ResiliArt Debate. Future of Creative Cultural Industries: Voices of Creative Industries in Central Asia

19 June 2020

In response to the confinement and lockdowns in the context of COVID-19, UNESCO launched the ResiliArt movement for artists and cultural professionals with a series of debates in different parts of the world and with participation of creative professionals. To date, more than 40 of these discussions took place in the different parts of the world and more are planned.

The ResiliArt movement has three main goals:

raise awareness about the impact of COVID-19 on the culture sector and the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals;

give visibility to artists and cultural professionals worldwide to ensure their voices are heard at the policy level to address existing gaps and needs;

contribute to the decision-making processes of Member States during the development of policies and financial mechanisms aimed at empowering the creative sector.

The issue of the status of the artist is of particular concern given the increasing amount of free cultural content online and the large proportion of cultural professionals that work informally.

The debate is organized within the framework of the project Strengthening Film Industries in Central Asia.

1. Invitation

Cultural institutions, museums, galleries, heritage sites and cultural venues are beginning to open up again around the world. Yet, following several weeks of closures, many cultural institutions and heritage sites around the world are worried about their future survival.

Artists around the world, including in Central Asian countries, are facing major challenges in creating and distributing their work online, leading to a loss of diverse cultural expressions.

The lockdown revealed many issues and challenges. Many museums and theatres were closed, many artists and other professionals lost their jobs and income opportunities. Many small business companies and entertainment organizations might not be opened after the sanitary crises ends.

UNESCO Almaty initiates and provides a platform for an exchange of views and good practices, and identify the ways to support the culture sector and the creative industries in Central Asia. The main theme of the debate is Future of the Creative Cultural Industries: Voices of Creative Industries in Central Asia.

The discussion will touch upon the issues on the state of creativity in Central Asia while capturing individual artist experiences.

2. Panelists

In the launch of the initiative the officials and experts are invited and they will engaging us in a dialogue and building discussions:

Mr. Nurkisa Daueshov Vice Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Ms. Cholpon Tentieva Deputy Director of the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts named after G. Aitiev, art expert and Director of the Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists of Kyrgyz Republic Duboviy Park;

Mr. Bobur Ismailov artist (Uzbekistan);

Ms. Juliana Volož music producer and expert on the world music, owner at JV-Promotion agency (Germany).

Our panelists will dive us into emerging issues of the sector how to support the creative sector in times of crisis and post-crisis, how to stay connected with public using available technologies. They will also share their visions on how to help and develop suitable policies and mechanisms to assist artists recover from this difficult period and enhance the resilience of creative expressions.

The ResiliArt debate will be focused around the following key themes:

Lessons learnt from the lockdown; issues revealed by the isolation;

How to develop cultural supporting models that respond to crises;

The role of culture, creative industries including music, film industry, theatres and artists in promoting resilience in crisis situations;

How has COVID-19 affected the livelihoods of artists in the countries of the region and in Central Asia in general?

3. Format

The Debate will be conducted in the Russian language.

After the presentations by panelists, the floor will be open for questions, comments and short interventions.

4. Date / Time

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, from 16:00 to 18:00 time of Nur-Sultan

5. How to join the Debate?

The debate will be conducted online on Microsoft Teams. Please use the following link to attend the debate.

For any question or inquiries, please contact: Mr. Majer Massanov, Project Assistant ( and Mrs. Aigul Khalafova, Culture Programme Specialist (

Supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea

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