Europe's Creative Regions and Cities

On 20 and 21 April 2009, the Committee of the Regions will host in its premises a Forum on 'Europe’s Creative Regions and Cities' involving creative talents as well as regional and local authorities from all over Europe.
Europe's Creative Regions and Cities

In the context of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, the Committee of the Regions is organising a two-day forum on 20 and 21 April 2009 to showcase the importance of creativity and innovation for the economic development of Europe's regions and cities.

The event will provide a platform for exchanging best practices and brings together – with the support of the European Commission - 100 young creative talents such as artists, musicians, architects, designers, film directors and another 200 experts from all over Europe.

As Luc Van den Brande - President of the Committee of the Regions – points out: "The 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation is the chance for the Committee of the Regions and its members to showcase innovative European projects and to welcome young creative minds from regions and cities. We need to fuel our creativity and foster a spirit of individual enterprise within the EU."


To begin with, 100 young "talents" from a variety of regions from some 24 European countries, organised into interdisciplinary working groups, will be able to gain inspiration for their personal projects from a wide range of different participants and from discussions with leading academics, business people and institutional representatives. The participants are all creative young people, between 18 and 30 years old, who were selected by the Committee of the Regions from a total of 267 applications. Their projects encompass a wide spectrum of activities: art and culture, science, research and innovation, media and communication and information technologies, creativity in urban development and social innovation.

Those regions which are doing the most to promote the creative industries will have an opportunity to exchange and share local experiences. Monday 20 April will be partly given over to a round-table discussion in which representatives from Toledo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Västra Götland, the Pays de la Loire, South-west England, and Brno will give presentations on their pilot initiatives to the 400 participants who are due to attend.

On Tuesday 21 April, the forum will move location and bring the young talents and the participants face-to-face with creative activity in Belgium. The event will kick off by exploring some of the key breeding grounds of Belgian creativity, followed by a discussion between grass roots representatives from Belgium's federal regions and linguistic communities, who will be outlining their visions and action to promote creativity.

Lastly, the forum will move to the Committee of the Regions' plenary session and will open the meeting with a political debate on the priorities for promoting creativity in the regions.



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