CUMEDIAE was honoured to attend the conference on “What does Europe mean to Europe?” of E!Sharp magazine, held on January 24, 2017 in Brussels.

Journalists of E!Sharp magazine and representatives from UK and European Union pointed out the key role played by European identity and national identities in political discourse, as well as the profound challenges that the European Union itself is facing.

On this occasion, CUMEDIAE was well represented by its Chairman and CEO Ignasi Guardans and by its Head of Strategy and Projects Stefanie Thomas, who shared their ideas on the Europe of the future and the many crises of the present. These two actors are not considered as a threat of disintegration, but as “forces of fragmentation which are pulling the EU in many directions”. Indeed, faced with Brexit, the convergence of terrorist attacks and a refugee crisis, and continued slow-moving growth, the EU has failed to control and lead.

In order to give the maximum visibility to this important conference, CUMEDIAE used social media tools to synthesize and publish the speakers’ speeches and interventions, highlighting the importance of the intersection of culture, the creative industries and global politics. Twitter continues to be CUMEDIAE’s most successful and effective tool to engage with its audience thanks to its interactive, global nature and its capacity to bring together an unlimited number of organizations and individuals interested in the arts and culture.

What about the future of the Europe?

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The E!Sharp Live conference is designed to help to take a fresh look at Europe, reflective and critical but also positive and constructive. With an impressive panel of experts and commentators who have shared their analysis and wisdom, they wondered if it is possible for the EU (and how it can go about doing so) to become more relevant to the citizens and if its institutions can deliver solutions to the migration, security and economic problems, while examining the role of national capitals. Of course, it is impossible to have an answer: we have to live the moment and to trust ourselves and our political leaders.

Photo credits: Forum Europe

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“Collectivity” has for many individuals and organisations in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) been a fundamental contributor to success. Many of the projects highlighted at the recent b.creative forum in Namur on the 2nd & 3rd November underlined its importance. Whether a project such as African Digital Art, a collective and creative digital space, where digital artists can connect, or Serbian Nova Iskra, the first design hub in Eastern Europe or even Creative United, an organisation providing creative businesses with free advice and access to loans, the collective spirit and connectivity have been central to their successes.

Members of the CUMEDIAE Team, as representatives of the non-profit agency supporting collaboration and connectivity in creative industries were very pleased to attend the launch of Creative Tracks, a new platform connecting existing networks of young entrepreneurs active in the cultural and creative sectors across the world. Creative Tracks will foster international and cross sectorial exchanges of experience, improving access of local culture practitioners/artists/creative professionals to networks around the world and allow young creative entrepreneurs to share their concerns and discuss their different needs.

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We believe that Creative Tracks with its networking and matchmaking opportunities have the potential to expand the capacity of the CCIs. Their straight-forward and user-friendly platform is a good first step towards stronger world-wide connections in creative entrepreneurship. However, it is dependent on its users and their activity, so its full potential and sustainability lies in the hands of creative entrepreneurs and organizations themselves.

While our wiki platform Culture Agora shares the same attributes of the exchange, free access and open discussion, it distinguishes in its mission to serve as a loudspeaker of content related to all arts and culture by giving it more international visibility; and as a compass for all individuals and organizations active or interested in creative field to find the relevant content for their specific interests. In this perspective, Culture Agora is a great promotion channel and a large, constantly updated source of information on all creative disciplines, available in different languages. In the spirit of collaboration, Culture Agora has also joined Creative Tracks to connect with other platforms and creative entrepreneurs.

Cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration

Culture Agora, as a platform and a meeting place, where cultural organizations and creative individuals from all over Europe and Southern Mediterranean can share their content and connect with other creatives’ activities, is a primary supporter of cross-disciplinarity and cross-cultural collaboration.

Through Culture Agora creative and cultural organizations and individuals can search for project partners, find international funding opportunities, look into examples of best practices in project reports and publications, professionally grow with training and education opportunities, discover interesting events and meetings and last but not least enlarge their team by identifying human resources compatible in creative field.

