Festivals _in Motion

British Council

Festivals _in Motion encourages connections between festivals in East Africa and the UK, across art forms. This grant will be awarded to UK based festival directors, festival programmers, agents and/or bookers interested in developing mutual opportunities to showcase and or collaborate in East Africa and to consider how East African acts could showcase and or collaborate in the UK. 

With this in mind we are seeking expressions of interest from UK based festival directors, festival programmers, agents and/or bookers from any art forms - Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Architecture, Design, Fashion and Film to travel to East Africa and conduct research through the Festivals_in Motion grant. The trips should take place between November 2018 and October 2019

Research can take the form of meetings with potential artists and partners; finding out more about your chosen art forms’ ecosystem in a particular country or countries; gaining an understanding of art trends in East Africa; meeting arts organisations and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming or curating work in the UK. 


Key information

The British Council’s East Africa Arts programme will award up to five research grants of £2,500 (each) to proposals to undertake research in East Africa between November 2018 and October 2019

The selected applicants will be expected to: 

  • Commit time before the visit for preparation and research, including a briefing session in advance (either in person or via video conference) with the relevant British Council Arts Manager, as well as some of your contacts in East Africa; 
  • Share with the British Council’s East Africa Arts team an activity plan that outlines travel dates, artists/organisations/festivals you will be meeting and an overview of your objectives before departure for the research visit; 
  • Post no less than 10 photos from each country visited and post a minimum of one blog posts/ articles on your own platform, the British Council or another platform interested in your insight; 
  • Use the #EastAfricaArts on all posts about this research trip across social media
  • Provide a final report outlining the main research finding and potential suggestions for future programmes. The report could take different formats (e.g. written, digital, film, photo-essay, interviews, podcast); 
  • Organise, in consultation with the British Council, a public forum in the UK to share the research findings with the creative community. 


Selection Criteria

The successful applicant is likely to: 

  • Have a minimum of five years professional experience in their sector; 
  • Demonstrate how the research proposal aligns with (or addresses) at least one of the ‘Three Key Objectives’ of the East Africa Arts programme (below); 
  • Demonstrate experience in working with international partners to deliver and collaborative on arts programmes; 
  • Have a basic knowledge of festivals in the region which is being visited (although the British Council will provide support in putting together a detailed programme).
  • In addition, applicants should: 
  • Commit to programme a UK public forum to share/disseminate the research findings, and be able to travel between November 2018 and October 2019. 

How to apply

The application will require that you respond to / provide the following: 

  • Up to 3 examples of key projects and/or programmes (realised or speculative) that you feel represent your work 
  • A short statement (max 800 words) outlining why you are applying for this research grant and clearly state the following:  
  1. The East African countries (we recommend you travel to at least two East African cities) where you would like conduct your research, and why these countries. 
  2. How your research proposal aligns with or addresses at least one of the ‘Three Key Objectives’ of the East Africa Arts programme (see below). 
  3. What you hope to gain from the experience and outline some of the potential practical applications of the research into a tangible programme or project. 
  • Activity plan; identify the main stages of your activity during the research visit. 
  • CV (up to 2 pages)

Press and publicity

  • The selected grantees are expected to agree to any reasonable requests for press or media, to discuss media coverage with the British Council and to assist in ensuring the British Council is credited in any press coverage sought independently. 
  • Press information will be agreed upon and released by the British Council. 
  • The selected grantee will consult the team at British Council on the appropriate phrasing and use of logo for all press coverage.



Three key changes that East Africa Arts is working towards: 

Change One: Access

18-35 year old British and East African creatives have increased access to work with, and showcase each other’s art.

Change Two: Understanding 

18-35 year old British and East African creatives have increased creative sector skills and increased knowledge and understanding of each other’s culture

Change Three: Perception 

18-35 year old British and East African creatives have a changed perception of each other’s countries. 


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