The Deconfining arts, culture, and policies in Europe and Africa (Deconfining) project is co-funded by the Creative Europe program.

The DECONFINING project aims to create improved and fairer cultural ties between Europe and Africa by developing a sustainable reference model of cooperation that will later be extended to other regions of the world. Building on the close collaboration between the two continents and the integration of their Capitals of Culture programmes, this project will bring together cultural practitioners, policymakers, performing, media/visual artists, in-field universities and audiences from both continents to explore and demonstrate new ways of intercontinental artistic and cultural (policy) cooperation, and to contribute to a better understanding of confinement patterns from different points of view in an intercontinental perspective. All this in order to break free from paternalistic and colonial views in favor of a strong participatory attitude and provide better access and information for intercontinental mobility and transnational co-creation.

The project is designed and led by 12 partners from 11 European and one (1) African country, and will feature four (4) forums, four (4) micro-conferences, a mobility platform, an interactive policy toolkit, a DECONFINING anthology ebook, and newly created artworks, including performances, installations, twenty (20) podcast episodes presenting (tandem) artistic practices, twelve (12) art tours, and a rich open digital archive.

The DECONFINING partnership is composed of cultural producers, research institutions, cultural governmental bodies/institutions and a private non-governmental institution, bringing together and complementing expertise addressed throughout the project. Project partners and Intercontinental Cooperation Organisations from Europe and Africa engage together for this common endeavor.