Coast artistes decry of mistreatment and underpayment during stakeholders forum

Coast artistes decry of mistreatment and underpayment during stakeholders forum

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Some of the artistes who had attended the creatives forum at Fort Jesus on Saturday 3rd September, to discuss issues they have been facing. PHOTO: COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Artistes from the coast region have raised complaints over mistreatment and underpayment during major events organized at the coast region.

Speaking to Baraka FM after an artistes workshop with stakeholders of art and culture at Fort Jesus, Ruthalia Michaels a model, complained that most artistes are paid less compared to the services they deliver.

“Most artists are mistreated the terms that the organizers give are very low, models are not even recognized in the art and culture industry, we need to be taken serious because models are the face of County,” she said.

Ruthalia further urged the principal secretary for Arts and Culture to ensure the government considers the plight of models in the coast region.

Hassan Feisal, director for coastal Films-Mombasa, said the film industry is struggling hard to make it to the international market as the challenges are too many.

“Its difficult for the film industry to access museums for shooting due to the high rates that they charge, they ask for 1000 dollars not even close to our planed budget that’s psychological suicide,”he said.

The issue of rates was pointed to the Director for National Museums of Kenya Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia.

Kibunjia said the national museums of Kenya will look into the matter to ensure the creative industry will be considered and the cost  reduced.

The Principal Secretary for Arts and Culture Joe Okudo speaking during the forum on Saturday, urged the artists to establish a committee to air their grievances and also attend a stakeholders meeting to find ways of improving the creative Industry.

“The ministry is very keen to create employment and we have identified one of the big areas for employment creation is the creative economy we want to put effort to ensure we create the right environment for this sector to flourish,” he said.

Okudo said they plan to come up with measures of dealing with exploitation of artists and improving the creative industry.

“You heard about models not being paid, you heard about event organizers not using local artists and also heard about artists saying there is no space to come together, so a a government we thought it was right to listen to them and provide solutions were we can and where we cannot we look for partners to help us sort out the creative economy,” he added.

Similar workshops will be held in all parts of the country and will be culminated in a bigger workshop to be held in Nairobi on the 29th and 30th of September, where they will come up with a blueprint strategy for the creative Economy in Kenya.

He added that the Ministry for Sports, Culture and Arts is also working on establishing a center of excellence for Arts through public private partnership framework.

“We want to develop the right content that can sold not just in Kenya but in East Africa and the rest of the world, soon we will launch a film school with 50 students and it’s a long journey, but we are going to walk the mile with all the artists who are willing and hard working to make a living out of this,” Said Okudo.

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