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Future Unlocked!

12 - 15 Sep 2021

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

12 Sep: Opening of the exhibition The Future of Living

13 Sep: 1st day of the conference

14 Sep: 2nd day of the conference

15 Sep: Excursion and discussions

Za prijavo na dogodek se morate prijaviti v uporabniške strani

More than anything before, the pandemic uncovered the immense contribution of culture and creativity to citizens’ well-being, social innovation, economic growth, and international cooperation. Policymakers and businesses now increasingly recognize cultural and creative sectors (CCSs) as the key players in the construction of the “new normal”. With the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in mind, the main challenge remains how to empower the CCSs to boost sustainable development in the global context to the best of their capacities.

 

 

Let’s unlock the future!

 

 

From 12 to 15 September 2021 and with pre events in April, May and June, Creativeforum.si, the European Creative Industries Summit and the Centre for Creativity Slovenia will join hands in this endeavour. The European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) is a yearly conference organised by the European Creative Business Network (ECBN). Hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, they will gather creatives from the European Union and beyond to identify skills, tools and methods used to unlock the potential of the global creative economy. How can it best contribute to green transition, social innovation, economic growth and innovative administration, efficient in building a sustainable post-COVID world?

 

The high-level conference will also address the CCSs’ often overlooked yet unique contribution to foreign relations, with particular focus on ensuring peace and stability. In partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean, the conference will look into successful practices from Southern Mediterranean and make a case for a reinforced support to creative economy in the context of foreign policy.

 

During the conference, an exhibition of contemporary Slovenian design titled The Future of Living will be on view at Cankarjev dom, which was created as a result of cooperation between Centre for Creativity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Slovenian embassies abroad.

 

Join us in testing and boosting new forms of collaboration to make creative economy a strategic enabler of international peace and prosperity.

The European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) is a yearly conference organised by the European Creative Business Network (ECBN). Hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, they will gather creatives from the European Union and beyond to identify skills, tools and methods used to unlock the potential of the global creative economy.

SUNDAY, 12 september 2021

13:30 Pre-event

Reception

19:00

Opening of the Future of Living exhibition in Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana

MONDAY, 13 september 2021

9.15

Opening of the Conference

  • Slobodan Šešum, Acting Director General for Economic and Public Diplomacy, MFA Slovenia
  • Abdelkader El Khissassi, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean

#ECIS21 Expert Forum

  • Green CCI: Good Cases and Presentation, Alison Tickell
  • Innovating Green Public Services through Creative Bureaucracy, Charles Landry
  • Discussion

Moderator: Eberhard Schrempf

9:30

Cultural Relations promoting Peace and Stability
EU Senior Officials Meeting

Welcome and Introduction:
Slobodan Šešum, Acting Director General for Economic and Public Diplomacy, MFA Slovenia

Discussion co-organised with EUNIC Global
Introduction words: Andrew Manning, EUNIC Director

Presentation of the study “Cultural relations and the promotion of peace and stability in fragile contexts”Jordi Baltà Portolés, Trànsit Projectes

Panel Discussion

  • Oliver Rentschler, European External Action Service
  • Anna Swedmark Westin, Programme Manager, Creative Force
  • Jordi Baltà Portolés, Trànsit Projectes, author of the study

Moderator: Petra Kežman, MFA, Slovenia

11:00

Break

11:30

#ECIS21 Expert Forum

DeuS Living Lab Presentation and Workshop
DeuS is an Erasmus+ pilot project on Vocational Educational Training focused on how to unlock the potential of the Creative and Cultural Sector and inspire new policies on training and entrepreneurship.
Moderators: Rita Orlando and Becky Riches

11:30

Creative hubs session

Creative initiatives as a method for social inclusion and skills development

13:00

Break

14:20 – 16:00

Panel Discussion: Cultural and Creative Sectors as Generators of Economic Growth
In the UN International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, we celebrate the role of creative economy. How can we empower cultural and creative sectors to boost citizens’ well-being, social innovation and economic growth?

Moderator: Dražen Dragojevič

Introduction:

  • Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia
  • Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market (video message)
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth, Sport: “The Future of Creative Skills is the Future of Europe” (video message)

Panelists:

  • Rebeca Grynspan, UNCTAD – tbc
  • Rym Ayadi, Euro Mediterranean Economists Association – tbc
  • Anja Zorko, Centre for Creativity Slovenia
  • Bernd Fesel, European Creative Business Network
  • Michela Magas, Industry Commons
  • Jan Figel, The European Institute of Innovation and Technology

TUESDAY, 14 september 2021

9:30

High Level Panel Discussion: Cultural and Creative Sectors as Drivers of Peace and Stability
Cultural and Creative Sectors have an often overlooked yet unique contribution to foreign relations. How can the international players strengthen the role of international cultural relations to promote peace and stability?
Moderator: Bernd Fesel, European Creative Business Network

Key words:

  • Gašper Dovžan, State Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
  • Naser Kemal, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (video message)
  • Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service

Panelists:

  • Ljubomir Mišurović, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro
  • Badr Abdel Atty, Assistant Minister, MFA of the Arab republic of Egypt – tbc
  • Abdelkader El Khissassi, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean
  • Andrew Manning, Director of EUNIC Global
  • Matthiew Peyraud, Director General, MFA France
  • Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission – tbc
11:00

Break

11:30– 12:30

Way Forward – Innovative Approaches in International Cooperation in Culture

What are the lessons learnt from the recent projects, testing new approaches in international cooperation in culture?

  • Robert Kieft, EUNIC – European Spaces of Culture Project Manager “Nogoonbaatar – International Eco Art Festival”
  • Tere Badia, Culture Action Europe Secretary General “Engaging with MENA cultural agents in the EU”
  • Sébastien Lagrave, Africolor Director “Festival des Communes”
  • Petra Kežman, Head of Department for International Relations in Culture at MFA Slovenia “Europe Readr”
11:30– 12:30

Revolutions, deaths and innovation. What creatives can do

How are cultural and creative industries reshaping the way we approach calamities, risk, and uncertainty, positively impacting society? A webinar with the Creative Business Network presenting startups addressing relevant social issues.

Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning, Director at Creative Business Network
Chris Richmond Nzi, Founder and CEO at Mygrants

WEDNESDAY, 15 september 2021

9:30

Excursion

12:30

Lunch