Protecting and Branding of Craft Regions

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Protecting and Branding of Craft Regions

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This workshop aims to build resilience and enable organisations to protect their craft products while strengthening their brand. It will introduce the application of tools of protection and branding; and assist participants in using the most appropriate to protect and brand their craft products.

Daily 12.00-14.30 Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 August 2021

Specific crafts, materials or processes are often associated with a particular place or region which can contribute to growth in the tourism sector. Being a renowned place for making crafts (and in some cases, specialist in a particular type of craft), can contribute to a sense of identify and pride amongst residents, community, especially its craft practitioners and those related to the craft industry.

However, success can lead to unscrupulous traders importing similar products made elsewhere, labeling them as being made locally, passing them off as authentic products. These are then sold in the town or city or exported to uninformed customers.

As a reaction to such deceitful acts, some organisations have considered means to certify, authenticate and label craft products that are made within the geographical limits of the city. At the same time, they are also interested to project a stronger banding of the city and their products, to enhance the marketing endeavours of both the city and the craft communities working within it.

This workshop aims to assist participants to combat these challenges while strengthening their brand. Hence, this workshop will:

- introduce tools and instruments of protection and branding;

- examine the application of each tool and instrument towards protecting or branding or both; and

- assist participants in using the most appropriate tools and instruments to protect and brand their craft products and localities.

The intended outcome is to build resilience through protecting craft products while enhancing the brand of the organisation and locality.

Workshop speakers

- Ananya Battacharya, Co-founder and Director, banglanatak dot com

- Prof Harriet Deacon, Consultant

- Leticia Caminero, Legal Officer, Traditional Knowledge Division World Intellectual Property Organisation

- Prof Benedetta Ubertazzi, Legal Expert and UNESCO facilitator, Glocal Capacity Building Programme for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

- Anindita Patra, Culture and Development Officer, banglanatak dot come

- Andrea Zappalogilo, Lecturer Intellectural Property Law, University of Sheffield

- William Long, Independent Research and Collaborator, Studio Ubertazz

- Dr Joseph Lo, Consultant

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Organiser World Crafts Council

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WCC International workshop series

Following a series of virtual seminars on contemporary craft issues held in December 2020, a further series of practical workshops on related themes is running August to September 2021. Devised by Rosy Greenlees, former WCC International President and Dr Joseph Lo the workshops draw on feedback from the seminar participants on areas where further supported was identified.

These events are open to WCC members, WCC Craft Cities, craft organisations, British Council Making Futures partners from across the globe.

With a panel of international workshop leaders each session will be an opportunity for participants to understand and practically apply their learning. Each seminar will take place 12.00– 14.30 British Summer Time and the programme will run over 1-3 days. Seminars will be conducted in English but options for translation may be available on booking.

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