Ministry Pursues Economic Diversification Through Culture

Caribbean Culture Is Vibrant and Colorful

Caribbean Culture Is Vibrant and Colorful

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
April 08, 2009 (SKNIS)

The Ministry of Culture confirmed its commitment to cultural development as a viable means of enhancing the local economy as Dance Specialist Lorna Ava Henry attended an international seminar in Brussels.

The event brought together five hundred (500) individuals including Ministers of Culture, cultural and development professionals, media representatives and policy makers to exchange views and best practices on cultural policies and to identify innovative ways for promoting development of cultural industries.

The three day colloquium organized by the European Commission looked at culture and creation as vectors for development. Ms Henry said while the turn out for representatives from the Caribbean Region was poor, Europe. Africa and The Pacific took full advantage of the event as did she.

Following discussions among cultural counterparts from the participating regions, these working groups comprising professionals from the visual arts, design, fashion, music, audiovisual and performing arts and publishing held a combined activity in which they discussed common issues.

Ms. Henry said, “I am excited about incorporating some of the ideas that were shared at the conference into our local programmes. Ventilating some of the challenges of cultural development in different regions proved beneficial as practical and tested solutions and were also voiced”.

These included production, formation and creative heritage management.

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