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[ID]factory is a project at TU Dortmund University and conducts research in the area of non-linear, artistic thinking and action in extra-artistic areas. The research question is unique: How can artistic potential boost the economy and advance scientific research? Since 2003, research workshops have assembled teams of mathematicians, artists, economists and physicists, managers and social scientists. IDfactory is networking with researchers and industries around the globe to experiment with new strategies.
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12 local authorities in the North East of England come together through the Association of North East Councils (ANEC ) on issues that concern them all, including the cultural and creative industries. In 2013, ANEC and partners launched a North East Culture Partnership, which has launched a 15 year vision for culture that creates a regional framework for investment within which the diverse ambitions of individuals, organisations and places can be realised.
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Bilbao Metropoli-30 is a non-profit public-private partnership, whose aim is to promote the revitalization and development of the metropolitan Bilbao. Our members are 132 organizations, among them 30 municipalities from the metropolitan area of Bilbao, academic institutions, companies, professional associations and foundations. The objective is to lead the vision of the future Bilbao, to promote initiatives of special interest for the development of the metropolis, to coordinate debate fora , and more.
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With around 22,500 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.
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BOP Consulting is an international consultancy specialising in culture and the creative economy. BOP has a 20-year track record and is trusted by government bodies, leading arts and cultural organisations, property developers and international agencies. BOP has completed over one thousand assignments and has played a central role in the UK in promoting culture and creative industries within broader economic, social and educational agendas.
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Bússola – Be a Place, LDA works to support the development of artistic and cultural projects by consultancy and cultural management. The know-how acquired through work with artists and multidisciplinary creative teams allows them to operate in various disciplines, in planning and project management, marketing and communication. Finally, Bússola envisages opportunities for the international circulation of national artists and manages artistic agendas in the fields of Outdoor Arts.
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C2+i/Conexiones improbables: Improbable Connections is developed from an organisation that was set up in 2009: c2+i (culture, communication and innovation), encouraging creative processes and new relational areas between economics, culture and social organisations. Apart from its permanent team, Conexiones improbable’s great wealth comes from a broad ranging community of people who support, advise, criticise and participate in defining the fragile and changing nature of the project.
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Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980s. In 1978, he founded Comedia, a highly respected globally oriented consultancy working in creativity, culture and urban change. He has completed several hundred assignments for a variety of public and private clients and given key note addresses and workshops in over 55 countries across the continents.
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creativ wirtschaft austria (cwa) holds as its remit the interests of the Austrian creative industries at the national, European and international levels. cwa is an integral part of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and is committed to developing the creative industries in Austria and creating linkages with other sectors.
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Creative Estonia (CE) is a creative industries development centre, which helps to promote and develop creative industries and creative businesses in Estonia and abroad and to show the role of creatives in innovation in other sectors. Creative Estonia aim is to clearly present the content, unique characteristics, economic, social and regional value of creative industries; support beginning and established businesses with much needed information and advice; develop an attitude that creates a positive image of business and to increase the business and export ability of creative businesses. Creative Estonia is a national host of Creative Business Cup in Estonia and helps to conduct competitions in other countries as well.
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Creative Industry Košice is a catalyst for creativity in Slovakia. The organisation helps people from the cultural and creative environment to become professionals, opening international markets and educating them. They participate in the creation of strategic cultural documents at national and international levels in order to create ideal conditions for the growth and development of cultural and creative industries in Slovakia. The goal is to educate, assist and increase creativity in creative people.
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A group of image professionals (designers, photographers, filmmakers, artists) who felt frustrated by the lack of connections between art and social action and decided to leave their regular fields of work and get in the midst of things: Enmedio. From here, we explore the transformative power of images and stories through spectacular interventions using all the means within our reach: photography, the media, design… that’s how interference in the dominant narrative is created, disruptions in the official account of the world.
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The european centre for creative economy (ecce) stems from RUHR.2010. The cultural and creative economy combines eleven creative and artistic industries: art, music, literature, film, the media, design, architecture and games development. In the Ruhr area, the creative economy stands for approx. 86,000 persons working in this field and more than 10,000 businesses – yet it’s not only an economic factor but is equally involved in culture, urban development and education.
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ifa laboratory is a privately owned consultancy in Brussels proposing creative solutions to businesses, governments and organisations. ifa laboratory challenges the perception of culture and arts within the business world, making it a tool for innovation and improvement with creative sessions, organisational development through art, team-building and leadership development through artistic disciplines and creative entrepreneurs’ visions.
