‘’Question, question, question everything and anything. Question, especially power structures, ideas and institutions,’’ Stella Nyanzi, 2021.
Hivos, through its Resource of Open Minds (R.O.O.M.) program, has been enabling a new generation of artists to produce critical cultural content on the African continent. Especially within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has posed serious challenges to the sustainability of the global creative economy.
Responding to some of these challenges, R.O.O.M.’s New Ways of Working for Creatives theme has focused on creating safe spaces for and fostering critical cultural content creation by creatives in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Egypt and Lebanon.
New Ways of Working for Creatives also links up older and younger creatives so as to keep the culture of criticality alive across generations. This is being done through multi-media videos called “Letters to Creatives”.