What is the role of art, literature, imagery, dance, and voice in drawing attention to, and shaping, urban identities, cultures, lifestyles, aspirations and urban environments? Who are the influencers who can shape new movements for African urban sustainability? How can creative expression and narrative be used as the basis for city and community building? How can storytelling complement scientific approaches for sustainable urban development?
Amid myriad negative urban motifs of African cities, this session tangles with questions of representation, participation and voice in defining African urban narratives, and draws out how celebration can be a valuable approach to reclaiming visions of African cities. The session highlights voices from the creative sphere and how they can or are contributing to shaping and owning urban African narratives using media, literature, photography and artistic expressions.