British Council

As part of our programmes in the West African Cluster, we are running a Festivals programme through which we programme young emerging artists from the UK in West African Festivals and vice versa. The programme also includes a training strand through workshops and short secondments in UK and West Africa.

The Festivals Programme will;

  • Increase the artistic, technical and management skills of arts and culture festival management teams in Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.
  • Provide networking opportunities for festival managers from West Africa and the UK to enhance the sharing of best practice and collaboration
  • Strengthen the festivals sector in West Africa to enhance their capacity to create opportunities for engagement with the international sector, while achieving economic and social impact for their host communities.


The West African Arts cluster are working to develop festival management skills across West Africa to enhance the capacity of the festival sector to contribute to overall cultural and creative economy growth. 


We have delivered 3 phases of training to 40 independent and public festival managers from Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 

Festival Fund

We also have a festival fund to support reciprocal programming of young, emerging artists between UK and West African festivals, professional development of artists and festival management teams, exchange visits between UK and West Africa and other collaborative activities between festivals in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and the UK .

The next round of applications will open in December 2018 for festivals in April 2019 onwards.


Following the call for festivals in UK and West Africa, we are supporting 14 festivals in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and UK with funding for reciprocal programming of young, emerging artists between UK and West African festivals. These festivals will take place between July 2018 and April 2019. The selected festivals are;

Africa in Motion Film Festival UK Nigeria Film Oct 26 - Nov 4, 2018
Encounters UK Ghana Film Sept 25 - 30, 2018
Lagos International Poetry Festival Nigeria UK, Ghana, Senegal Literature Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2018
Ake Arts and Book Festival Nigeria UK Literature Oct 24 - 27, 2018
Dakar Music Festival Senegal UK Music Nov 8 - 18, 2018
Counterflows Festival UK Ghana Music March 29 - 7 April, 2019

Freetown Music Festival

Sierra Leone UK Music Nov 2018
King Dus Arts Festival Sierra Leone UK Visual Arts Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2018
Lagos Photo Festival Nigeria UK Visual Arts Oct 25 - Nov 14, 2018
Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria Nigeria UK Music, Theatre March 20 - 24, 2019
Block Party Lagos Nigeria UK, Ghana Visual Arts, Dance Oct 12 - 13, 2018
Comic Connect Africa Nigeria UK Visual Arts, Design July 19 - 21, 2018
Bounce Arts Festival UK WA Theatre, Visual Arts Sept 13 - 16, 2018
Afrika Eye UK Senegal Music, Film November 9 - 11, 2018