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Europe 2020 – Culture is the key
The Forum d’Avignon Ruhr is based on a French-German partnership between the think tank Forum d’Avignon, founded in 2008, and ecce - european centre for creative economy. The cooperation’s aim is to contribute to modern , future-oriented policies by bringing together Europe’s business leaders, movers and shakers, from the disciplines economy, politics, media, science, and culture.
The first Forum d'Avignon Ruhr in spring 2012 will now be followed by a second conference in Essen's Zeche Zollverein at the end of June 2013.
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Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013 / Europe 2020: Culture is the key

Co-operation und Co-innovation: Culture and Creative Economy as drivers in the European Network

The Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013 will deal with the forces of cultural and creative cross-border activities, of “spillovers“. The objective of the conference is to examine such spillovers, i.e. cultural transfer effects, in various sectors and discuss them: How and what do the cultural and creative sectors contribute to the economy and work, to urban developments, energy transition, and interculture? Which potential does culture have to offer to overcome the global crisis? Where are the best practices and how can such potential be tapped specifically and locally? Which corresponding framework conditions can Europe create? And what can an event like the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr itself contribute to sustainable benefits?
These are the topics 2013 will address: on the one hand in debating rounds composed of high-profile participants, on the other in practice-oriented interactive formats, where the participants get involved themselves in dialogues and work processes.
This year’s conference will be accommodated in the premises of the choreographic centre, PACT Zollverein, whose rooms in the former pithead baths of the famous colliery are ideally suited for the interactive structure of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013 and likewise symbolises the transformative potential of culture and creativity.

The base: The study on spillover effects

Ahead of the conference, a study on 40 projects will be carried out in the Ruhr district. The four selected exemplary sectors in which spillovers will be examined are economy/new work, urban development, energy/climate, as well as interculture relation. The results of the study will be a central part of the conference. More information you will find here.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Workshops: Co-innovation with local and international “spillover“ projects
The conference will start off with four workshops with expert teams, in which the projects in the Ruhr area will be brought together with European initiatives. These expert teams form a temporary network on the specific subject area and together they develop an innovative idea bringing up spillover effects.
These project ideas will flow into the interactive programme of the afternoon of the second day.

On the evening of the first day, the conference will be officially opened with a formal dinner at 7 pm (entry 6.30pm) at Casino Zollverein. At this opening ceremony the „Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe“ (N.I.C.E.) will be founded. On the next day within the frame of this network, a pilot award will be granted to the most innovative “spillover” idea.

Friday, 28 June 2013

A Forum of European Co-operation

The second day of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr begins at 10 am at Pact Zollverein and enlightens and discusses the spillover topic on different levels: from a meta-level to the praxis. The morning consists of impulses and debates. The first discussion asks for general conditions on a political level. This panel is interested in finding out the current significance of these sectors on the various political levels, be it in the cultural and arts departments on national level, or in general regional and local politics. Which are presently the main points of focus, where are new strategies being developed for 2014 and beyond, how can they be implemented, how are new courses being set on operative level, and where is a political framework needed on the part of the EU? Which forces have to work together in order to facilitate the development of spillover effects in a sustained manner? The second discussion examines best practice examples, in which industry companies and creative actors establish projects in order to set the course for innovative developments. Proceeding from the different perspectives of the economy and the arts, the panel will examine different target areas, such as work, urban development, or climate, and individual projects explained. And particular attention will be awarded to questions such as: which qualitative and quantitative factors can be measured, which positive and sustained changes can lead to innovate measures and how can this be supported and promoted in the future? The lunch break is structured by a formatted exchange. An exhibition of the participating spillover projects which will be playfully integrated in the break is supposed to mediate the dialogue between project actors and the other participants. The afternoon will be used for interaction: the innovative projects ideas and general insights from the workshops from the previous day will be presented and discussed in interactive formats with all conference participants. In the end, the best idea will be awarded. A reflection and an outlook will complete the day, which ends at around 6 pm. The entire content of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr including the study will flow into a study paper, which will be published after the conference.

Confirmed panelists:
Ute Schäfer (Minister of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Garrelt Duin (Minister for Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Androulla Vassiliou (European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), Alfonso Martínez Cearra (Director, Bilbao Metropolis 30), Eva-Maria Boerschlein (Head of BMW Cultural Co-operation and BMW Guggenheim Lab), Andreas Bomheuer (Head of Culture Department of Essen), Philip Ginthör (CEO, Sony Music Entertainment GSA), Prof. Dieter Gorny (Managing Director, ecce), Mischa Kuball (artist, Professor for media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne), Charles Landry (Founder and Director, Comedia), Prof. Leonidas Martin (artist, Professor of New Media and Political Art at the University of Barcelona), Paul Owens (CEO, BOP Consulting), Reinhard Paß (Mayor of Essen), Nicolas Seydoux (President, Forum d’Avignon), Johanna Skantze (Manager, Generator Sverige), Dorota Nigge (Head of Unit,  Culture policy and intercultural dialogue/European Commission), Jaroslaw Obremski (Senator and Chairman of the Programme Council of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016), Amit Sood (Director, Google Cultural Institute), Dr. Stephan Muschick (Managing Director, RWE Foundation), Dr. Bastian Lange (Director, Multiplicities), Pia Areblad (Founder, Tillt), Michael DaCosta Babb (Global Business Development Strategist), Sebastian Olma (Scientist and Advisor, Founder Serendipity Lab), Jacob Bilabel (Director Thema 1), Dr. Michael Köhler (Journalist)

The conference will be held in English.

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