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Creative Innovation

This fifth issue of the Caribbean Creatives, sponsored by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Chair, University of the West Indies, delves into the largely uncharted area of creative industries and innovation policy. Innovation policy has principally been focused on sectors like manufacturing and the agricultural sector. It is only in recent years that there has been a focus on the services sector. The composite and multilayered structure of the creative sector suggests that there is much scope for exploration.

The first article by Keith Nurse looks at the Creative Industries and Innovation Governance and outlines the key challenges and opportunities for small state regions like the Caribbean. It also makes some recommendations for strategic action. This sets the stage for the follow up articles by Giulio Vinaccia on Creative Innovation and Ramesh Chaitoo on Framework Conditions for the Caribbean. Margaret Harris then outlines the key elements of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Act, which has recently been disseminated for public consultation.

The subsequent group of articles discusses the requirements for mapping and strategy. Javier Hernandez provides a snapshot of the key economic flows associated with the creative industries in Puerto Rico. Joanne Tull then elaborates on the challenges and prospects for festivals in the Caribbean by exploring the socio-economic dimensions. Suzanne Burke’s article complements this work by examining the issues of festival strategy, which is underdeveloped in the region.

The focus of the magazine then shifts to the audiovisual sector. Camille Selvon Abrahams, a pioneer in the animation industry, gives a global overview of the sector and outlines the elements for success in this competitive business. This is followed up by an insider’s analysis by Lisa Wickham of what is required to facilitate and manage a big budget film shoot of the Canadian feature film “Home Again” in the Caribbean context.

The magazine then offers an exclusive interview with Alanna Lockward, the founding director of Art Labour Archives and the curator of BE.BOP 2013, which focuses on the legacy of the Black Power movement in the context of the Cold War from a Global South perspective. The magazine concludes with a profile of the Barbadian singer, songwriter and entrepreneur Ayana John who offers some critical insights into the world of the music business in a one-on-one interview.

Please click here to read more on Issue 1 Volume 2 of Caribbean Creatives 

Keith Nurse, PhD
Former Chief Executive Officer, UWI Consulting Company;
World Trade Organization Chair at the University of the West Indies;
Coordinator, Creative Industries Exchange;
Former Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services