Whether you would like to share or find the content related to creative industries, visit our platform Culture Agora at: http://www.cultureagora.info/en/home

 

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CUMEDIAE was delighted to attend the Creative Europe Showcase Conference: Culture in the Spotlight, held on 27 October 2016 at BOZAR, Brussels. The event, with speakers, video, and live performance, demonstrated how cultural policy can transform into artistic reality through transnational partnerships and people on the ground. Creative Europe has a €1,46 billion budget to promote this transformation and the creative sectors themselves, which are responsible for 5,3% of total EU GVA. The Showcase displayed some of the European artistic and cultural achievements made possible with EU support.

As demonstrated at the conference, social media and technology platforms form an integral part of the transition from idea to practice, and thus of the ongoing success of modern arts and culture. CUMEDIAE, with its network of professionals working to advance job creation and economic growth in the creative industries, was pleased to contribute their support for Creative Europe´s mission through our platform, Culture Agora, and also by social media outreach before, during, and after the conference.

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Representatives of CUMEDIAE present at the event raved about the innovative creations showcased there. They used interactive social media tools to synthesize and publish participants´ messages about the creative process, audience development, and the importance of public engagement when promoting new or niche performances. The power of Twitter to communicate globally and instantaneously allowed the team and their followers to interact with various stakeholders and to contribute to panel discussions as they occurred. Science in all its aspects was a major influence on the conference’s featured artists, so it’s only fitting for technology-forward companies like CUMEDIAE to forward Creative Europe´s message.

Culture Agora: a gathering place for the arts and culture industries

The cultural and creative industries are a tremendous economic driver that employ over 12 million persons across Europe. But as the conference demonstrated, modern artistic efforts must cross borders to stay relevant. CUMEDIAE can facilitate these efforts through its sister site, Culture Agora. On Culture Agora, arts and culture professionals come together to share ideas, develop projects, and form partnerships to increase access to public and private funding. Conference participants demonstrated success through projects that challenged the limits of geography, method, and discipline. They found support, financial and artistic, by reaching across those borders. Technology and new media have created new connections between arts and culture and other players of social and economic life. Sites like Culture Agora make finding these connections easier.

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We live a moment of model change in the funding and management of culture and arts. At the same time, the contribution of creative industries to job creation and economic growth is being better understood. Not only in Europe, but also in less developed regions. Technology and new media have created new connections between arts and culture and other players of social and economic life. CUMEDIAE and its network of professionals want to be at the centre of these changes, and serve the needs deriving from them.

 

 

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We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Inaugural International Fashion Film Festival Brussels, to be held the 20th – 22nd October 2016 at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Palace – Brussels. The three-day event is the first Belgian-branded experience for creatives from the film, advertising and fashion industries.

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Glamour, Style, and Business

The International Fashion Film Festival Brussels (IFFFB) will combine glamour, style, and business to provide unparalleled insight into the fast-paced world of the fashion industry through the digital eye. The Festival will be digital, interactive, and livestreamed on Culture Agora, a platform managed by CUMEDIAE, to maximize impact for all participants.

CUMEDIAE strongly supports this initiative and the IFFFB in its goals to promote and recognize creative talent, and to connect production companies, creative agencies, and film directors with fashion brands, clients, and the press. We live a moment of model change in the funding and management of culture and arts. At the same time, the contribution of creative industries to job creation and economic growth is being better understood. Not only in Europe, but also in less developed regions. Technology and new media have created new connections between arts and culture and other players of social and economic life. CUMEDIAE and its network of professionals want to be at the centre of these changes, and serve the needs deriving from them.

CUMEDIAE Will Take the Floor

CUMEDIAE´s chairman, Ignasi Guardans, will share insight from his extensive experience in film, collaboration for business growth, and funding the creative industries as a main speaker on Day Two of the Festival.

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