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Bridging the gap between policy and practice
On 15 April 2020, World Art Day, UNESCO launched ResiliArt as a global movement to raise awareness about the serious disruption of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector. It seeks to mobilise solidarity among artists and professionals in the creative sector while ensuring their voices are heard at the policy level to address existing gaps and needs.
The Alliance Française has joined hands with the Unesco Regional Office for Eastern Africa, the Kenya National Commission for Unesco, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, the Creative Economy Working Group, Twaweza Communiciations and the Godown Arts Centre to organize ResiliArt – Kenya, a digital platform of virtual debates involving stakeholders from the culture and creative industries.
The first discussion brought together leading voices from the cultural sector to consolidate thoughts and ideas on the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and identify opportunities to strengthen and support practice in the sector. The second discussion looked at democratizing the digital space and how to ensure inclusivity, accessibility and affordability and create a favorable framework to nurture the growth of creative expression in the digital space.
Catch these discussions: https://urlz.fr/dvV4
This third and final discussion discussion will apply a solution-oriented approach aimed at taking stock of the various mechanisms that the government and the civil society have put in place to promote the sector and opportunities for building interconnectivity. A key question therefore will be what current policies and strategies are being deployed for the creative sector in Kenya and to what extent are they supportive of its sustainable growth?
Moderated by Joy Mboya of the GoDown Arts Centre, the panelists will include:
- Edward Sigei, Executive Director, Kenya Copyrights Board (KECOBO)
- Mshai Mwangola, Performance Scholar, The Orature Collective
- Benjamin Muchiri, Manager, National Accounts, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
- Simon Mwaura, Chief Operating Officer- Riverwood Ensemble
- Liz Lenjo, Entertainment and IP lawyer, Founder of MYIP Legal Studio.
- Nyongesa Wafula, Deputy Director, Enterprise Development, State Department of Industrialization