Cultural intermediaries revisited: Lessons from Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi

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Global competition, digital technologies and shifting policy agendas are reshaping creative industries, markets and practices. This chapter focuses on cultural intermediaries in Africa and how their roles, positions and motivations are also changing. Findings from online surveys conducted in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in 2019 demonstrate that while many intermediaries continue to ‘connect producers and consumers’ and perform ‘taste-making’ roles, others provide supports and services which enable and sustain creativity including space, finance, training and business advice. Ultimately, the chapter highlights the need to revisit the concept of cultural intermediaries and for further research which considers sector specificity and local contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture, Creativity and Economy
Subtitle of host publicationCollaborative Practices, Value Creation and Spaces of Creativity
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000457568
ISBN (Print)9781032053301
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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