'Unearthing the Gems of Culture’ – Mapping Exercise for Kenya’s Creative Cultural Industries

29 August 2012, Kenya

In August 2011, the African Cultural Regeneration Institute (ACRI), a UNESCO accredited international NGO advising on Intangible Cultural Heritage, embarked on a pioneer project dubbed “Unearthing the Gems of Culture” – Mapping Exercise for Kenya’s Creative Cultural Industries. This is a project funded in 2011 by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The aim of the project is to encourage development of official policy and private sector commitment to creative economy in order to engineer a critical turning point in Kenya’s growth in employment opportunities and sustainable development.

Although data was collected from practitioners in the creative/cultural industries from all over Kenya, ACRI acknowledges the critical role that scholars, practitioners and policy makers can play in charting a roadmap  for growth and sustainability of the creative and cultural industries through well-researched and solution-riented papers. For that reason, ACRI is calling for abstracts of proposed papers, not more than 250 words, on the broad theme of “Creative Cultural Industries for Sustainable Development”, in view of presentation in a Stakeholders’ Conference to be held from 29th August – 30th August, 2012 at the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE), Nairobi.

The conference is for Stakeholders: scholars, researchers, policy makers, education providers, development engineers and business people interested in promoting creative/cultural industries. It is aimed at providing global and multidisciplinary approaches and perspectives for the creative and cultural