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PROCULTURA was officially launched in Mozambique to promote employment in the cultural sector, with focus on the performing arts in the five Portuguese-speaking countries, namely, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome e Principe, and Timor Leste (PALOP - TL).
The project also looks to expand the technical know-how of people working in the sector and ensure that cultural products from PALOP-TL countries have broader access to regional and international markets. PROCULTURA will also support the creation and circulation of literary publications for children and young people in the region.
The launch event was well-attended and it was the right moment for discussing the opportunities for employment creation and income generation in the cultural and creative industries in the PALOP-TL.
The EU Ambassador, Antonio Sanchez-Benedito Gaspar, highlighted the importance the European Union attributes to culture as an element of unity and development promotion. The project will be implemented by the Portuguese Camões Institute in partnership with the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian alongside a number of cultural institutes and centers from several EU member states and the PALOP-TL countries.
Under PROCULTURA, there will be more collaboration between PALOP-TL operators, artists, private and public sectors to develop joint projects across countries and also create and reinforce the distribution and commercialization channels for music and performing arts, with use of digital technology and Portuguese language markets, Portugal and Brazil included.
Education also plays an important role in this project as it foresees the development or revamping of technical courses in institutions throughout PALOP-TL in subjects such as cultural entrepreneurship, digital technology applied to arts, among others.
There are already ongoing activities under the project, such as scholarships attributed for higher education in music and performing arts benefiting PALOP-TL nationals and residents.
For the wider implementation of the project, a call for proposals is set to be launched early 2020 and will include three lots, namely, the support to entrepreneurs, access to markets, and the development of literature from the PALOP-TL.