Strengthening the cultural and creative industries in Rwanda

UNESCO, in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and Culture of Rwanda, the Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture, the Rwandan National Commission for UNESCO, is launching the Project “Strengthening the cultural and creative industries in Rwanda” on Monday, 29 January 2018, from 3 to 6 PM, in Kigali, Rwanda.

This project, funded by the Korean Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO, aims to strengthen cultural and creative industries in Rwanda through capacity building, supporting networking efforts, sharing information and raising awareness of various stakeholders about the contribution of culture for sustainable development.

The specific objectives of the project include the identification of capacity gaps of artists and cultural professionals, to be able to develop training programmes and capacity-building activities to meet their needs. Moreover, the project will raise awareness of stakeholders and the general public about the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and the paramount importance of culture for sustainable development and the need of respecting intellectual property rights.

The direct beneficiaries will be artists, cultural professionals, governmental, civil society and private sector actors who are working in the fields of arts and culture to develop cultural and creative industries in Rwanda. Other beneficiaries include a wide range of stakeholders and the general public who will benefit from various cultural goods and services made available in Rwanda and will enjoy them in a manner that respects intellectual rights of creators.

The Programme of the day, on 29 January 2018, envisages a First Steering Committee Meeting for the UNESCO Korean Funds-in Trust Project, presenting the project document and expected results, as well as the presentation of proposed work plan of Ishyo Arts Center. The Project Launch will take place in the afternoon, with key notes speeches by the Minister of Sports and Culture of Rwanda. H.E. Ms. Julienne Uwacu, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Mr. KIM Eung-joong, and the Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Ms. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta. Media questions will take place at 16:00 at the Gorillas Golf Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.