Georgian delegation interested in Viljandi creative industries

On Tuesday, 5 April, a delegation from Georgia will be visiting UT Viljandi Culture Academy and Viljandi Centre for Creative Industries to learn about the local study environment, entrepreneurial studies and creative industries.

The delegation includes representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, Tbilisi city government and LEPL Entrepreneurship Development Agency. The head of the delegation is the vice minister of culture and monument protection. They are accompanied by Anu-Maaja Pallok, Adviser of Creative Industries at Estonian Ministry of Culture, and the Ambassador of Georgia to Estonia Tea Akhvlediani. Director of the Centre for Creative Industries Villem Varik, Director of UT Viljandi Culture Academy Iñaki Sandoval and former director Anzori Barkalaja, Head of Administration Kait Lukka, and Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Internships Andres Rõigas will participate in the meeting.

According to Anu-Maaja Pallok, Adviser of Creative Industries at Estonian Ministry of Culture, the aim is to introduce the interaction of education, culture and entrepreneurship in developing creative industries on the example of Viljandi Culture Academy.

“In addition, the centre for metal work, established years ago, is a good example of cooperation between the public and private sector. The ecosystem that supports creative industries and entrepreneurship is versatile, continuously developing and definitely takes into account regional characteristics,” said Pallok.

The Georgian delegation is in Estonia from 4 to 8 April and the main focus of their visit is the local creative industries. During these four days, they will visit various centres and organisations related to improving the creative sector to get an overview of the ups and downs of establishing, maintaining and developing these support structures.