews, roundtable discussions, and surveys, we sought to grasp the primary challenges and opportunities inherent in nurturing cultural expression and the creative economy.

Our findings underscore the multifaceted benefits of cultural initiatives, ranging from job creation to the preservation of heritage and the stimulation of tourism. Yet, alongside these opportunities, we also recognise the hurdles posed by rapid urbanisation, economic disparities, and the pressing climate crisis.

This research represents a significant extension of our collaborative efforts with CcHUB and Africa No Filter, particularly in light of our work on The Creative Vibrancy Index for Africa. Through this ongoing partnership, we aim to provide robust data on the growth and vitality of Africa's creative industries, further enriching our understanding of the region's cultural landscape.

 Download the world cities culture forum report.