Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity

Project name :

Transcultura Programme

Budget :

more than 5M$

Project duration :

30-11-2023

Location :

Cuba
This Programme seeks to deepen integration between Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union. It aims to harness diversity and build bridges between people and cultures from different linguistic areas. The Programme is implemented with a financial support of US$ 15,621,429, provided by the European Union.

EU Ambassadors note progress of the restoration works at the Santa Clara Convent in Havana

The Ambassador of the European Union in Cuba, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, Ambassadors to Cuba of EU Member States and the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Anne Lemaistre, visited the Santa Clara Convent in Havana today to see first-hand the progress of its restoration works. 

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Two Caribbean hip-hop bands perform in Europe for the first time thanks to Transcultura

The Transcultura programme supported the participation of the Caribbean hip-hop artists Alexx A-Game, from Jamaica, and Delma T1, from the Dominican Republic, in the event Urban counter-cultures and social movements in the Black Atlantic. The musicians gave a concert on 29 July at the SAVVY Contemporary cultural centre in Berlin, in the first presentation of their artistic projects in Europe.

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The beat of Caribbean hip-hop arrives to Europe with the UNESCO Transcultura programme

The Transcultura programme has joined forces with the Goethe Institute and the Centre for InterAmerican Studies of Bielefeld University in Germany to showcase The Caribbean hip-hop beat in Europe. This event will be held in the framework of the inter-regional festival and symposium Re-inventing Europe from the Caribbean. Urban cultures, translocal identities and social movements in the Black Atlantic, which will take place at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, from 28 to 31 July 2022. 

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UNESCO Transcultura supports carnivals as a tool for sustainable development

Carnivals, one of the most deeply rooted popular celebrations in the Caribbean, are also a powerful tool for social cohesion and sustainable development. This was one of the conclusions of the UNESCO Transcultura programme workshop ‘Carnival of diversity: organization, management and creative value of carnivals and festivals in the Caribbean and Europe’, which took place on 5 and 6 July 2022 in the framework of the renowned Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba.

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Carnival of diversity

Carnivals and festivals are among the Caribbean cultural expressions that fuse traditional knowledge, culture and creativity with great benefits to the wider economy. The UNESCO Transcultura programme has joined forces with the Caribbean Festival of Santiago de Cuba, to organize the workshop: 'Carnival of diversity: organization, management and creative value of carnivals and festivals in the Caribbean and Europe', on 5 and 6 July 2022.

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Young Caribbean creatives receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs from their region

Nine young Caribbeans with projects in early stages of development, participated in mentoring and coaching sessions with leading Caribbean entrepreneurs and representatives of incubator from the region and Europe, during the event IncYOUTHbator, held in Kingston, Jamaica, on 29 and 30 June 2022. 

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IncYOUTHbator: boosting youth’s creative potential for a sustainable future

The UNESCO Transcultura Programme, funded by the European Union, hosts the event 'IncYOUTHbator: boosting youth’s creative potential for a sustainable future' on 29 and 30 June 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica. The event will start with a public panel discussion on 29 June (registration link on Zoom). 

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UNESCO Transcultura will support three Caribbean hip-hop bands to perform in Europe

The selection committee of the UNESCO Transcultura Call for Young Caribbean Hip-Hop Artists has chosen the artistic projects Règleman Afè Popilé feat. Vanessa Jeudi, from Haiti, DelmaT1, from the Dominican Republic, and Alexx A-Game, from Jamaica, to perform in the framework of The Caribbean hip-hop beat in Europe.

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Eight young Caribbean creatives will build new entrepreneurial skills

Transcultura announced the names of the entrepreneurs selected to participate in the professional meeting 'IncYOUTHbator: boosting youth's creative potential for a sustainable future', which will take place in Kingston, Jamaica, on 29 and 30 June 2022. 

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Cultural creation is one of the most dynamic world markets, with a huge potential to foster entrepreneurship and resilience, improving social cohesion and well-being, developing freedom of expression and dialogue, and providing substantial economic growth and jobs worldwide. The Caribbean region is in a privileged position to tap into such rich potential, with its multiplicity of customs, traditions, languages and historical links, resulting from cultural exchanges and reciprocal influences from the pre-Columbian era to the present day.

Additionally, the region has a longstanding motivation to promote integration and cooperation to overcome the challenges presented by the small size and limited resources of individual economies and enhance competitiveness. As a result, a clear need appeared to strengthen capacities in the value chain of cultural and creative industries in the region and harness culture as an instrument for integration through intercultural exchange and dialogue. 

In this context, the programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity was launched in 2020 by UNESCO, funded by the European Union, with the overall purpose to deepen cultural integration in the Caribbean and strengthen people-to-people cooperation and exchange in the region and with the European Union. 

Beneficiaries include the 17 Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS): Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.
 

It is this economic and professional potential that we value, for example, with the Transcultura Initiative, also funded by the European Union, which aims to build bridges between Cuban, Caribbean, and European cultures and which I had the honor to launch in Cuba during my visit.

Ms Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General