Event: Zoom conversation between the University of Malta's Department of Anthropological Sciences and Creative Spark Heritage Entrepreneurs, Kyrgyzstan
Date: Monday 26 April 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
This webinar will enable University of Malta students to enter into a conversation about the planning and business activities conducted by ten young heritage entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan as part of a British Council Creative Spark Programme.
The conversation builds on an anthropology course at UM about Applications and Implications of Intangible Heritage. Students have been reflecting on the safeguarding opportunities and challenges of commercialization of intangible cultural heritage, among other issues.
The Creative Spark project, under a Kyrgyz NGO called CACSARC-kg and Coventry University, UK, began in 2018. It started with training for 50 and then 25 young heritage entrepreneurs on HIPAMS (heritage-sensitive intellectual property and marketing strategies) as well as business and intellectual property skills. Two initial workshops were held during January and April 2018, with the assistance of KyrgyzPatent, the local Intellectual Property Office, and the Traditional Knowledge Division of WIPO. The final ten young entrepreneurs then went on a field trip in October 2019 to conduct interviews with seventeen experienced small business owners, helping to develop case studies and a toolkit.
They are now learning more about and reflecting on heritage-sensitive business strategies, and preparing to mentor other young people in the field.
The webinar will be recorded, translated and held on the public database of the project partner in Kyrgyzstan, CACSARC-kg.
Limited places are available. If you would like to register for the webinar, please email Harriet Deacon, via email (