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Why creative sector is a vital force for growth in society.

A thriving creative sector depends on a healthy ecosystem of government, non-profit organizations, public and private sector actors, artists and other cultural professionals all working together. Successful trade in new markets is built on local contacts and established relationships.

The upcoming #CreativeNations forum aims to create new partnerships and explore new markets and trade possibilities by bringing together Swedish and Kenyan creative entrepreneurs, with the support of the respective ministries in their countries.

The creative sector is a vital force for growth in society. A strong creative sector impacts the economic growth of nations and provides significant non-monetary value. The forum #CreativeNations, gathers Swedish and Kenyan creative entrepreneurs in Nairobi offering a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange with leading professionals from across the sector.

The aim is to create new partnerships and to explore new markets and trade possibilities by bringing together creative entrepreneurs with the support of the respective ministries in their countries.

The Nairobi #CreativeNations forum is organized by The Swedish Institute and Swedish Embassy in Nairobi together with the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture & the Arts. The forum is part of the initiative Sweden@Kenya. Built on the two countries’ expertise and experience, the initiative and forum explore the economical and societal potential of the creative sector.


The forum is created in cooperation with Belatchew Architects, Bikozulu, Blank Spot Project, Brck, Creatives Garage, Färgfabriken, Green Team Initiative, 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, UN Habitat. Some of the distinguished panel participants include Joy Mboya, GoDown Art Centre, Mutua Matheka, Photograper, Julie Gichuru (Brand Kenya), Robert Nilsson (Swedish Ministry of Culture), Henrik Selin (Swedish Institute), Elin Frendberg (Swedish Fashion Council), and Monica Kanari, fashion designer

The Sweden@Kenya forum #creativenations, will take place in Nairobi on 9–11 November 2016. It is open only for invited guests. The opening day will be followed by two days of creative studios where inspiring Swedish and Kenyan creatives and experts share, exchange, learn and co-create together under the four main focus areas of the event: fashion/tech, sustainable lifestyle, storytelling and creativity around urban spaces

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