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Nike Jonah

Nike Jonah works in strategic development across the cultural and creative industries worldwide. Since the early 90s, she has developed innovative approaches to much successful music, fashion, television, design, visual and performing arts projects for several influential organisations in Africa, America and Europe. Nike is currently 2017- 2018 Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; University College London. She is currently, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2017-2019) and also employed by Counterpoint Arts as the lead for the Pop Culture and Social Change initiative. Nike Jonah balances her time between various roles in the cultural sector. In July 2018, she launched Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) in partnership with the Vrystaat Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa in July 2018. PACE is an initiative for African-based artists and arts organisations who wish to undertake international touring, increase their profile and develop national and international partnership opportunities. Between 2008 and 2012, Nike led the highly acclaimed Arts Council England’s Decibel Programme, which was designed to support and increase the profile of African, Asian and Caribbean artists in England. Through this, Nike delivered an ambitious programme of events and activities that included the showcasing of artists and companies, strategic bursaries aimed to effect positive, sustainable change for diverse artists in the UK. Additionally, Nike has worked as an advisor and associate producer for many notable festivals. Events include the Venice Biennial, Italy; Documenta, Germany; World Festival of Black Art and Culture, Senegal; Muenster Skulptor Festival, Germany; Grahamstown Festival, South Africa; World Summit, Australia; Istanbul Biennale, Turkey. In 2010, Nike was acknowledged as a Woman to Watch and an “outstanding leader in the diversification of the arts” by a panel of the UK’s creative industry luminaries. Nike is a Trustee on Boards of the European Cultural Foundation,The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, The Royal Africa Society and The Bush Theatre.

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