Barbados is ???seizing the moment??? through the development of the Cultural Industries.

This view was expressed by Director of the Cultural Industries Development Authority (CIDA), Andrea King, while speaking earlier today at a Media Launch for the upcoming Cultural Industries Development Symposium.

According to the Director, the cultural industries are indeed the next frontier for the economic development of Barbados.

???This is the moment when most major sectors are underwhelming in their performance. This is the moment when our country has to look to its last natural resource for economic sustenance and sustainability. That last natural resource is the creativity of Barbadians,??? she stated.

In acknowledging the importance of the cultural industries, CIDA has crafted a symposium to focus on the key areas needed to monetize and improve the economic viability of the cultural and creative industries.

The symposium, which will run from Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8, will deal with a range of topics aimed at further developing the business savvy of persons in the cultural industries.

Among the subjects to be explored are: using value of intellectual property as financial collateral; taking your fashion and apparel to market; taking your festivals and music to market; and film distribution.

Presenters include: Founder of the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, Frances-Ann Solomon; four-time Emmy Award winning Director and Record Producer, Nick Nanton; and writer and Producer of Music, Peter Coppin.??Interested persons are encouraged to register for the symposium on or before Monday, April 25.

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