Muscat: The British Council has announced the launch of 'Cultural Leadership and Innovation 2013', a cultural leadership networking programme. The initiative comes as part of the successful CLI programmes in the previous years, which began to establish international links between aspiring entrepreneurs, creative innovators and artists.
This scheme has been tailored to focus on the Middle East and North Africa region, fostering talent and addressing issues specific to these countries. The programme is looking for individuals involved in the creative sector who are seeking to develop their practice, company or business, or develop their role as a cultural leader.
The 'Cultural Leadership & Innovation 2013' programme will provide a unique opportunity to interact with creative professionals outside one's immediate sphere. Those accepted in the scheme will be invited to 'Innovation Labs' across the region (travel and accommodation provided), which will encourage collaborative proposals for further development with a view to applying for small grants.
They will also offer participants a learning experience with international experts with a strong focus on peer learning, innovation and developing new skills.Applicants for the scheme should ideally be aged between 25 and 40 years.
There are no age restrictions for this programme but because of the nature of the programme, the age bracket acts as a short-listing criteria. They should have worked in the creative sector (arts/creative industries/cultural industries), with at least three years of experience in their sector.