The St. Kitts and Nevis EPA Implementation Unit has organised, with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture, to host a Workshop on Culture and Creative Industries from the 21st to the 24 May 2013 at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) in Basseterre. Financing for the Workshop came from the 10th EDF Programme (European Development Fund) Technical Cooperation Facility.
The purpose of this Workshop is to promote the importance and value of the Creative and Cultural Industries of St. Kitts and Nevis to the business community, to Government and to the general public in an effort to raise their awareness of and appreciation for cultural goods and services, and to increase the contribution that it makes to the country’s GDP.
It is hoped that this effort will help to inform and shape policy development in this sector and form the basis for joint collaboration with regional and European Partners in Culture and Creative Industries, especially those in the 18 to 30 age group so that this work would redound to the benefits of this group.
The Workshop will be held under the Theme “Culture Moving Forward”. The Workshop will be divided into four sessions to concentrate on areas of interest of the four different target groups in the following areas:
• Performing arts
• Visual Arts
• Literary Arts
• Culinary Arts
The Workshop will also provide the Ministry of Culture with the opportunity to add key artists to the recently created “St. Kitts and Nevis Creative Industry Registry” (SKNCIR) which is a searchable database of industry service providers.
The EU is keen to establish an EU-CARIFORUM Platform for Culture and Creative Industries to promote business cooperation and cultural exchanges between the relevant EU and CARIFORUM stakeholders. With this in mind, the EPA Unit, Ministry of Culture, and the Culture and Creative Industries would form groups and an Arts Alliance to work on finding cooperation partners and potential business opportunities.
By Shelly Ross Chaderton
St. Kitts and Nevis EPA Implementation Unit