2011 Course in Cultural Economics

“Value of culture: on the relationship between economics, culture and the arts”


Do you belong to the next generation of ambitious art and cultural practitioners and managers? Do you want to make an essential contribution to the positioning of the cultural sector in your country and region? Do you feel the need to widen your understanding of the relationship between economics and culture so as to strengthen your abilities to effectively advocate for arts and culture? Do you want to get inspired by experienced scholars and your colleagues from East Africa?

If you think you belong to the movers and shakers of the cultural sector, you are herewith invited to take part in the first edition of the Course in Cultural Economics for art and cultural practitioners and managers from East Africa, to be held in Jinja in Uganda from 4th -14th April 2011. A group of twenty (20) participants will meet for an intense course of ten (10) days to acquire essential knowledge and skills in cultural economics and reflect on issues in working groups and learn from case studies and best practices in Africa and beyond.


As the world gets over with the financial and economic crises, arts and culture organizations on all continents are faced with bitter cuts in arts and cultural financing. For arts and cultural organizations to survive and continue to offer creative programs and for the cultural sector to forge ways to sustain its existence, it is necessary to think differently and act otherwise. To do so, art and cultural practitioners and managers need to grasp a better understanding of the manner in which the cultural sector operates, especially the relationship between economy and arts and culture.

In order to equip art and cultural practitioners and managers in East Africa with the necessary knowledge and skills, Bayimba Cultural Foundation established a partnership with CREARE Foundation to offer a 10-day intensive course in Cultural Economics. The course is designed for people operating in the art and cultural sector, e.g. cultural policy makers within government (agencies), representatives of advisory bodies, representatives of arts and cultural organizations, cultural entrepreneurs, representatives of funds and foundations, scholars and students researching arts and culture. Whereas the course mainly targets people operating in the art and cultural sector, it is also open to anyone else from East Africa with an interest in the subject.


The aim of the course is to develop participants’ understanding of economics as it applies to the world of art and culture. It will raise critical questions about the concepts of culture, value, valuation of the arts, the creative economy, and the special role that the arts have in contemporary economies. This course teaches participants how to evaluate the economic aspects of arts policy, in general but specifically in Africa. At the completion of the course, participants will better appreciate the contribution that cultural economics can (and cannot) make to the debate on the relationship between economy, culture and art. The skills acquired during this unit will include:-

  • the ability to assess and apply the cultural economic perspective,
  • the ability to understand the processes of valuation in the world of the arts and creative activities,
  • the appreciation of the importance of the mode of financing of the arts and the role of gifts,
  • the appreciation of the role of cultural entrepreneurs,
  • the ability to identify new challenges to cultural policy.


The course is organised by Bayimba Cultural Foundation in conjunction with CREARE Foundation. The course will be led by Prof. Arjo Klamer, Chair of Economics of Art and Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mentors, academicians and professionals will give lectures and have face to face contacts and discussions with participants, providing them with a conceptual and practical framework. The course will take place through the cooperation of academics and professionals coming from Europe and Africa. The African partners involved in the course will put emphasis on the illustration of case studies and best practices in Africa.


Knowledge of English (the course will be taught in English)
Given evidence that she/he works in the art and cultural sector in East Africa
A profile (CV) with photo attached
Motivational letter for your participation in the course (showing how beneficial the course will be to his /her own organisation and/or country)


The fee for the course will be 500 USD for each participant. This fee includes accommodation (participants will be accommodated in Jinja close to the location where the course takes place), access to all course sessions, course materials, breakfast, lunches, break teas and a cultural programme. Travel expenses are on participants’ costs. Organizers will be glad to provide more information on possible support schemes.


If you are interested in participating in the course and you fulfill the above mentioned criteria, please fill in the application form and send it to info@bayimba.org as soon as possible but no later than 31st January, 2011. Applications are presented to a selection committee. Selected participants will receive a confirmation by the end of February 2011.

Cultural Economics Course – My Experience

I am Joe Tabula, a musician and Sound Producer, I learned a great deal that I will use immediately upon returning to work. Professor Klammer is a wonderful teacher he kept us all interested and expecting new ideas all the time. I highly recommend the workshop to all art & cultural practitioners most especially those in active sectors.

To those who thought they knew all the values of art & culture, you need to have a second thought and attend to this workshop if another chance is availed. You will be surprised with how little you know about creativity & cultural economics!!! you will learn many great new tips. Professor Klammer starts out with the essential framework and builds on that quickly, so people of all levels will find it extremely useful. It’s great to learn how powerful art & culture can contribute to national economies if availed with the inner knowledge of both its social & economic values and then to immediately apply them to actual situations just like how we did our project presentations in front of the knowledgeable Lucy & Anna with the ever sharp Priyatej and Faisal not forgetting Avril & David Kaiza!!

This workshop not only met, but exceeded all of my expectations. The amount and quality of information that I gained will irrefutably support me & my group in developing better project proposals, that are realistic and clearly articulates all the values and benefits to donors. Most importantly this workshop cleared my negative attitude that i had towards donor agencies. All facilitators teaching style really made a difference in my ability to comprehend the material.
They were always open to questions and their organized methods kept us all on task to gain the most from the workshop.

This was without a doubt the best workshop I have ever attended… I can’t wait to go back and try the new formulas I learned. The Etos & Petos, the 5Ps & PEST theories. This workshop was incredibly valuable!

Thank You. Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Creare Foundation & Doen

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