Breaking the mould: Innovation policies for the European creative and cultural sectors

The creative and cultural sectors create jobs and growth in the European context today. Their creativity often spills over into other areas despite the uncertain times. That’s why these sectors are increasingly included on the strategic agendas of the EU, as well as national and regional governments.

This high-level workshop and networking event will focus on innovation policies for the creative and cultural sectors, from a European perspective. Representatives of the European Commission (EC) and national and regional policy makers will meet CCIs stakeholders to understand the present scenario and future perspectives in terms of support to innovation for CCIs.  Who are the main players in this field? How can we build a strong European network – one that favours technological innovation, as well as innovations in areas like financing and skills? What funding programmes and initiatives already exist? How can European stakeholders cooperate more effectively?  Following the open discussion, an intensive round of networking and close encounters will close the event.

Speakers include:

  • Aliette Dörflinger, Senior Researcher, Austrian Institute for SME Research, Austria
  • Jens Nymand Christensen, European Commission, Deputy Director General, Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC), Belgium
  • Anni Hellman, European Commission, Deputy Head of Unit – Media Convergence and Social Media, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), Belgium
  • Rolf Krämer, Head of Division Creative Industries at the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Dorothee Werner, Head of Business Development, German Publishers and Booksellers Assocation, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
  • Bernd Fesel, Managing Director, European Creative Business Network (ECBN), Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Senior Advisor, European Centre for Creative Economy (ECCE), North Rhine Westfalia, Germany
  • Marta Izquierdo, New European Media (NEM) & Chairman eNEM (Spain), Director of European Affairs and Institutional Relations at Smart Digital Entertainment (U-Tad, Ilion Animation Studios, Pyro Mobile, ZED), Madrid, Spain

The workshop is part of THE ARTS+, a trade fair, networking hub and conference for the creative and cultural sectors, set for launch at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

This event is organized in cooperation with the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). It is part of the European Book Fairs Network, ALDUS, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.