The UN has declared that April 21, 2018  will be celebrated as the first official World Creativity and Innovation Day. The event which has started to be observed over six days beginning from the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, ends a day before the International Mother Earth Day. The day is envisaged as "well positioned to encourage creative multidisciplinary thinking to help us achieve the sustainable future we want," as mentioned by the UN.

The UN says that creativity and innovation has become the true wealth of the nations at both the individual and group levels in the 21st century. It also takes into account the creative economy –which includes "audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts". The United Nations has termed it as a "highly transformative sector of the world economy in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings".

Here are some quotes to unleash the creativity in every person. Remember, everyone can be creative in their field.

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. ..."- Ayn Rand

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ..."- Franklin Roosevelt

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."- Albert Einstein

“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”- CEM Joad

“Creativity takes courage. ” - Henri Matisse

Culture is an indispensable tool of sustainable development. It also represents "a source of identity, innovation and creativity for the individual and community."

Everything in culture and about creativity cannot be measured in monetary value. Actually, it goes far beyond just the material life. Culture, Creativity and Innovation are all inter-linked and form the basis of any meaningful life for both an individual and society. Creativity is the elixir of existence, culture sustains it and innovation takes it to new heights.

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