Rwanda Launches Economic Recovery Program for Creative Industry

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Rwanda Launches Economic Recovery Program for Creative Industry
Nwolu Obiajulu

Rwanda on Friday launched a multi-party COVID-19 recovery program known as Cultural and Creative Industry Recovery Plan to uphold enterprises in the cultural and creative industry, as well as artists.

According to a press release, the recovery plan aims to support seven Rwandan federations in the sectors of music, film, plastic arts, writing, beauty and fashion, traditional dance and performing arts

It targets to provide 300 million Rwandan francs (about 313,000 U.S. dollars) in grants to uphold initiatives from art enterprises and artists, promote access to resources, facilities and training opportunities free for artists, and engage Rwandans to learn about, love and buy made-in-Rwanda art.

The press release said that the outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted measures which resulted in cancellation or postponement of activities in the creative industry which has impacted the income of artists.

The Rwandan Minister of Youth and Culture, Rosemary Mbabazi said on Friday during a talk show on Rwandan Television that the funding will enable artists seek training that will help them use information technology to reach their fans as restrictions on public gatherings remain in place.

Mbabaz said it will equally enable them rent premises for exhibition of artistic creations, among others, she said.

 

Ferdinand Munezero, head of Rwanda Arts Council, an umbrella organization of artists said the funding is “a timely intervention by the government.”

Source: CGTN Africa

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