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Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

BY 31.07.17

THE Rwandan Government wants to reap more from its creative and cultural industries and this week (Jul 2017) indicated that it plans to inject more funds into the industry. This according to Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Affairs, Francois Kanimba, who addressed members of the creative and cultural arts industry drawn from different countries around the world in a workshop organised by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Kigali. Kanimba told the members that the government recognises the importance of the creative industries in promoting the economy, especially in terms of employment. "There is a plan to inject money in the arts. Even if it's clear that the artists need support, it's important to find ways for the industry to be self-supportive. The challenge is how to achieve that," he said. Read more.

Culture deserves a bigger role in EU diplomacy

THE European Union is pushing hard for the centrality of culture on EU foreign policy because it helps prevent conflict while simultaneously promoting EU values. There is a call to create an EU cultural visa programme and exchange for young artists, to access the EU and enhance intercultural dialogue with third countries could be of benefit for EU foreign policy.  Ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) said culture is a powerful bridge between people, helps to strengthen civil society, to prevent radicalisation and conflicts, and disseminate EU values. They note that young people should be one of the main target groups, to be reached out by music, film, street arts, social media and digital platforms channels. The resolution on an EU strategy for international cultural relations was approved by 462 votes to 137, with 58 abstentions. Read more.

Live Music Serious Business in Singapore

A RECENT Price-Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) report  – 2021 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report – bodes well for Singapore where music is big business. The music market in Singapore has been riding on an upward trajectory — as summarized by Music Asia — and a big part of that has been the proliferation of major live concerts, along with an increasing reliance on streaming. In 2016 alone, live music in Singapore accumulated a total of US$51 million. Read more.

Lagos home of new BBC burea Lagos home of new BBC burea

OVER 100 new jobs have been created in Nigeria in part of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) biggest expansion since the 1940s. BBC is investing in the Nigerian television market - and in the process ensuring stories focus on young people and women across the whole of West Africa.

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Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16 Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16

UNITED KINGDOM: The creative industries grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2015-16, new British government statistics have claimed. Now worth £91.8 billion in terms of gross value added to the UK, the sector grew by 7.6% over the year, while the economy as a whole grew by 3.5% in the same period.

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Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance

SAN FRANCISCO: New data from HoneyBook shows that, simply stated, women creatives need to charge more for their services and match their male counterparts. HoneyBook, the business management platform for entrepreneurs in creative industries, recently released the first-ever report dedicated entirely to the gender pay gap among self-employed creative professionals.

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Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break Nigeria Grants some creative industries tax break

NIGERIA: THE Nigerian federal government has granted 'Pioneer Status' to the creative industry, in a landmark move aimed at transforming the industry to a creative economy and creating jobs. In a statement at the end of August 2017, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the decision to grant the industry 'Pioneer Status' is in fulfilment of the promise made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the opening of the Creative Industry Financing Conference in Lagos 17-18 July 2017.

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Artists across South Africa show a deep sense of willingness to partner with businesses, but sometimes require guidance on exactly how to go about doing this. Through the programme, they will engage with shared value, research and building relationships that are sustainable to shift common thinking within the arts sector, and to expand their knowledge and skills within business exchange relations.

SA roadies conference coming up in May SA roadies conference coming up in May

THE South African Roadies Association (SARA) will be hosting Africa’s fourth Live Event Technical & Production Conference (LETPC 2018) from the 17 to 19 May 2018, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg, the current home of the LETPC.

New knowledge is power - A final word New knowledge is power - A final word

LOUIS L'Amour said, 'There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.' In many respects, this is the end of something and the birth of something new. Nelson Mandela University - and its partners, the Universities of Rhodes and Fort Hare - are concluding the three-year South African Cultural Observatory contract with the Department of Arts & Culture.

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THE 12th Annual South African Film and Television Awards took place on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at the Sun City Superbowl and was hosted by Thando Thabethe and Phat Joe.

Winners of the 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Winners of the 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

IT'S WORLD Theatre Day today, 27 March 2018, and this month the best in the business were recognised at the 53rd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.

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