Kathmandu, Nov 11,2014: Denmark has announced new support to culture and development in Nepal, among others to street art, innovative robots and new TV programmes.
Some of Nepalâ€™s most progressive and innovative cultural and artistic organisations who believe that arts and culture can contribute to preventing brain drain are supported by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU).
In cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Kathmandu, CKU has since 2007 worked strategically to stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship among Nepalese youth, in order to foster an environment for innovative products and services with an income-generating potential, CKU stated in a press release today.â€There is a need to capacitate and stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship among Nepalese youth, in order to foster a coming generation of citizens with good ideas who are able to transform these ideas into innovative products and services with an income-generating potential,â€ says the Danish Ambassador to Nepal, Ms. Kirsten Geelan.
In 2013 Denmarkâ€™s new strategic framework for culture and development â€˜The Right to Art and Cultureâ€™ was approved, and this year, a new culture and development programme has been launched with six different Nepalese partners.
The organisations CKU supports include South Asia Communications, Karkhana, the Siddhartha Arts Foundation and Art Lab.
South Asia Communications is a media organisation that creates new TV-programmes that broadcast returned immigrants. By building simple robots and working creatively with science, Karkhana, a collective of young programmers, engineers and artists contributes to a future generation of innovative entrepreneurs. Siddhartha Arts Foundation is establishing a new education that will foster curators, art critics, art managers and more jobs in the cultural sector while the art collective Art Lab inspires young people to find local heroes, who show the opportunities in Nepal.
Similarly, CKU also supports the Photo.circle, a platform for photography nurturing unique voices that document and engage with social change in Nepal and Nepalâ€™s first spoken-word group Word Warriors, who mobilises women to lead regional youth collectives across Nepal through intensive workshops, trainings, and regional events.
Event celebrates artistic contribution to development
On Monday November 10 six organisations from the new Cultural and Development Programme participated in the event, to celebrate and showcase their talent to the importance of art and culture in Nepal. The six partners made a performance and the Danish ambassador, Ms. Kirsten Geelan and the CEO of CKU, Ms. Elsebeth Krogh attended the event.