Curaçao Creative Economy

Brought to you by Connecting the Dots & Kas di Kultura Curaçao Foundation

It is known that innovation occurs across all industries, but that innovation is more likely in the creative industries than in many other sectors. The creative industry touches many other facets in an economy covering a wide array of industries contributing to socio-economic development, generating revenue, employment and global cultural diversity. 

However, the creative industry is often neglected and for many difficult to comprehend. Through this event, we want to bring change in the way the creative industry is perceived on the island of Curaçao. By presenting the diversity, interconnectivity, potential and needs of the industry, we want to inspire the community to reconsider the industry as an important one that should be advanced (Fireside Chat). Secondly, we want to help those in the creative industry to improve and professionalize their business by connecting them to available support instruments (Happy hour Meet-Greet-Eat in the patio).   


Language: mixed Papiamentu, English, Dutch.


Doors Open & Registration


Music Entertainment





Opening by Ministry of Economic Development

Speaker Name
David Parrish

T-Shirts and Suits Ltd (England, UK)

Key Note "Orange Economy"

David speaks about creative entrepreneurship and how we can combine creative talent with smart business thinking to achieve both creative and commercial success. He illustrates his speech with examples of creative business models, plus stories from successful creative entrepreneurs around the world.


"Zona Kultural"

Emly Fransisca, representing Zona Kultural (Host), will share the vision for the "Zona Kultural" and the potential for creatives.


Fireside Chat - Part 1: "Cross Media" session

Debate on the Creative Economy and statements presented by the moderator. Panelists from creative industry: - Randal Corsen (Music) - Hugo Lew Yen Tai (Cariflix) - Eloise van Wickeren (Film commissioner) - Jean-Clair St. Jago (Graphic Design, Videography, Photography, Motion Graphics & Visual Effects) - Ryan Navarro (Filmmaker, Artist & Entrepreneur).


Break: Pianist Performance


Fireside Chat - Part 2: "Creative" session

Creative session Panelists: - Francis Sling (Visual Arts) - Crisen Schorea (Publication, literature, performing art) - Veronique Toulon (Beauty) - Evita Sanchez – (Pop-up markets, wellness)


Wrap-up & Closure


Meet & Greet Creative Entrepreneurs + Happy Hour

Meet & Greet the creative entrepreneurs of Curaçao during this Happy Hour with performances by 8/80.

Speakers and Panel Members

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    David Parrish inspires and empowers creative entrepreneurs world-wide as a speaker, business adviser, trainer and author. He has direct experience of starting up and growing businesses in the creative industries. David has worked in more than 50 countries, helping creative enterprises to become even more successful. He has written two books, specifically for creative entrepreneurs: 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity' and ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success’. His professional and academic qualifications include an MBA with distinction and membership of several professional associations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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    Crisèn Schorea (1975) is a multidisciplinary artist native of Curaçao. She’s by profession a sociologist currently employed at Kas di Kultura but in her heart and soul a writer, singer/songwriter, actress and admirer of the performing arts. As an actress she’s known for her performance in for instance “Den nòmber di Tata”, “Antigone” directed by A.lbert Schoobaar and “Na Pechu” directed by Roland Colastica. In December of 2016 she published her first poetry book in Papiamentu titled Sinti mi Sintí. Currently she’s working on her first recording album.

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    Zulaika Mook MSc, is the Sector Director of Economic Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Development.

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    Pianist, composer, arranger, producer (Curaçao, 1972) Lived and worked in the Netherlands for 23 years, back in Curaçao since 2013. Studied music at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg, graduated cum laude in 1997. Released several cd’s, worked with Izaline Calister, Tania Kross, Roy Hargrove, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Metropole Orkest a.o. Is the first Antillean winner of the prestigious Edison Award (jazz) in The Netherlands (2004) and the first composer of an opera completely sung in Papiamentu (Katibu di Shon, libretto by C de Haseth) for which he shared the prestigious Boeli Van Leeuwen Award (with T. Kross and C. De Haseth, Curaçao 2013) He was a member in the advisors committees for Fonds Voor de Podiumkunsten (2009-2011) and KulturA (Mondriaan Fonds, 2011-2013), and a teacher at Fontys Conservatorium, HKU Conservatorium, Amsterdam Conservatorium a.o

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    Evita obtained a master’s degree in Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and specialized in Marketing and Health Care Information. As the owner of the consultancy agency MPOWR (abbreviation for EMPOWER), she is committed to strengthen the market position of individuals and companies through education, advice and management of Marketing & Communication. Furthermore, she is the founder of Passionistas, a foundation that provides a platform for crafters, foodies and artists who have a passion in life. Through the foundation, Evita organizes events and participates in projects to stimulate creative entrepreneurship. At the events, talented people can also showcase their gift (spoken word, poetry, dance, music, art etc.).

