European Partners

Partners of the European Year are pan-European associations or networks which :

- promote the public interest in relevant fields such as education, culture, innovation or enterprise;

- contribute substantially to the Year through the organisation of high-profile events or activities at European level during the Year;

- carry out activities in relation to the Year which are not-for-profit and are not allied to any political party or movement.


European Festivals Association

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is the umbrella organisation for arts festivals across Europe and beyond. Over more than 50 years, EFA has grown into a dynamic network representing more than 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festivals associations and cultural organisations from about 40 (mainly European) countries. Since 2004, the EFA offices are based in Belgium, in the heart of Europe.

EFA is initiator of the European House for Culture (www.efa-aef.eu), contributes to the ‘Platform for Intercultural Europe’ (www.intercultural-europe.org), is member of the EU Platform on ‘Access to Culture’ supporting the work of the working groups on ‘Creativity and Creation’, ‘Audiences Participation’ and ‘Education and Learning’ and collaborates closely with ‘A Soul for Europe’  (www.berlinerkonferenz.eu).

For the 2009 European Year, EFA initiated the project FestLab for Creativity and Innovation, aiming to demonstrate the important role that culture, arts, artists and festivals play in creating a fruitful ground for the development of innovative and creative talents and competences.

Follow the FestLab mission on the EFA website at www.efa-aef.eu


EuroChambres

Created in 1958, EUROCHAMBRES is the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. EUROCHAMBRES represents over 19 million enterprises in Europe – 99% of which small and medium – through 45 national member organisations and a network of 2000 regional and local Chambers.
EUROCHAMBRES forms one of the key pillars of business representation to the European institutions, particularly in the fields of entrepreneurship, training and education, internationalisation of businesses and innovation.
Innovation is a key issue for companies’ competitiveness. EUROCHAMBRES and its members are therefore active in a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging its development and its dissemination. Clusters can be seen as one of the main conveyors of innovation for companies, while innovation is an action lever for energy efficiency. Chambers are thus involved in shaping a European clusters policy based on synergies between companies, research and training, and in promoting energy efficiency as the cornerstone which reinforces the link between competitiveness and energy policy.
A number of events dealing specifically with Creativity and Innovation will be organised by EUROCHAMBRES in 2009. Conferences and seminars in the context of the first SME Week; sessions on innovation and on energy in the framework of EUROCHAMBRES’ annual Congress in Prague; a forum on Intellectual Property Rights and a conference on electronic signature, to mention a few. Throughout 2009 and beyond, Eurochambres will also be acting as the European Support Office for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs project, a new enterprise exchange programme launched in January.

www.eurochambres.eu


JA-YE Europe

JA-YE Europe through its network of 39 member organisations provides enterprise and entrepreneurship education programmes in primary and secondary schools. These are “learning-by-doing” activities which promote innovative thinking and the improvement of work and life skills. Students work closely with business people who act as mentors and role models. Students must organise themselves, make decisions and find solutions on their own. In 2008 JA-YE organisations reached 2.9 million students with support from 83,573 teachers and 97,279 business volunteers. JA-YE creates a space where the public and private sectors meet and where the transition from “school to life” takes place. The JA-YE Company Programme, JA-YE’s largest programme, is recognised by the European Commission Enterprise Directorate General as a ‘Best Practice in Entrepreneurship Education’.

www.ja-ye.org

 

European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet (EUN Partnership AISBL, short name “EUN”) is a unique not-for profit consortium of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe created in 1997. EUN provides major European education portals for teaching, learning and collaboration and leads the way in bringing about change in schooling through the use of new technology.

Since its establishment, European Schoolnet has been at the forefront in supporting the European dimension in schools. This goal is achieved through projects, competitions, activities, communication and information exchange at all levels of school education using innovative technologies.

European Schoolnet is at the crossroads of national and regional education networks, building synergies between communities of teachers, learners, developers, researchers and policymakers.

www.eun.org

 

EICI

Creativity and the Creative Industries are closely linked to Europe’s innovation potential. The European Interest Group on Creativity and Innovation (“EICI”) connects local and regional stakeholders that foster this relationship in order to make Europe’s economy more competitive and sustainable. Its vision is to act as a platform linking local, regional, national and European initiatives that promote the cause of the creative industries and innovation.

