African Cultural Regeneration Institute(ACRI)
Accredited UNESCO Cultural Advisor for Africa
Member of the UNESCO Consultative Body ICH (2011-2012)

African Cultural Regeneration Institute

The 2005 UNESCO convention

In October 20th 2005 the General Assembly of UNESCO adopted the CULTURAL DIVERSITY CONVENTION normally known as the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Below, the objectives of this Convention are summarised as follows:

  • To ensure that States have sovereignty over the adoption of cultural policies in their countries and that ideas and works can move freely around the world.
  • To acknowledge that cultural goods and services are vehicles of values, identity, and meaning.
  • To give guideline for a new framework for international cultural cooperation as the cornerstone of the Convention.
  • To promote an enabling environment for cultures to flourish and interact freely in a manner that is mutually beneficial.
  • To work in supporting international cooperation to enhance sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
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Past Projects

ACRI is currently championing the ideals of the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions through the two IFCD projects being implemented in Kenya since 2011. They are as follows:

  • The Unearthing of Gems of Culture: Mapping Kenya's Creative Industries

    The Unearthing of Gems of Culture: Mapping Kenya’s Creative Industries

    The Unearthing of Gems of Culture: Mapping Kenya’s Creative Industries is championed by the African Cultural Regeneration Institute (ACRI). Having understood the thrust of the 2005 UNESCO Convention for Cultural Diversity, ACRI realised that, when Kenya as a country will realise the potential of the creative economy, the development of the official policy and private sector commitment will mean a critical turning point in Kenya’s growth and development.

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  • AST International Stone Sculpture Symposium

    AST International Stone Sculpture Symposium

    The AST International Stone Sculpture Symposium based in Kisii, and implemented by the DEPCONS Ltd, (Design Power Consultants), a member of the CUNET-K (Cultural Network for Kenya). AST means “African Stones Talk”, which means that stones in Africa can be culturally made to talk. In other words, though many people in Africa consider stones as bothersome unless they are used for construction, the project aims at showing that stones can be turned into true resources that talk volumes through the traditional stone sculpturing technology

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