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IULM University is a leading research and teaching institution in Europe in the fields of communication, media, creative industries, marketing, journalism, and public relations. IULM pursues an ambitious strategy for academic excellence, and at the same time is active in the dialogue with the corporate and professional world. They plan to further consolidate their leadership in their fields of competence, also by opening up new programs in research and teaching, and to increase their European focus.
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The Krakow Festival Office is a municipal cultural institution established in connection with the European Capital of Culture title in 2000. It aims to nurture interdisciplinary relations between the cultural industries and the business, creative, new media, technology, and tourism sectors; ensure equal access to culture; foster dialogue, social and civic engagement; support emerging talent; design ecologically friendly events; and help to brand Krakow as a city open to the world and cooperation.
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Kultur i Väst bildet eine der Kulturverwaltungen der Region Västra Götaland, die vom Kulturausschuss des Europäischen Rates beauftragt ist und mit Kommunen, Behörden und Organisationen bei kulturellen Fragen zusammenarbeitet. Die Essenz unserer Arbeit ist es, ein Bewusstsein für die Rolle der Kultur zu schaffen und Kultur in der Gesellschaft wieder zu stärken. Wir schaffen Bedingungen für eine gefestigte Kulturlandschaft, indem wir bewährte Verfahren, Wissen und Kompetenzen zur Verfügung stellen und außerdem Netzwerke schaffen. Bei der Abteilung für Kultur & Gesellschaft hier bei Kultur i Väst setzen wir uns ein für allgemeine Werte von Kunst und Kultur und deren Einfluss auf andere Bereiche der Gesellschaft sowie den Unterschied, den diese bei der Entwicklung einer Kommune machen können. Wir bieten strategische Unterstützung bei Entwicklungsprozessen an und schaffen Gelegenheiten durch Partnerschaften und sektorenübergreifende Zusammenarbeit.
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Kulturanovas mission is to develop contents of independent culture in order to encourage positive social change and improve the position of creative people in Novi Sad and the region by promoting peaceful co-existance, minorities’ and human rights, including vulnerable groups in its projects and advocating that creativity is a tool for economic development and entrepreneurship. Kulturanovas projects were supported i.a. by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission and the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Serbia. Kulturanova realized 6 major projects and organized dozen of small artistic interventions, meet-ups engaging more than 400 people as direct beneficiaries and about 3000 as indirect beneficiaries.
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Kultuurikatel is a combination of a physical facility and a platform for networks and knowledge. The physical point of Kultuurikatel is a 10,000 m2 space of a former power and heating plant. It now serves as a working place for different studios, black boxes, galleries, rooms with future development capabilities and public attractions like restaurants, shops and tourist centers. In addition, it can be used for smaller workshops, seminars or large performing art shows and day-to-day festivals.
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"The bid to become European Capital of Culture offers a chance to build on the strength of the city’s cultural and creative sector. More than a celebration of its cultural life, the bid will galvanise every stakeholder in the city, representing networks including culture, business, sport, retail, hospitality, the arts and communities", Leeds2023 states. The programme during bid phase will showcase Leeds as a major cultural centre embracing the cultures of Europe and the rest of the world.
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LX factory (Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense), one of the most important manufacturing complexes in Lisbon’s history, set in Alcântara, kept hidden for years, returned to the city in the form of LXFactory. A creative island occupied by corporations and professionals of the industry serves also as a stage for diverse events related to fashion, publicity, communication, fine arts, architecture, music, etc. Staging ideas and products in a place belonging to everyone, for everyone.
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Materahub is a private consortium of companies working to support creative and cultural industries in the south of Italy. Capacity building, access to funding, networking at European and global level, internationalization and design of new policies are the main areas in which Materahub is working with local, national and international partners with the purpose to support artists, cultural operators and entrepreneurs of the creative economy.
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Maurer United Architects is known for investigating and redefining the borders of the architecture design field, resulting in architecture, design, media and urbanism projects on various scales. Since 1998 Marc Maurer and Nicole Maurer have received several awards for their cooperative work. They have tutored at different academies and universities in the Netherlands. Their work - architecture, public spaces, interior design and art installations - has been realised all around the world.
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The Flemish Department of Culture, Youth and Media advises the minister(s) to realize an integral policy vision on the policy domain of Culture, Youth and Media and to foster it. Next to that, the department prepares, follows up and evaluates the policies concerning culture, youth and media. The aim is to build a creative & inspiring Flanders, where everybody can experience, make and share culture.
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The Association was established in 2008. It is an umbrella organisation connecting more than 60 members from all sectors of cultural and creative industries in Lithuania, including state universities and colleges, sectorial associations of creative and cultural organisations, business enterprises and NGOs, arts incubators etc. It is proficient in running local and international projects. The priority is often given to cross-sectoral projects in order to demonstrate the economic and social contribution of CCI.
