is a platform for political and expert discussion on the development of state policy in the field of cultural and creative industries (CCI).
During the two-day forum, the participants were going to reflect on the necessary conditions and instruments for developing Ukrainian creative enterprises and boosting their competitiveness. Special focus was paid to the latest trends in design, fashion, and book publishing sectors, discussed during practical workshops with international experts.
Promoting cooperation between government, civil society and businesses, the Forum aimed to enhance public-private cooperation in the field of CCI at national and regional levels. The event gathered international experts on the creative economy, creative professions and culture policymakers from all over Europe.
The International Forum Creative Ukraine took place on 8-9 November at D12 space at Desyatynna St, 12. To find out more, please, follow the link
The Forum is organised by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and implemented with support of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), and funded by the EU Culture Bridges program, implemented by the British Council.
Phil Wood (UK) is an independent writer, researcher and activist in urban policy and culture who has worked in over 40 countries. He was in local government in the UK for 18 years and since 2000 has worked around the world as a consultant on managing change. He is principal advisor to the Council of Europe on its Intercultural Cities programme, based on his book The Intercultural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage (2008, Routledge). He was a pioneer in the development of creative clusters in smaller cities in the 1980s. In the '90s he was the founder of the UK Forum of Creative Industries and was the director of the Creative Town Initiative, an exemplary project of the European Commission's Urban Pilot programme.
Alain Heureux(Belgium) – Creative Entrepreneur, Social Activist, Coach, Lecturer. For over 20 years, he has been involved in communications, marketing and sales in the media, technology and digital. For many years, he has been collaborating with various European institutions, establishing a dialogue between regulators and business. In 2010, opened the first incubator in Brussels - The Egg, which engaged over 60 startups from the creative industries sector. Today is a co-founder and leader in the organizations of Brussels Creative and Creative Ring, as well as a coach for startups and companies at the Virtuology Academy.
Alessandro Balossini Volpe(Italy) has over 10 years of experience as Marketing Director for leading international companies, including Sergio Tacchini, Fila, Salvatore Ferragamo and Artemide. Professional business consultant and trainer since 2009. Professor of Brand Management, Marketing and Communications at Istituto Marangoni, Milan. Business School Faculty member and Professor in Marketing at Master courses, ISTUD, Baveno (Italy). CAS in Management and Business Innovation in Fashion: Coordinator and Professor, SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (Lugano, CH).
Andrew Erskine(UK) is a leading international expert on the creative economy at Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy. His focus is on innovation, with an especial interest in digital technology, entrepreneurship, higher education, strategic support initiatives, the business of culture, knowledge exchange and transfer, creative places and spaces. Much of his work involves projects, which build connections across a variety of public agendas including place-making, regeneration, social inclusion and diversity, economic growth and sustainability. Andrew launched two new media start-ups – elancentric an award-winning portal for freelancers and Alodis, a multi-platform service for self-employed professionals.
Cristina Farinha(Portugal) is a policy expert specialised in culture and the creative industries sector, PhD and associated researcher at Sociology Institute University Porto. She has worked extensively from local and regional to European level with diverse public authorities, international organisations, NGOs and networks, notably the European Commission, Council of Europe, UNESCO as well as European Cultural Foundation, On The Move and ADDICT Creative Industries Portugal. Currently, she is lecturing in post-graduate and MA courses on creative industries and cultural management in the Universities of Porto and Santiago de Compostela/Spain; working with the European Commission on the monitoring and selection of European Capitals of Culture; and evaluating applications to the Creative Europe and Erasmus+ Programmes.
Philippe Kern(Belgium) is the founder and managing director of KEA. He has 30 years' experience in the world of culture, creative industries, public affairs and legal advice. He is a specialist in culture economics, copyright, anti-trust and trade law. He has led a range of research and strategy programmes at European level, notably for the European Commission and the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and WIPO. He is advising numerous public and private bodies on the formulation of strategies in the field of urban development, innovation, culture and audiovisual policies.
Lidia Varbanova(Bulgaria) has professional experience as consultant, educator, researcher, entrepreneurial coach and project manager in over 60 countries. Her portfolio focuses on strategy, policy development, entrepreneurship and innovations, management, organisational development and online technologies, with a special emphasis on arts, culture and creative industries. Lidia has been permanent and visiting professor in prominent universities and training centers in Europe and Canada and has received a number of distinguished awards. Her latest books are: International Entrepreneurship in the Arts (2016) and Strategic Management in the Arts(2012).