GIS - 20 June, 2018: The role of Mauritian artists in shaping the cultural richness of the country is duly acknowledged in the Budget 2018-2019. Government, through various measures and initiatives, reiterated its commitment to promoting the creative and film industry, safeguarding the interests of artists as well as preserving the national heritage of Mauritius.
In view of improving the economic and social working conditions of artists, the Status of the Artist Bill will be introduced to define the legal status of professional artists.
The setting up of the National Arts Fund and the implementation of several support schemes help in harnessing new local talents and enhancing cultural exchange programmes with other countries, as well as with regional and international organisations. The National Arts Fund provides for encouraging emerging talents; production of art work; and stimulating research in various fields of arts and culture.
Existing training centres namely Centre de Formation Artistique, Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle, Serge Constantin Theatre, Pointe Canon Open Air Theatre) will be better equipped to facilitate activities of the local artists.
The National Heritage Act will be reviewed in order to further safeguard the tangible and intangible National Heritage of Mauritius including relics, archaeological artefacts, as well as historical remnants of flora and fauna. Several historical and cultural sites will be rehabilitated and archives will be digitalised.
A series of initiatives have been announced in this Budget to boost up the creative industries and support cultural entrepreneurs. Funds will be provided for:
· Setting up of an Intercontinental Slavery Museum at the Ex-Labourdonnais Military Hospital in Port Louis to give more visibility to slavery and the slave trade in the Indian Ocean
· Rehabilitation of eight heritage sites
· Renovation of the Grand River North West Hospital Building (ex-Borstal) to accommodate the National Art Gallery and the National Heritage Fund
· Subsidising the production of CDs from Rs 30 000 to Rs 40 000 and the extension of VAT Refund Scheme to cover musical instruments purchased by local artists registered with the Mauritius Society of Authors
As for the promotion of the film industry, a Film Promotion Fund with a seed capital of Rs 500 million is being set up under the Economic Development Board to help transform Mauritius into a preferred shooting destination.
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