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The foundation Plovdiv 2019 is the organisation that won the title European Capital of Culture for the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv back in 2014. It is responsible for the successful implementation of the projects that are part of the programme and for the active promotion of the city and the country throughout Europe. The mission of the foundation is to bring change to the perception of culture and to show that it is an effective tool for environmental improvement and human relationships development.
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Poligon is an autonomous platform for non-profit and for-profit project development and a training ground with an agenda to empower the self-employed. It unites communities in Slovenia, which operate in the field of creative economies, social entrepreneurship and culture. These communities have developed as a response to the economic downturn and increasing precariousness of young professionals.
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Revista Atelierul (Atelierul Magazine) has been establishing since 2010 an inter-cultural dialogue between the creators and the public, a well-defined mix of established and beginner product designers and creators, becoming an active platform for networking and inspiration. Atelierul Magazine has an international editorial team, over 6,5 million readers and is curating creative exhibitions. Atelierul Magazine is a project of the NGO Atelierul de Creaţie, a Romanian non-profit organization that has been supporting for more than seven years the alternative approaches to presenting design and creative works in new spaces of culture interest.
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Bochum considers itself the cultural heart of the industrial landscape alongside the Ruhr. In addition to its outstanding cultural facilities and its diverse educational landscape Bochum is rich in initiatives located at the point of intersection between culture and economy, e.g. the Creative.Quarters Viktoria.Quartier and Prinz.Regent, which have developed splendidly since 2010. These corporations of arts and economy offer promising perspectives to start-up initiatives.
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Like almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former "steel city" has developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis acquiring a reputation across Europe as an innovative location for technological development. What is more, the biggest city in the Ruhr region also scores with a wide range of possibilities in the cultural and sporting sector, with extensive greens and a high quality of life.
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Essen – the modern business, commercial and service metropolis in the heart of the Ruhr Area. Essen is home to the headquarters of some of Germany’s biggest companies: These include e.g. RWE AG, Evonik Industries AG, E.ON Ruhrgas AG, Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH and Hochtief AG. The “Messe Essen” is one of the top-ten German trade fair locations.
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Right now, Gelsenkirchen’s main focus regarding the creative industries lies on the Creative.Quarter Ückendorf: The quarter is marked by its history as a former mining area and working-class neighbourhood. Today, the vacancies meet the needs of creative people: affordable studios, office and production space, an atmosphere conducive to independent work and the vicinity to anchor projects like the Wissenschaftspark (science quarter).
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Mannheim is among the top group of cities which are particularly characterised and perceived by their urban culture and creative economy. Due to its enormous diversity and the good network of creative economy, Mannheim offers artists an excellent platform and has already established itself as a creative city in the competition between locations.
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Rotterdam, World Port World City. Its port is one of the largest on earth. A mediagenic metropolis with a constantly growing skyline full of modern architecture. Home to over 600,000 residents of over 170 different nationalities. Each one with his or her own story. They make Rotterdam the bustling and open city it is, with lots of room for new initiative and ideas.
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TILLT is an organization based in Gothenburg that implements artist-led development processes within a varied set of different social issues. Since 2002 TILLT as implemented around 140 long term projects with artists. TILLT has a vision for a creative society, in which art contributes to human growth and believe that art, the artistic competence, and artistic tools can contribute to develop individuals, organizations and society as a whole.
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Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is a leading international consulting and research agency for the cultural and creative industries. With offices in London, Porto and Nairobi, TFCC plays a defining role in policy and strategy development for the cultural and creative industries worldwide. Founded in 2002, the company offers strategy and policy leadership through research, assessment, collaboration and advocacy. The consultancy provides expertise, strategic thinking and the tools to bring culture and creativity to the center of society.
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Trànsit Projectes is an organization specialised in delivering cultural projects for local institutions and in providing innovation for cultural management. Trànsit Projectes is a team of professionals working in culture and education with more than 25 years of expertise locally, at Catalan and Spanish level, in Europe and in Latin America.
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“World Wilder Lab” is a platform focusing on inter and intra species communication. We work on the intersection of art, science, design and technology to facilitate artistic expression for biological entities, have a dialogue with nature & promote the notion of collaboration & partnership with natural systems.
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Zsolnay Heritage Management Non-Profit Ltd. has transferred the new cultural initiatives in Pécs resulting from the European Capital of Culture title in 2010 into a sustainable concept. Promising places for culture like the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, the Kodály Centre, as well as historic places of cultural heritage and the house of art and literature in Pécs have been installed and developed further. The aim is to strengthen Pécs as a cultural destination in Europe.
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