#CreativeNations – Swedish and Kenyan creatives gather in Nairobi

On 9-11 November representatives from the Kenyan and Swedish creative sectors will discuss how to move the sector forward, in the respective countries as well as through collaboration between creatives from the two countries. Focus areas are public space, sustainable living, fashion tech and storytelling/communication.

Politicians and other decision makers in our two countries have realized the potential of the creative sector, both financially and in non-monetary terms. The creative sector contributes significantly to economic growth and offers a growing number of employment opportunities. A couple of examples of the economic significance of the sector are:

  • The Swedish company Mojang, creator of Minecraft, which was sold in 2015 for USD2.5bn. The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo rendered USD700 million less when it was sold in 2010.
  • The Kenyan invention Mpesa pioneered non-bank electronic money transfer systems ahead of virtually all other countries.

The three day event, branded #CreativeNations, is organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi in collaboration with the Swedish Institute. #CreativeNations will kick off at Nairobi National Museum on Wednesday 9 November with a full day of discussions amongst decision makers, leaders from the creative sector, academics and representatives from the international and diplomatic community in Nairobi. Topical themes linking to the role of the creative and cultural sector in a complex, digitalized and interlinked world will be dealt with in panel discussions and dialogues.

The first day will culminate in a colorful fashion cocktail where Kenyan and Swedish fashion designers will display their work while a broad array of invited guests get a chance to know each other and expand their professional networks.

In the second and third day a number of invited creatives from Kenya and Sweden will work alongside each other in studios to explore possibilities for co-creation and development of their businesses.

#CreativeNations will take further the creative agenda and strengthen the ties between Sweden and Kenya, both at a bilateral level and between individuals and businesses within the sector.

The forum is created in cooperation with Belatchew Architects, Bikozulu, Blank Spot Project, Brck, Creatives Garage, Färgfabriken, Green Team Inistiative, GoDown Arts Centre, Kreativ Sektor, Meanwhile in Kenya, Music Sweden, Oh Snap Sweden, One Touch, Stockholm School of Economics, Swedish Incubator and Science Parks, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts Kenya, Ministry of Culture, Sweden, The Nest and UN Habitat.