2012 Programme in Cultural Economics

“Value of culture: on the relationship between Economics, Culture and the Arts”

  • 3rd – 9th May 2012
  • Jinja, Uganda
  • Deadline: 30th January 2012

Bayimba Cultural Foundation (Uganda) in collaboration with CREARE Foundation, the Netherlands, are pleased to invite you to apply and take part in the second edition of the Programme in Cultural Economics that is organised for art and cultural practitioners and managers from East Africa to be held in Jinja, Uganda.

This year the programme will be organised in two separate sessions of six days each and (online) distance learning. The first session will take place from 3rd – 9th May 2012 and the second (tentatively) in October 2012. Each session is planned as a week-long training, which will be a combination of theoretical and practical training and includes a social programme. Between the two sessions, participants will work on group projects to implement knowledge to practice while they will have interactive online discussions with faculty members and participants.

The programme is able to host a group of twenty (20) participants that will participate in both sessions and the online interactions for the duration of the programme.


The aim of the programme 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 and financing of the arts; the potential role of creativity for economy and society; and the special role that the arts have in contemporary economies. This programme teaches participants how to evaluate the economic and cultural aspects of cultural policy, in general and specifically in Africa. At the completion of the programme, 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 the programme 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 the arts and the role of gifts;
  • the appreciation of the role of cultural entrepreneurship;
  • the ability to identify new challenges to cultural policy;
  • the ability to understand the different roles of the various stakeholders (public, private) involved;
  • the ability to prepare cultural projects to participate to national and international calls.


The programme is organised by Bayimba Cultural Foundation in conjunction with CREARE Foundation. The program will be led by Prof. Arjo Klamer, Chair of Economics of Art and Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Academicians and experienced cultural practitioners from Europe and Africa will give lectures and have face-to-face contacts and discussions with participants, providing them with a conceptual and practical framework. The African faculty members involved in the program will put emphasis on the illustration of case studies and best practices in Africa.


  • Knowledge of English (the program 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 participation in the program (showing how beneficial the program will be to his /her own organisation and/or country)
  • Able to contribute 500 USD course fee (for the full programme/two courses)


The overall costs of the entire programme (two sessions) are 2,000 USD for each participant. However, the organisers will fundraise to cover 1,500 USD per participant. Participants are required to contribute the remaining contribution of 500 USD for the entire programme (two sessions). This fee includes accommodation (participants will be accommodated in Jinja close to the location where the course takes place), access to all course sessions and online distance learning, course materials, half-board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and tea breaks) and a cultural programme. Travel expenses (flights, visa) as well as dinners are on participants’ costs. When coming from outside Uganda, participants are strongly advised to start soliciting for their travel support, amongst others through Art Moves Africa (www.artmovesafrica.org), well enough in advance. Organizers will be glad to provide more information on possible support schemes.


If you are interested in participating in the programme and fulfil the above mentioned criteria, please fill in the application form and send it to education [at] bayimba [dot] org as soon as possible but no later than 30th January, 2012. Applications are presented to a selection committee. Selected participants will receive a confirmation by the end of February 2012.

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