C3 - PART III – INTERREGIONAL SEMINARS Minimize

During the lifetime of the Creative Growth project, a total of 5 interregional thematic seminars will be arranged on themes linked to the topics of the TWGs and themes exploring creativity as a catalyst for local-regional competitiveness. The interregional seminars will be hosted by different partner regions and will be open to stakeholders from beyond the partnership. The interregional seminars will be a mix of showcases, study visits, workshops, presentations and info from the ongoing TWG activities.

During the lifetime of the Creative Growth project, a total of 5 interregional thematic seminars will be arranged on themes linked to the topics of the TWGs and themes exploring creativity as a catalyst for local-regional competitiveness. The interregional seminars will be hosted by different partner regions and will be open to stakeholders from beyond the partnership. The interregional seminars will be a mix of showcases, study visits, workshops, presentations and info from the ongoing TWG activities.

 5TH INTERREGIONAL SEMINAR Minimize

Cooperation and clustering to foster the development of creative industry

The 5th and the last Creative Growth Interregional seminar was organized in the Észak-Alföld Region, Hungary on 29-30 March. The focus of the event was "Cooperation and clustering to foster the development of creative industry".

During the interactive seminar the main creative clusters of the Észak-Alföld Region were introduced: the IT cluster described good practices on cluster management, and the Innovative Food Cluster had installed a stand where their recent creative food product development were exhibited. In the second part of the seminar regional good examples of networking were presented: Más Mozaik Cultural Association talked about the Rock school initiative; the Ajtósi Dürer Association contributed with an exhibition of more than 20 pieces of art; and finally FORENSYS Ltd. introduced the Kreativregio website, which was inspired by a Scottish good practice.

The seminar was a good occasion for a thought provoking discussion on creativity as a tool to create local identity and strengthen local communities in rural areas inspired by Ms. Judit Katonáné Kovács, from the University of Debrecen. On the second day of the seminar, the TWG reports and pilot activities of the project were introduced.

During the two-day seminar, project visits were carried out: participants visited the developments from the Regional Operative Programme in MODEM, Museum of modern arts on the first day and the creative developments of Sóstó Zoo in Nyíregyháza on the second day.

For more information on speakers and presentations see the event programme.

All presentations are available for download from the website of the Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency (choose bottom link on the page to access zip file)

Cooperation and clustering to foster the development of creative industry

The 5th and the last Creative Growth Interregional seminar was organized in the Észak-Alföld Region, Hungary on 29-30 March. The focus of the event was "Cooperation and clustering to foster the development of creative industry".

During the interactive seminar the main creative clusters of the Észak-Alföld Region were introduced: the IT cluster described good practices on cluster management, and the Innovative Food Cluster had installed a stand where their recent creative food product development were exhibited. In the second part of the seminar regional good examples of networking were presented: Más Mozaik Cultural Association talked about the Rock school initiative; the Ajtósi Dürer Association contributed with an exhibition of more than 20 pieces of art; and finally FORENSYS Ltd. introduced the Kreativregio website, which was inspired by a Scottish good practice.

The seminar was a good occasion for a thought provoking discussion on creativity as a tool to create local identity and strengthen local communities in rural areas inspired by Ms. Judit Katonáné Kovács, from the University of Debrecen. On the second day of the seminar, the TWG reports and pilot activities of the project were introduced.

During the two-day seminar, project visits were carried out: participants visited the developments from the Regional Operative Programme in MODEM, Museum of modern arts on the first day and the creative developments of Sóstó Zoo in Nyíregyháza on the second day.

For more information on speakers and presentations see the event programme.

All presentations are available for download from the website of the Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency (choose bottom link on the page to access zip file)

 4th INTERREGIONAL SEMINAR Minimize

Successful policy development for boosting the creative sector

Östsam Regional Development Council hosted the 4th Interregional seminar on policy development for boosting the creative sector on 19 October 2010. The event took place at the Musem of Work in Norrköping, Sweden. Some 60 participants from nine European countries attended the event.

The conference showcased a variety of strategic approaches and regional examples of actions supporting the development of the creative sector. The programme was a mix of speakers representing different approaches and different policy levels. The conference was opened by Östsam Regional Development Council’s President Jan Owe-Larsson and Spokesperson for Culture and Creativity, Lars Eklund.

Representatives from the national policy level presented the Swedish case as an example of how two different fields; culture and enterprise, can join forces and develop a joint action plan for the creative industries and how the development of regional action plans is taking place in Sweden supported by an ongoing dialogue on their development of plans and activities. Key conclusions were drawn during the seminar. A key note speaker highlighted specialization and concept development as keys for success and described the creative sector as a huge area with big differences between urban and rural areas. To move forward there is a need to talk with the creative people and not so much about them. A big challenge ahead is to specialize and find the models working for our specific conditions.

The afternoon was dedicated to round table discussions on the theme of the day and a presentation on the Museum of Work and how the industrial landscape has been transformed from a declining textile industry area to a well visited centre including museum, university and knowledge intensive companies. In the evening, the participants were invited to a study visit to the Centre for Visualization.