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    Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve! On the 1st of December 1988, Ryan Navarro was born. Being only 19 years old, he began a musical career as a rapper in the famous group Area 51. Together with his team they developed the 1st Mobile Gaming App on the Island; ‘Urban Chase’, and won the Guardian Group ‘Best in Business Award 2016’ for it. Furthermore, he made over 100 Music Videos for both local and international artists. Along with over 40 commercials for known businesses on the island. All this lead to the opportunity of having his own TV Channel, THE! Tv on TDS. In 2017 he directed the “5 di Mei” Documentary about the assassination of Helmin Magno Wiels.

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    Jean-Clair Sint-Jago is the founder and CEO of Lifelight Studios, where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. Close after being introduced to the world of graphic design, he realized how much influence media has and with this in mind he wanted to be a positive influence using mainly graphic design, cinemathography & photography. He made beautiful imagery for many years but only after earning his bachelor's degree in social work, he decided to officially open Lifelight Studios. Since then he produced and directed many documentaries, music videos, commercials, developed branding for many companies and collaborated with many other creatives. It’s not about creating beautiful work but creating work that inspire and influence others to be better.

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    Born in 1986. Graduated at De Nederlandse Kappersakademie in 2010. Rob Peetom Creative Class Student in 2010. Hair Mastered with Sam McKnight Alimni in 2016. Ted Gibson Balayge Class Student. Worked backstage at Paris Fashion week in 2017. Started Cherie in June 2012, a beauty salon which has been voted number one beauty salon on Curaçao, multiple times. Officially recognized as the Certified vocational training center for hairstyling in Curaçao by the ‘Samenwerkingorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven (SBB) of the Neterlands in September 2017. Started Cherie Certified in January 2018. Cherie Certified is an exclusive learning and work institute where upcoming hair dressers will have the opportunity to learn and work with the dynamic team of Cherie. This educational and creative program is the key to start improving the hair education on the island.

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    van Wickeren

    Miss Eloise van Wickeren was born and raised on the Island of Curaçao and after receiving her Master of Arts from the University of Amsterdam, she moved back to her Island to apply her skills there. She has had extensive experience in filmmaking on the Island, writing and directing several documentaries and short films, but also doing location management for both feature films shot on the Island,’ Tula: The Revolt’ and ‘Double Play’. She speaks 4 languages like many people in Curaçao and knows the Island by heart.

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    Lew Jen Tai

    Born and raised in Curacao. The General Manager of TeleCuraçao (the National TV Station of Curacao) since Nov 1, 2003. Was News Director for 10 years and reporter for 10 years at TV, newspaper and radio. Hugo considers himself as an agent of change and innovation. He is eager for his business to be number one and finds satisfaction in winning. Hugo is a true change agent and great motivator. He believes that a company’s most important asset is human capital and that only way for a leader to achieve change is by managing through people. He is interested in everything that has to do with technology, innovations, leadership, change management and social awareness.

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    Writers write to express themselves, readers read to find themselves. – Nifa Ansano Nifa Ansano is a stage performer, writer, poet, actress, declaimer, TV- & Radio host, events and debate moderator. She loved reading even before she could read and started writing at the age of 7. Nifa Ansano thrives to create and stimulate an infrastructure for writers of Curaçao, to develop their talent and publish their work. She trained young poets and managed various performances and events for Poetic Colours. Currently, she is a creative writer for “Wintertuinen Curaçao”, through which she coordinates young writers to stimulate elders to write stories about their life. She performed at various cultural and literary events and represented Curaçao in Cuba. She co-published in various publications and is currently working on her first solo publication.

Get your tickets here!

Pay online (credit card) or register and pay at CITI office (cash) or at the entrance (cash or swipe).



  • Keynotes
  • Panel of Creatives
  • Bites
  • Drinks



Tickets available at the door from 14:00 – 14:45 March 16.


Zona Kultural (former Luna Blòu) in Otrobanda


Zona Kultural Korsou (Otrobanda)


Free parking space in front of Zona Kultural, Keizershof and La Tentashon. 

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