OCTA Innovation Newsletter #13-2018 – Creative Industry

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #13-2018 – Creative Industry

The development of creative industry assists development of economy in different fields such as enhancing SME, diversifying the economy or creating new job opportunities. Jacques Grysole, expert in creative industry worked out with the key stakeholders in the OCTs a scoping study and developed recommendations for steps forward. Based on this, Jacques made workshops and worked with stakeholders in Anguilla, Aruba, BVI and Curaçao.

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The Van Gogh of Bonaire

The Van Gogh of Bonaire

Winfred Dania is called the Van Gogh of Bonaire, as both felt misunderstood and resorted to painting as a means of expression. Van Gogh wanted to show a journey of self-discovery and portray his emotions thus paving the way for new trends in painting.

The deaf Winfred Dania is able to involve people in his personal experiences and dreams. He discovered a medium through which to recount the mythology of his island and reveal the symbolic meaning of numbers. Both communicate with their audience, timelessly as it were, through their works.

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Creative industry in Turks and Caicos

Creative industry in Turks and Caicos

The economy of Turks and Caicos Islands relies on the tourism industry, real estate development and the exportation of seafood. A wide variety of financial services are available, including company formation, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. Innovation manager Alexa Cooper confirmed high interest in enhancing creative industry.

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Creative industry in Sint Maarten

Creative industry in Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten is recognized as regional air transport hub and is a major destination for large cruise ships in the Caribbean. It is known for its casinos, exotic drinks, jewelry and nightlife and largely depends on tourism. The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Jorien Wuite organized a Creative Industries Interactive Exchange Forum, CIIEF, on March 21st, 2018 with an aim to encourage and fuel sensitization of the arts as a valuable contributor to the socio-economic sphere as well as to recognize and stimulate the role of the arts in the healing process of the island- especially amongst its young people. Innovation manager Jude Huston confirmed high interest in enhancing creative industry.

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Creative industry in British Virgin Islands

Creative industry in British Virgin Islands

Several meetings have been done in British Virgin Islands to discuss different sectors.

  • Television, radio, music and digital media. A TV/radio campaign and industry workshops have been considered a solution to improve this sector.
  • Heritage, museums, theatres. Being BVI the unique Caribbean island with its own history, that could be used as a strengthen for the development of its creative industry. More local books could be placed in schools, considering that youth is a new important path for the growth. Furthermore, fund rising could give the opportunity to implement some other activities to create curiosity around people as the production of short promoting videos to be published on social media or creating sound and light presentations.
  • Fashion, local and traditional crafts. Even if there is some indigenous material in the island and the younger generation’s interest is growing in this sector, there is a lack of awareness about the crafts, design and theatre that takes to the risk of losing traditional craft skills. These issues could be solved through a greater implementation of these topics in the scholar sector, creating e-commerce siting in order to develop international promotion and develop incubators/co-working space.
  • Design and culinary. The design sector should organize a trade show on housing for the business sector and make representations to the government to adopt the development plan to cover the lack of political will and of the building code. The culinary sector, instead, could organize workshops for the business community and for the general public to improve people’s knowledge about this topic.

All members of the industry that contributed to these brain storming sessions expect to continue this planning exercise with the technical assistance of OCTA in order to develop a complete Development Strategy for the creative and cultural industries of BVI.

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Creative industry in Anguilla

Creative industry in Anguilla

Various topics and sectors have been discussed during different meetings in Anguilla. Namely community, music, theatre, art and festival sectors, fashion, cultural and dance sector, culinary sector and event planning. During the workshops came out that Anguilla, despite of the problems caused by the hurricane Irma, is rising, but, to be more developed, needs a more openness and help from the government and to highlight the importance of sectors.

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Creative industry in Curaçao

Creative industry in Curaçao

Creative industry agenda in Curaçao is very diversified including every kind of events from cultural to food and from musical to film that attract people as Carnaval and Harvest festival, Curaçao Culinair, Curaçao North Sea Jazz and Curaçao International Film festival Rotterdam.

It has been recognized that in many areas of the creative skills, there is a significant potential to develop a subcontracting services to the European expecially to Dutch companies. Namely many creators have been educated in Holland, some have started their carrier there and the cost of creative services performed in Curaçao is highly competitive with a similar job done in the Netherlands.

Two-days technical assistance was an efficient step in generating discussion between the players of the creative and cultural industries. The general consensus was that Curaçao needs to develop a Cultural policy in order to establish the priorities and to define where to concentrate the efforts such as in developing the education and certification, supporting growth of existing and start-ups.

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Creative industry in Aruba

Creative industry in Aruba

Aruba’s topics of the highest attention were Interactive Digital Media, Culinary and Agriculture Sectors. Through the technical assistance given by the expert Jacques Grysole, possible solutions have been found to enhance the creative industry as developing internships for Aruban students in Europe, having schools better equipped with digital technology and setting up a technical school in this field. Further actions should be developed to accelerate procedures or working permits, creating quality control laboratories, developing new agricultural products.

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Sustaining the natural environment

Sustaining the natural environment

Sea & Learn on Saba is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, diverse nature experts and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba. Sea & Learn’s objective is to reinforce the importance of protecting nature and educate the potential safe-keepers in order to sustain viability of Saba’s eco-tourism product and other environments throughout the world. Since 2003, a month-long event takes place. Due to their efforts in learning and life long learning approach and capacity building, Lynn Costenaro, the Managing Director of the Sea Saba Dive Center and Sea and Learn Organization is likely to be nominated for OCTA Innovation award.

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