In accordance with Article 11 of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which encourages an active role for civil society, Malian cultural stakeholders decided to create the Malian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, an initiative of the Acte Sept cultural association.
At the conclusion of a workshop held March 5 and 6, 2012, at the Djoliba Center in Bamako (Mali), a 23 member bureau was set up, led by Adama Traoré of Acte Sept.
During the workshop, cultural representatives in attendance also learned more about the Convention through three presentations on the following themes: the Convention itself, participation by civil society actors and their role in achieving Convention objectives, and the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.
The Acte Sept cultural association was founded in 1994 to promote Malian culture and foster the development of its members through artistic and cultural activities. Acte Sept activities include Festival du Théâtre des Réalités, national and international theater tours, cultural management training, and publishing.