The 'Culture and Safety in Africa' Methodology Workshop was held in Lugano, Switzerland from March 9th to 14th 2012. It marked the beginning of the Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS) project. SNIS is an international, interdisciplinary and comparative research project which aims at documenting and assessing the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety in Douala, Johannesburg, and Luanda; three distinct but culturally vibrant African cities. The project has a 24-month timeframe and is undertaken by the ACC in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. ACC researcher, Ismael Farouk attended the inaugural workshop tasked with developing a methodology for comparing data in the three cities. A preliminary report on SNIS findings is due in 12 months.