The Cultural Industries Unit explores the correlation between culture and economics by developing and implementing economic strategies, projects and programs to ensure the development of a sustainable cultural industry approach across the culture and heritage sector. It also enhances the use of culture as a vector for economic sustainability and development.
Cultural Industries have long been generally considered as part of the informal sector but have over the years shown strong indications that culturally produced goods and services have high potential for economic growth and improving livelihood. This inculcates the concept of culture underpinning the participation of women in the development of the country, the involvement of youths as agents of cultural revitalization and continuity, and also using culture as a tool for the income generation for most contributing to national poverty alleviation.
It also plays a monitoring role over its implementing Cultural Agencies and coordinates disbursement of grants to facilitate their respective roles within the culture sector. This takes two forms:
Operational/ Capital Grants
Annual Grants disbursed to our Flagship Agencies:
- Fiji Arts Council
- Fiji Museum
- National Trust of Fiji and the
- 6 Multi – Cultural Centre’s (Ba, Labasa, Nadi, Nausori, Savusavu and Suva.)
In certain cases where deemed appropriate, the Department continues to provide further financial support to these agencies for special projects they undertake.