The Forum d'Avignon Ruhr is based on a French-German partnership between the think tank Forum d'Avignon and ecce. The aim of the cooperation is to culturally contribute to future-oriented policies by bringing together Europe's business leaders and experts from the economy, politics, media, science, and culture.

Philharmonie Essen during FAR16
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FORUM D'AVIGNON RUHR 2016

#FAR16: CREATIVITY: RAW MATERIAL, RESOURCE, FUTURE

The fifth Forum d'Avignon Ruhr took place on 24/25 August 2016 at the Philharmonie Essen.

 

Programme and Topic 2016

Creativity has become the virtually ever-present ray of hope in education, business, science, cities, and society. There seems to be no way of avoiding creativity – that is why it is of crucial importance to better understand its current significance and its potential for the future in a rapidly changing world, but also to critically challenge its ability to shape the world and to test its limits.

  • CREATIVITY: RAW MATERIAL, RESOURCE, FUTURE

    Creativity has become the virtually ever-present ray of hope in education, business, science, cities, and society. There seems to be no way of avoiding creativity – whether it is in the future planning of cities ("Creative City"), in the latest digital economic areas ("Creative Cloud"), in the construction of citizen-orientated administrations ("Creative Governance") or in healthcare ("Creative Healing Environments").

    Creativity has developed from a sector term of the Cultural and Creative Industries into a seemingly universal characteristic for shaping our future – as evidenced by the very latest analyses from this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Not least because of this universality, creativity as a concept also consistently produces an amount of controversies. That is why it is of crucial importance to better understand its current significance and its potential for the future in a rapidly changing world, but also to critically challenge its ability to shape the world and to test its limits.

    Under the motto "Creativity: Raw Material, Resource, Future" the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2016 addressed creativity as an elementary component in today's social context and as a new resource in knowledge economies as well as the traditional industries. In doing so, the framework conditions of the resource creativity were discussed, and the resulting future scenarios in society, economy, culture and politics were presented and critically debated.

    The central issue for the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr was to focus on roles which artists and other creative minds have in this change driven by the resource creativity. How can their skills in thought and action be better recognised, appreciated and used in social and economic innovation? And how can cultural policies in European countries and regions more strongly encourage the valuable resource of creativity and utilise the potentials of artists and creative minds for the development of cities and spaces more efficiently than at present?

    The limits of creativity must be questioned, especially in light of its glorification. The Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2016 wanted to further decipher the potential of creativity and increase its applicability, manifest its role in shaping society's visions as well as urban structures and corporate processes, and provide impulses for a greater use of creativity and creative minds for a shared future.

    The nominees for the European Innovation Award N.I.C.E. are also working to create this future, the Award is endowed with 20,000 euros in prize money. The presentation of this award was one of the highlights at the Forum, and the winners represent prominent examples of how we can shape the future using the resource creativity.

     

    With the extended format "Meet & Match", the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr offered a platform for networking and dialogue. Institutions, cities and municipal governments, but also researchers, founders and other players from the Creative Industries could engage in direct communication on potential and existing collaborations as well as concepts, discover innovative ideas, and benefit from the knowledge and practical experience of other participants.

The Venue: Philharmonie Essen

The fifth edition of Forum d'Avignon Ruhr took place at the Philharmonie Essen. The listed building of the Philharmonie located at the Stadtgarten was reopened in 2004 after fundamental renovations and has impressed the audience since then with the compositon of the historical important Saalbau and the aesthetic modern redesign. The premises at the interface of culture and economy provided a suitable setting for this year’s Forum d'Avignon Ruhr on 25 August 2016.

 

Philharmonie Essen, Huyssenallee 53, 45128 Essen

Philharmonie Essen
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Philharmonie Essen

RWE-Pavillon of the Philharmonie Essen during FAR16
© Vladimir Wegener/ecce

RWE-Pavillon of the Philharmonie Essen during FAR16

Meet&Match at the Wandelhalle of the Philharmonie during FAR16
© Vladimir Wegener/ecce

Meet&Match at the Wandelhalle of the Philharmonie during FAR16