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Developing Creative Economies in Africa
Spaces and Working Practices

ISBN 9780367481940
Published August 6, 2021 by Routledge
178 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bringing together the experience of academics and practitioners, this book discusses creative economies in Africa, focusing on changing dynamics related to working, co-working and clustering.

The contributors in this volume examine how strategies and opportunities such as co-working spaces, clustering and hubs facilitate the emergence of creative industries in a range of African countries including Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa. They also consider the importance of creative intermediaries in providing opportunities and platforms for the development of creative economies in Africa. The chapters present a range of case studies and practices that engage with how creative and cultural producers embrace some of the limits and challenges of their local context to creatively deliver opportunities for economic as well as social and cultural development in their cities and regions.

This book will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals researching the creative economies in Africa across the humanities and social sciences.


All the royalties from the publication of this book will be donated to the not-for-profit organisation The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) ( in South Africa, supporting capacity building for young creative practitioners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Brian J. Hracs, Roberta Comunian, Lauren England

    Part I: Creative Work: Networks, Careers and Finance

  3. Promoting the Film Industry in Kenya: State Support versus Entrepreneurial Innovation
  4. Robin Steedman

  5. Making a Living through and for Visual Artists in East Africa
  6. Andrew Burton, Lilian Nabulime, Robert Newbery, Paul Richter, Anthony Tibaingana, Andrea Wilkinson

  7. Financing Creative Industries in Kenya: Challenges, Opportunities and the Case of HEVA
  8. Wakiuru Njunga, Roberta Comunian, Brian J. Hracs and Denderah Rickmers

  9. Creative Coworking in Nigeria: Emerging Trends, Opportunities and Future Scenarios
  10. Damilola Adegoke and Roberta Comunian

    Part II: Coworking: Policy and Development

  11. Coworking, Gender and Development: The Case of Tribe XX Lab
  12. Lauren England, Emalohi Iruobe and Roberta Comunian

  13. Ahead of Policy? Creative Hubs in East African Cities
  14. Ayeta Anne Wangusa, Roberta Comunian and Brian J. Hracs

    Part III: Clustering and Creative spaces

  15. Rural Cultural and Creative Industry Clustering: The Sarah Baartman District, South Africa
  16. Fiona Drummond and Jen Snowball

  17. The Cultural Centre of GugaS’thebe as a Transformative Creative Space
  18. Irma Booyens, Ndipiwe Mkuzo and Marco Brent Morgan

  19. Conclusions

Lauren England, Brian J. Hracs and Roberta Comunian

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Brian J. Hracs is an Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Southampton, UK.

Roberta Comunian is Reader in Creative Economy at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, UK.

Lauren England is Baxter Fellow in Creative Economies at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, UK.