By providing advice to European and local policy makers and acting as a knowledge hub – connecting interests, experts and initiatives across Europe, EICI wishes to enable local and regional agencies and other stakeholders to actively participate in EU initiatives concerning creative industries, culture and innovation, such as the European Year on Creativity and Innovation 2009. The European Interest on Group on Creativity and Innovation is built on principles of openess and collaboration, hence welcoming interested partners, initatives and projects.

Find out more: www.creativity-innovation.eu

 

 

EFIL

EFIL, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, is the umbrella organisation of 21 European AFS organisations. AFS is a non-profit, volunteer based, educational organisation offering exchanges for students and young adults in over 50 countries around the world. AFS traces its roots back to volunteer ambulance drivers who provided their services during the two world wars. In 1947, acting from a belief that understanding makes war impossible, they set up AFS Intercultural Programs to start youth exchanges.

In 2009, the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, EFIL is launching a number of innovative projects which aim at enhancing creativity among young people and within local communities across Europe, among which the Volunteer Summer Summit; the training "Applying Innovative Methods for Better Training"; and the event Intercultural Europe in 5 Senses across the Euro-Mediterranean region.

 

http://efil.afs.org

 


Eurobest 2009

Launched in 1988, Eurobest is Europe’s largest annual awards for creative excellence in the categories of TV/Cinema, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Interactive, Media, Direct, Craft, Sales Promotion, Design and Integrated advertising. The awards, which are judged by Europe’s top creatives, form part of a 3-day Festival themed to identify and engage specific topics that are relevant to the European market.

 

Top industry leaders will gather to address the issues, challenges and opportunities that European agencies deal with on a day to day basis. A meeting place for the European creative community to debate, network and celebrate the best of European creativity, Eurobest is organised by the same team behind the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

 

In 2009, the city of Amsterdam will host Eurobest on 25-27 November.

 

www.eurobest.com

 

StrangerFestival

StrangerFestival is an online and offline platform for self-made videos made by young people on issues that matter to them. We use new media and our extensive European partner network to connect these voices and the people behind them. StrangerFestival develops skills and gives exposure by organizing workshops, a competition, StrangerAcademy, industry meetings, research and a travelling exhibition. All videos contribute in creating a new European narrative. We are convinced that recognizing young peoples views as important paves way for openness towards other ‘strangers’.

www.strangerfestival.com

 

IYMF

Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, created the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation AISBL in Brussels in 1991. The mission of the IYMF is to remind political, cultural and educational institutions of the central role of art and creativity in the whole personal and societal development process. Taking Yehudi Menuhin’s humanist legacy as a source, it initiates artistic projects that give a voice to all the cultures in Europe.

The Foundation proposes to share the voices of artists, music, culture and nature by training cultural ambassadors who will be able to express themselves creatively on stage with the help of modern media. To this end, the Foundation consults experts from these cultures, prepares the materials to be used to transpose its messages into images and conveys them during artistic performances held in various places in Europe while respecting the symbolical itineraries linked to its specific set of themes. In 2009, the theme chosen is environmental awareness.

www.menuhin-foundation.com

www.sharingallvoices.com

 

British Council

The British Council builds engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide. Our work focuses on the major challenges of our age:

  • Creative and Knowledge Economy - developing the skills and creativity people need to prosper in the knowledge economy
  • Intercultural Dialogue - building understanding between cultures and promoting positive social change
  • Climate Change - building and sustaining an international consensus for action on climate change.

The Brussels Office serves as the British Council hub for Europe. By working with partners from Belgium, the rest of Europe and beyond, we hope that creative and innovative thinkers from the UK will influence, and at the same time be influenced by, creative and innovative thinkers in the rest of Europe.

Keep up to date with everything we do - sign up to our monthly e-mail newsletter:

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www.britishcouncil.org

 

Knowledge4Innovation

Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) is a non-profit organization enabling people involved in knowledge and innovation economy to meet and exchange their experiences with the common objective of improving Europe‘s innovation performance. K4I works through the Lisbon Forum which was launched in the European Parliament in December 2008. This Forum has been designed for policy makers and the business and science communities to address the most pressing issues concerning the knowledge and innovation economy. The political leadership positions are held by prominent Members of the European Parliament. Representatives of the European Commission responsible for areas pertinent to innovation have expressed their interest to participate in the debates.
The Forum also works with policy makers at the Member State level and in particular with the respective European Council Presidencies.

www.knowledge4innovation.eu

 

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