Great news coming from the Middle East, a place where we don’t hear much about Cultural Entrepreneurship.
I am talking about the Cultural Excellence Fellowship program that was launched in 2014. It is a two-year program designed to inspire and equip Emirati citizens with the skills and knowledge to pursue creative entrepreneurship and careers in cultural industries.
During this first-of-its-kind initiative in the UAE, the 23 participants undertook over 180 hours of training and over 150 hours of mentorship with leading experts across four countries — UAE, UK, Lebanon and Kuwait.
In the final part of the fellowship, they had to present complete business plans to a panel of judges consisting of Sir Jonathan Mills, director of Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Mohammed Abdul Latif Kanoo, ADMAF advisor, businessman and artist, and John Newbigin, chairman of Creative England.
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