The ACP-EU CULTURE, towards a viable cultural industry in the ACP countries


Objectives of the program​

Implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union, the « ACP-EU towards a viable cultural industry » programme (ACP-EU CULTURE) intends to boost the potential of the cultural and creative sector and its contribution to the social and economic development of the ACP countries. With a budget of 40 million € for the period 2019-2024, the programme aims at:

  • Encouraging entrepreneurship and cultural innovation, as well as the participation of the youth
  • Creating new jobs and increasing artists’ and cultural professionals’ revenues
  • Raising the quality of the ACP cultural productions,
  • Valorizing the cultural productions and artists from the ACP countries on international markets.

Actions and tools in the service of culture and innovation​

The programme will support the culture sector through the following actions and tools:

  • 3 calls for proposals in the sectors of audiovisual coproduction, culture and creation in the ACP countries
  • Multiple partnerships across the ACP countries
  • A dedicated team of experts and the staffs from the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and the European Union in charge of the programme’s daily management in Brussels
  • A web-based platform enabling culture professionals from ACP countries to meet, network, exchange information and share projects (www.culturexchange.eu)
  • A communication and visibility strategy and toolkit

From 2008 to 2017,
two generations of
cultural programmes
for the ACP countries

Over the period 2008-2017, three programmes have contributed in supporting culture and creativity in the ACP countries. With a global budget of 45 million €, the ACP Films, ACP Cultures (2008-2011) and ACP Culture+ programmes (2012-2017) have enabled talent to surface, initiatives to be set-up, partnerships to be created and developed and cultural policies and funds to be put in place.

The 3 programmes in a nutshell:




projects supported

(cinema, audiovisual, cultural
and creative industries, cultural heritage)


cultural events organised in ACP countries


cultural operators involved


trained people

(80% of whom are young people)


paid jobs during projects


works produced


people who attended cultural events (ACP countries and Europe)

(ACP countries and Europe)


people reached

(via social networks / VOD
/ youtube / TV / radio)

View the history of funded projects

A technical assistance for the management of the ACP-EU CULTURE program

A dedicated team of experts from the cultural sector provides support to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of Countries and the European Union. Based in Brussels, it is in charge of:

  • Provide to the ACP Secretariat, in charge of the programme’s implementation, technical assistance and expertise in the administrative and financial management of the grant contracts
  • Ensure the coordination of the programme’s activities, together with their communication and visibility in the ACP countries and in the EU
  • Maintain and develop the specialized digital platform “culturexchange”

The team is composed of the following experts:

Gian Giuseppe Simeone

Team Leader

Mujinga Tambwe

Communication Expert

Lamberto Orilia

Administration and Finances Expert

Céline Van Den Abeele

Program Assistant


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