It’s been a while now, maybe a year or so, since Creative Jordan added Yaansoon to its community or artists and designers. But it’s never too late to announce this to the world :)
But before I tell you a little bit about Creative Jordan, please don’t hesitate to visit our page on that lovely portal, over here.
So what is Creative Jordan you ask? It’s a project funded by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). The program has been doing all sorts of creative activities in Jordan, mopstly, in my opinion, were aimed at building the capacity of the Jordanian creative sector.
The program’s website says:
“Creative industries are important because they have the potential to generate income and to create jobs while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development. Globally the industries of creative economy are: Architecture; Crafts; Cultural heritage; Design; Educational & leisure software; Fashion; Film, video and audiovisual production; Literature, libraries and publishing; Music; Performing arts & entertainment ; Television, radio & Internet broadcasting; and Visual arts.”
I was once at a workshop organized by the British Council about the creative sector, and one of the experts said that the creative industries in the UK contribute a hefty 8% out of their GDP.
However, according to CBI (UK’s premier business lobbying organisation), “The creative industries contribute 6% of GDP, employ over 2 million people and export over £16bn annually.”
I’m not sure if there are any figures about the contribution of the Jordanian creative industries to the GDP, but it does seem the sector is in dire need for support!
Oh, and before I go, did I mention Yaansoon is also part of Go Local Jo’s network? Check out this post to learn more about it!
Thanks and take care…