Preferential treatment measures to enhance cultural mobility of African artists (Kenya)
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Kenya has negotiated and signed several bilateral agreements with China, Ghana, India, Korea, Nigeria and Venezuela, among other countries, to foster cultural cooperation and promote the mobility of artists. These have included provisions to support the movement of artists and cultural professionals to and from Kenya, as well as the flow of cultural goods, notably film and music production equipment, through tax reductions.
Beyond these agreements, embassies of other countries have supported the travel of Kenyan artists abroad. For example, the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Institute sponsored twelve Kenyan artists to travel to Stockholm to participate in capacity building activities on the cultural and creative industries.
Kenya’s Ministry of Culture has also facilitated foreign artists from Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, United Kingdom and Venezuela to visit the country by helping them to access visas, provide special passes and tax waivers on equipment. Conversely, the Ministry has also provided recommendation letters and certificates to Kenyan artists to enable them to access travel documents to participate in international festivals and exhibitions.
The implementation of both Goal 2 of the Convention and SDGs 8 and 10 is therefore being achieved by Kenyan authorities. The free movement is enhanced through specific programmes and preferential treatment measures addressing mobility (Target 10.a), ensuring equal opportunity for artists and cultural professionals from the Global South (Target 10.3). Cultural and creative industries are also strengthened by the Kenyan import strategy for cultural goods (Target 8.3).