UK Recognises Rural Contribution of Craft to Creative Economy
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (UK) in acknowledging the work of the Craft Council in their report, Measuring the Craft Economy (2015), has noted that the rural sector is now contributing far in excess of the estimated £500 million per annum to the national creative economy. These contributions have been made through rural tourism, rural heritage, rural foods (culinary arts) and beverage outlets, and other countryside festivals, ultural and sporting activities. Notably, the economic benefit has been achieved serendipitously "without any of the strategic art and cultural investment or infrastructure provided by the previous Government for
urban communities, urban creatives and in support of urban regeneration".
Creative Currents Engaging Cultural Enthusiasts
Creative Currents Artist Collaborative (CCAC), formerly Taller Portobelo Norte, is an Atlanta-based non-profit organisation whose mission is to widen and deepen public engagement with the arts and cultures of Africa and the Black Diaspora through international tours, visual arts exhibitions, performances, classes and workshops.
CCAC connects artists, scholars and other art enthusiasts by engaging them in various cultural experiences throughout the world, thus creating sustainable communities within which the arts can be lived and celebrated.
Some of CCAC upcoming activities include:
December 2015 – The 3rd Annual Pop Up Marché: vendors worldwide can apply to sell their local artworks, and individuals get a curated holiday shopping experience.
February 2016 - Congo Carnival Music and Culture Retreat: individuals experience Carnival in Portobelo, Panama where history is celebrated and shared through ritual performances, and traditions and cultural practices through storytelling, costumed dancing, singing, and drumming.
May 2016 - Joie de Vivre Senegal Arts and Culture Tour: individuals enjoy the Dakar Art Biennial festivities and the culture of Gambia.
The Financial Times' fDI Intelligence Unit highlighted the region's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) performance in its "Caribbean and Central American Countries of the Future 2015/2016 Report". The biennial study identified Costa Rica as the regional leader in FDI projects, with Panama taking second place. Costa Rica's success to attract FDI is attributed to its stable political and economic structures; high-tech manufacturing; educated workforce; and the government's policy to make Costa Rica "The Silicon Valley of Latin America". Costa Rica also leads in the category of Business Friendliness. Jamaica's investment promotion organisation, Jampro got top honours for its FDI Strategy while Trinidad and Tobago ranked second. InvesTT was commended for its continuous staff development and its establishment of an office in Japan.