Friday, 11 May 2012
Creativity and innovation are central to the social and economic development of Europe. The creative sector, which encompasses the music industry, films, the arts, television/radio, software and games among others, is responsible for over 1 million jobs across the EU and is vital to the cultural life of European cities. The innovation sector, another pillar of the European economy, has greatly supported the economic growth of European countries by creating new products, developing new approaches or methods, which were only dreams yesterday (e.g. mobile phones, wireless connections or wind energy) but which are reality today.
In 2000, the Lisbon Strategy, the EU's overarching programme focussing on growth and jobs, recognised that knowledge and the innovation it sparks are the EU's most valuable assets, particularly in light of increasing global competition. Together, the creativity and innovation sectors are among the main determinants of European competitiveness and economic growth.
Despite the value of creativity and innovation to Europe and towards its attempts to meet the goals set in the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies, there is a perceived need to further raise awareness about the relevance of and the need for creativity and innovation in Europe. It is for this reason that the »European Creativity and Innovation Day« is being organised, as an activity of the Interreg IVB (North Sea) Project »Creative City Challenge« and involving institutions, organisations and projects from across Europe.
Flyer/registration: European Creativity and Innovation Day 2012
The »European Creativity and Innovation Day« aims to:
- to foster creativity and innovation in the North Sea Region and beyond by showcasing the potential of creativity and innovation in cities, represented by business, economic development agencies, education institutions and local government and disseminate their activities;
- to promote activities in creativity and innovation as tools towards territorial integration in a transnational way, increasing the sustainability and competitiveness of the North Sea and other European regions;
- to offer participant cities an opportunity to showcase what they are doing and how governments, educational institutions and private businesses may work together to foster the cause of creativity and innovation in Europe.
A further objective of the »European Creativity and Innovation Day« is to provide a sound basis for further communication, interaction, future joint initiatives and encourage new investments.
The European Creativity and Innovation Day is a transnational event, with manifold activities, which include:
- concerts and shows
- guided visits
These, and many other activities, are all part of the spectrum of options available during this special day. In addition to the various activities it will catalyse, a specialist seminar on Creativity and Innovation in Europe: Towards Synergies and Partnerships will be held in Hamburg, in the context of which various projects will present themselves.
Who can take part
The activities of the »European Creativity and Innovation Day« will be primarily held at the following cities, which are partners in the Interreg IVB (North Sea) »Creative City Challenge« Project:
- Bremen (Germany)
- Delft (Netherlands)
- Dundee (Scotland)
- Gothenburg (Sweden)
- Groningen (Netherlands)
- Hamburg (Germany)
- Hoje-Taastrup (Denmark)
- Kortrijk (Belgium)
- Newcastle (UK)
- Oldenburg (Germany)
However, other cities may join and should contact the Secretariat of the »Creative City Challenge« in Hamburg at:
to obtain an application form to officially join the day. The organisers of the »European Creativity and Innovation Day« are unable to cover any costs associated with any activity held by cities interested in taking part in it. However, activities submitted and accredited as part of the »European Creativity and Innovation Day« will receive a logo and promotional materials which they may use for dissemination purposes, as well as will be included in the web site where all activities will be listed.
Expressions of interest to take part in the European Creativity and Innovation Day are possible until the 15th March 2012. Communications to all accredited activities will be made by early March 2012. Accredited activities will receive further information and promotional materials by the end of March 2012. All activities as part of the European Creativity and Innovation Day will be held over the course of Friday 11 May 2012.
Further details on the »European Creativity and Innovation Day« may be obtained from the Secretariat of the Creative City Challenge (CCC) project. CCC is a transnational collaboration project, with partners from 10 cities and 6 countries. They comprise representatives of the public services, academic institutions and industry. The collaboration relies on intensive exchanges between the project partners and partner cities as well as stakeholders from all sectors of the creative industry.
Prof. Dr. (mult.) Dr. h.c. (mult.) Walter Leal, Dr. Maren Adler ,Kathrin Rath, Rebekka Welsch
Hamburg University of Applied SciencesLohbruegger Kirchstraße 65
21033 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: +49.40.428 75 - 6107 / - 6075, Fax: +49.40.428 75-6079