Nike Jonah – Contributor 2016

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Nike Jonah works in strategic development across the cultural and creative industries worldwide. Since the early 90s, she has developed innovative approaches to a number of successful music, fashion, television, design, visual and performing arts projects for several influential organizations in Africa, America and Europe.

Nike balances her time between various roles in the cultural sector. She is Director of Connecting Dots, an arts consultancy that works with a range of clients across the arts and creative fields. Nike is also the Director of Afrovibes, a UK based cross arts Pan African festival and is currently developing Pan African Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Marketing (PAIPAM) in partnership with the Vrystaat Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa. PAIPAM is a market place for African-based artists and arts organizations 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 and sector-specific communication aimed to effect positive, sustainable change across arts sector for diverse artists in the UK.

Additionally, Nike has worked with several international biennale’s as an advisor and associate producer for a number of notable festivals and conferences across the world. Events include the Venice Biennial, Italy; Documenta, Germany; and the World Festival of Black Art and Culture, Senegal.

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 in the Netherlands and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Bush Theatre.