It is no secret that BU is very interested in Sports and Culture as a means to express their most unique talents and the economic benefit likely to accrue to individuals and country. The Sports and Cultural communities have been kicked about like the proverbial football for years by successive governments. It is time for it to stop.
The following was extracted from the Concerned Creative Citizens Group Facebook page. The images have been provided compliments of the indefatigable Rosemary Parkinson.
Some serious comments have been raised on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Facebook group by Music Producer Mike Hulsmeier about the Opposition (BLP) and their ad in the Nation.
Whilst Mike is truly passionate about his particular industry, I would like to simply pose questions to both parties vying for government on February 21. I ask them not for one section of creatives but for (1) ALL creatives in ALL their individual industries and (2) I ask them because we are a very industrious people that come under the banner of one whole large industry of creatives that deserve to be respected and to be answered.
So BLP and DLP can you answer the following real straight…and when I say straight I mean straight.
1. How is the Cultural Industries Bill going to read so that ALL creatives are covered and not just a chosen few under your governance?
2. To the DLP: Will this Cultural Industries Bill be placed on the GIS Website before it is passed so that creative groups such as the Concerned Creative Citizens Group (CCCG) who have worked very hard to present to this DLP government input and amendments to the original Bill – a Bill that has caused much interest/controversy internationally and at home.
2 (a) To the BLP: Will the BLP be adding anything on the Cultural Industries Bill to their manifesto? And if so, will the details of how the Bill is now being interpreted by the BLP (seeing as they were the first to begin the Cultural Industries Bill under their previous reign) be made public before voting day February 21st?
Nos. 2 & 2(a) would allow ALL groups concerned with this Bill to meet, discuss and render any observations/changes/concerns within say a specific time frame…I know the CCCG could have those instantly in the hands of both parties as quick as it takes to click ya fingers! See Facebook page of the CCCG with all papers posted under Files for easy download and easy perusal:
And just two more questions of particular interest that basically run off the main ones above:
A. How will funds for creatives be disbursed so that they reach those they are intended for under your governance… particularly as it is a known fact that this has somehow not happened at times in the past?
B. How is the overall plan to aid creatives going to be implemented (that is imagining that you have one) and through whom? Meaning creative entrepreneurship has been touted as they way of the future of this country financially, but how will it benefit the creatives and not just the government?
*Light Bulb* – the right answers might just garner extra votes for the party concerned that might give them the edge in the upcoming elections. The enormous figures of the population that call themselves ‘creatives’ that this island has is underestimated.
Personally? the right answers with promises etched on stone and signed by the relative authorities, would be the one that should get the vote of creatives. Just my take. ‘Cause I see this as an opportunity for the Dees or the Bees to do what is right by those who are the salt of this earth and whose creativity has produced everything that this island is all about. Just my way of thinking.
“Art is to the spirit what bread is to the body: a necessity without which it cannot renew itself.”
“The life and essence of art—whether it be painting, music, or dance—lies in expressing through a wellspring of emotion the universal realm of the human spirit. It is a melding of the individual and the universal. That is why great art reaches out beyond ethnic and national barriers to move people all over the world.”
Both quotations from Buddhist Daisaku Ikeda