Kenya discusses “Creativity in Crisis” during World Art Day – India Education | Global Education | Education news

The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with UNESCO, is organizing a virtual dialogue aimed at artists and creative people to commemorate World Art Day on April 15, 2021. The aim of the online dialogue is to celebrate the work of Kenyan artists and to share experiences among artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a negative impact on the creative cultural sector, especially after the closure of cultural and entertainment spaces.

The dialogue entitled “Creativity in the midst of the crisis – the art thing” will exchange ideas for creativity in the digital environment, exchange experiences of artists and raise awareness of the importance of the development of laws, guidelines and measures to support and protect Kenyan artists, especially during times of crisis. There will also be a short break from music and performance.

Inspiration for the discussions is drawn from UNESCO’s visionary recommendation of 1980 on the status of the artist, which guides member states to assess the professional, social and economic status of artists through the implementation of strategies and measures such as training, social security, employment, income and tax conditions, mobility and freedom of expression. The discussion on art in the digital environment will contain guidelines from UNESCO’s newly published open roadmap for the implementation of the UNESCO Convention of 2005 in the digital environment, which the contracting parties to the UNESCO Convention of 2005 for the protection and promotion of the UNESCO Convention of 2005 should help The diversity of cultural forms of expression faces the challenges and uses the opportunities offered by the digital environment.

World Art Day, a celebration that promotes the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art, was proclaimed at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019. The aim is to strengthen the links between artistic creations and society and to promote greater awareness of the diversity of art, expressing and highlighting the contribution of artists to sustainable development. This edition of the World Art Days is unique because it takes place in the year of the African Union for Art, Culture and Heritage “Lever for building the Africa we want” under Goal 5 of Agenda 2063, in which “An Africa with a strong cultural identity” is presented. common heritage, values ​​and ethics. “It will also contribute to the United Nations International Year of Creative Industries for Sustainable Development.

UNESCO recognizes culture as an important pillar of development and has several cultural conventions and instruments that provide a unique global platform for international cooperation to protect and promote cultural heritage and promote creativity. In particular, the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions calls on the contracting parties to introduce and implement strategies that recognize and optimize the overall contribution of the cultural and creative industries to economic and social development.

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