Policy, Business, Education, Research and Tech in the Creative Industries
Weekly, Feb 26 – March 4 2018

Feb 26, Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany: NRW-Innovationspreis für HHU-Professor und Unternehmensgründer Detlev Riesner

“Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. Detlev Riesner hat am 26. Februar 2018 von Wirtschaftsminister Andreas Pinkwart den Ehren-Innovationspreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen erhalten”.

Feb 26, Innovate UK: Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 Winners announced

“A unique technology for the construction industry offering immersive “walk throughs” of unbuilt houses; a novel method of recycling print toner powder for use across a range of applications including art, construction and animal medicines; and a technique for new drug discovery are among the winners of The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018!”.

Feb 26, Keychange PRS Foundation‏, UK: 45 international music festivals and conferences pledge to tackle gender inequality

“PRS Foundation’s International Keychange initiative gathers politicians, artists and the music industry at the Canadian High Commission this evening to celebrate a milestone moment on the journey to decreasing the gender gap in music. In a pioneering move, 45 international music industry conferences and festivals including four leading Canadian events have made a pledge towards achieving or maintaining a 50/50 gender balance across their festivals by 2022 (including live line-ups, conferences and commissions)”.

Feb 27, Waltham Forest, UK: Waltham Forest is proud to be the first London Borough of Culture

“Thank you Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, residents, businesses and our creative communities that have really got behind Waltham Forest’s bid and helped us achieve this spectacular prize.  Over 14,000 people pledged their support to help bring this amazing award home”.

Feb 27, Times of Malta, Malta: Over a quarter of a million donated by businesses to culture in 2017

“A total of €265,550 was donated to cultural organisations throughout 2017 through the 150% tax deduction scheme. The scheme, one of the deliverables of Arts Council Malta’s Strategy2020, now in its third year, lays down that companies giving donations to non-profit cultural organisations, public cultural organisations or to Arts Council Malta as an intermediary on behalf of cultural projects having a national interest, may claim the amount donated at 150 per cent against the income for the year of assessment when the donation was made”.

Feb 27, The Bulletin, Brussels, Belgium: Brussels’ new cinema destination Palace opens today

“After a massive renovation, the former Pathé Palace reopens with the promise of an ‘open-minded approach to cinema’ catering for the city’s multilingual and multicultural audience”.

Feb 28, ECBN Network, The Netherlands: EXCITE 2.0: Apply now for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs support!

EXCITE 2.0 aims to connect really committed 72 new and 72 experienced European entrepreneurs in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) to exchange knowledge and new ideas on entrepreneurship and innovation to provide access to markets across Europe, boosting international access and business development in the cultural and creative sector. ECBN is the local contact point for EYE for all new entrepreneurs and host entrepreneurs from the Netherlands!

Feb 28, Creative England, UK: Animation 2018 – New and emerging talent search

“Animators! @BFI and @BBC4 are teaming up to offer up to 12 emerging animators Grants of up to £10k to realise their first broadcast project. Apply now: https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/animation-2018-new-and-emerging-talent-search”.

Feb 28, The Federation, UK: Creative Industries Regional GVA in 2016

@DCMS stats release today shows impressive economic contribution of the creative industries in every region of the UK in 2016. Take a look at our infographic for a detailed breakdown. http://bit.ly/2oD55Av”.


Feb 28, Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU: EU Ministers of Culture discussed culture as the main engine of the European project and the role of the young people in Sofia

“EU ministers responsible for culture have stressed the need for wider access to culture, preservation of cultural diversity, more serious public funding, and the mobility of artists. The ministers held an informal meeting in Sofia on 28 February 2018 under the motto ‘Culture – inclusive value of the EU’. Several delegates also referred to culture as a means of resisting Euroscepticism and populism”.

March 1, Creative England, UK: Digital Cities – Open Call

“This is an open call for UK companies and hubs wishing to apply for mobility grants to visit one of the 14 Western Balkans hubs and digital businesses participating in Digital Cities as full beneficiaries #DigitalCities @BritishCouncil – learn more here http://ow.ly/b2Vo30iH6Pd”.


March 2, Economia Creativa Consultancy, Spain: Video: Cultural Heritage – Innovative Audience Development Best Practices

Watch the video resulting from Economia Creativa’s research project: “Cultural Heritage – Innovative Audience Development Best Practices”, in which they have identified 11 case examples from 9 European Countries.

March 3, Il Giornale dell’Arte, Italy:  “Che cosa la cultura deve pretendere dalla politica” by Pierluigi Sacco

“C’è un’altra Italia che si sta materializzando davanti a noi anche se ancora non la vediamo: l’Italia che riparte dalla cultura”.