“Cultivating Creativity: Empowering and Nurturing Innovators” -Official Side event of the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education

05 February 2024

As part of the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education (Abu Dhabi, 13-15 February 2024), the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO, Junior Achievement Cyprus, UNESCO Regional Office in Havana - Transcultura Programme, Istituto Marangoni, Lasalle | University of the Arts Singapore and Junior Achievement Europe, jointly organise a side event on the topic “Cultivating Creativity: Empowering and Nurturing Innovators in Cultural and Creative Industries”. The event, consisting of a panel discussion and a photographic exhibition, will take place on 14 February 2024, 13.30-14.30, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (Conference Room B1, ground floor).

The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) play a pivotal role in fostering innovation, economic growth, and societal well-being. To ensure sustainable growth within this sector, it is important to promote education and skills development with a strong emphasis on ethical values, thus investing in a cultural industry that not only thrives economically but also enriches the fabric of society.

This panel discussion seeks to address the critical role of education in CCI, in empowering the next generation of creative minds to contribute positively to the cultural sector, fostering an environment of innovation, inclusivity, and integrity. The discussion will consider interdisciplinary skills development and entrepreneurship in CCI; ethical implications related to access, innovation, community engagement and well-being; multi-stakeholder collaboration connecting youth with cultural professionals and experienced actors in the cultural industries, to bridge gaps and offer holistic learning experiences.

Alongside the discussion, a photographic exhibition will be presented, showcasing the best practices of the programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity, implemented by the UNESCO Regional Office in Havana, with generous funding of the European Union. The programme aims to leverage the rich cultural diversity of the Caribbean to turn it into a driver of sustainable development, through cooperation and exchange within the region and with Europe. It also seeks to professionalize the cultural and creative sector in the Caribbean and to create opportunities for entrepreneurship, socio-economic projects and collaboration in cultural and creative sectors, heritage and tourism. The exhibition will feature the main activities and results of the Transcultura programme since its launch, with a focus on highlighting its impact on young beneficiaries.

The overall objective of both the discussion and the exhibition is to inspire educators, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to collectively invest in promoting education in the Cultural and Creative Industries to unlock the full potential of young minds, fostering a new generation of artists and innovators who not only create captivating content but also thrive as entrepreneurs with ethical values in the dynamic world of creativity.

Hosted by the United Arab Emirates, the World Conference on Culture and Arts Education will provide a space for Member States and diverse actors to update their perspectives on the topic, exchange experiences, and most importantly adopt a “Framework for Culture and Arts Education” that considers not just the “Arts” but also “Culture”, understood in the broadest sense. This Framework proposes new avenues to improve, deepen and scale up collaborations between the education and culture Sectors while harnessing digital technologies to accelerate the achievement of present and future global development objectives such as the 2030 Agenda. The programme is organized around seven thematic sessions that aim to encourage inter- and trans- disciplinary cooperation:

Thematic Sessions

  • Equitable Access to Culture and Arts Education
  • Quality and Relevant Lifelong and Life-wide Learning in, through and with Cultural Diversity
  • Skills to Shape Resilient, Just and Sustainable Futures  
  • Institutionalization and Valorization of Culture and Arts Education Ecosystems  
  • Culture and Arts Education through Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) 
  • Partnerships and Financing in Support of Culture and Arts Education
  • Monitoring, Research and Data

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