For more information on speakers and presentations see the event programme.
 

Successful policy development for boosting the creative sector

Östsam Regional Development Council hosted the 4th Interregional seminar on policy development for boosting the creative sector on 19 October 2010. The event took place at the Musem of Work in Norrköping, Sweden. Some 60 participants from nine European countries attended the event.

The conference showcased a variety of strategic approaches and regional examples of actions supporting the development of the creative sector. The programme was a mix of speakers representing different approaches and different policy levels. The conference was opened by Östsam Regional Development Council’s President Jan Owe-Larsson and Spokesperson for Culture and Creativity, Lars Eklund.

Representatives from the national policy level presented the Swedish case as an example of how two different fields; culture and enterprise, can join forces and develop a joint action plan for the creative industries and how the development of regional action plans is taking place in Sweden supported by an ongoing dialogue on their development of plans and activities. Key conclusions were drawn during the seminar. A key note speaker highlighted specialization and concept development as keys for success and described the creative sector as a huge area with big differences between urban and rural areas. To move forward there is a need to talk with the creative people and not so much about them. A big challenge ahead is to specialize and find the models working for our specific conditions.

The afternoon was dedicated to round table discussions on the theme of the day and a presentation on the Museum of Work and how the industrial landscape has been transformed from a declining textile industry area to a well visited centre including museum, university and knowledge intensive companies. In the evening, the participants were invited to a study visit to the Centre for Visualization.

For more information on speakers and presentations see the event programme.
 

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Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector

Spinderihallerne – Centre for Culture and Business hosted a successful conference on Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector on 23rd June 2010 in Vejle, Denmark. The event took place in the newly reopened 13,000 sqm Culture and Business Centre “Spinderihallerne”.

The event addressed and showcased how strong policies and business development initiatives are prerequisites to maximising the business potential of the creative sector and its effect on other industries. Regional policymakers, business support services and creative entrepreneurs from Spain, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Lithuania and Denmark looked at different approaches to promoting the creative sector and the creative economy, discussed local and regional strategic action plans for the creative sector and business support mechanisms tailor made for creative entrepreneurs. The well-balanced mix of stakeholders from the creative sector allowed for interesting and in-depth roundtable debates where all participants had an active role and an opportunity to explore and exchange experience and knowledge. To help set the scene for the round tables debates, the event was kick-started with introductory speeches by Birgitte Hee Olesen from the Regional Office of South Denmark, Lene Lawaetz from the Centre for Culture and Business and Jacob Gjørtz from Punktum Komma Streg. This setting was a huge success.

In the afternoon all participants attended a case study tour of “Spinderihallerne” – the 100 year old spinning halls which today consist of an innovative environment for more than 40 creative businesses, the Centre for Culture and Business as well as a number of cultural institutions.

The conference ended with a presentation on “Creative growth in practice: taking design into business”, which looked at how good design increasingly is the engine of both growth and innovation, and how design-driven growth linking with creativity can boost competiveness in traditional businesses.

Video from the conference will be available from this website in August 2010.

For more info on speakers and presentations see the event programme.
 

Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector

Spinderihallerne – Centre for Culture and Business hosted a successful conference on Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector on 23rd June 2010 in Vejle, Denmark. The event took place in the newly reopened 13,000 sqm Culture and Business Centre “Spinderihallerne”.

The event addressed and showcased how strong policies and business development initiatives are prerequisites to maximising the business potential of the creative sector and its effect on other industries. Regional policymakers, business support services and creative entrepreneurs from Spain, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Lithuania and Denmark looked at different approaches to promoting the creative sector and the creative economy, discussed local and regional strategic action plans for the creative sector and business support mechanisms tailor made for creative entrepreneurs. The well-balanced mix of stakeholders from the creative sector allowed for interesting and in-depth roundtable debates where all participants had an active role and an opportunity to explore and exchange experience and knowledge. To help set the scene for the round tables debates, the event was kick-started with introductory speeches by Birgitte Hee Olesen from the Regional Office of South Denmark, Lene Lawaetz from the Centre for Culture and Business and Jacob Gjørtz from Punktum Komma Streg. This setting was a huge success.

In the afternoon all participants attended a case study tour of “Spinderihallerne” – the 100 year old spinning halls which today consist of an innovative environment for more than 40 creative businesses, the Centre for Culture and Business as well as a number of cultural institutions.

The conference ended with a presentation on “Creative growth in practice: taking design into business”, which looked at how good design increasingly is the engine of both growth and innovation, and how design-driven growth linking with creativity can boost competiveness in traditional businesses.

Video from the conference will be available from this website in August 2010.

For more info on speakers and presentations see the event programme.
 

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Betting on Creativity

BIC Asturias organized on 10 March an international workshop convened in Gijón and gathering up to a hundred representatives from political authorities, institutions, technology centers and companies from Asturias (Spain), Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Lithuania and Italy. During the one-day seminar it became clear that creativity is now a concept increasingly valued and taken into account as an engine of development with great potential for growth and employment generation.

