Establishment of LEPL „Creative Georgia“

Where
Georgia
When
2020
Who
LEPL Creative Georgia (CG) represents the legal entity of public law within the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Vision: - Creative industries represent the field which is creating jobs, and generating economic growth and social well-being.
Mission: - Creating appropriate environment for creative industries development, via relevant programmes, projects and grants.
To fulfill the mission, LLEP "Creative Georgia" aims at:
* Raising awareness about Creative Industries;
* Building capacity of creative entrepreneurs though training programs, seminars and other activities;
* Establishing networking platforms;
* Creating funding opportunities and spreading information about existing funding opportunities;
* Supporting export of creative goods and in general, internationalization of sector;
* Supporting development of research activities in the creative industries sector.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Since the establishment, Creative Georgia has been actively working towards achieving its goals.In the frame of creative industries division programs, the team has implemented more than 15 international projects dedicated to develop creative entrepreneurial skills and knowledge by providing different types of Bootcamps, Labs, workshops, meetups, lectures, incubation programs, throughout the whole country, creating and/or translating entrepreneurial and project management toolkits and dictionaries, etc. Creative Georgia has organised Information meetings, regional info-tours and seminars to support awareness raising about the creative industries (more than 45 events, 1300 attendees).
CG has taken the first step for creating a statistical framework of the sector and based on consultations with international and local expert boards, with the National Statistics Office of Georgia and other governmental and non-governmental organisations, elaborated a special classification system for Creative Industries.
From 2018, the organisation has initiated activities aiming to facilitate the process of creative clusters/hubs creation and development within the country and in 2019 received support from the EU/UNESCO expert facility programme for the project "supporting creative cluster ecosystem development in Georgia". Georgian culture sector needs an ecosystem that boosts the existing community of artists and supports the entire lifecycle of creative work and career - from training aspiring artists, funding new projects, implementing effective cultural policies, to enhancing access to diverse content. With this belief, the project investigates the current state and the gap in the sector through open discussions and proposes new legal and fiscal measures with the guidance from national and international experts.
CG organised 7 exhibitions within the frame of Georgia Guest of Honour at Frankfurt Book Fair. In particular in - Deutsches Architecture Museum, Applied Art Museum, Portikus Frankfurt, Basis Frankfurt, Atelier Frankfurt, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, MMK Frankfurt. Exhibitions aimed to provide different view and experience in various fields like architecture and urban development based on the example of the capital Tbilisi, historical overviews in the field of photography and new tendences, highlighted through subculture recent movements.
CG has been the facilitator organisation for representing Georgian national pavilion at the 58th International Venice Biennale 2019. CG announced the call, selected the winning project, and facilitated the process connected to its presentation.
In the framework of Creative Spark Programme, CG has obtained funding for its 2 projects focused on development of entrepreneurship in higher educational institutions. First project, named UP-start, aims to develop entrepreneurial skills of students from Tbilisi State Arts Academy. Second project - Re-conception, aims to renew and reshape old structures and concepts with involvement of students from different professions.
In the beginning of 2020, Creative Georgia was awarded a grant from the International Fund of Cultural Diversity (IFCD) of UNESCO for the project "Creative Twist - Boosting the cultural and creative industries in Georgia". 2-year project envisages to work within 3 main directions - 1) conduct a research and mapping exercise to measure the social and economic impact of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in order to inform the development of an evidence-based policy; 2) raise awareness on CCIs and their economic dimension; 3) elaborate medium-term state strategy and action plan for CCIs, identifying the fiscal, legislative and/or policy measures required for their development.
From 2019, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports delegated new functions to Creative Georgia and beside above-mentioned programs, Creative Georgia started running different types of grant competitions to boost the creative and cultural sectors. In the frames of competition programme, in 2020 CG is running 3 different projects - 1) Creative Industries Development Competition - that is fully oriented on developing the creative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Georgia, offering 20 000GEL to projects that support ecosystem stimulation and 5 000GEL to creative start-ups. 2) International Mobility of Artists - for supporting creative entrepreneurs and individuals, who want to attend/participate in different international events, such as incubators, accelerators, start-up fairs, trainings, etc. 3) Contemporary Art Festivals - for supporting periodic art festival development ensuring sustainability.
Creative Georgia has partnerships with the other governmental or non-governmental as well as international organizations such as British Council, UNESCO, University of East Anglia, Goethe institute Georgia, Adam Mitskevich Institute, Creative Estonia, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, UNCTAD, etc.
In 2020 Creative Georgia was successfully selected as a programme beneficiary of TAIEX, which is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission. The proposed project Elaboration of Creative Industry Financial Support Mechanisms (ECISM) in Georgia is aimed to elaborate unique vision and measures to foster development of Creative Industries in Georgia. On the one hand it will collect the data from the creative industry representatives and the relevant governmental bodies on what are the needs and necessities that could be addressed through different financial mechanisms; on the other hand, based on these data, via Intensive workshop approach - it will model evidence and needs based policy development through active engagement of key players both from governmental and civic spheres.
Creative Georgia is a full member of GPDNet (Global Public Diplomacy Network) and associated member of ECBN (European Creative Businesses Network).

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

370 000 GEL for administrative costs (UP TO 100 000 - 150 000 USD)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner
The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Transversal Priority(ies)
IFCD