The event, held in the majestic Hall of Paintings at Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura in Gijòn, was inaugurated by Jorge Fernández León, Deputy Minister of Cultural and Linguistic Policy, Victor M. González Marroquín, chairman of the BIC, and Anna Jacobson, coordinator of the Creative Growth project. The seminar examined three issues that can influence economic growth and competitiveness of the creative sector as critical factors: through different local-regional strategies and support services; by boosting cooperation and by the influence of IC Technologies. The attendants learned about interesting initiatives, strategies, supports and case studies illustrating key factors for the competitiveness of the creative sector.

In the afternoon, the seminar participants were invited to the LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre as a case study visit.

For more info on speakers and presentations see the event programme.

Spanish TV covered the interregional seminar in Gijón, Asturias:  

Betting on Creativity

BIC Asturias organized on 10 March an international workshop convened in Gijón and gathering up to a hundred representatives from political authorities, institutions, technology centers and companies from Asturias (Spain), Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Lithuania and Italy. During the one-day seminar it became clear that creativity is now a concept increasingly valued and taken into account as an engine of development with great potential for growth and employment generation.

The event, held in the majestic Hall of Paintings at Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura in Gijòn, was inaugurated by Jorge Fernández León, Deputy Minister of Cultural and Linguistic Policy, Victor M. González Marroquín, chairman of the BIC, and Anna Jacobson, coordinator of the Creative Growth project. The seminar examined three issues that can influence economic growth and competitiveness of the creative sector as critical factors: through different local-regional strategies and support services; by boosting cooperation and by the influence of IC Technologies. The attendants learned about interesting initiatives, strategies, supports and case studies illustrating key factors for the competitiveness of the creative sector.

In the afternoon, the seminar participants were invited to the LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre as a case study visit.

For more info on speakers and presentations see the event programme.

Spanish TV covered the interregional seminar in Gijón, Asturias:  

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”KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER IN THE CREATIVE SECTOR” Edinburgh Napier University.

The two day seminar at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland with the purpose of discussing the prospects of the Interreg IVC project “Creative Growth” aiming to develop the creative sector as a new business sector and a key driver of the emerging knowledge economy was a huge success.
Edinburgh Napier University hosted a fine event in beautiful surroundings and generous hospitality.
From the beginning of the seminar and to the very end it was clear that there was a common goal and understanding of what can be done to maximise the outcome of Creative Growth and many participants had an urge to contribute with possible solutions to promote the project the best way possible.

In the surroundings of restaurant and event venue The Voodoo Rooms a number of speakers from the creative industry gave a good presentation of the situation in the creative industry focusing on music. The partakers all had a very strong desire to take part in the discussion which indicated very well how dedicated everybody was to the Creative Growth project. Olaf Furniss from Born To Be Wide entertainingly guided the event and among others interviewed two young local musicians who had some experience with seeking financial funding in order for them to focus as much as possible on their music. The arrangement was rounded off with a live performance of two local musicians. Edinburgh Napier University chose to exemplify the sector with music as case area and underlined the huge potential within this particular sector.

Throughout the entire seminar the Scottish hospitality and sense of humor made the two days an informal and relaxed time in company of partners, observers and other interested people yet in a tight schedule. The relaxed atmosphere underlined the creative industry as something unique, new and relatively unexplored yet with a huge potential just waiting for us to capitalise from. 

For more info see event programme.

”KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER IN THE CREATIVE SECTOR” Edinburgh Napier University.

The two day seminar at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland with the purpose of discussing the prospects of the Interreg IVC project “Creative Growth” aiming to develop the creative sector as a new business sector and a key driver of the emerging knowledge economy was a huge success.
Edinburgh Napier University hosted a fine event in beautiful surroundings and generous hospitality.
From the beginning of the seminar and to the very end it was clear that there was a common goal and understanding of what can be done to maximise the outcome of Creative Growth and many participants had an urge to contribute with possible solutions to promote the project the best way possible.

In the surroundings of restaurant and event venue The Voodoo Rooms a number of speakers from the creative industry gave a good presentation of the situation in the creative industry focusing on music. The partakers all had a very strong desire to take part in the discussion which indicated very well how dedicated everybody was to the Creative Growth project. Olaf Furniss from Born To Be Wide entertainingly guided the event and among others interviewed two young local musicians who had some experience with seeking financial funding in order for them to focus as much as possible on their music. The arrangement was rounded off with a live performance of two local musicians. Edinburgh Napier University chose to exemplify the sector with music as case area and underlined the huge potential within this particular sector.

Throughout the entire seminar the Scottish hospitality and sense of humor made the two days an informal and relaxed time in company of partners, observers and other interested people yet in a tight schedule. The relaxed atmosphere underlined the creative industry as something unique, new and relatively unexplored yet with a huge potential just waiting for us to capitalise from. 

For more info see event programme.