During an international study visit in Noord-Brabant, Hong Kong was welcomed as the newest member of the Districts of Creativity Network.
The network was initiated by Flanders (Belgium) in 2004 as a group of regions around the world that put creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship high on the agenda. The exchange of knowledge an experiences supports the members in achieving the best conditions in their regions to create prosperity and well being through creativity and innovation.
Next to Hong Kong, the DC-Network exists of the following regions: Baden-Württemberg, Rhône-Alpes, Lombardy, Catalonia, Scotland, Central-Denmark, North-Brabant, Tampere, Oklahoma, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Karnataka and Flanders.
Pascal Cools, director of Flanders DC, the initiator and coordinator of the network is convinced by the added value of Hong Kong: “as a major gateway to Asia, Hong Kong can play an important part in the network. With events such as the Business of Design Week it has become an important creative business hub. The network and knowledge of our Hong Kong partner are a true asset for the DC-Network and we look forward to exchanging experiences and exploring cooperations. ”
William To, creative & programme director of PMQ, the organisation that represents Hong Kong in the network, also sees unique opportunities for Hong kong. “Hong Kong has always been a connector between the west and the east. We can share our experiences on creativity, but also learn from the other regions and countries across the world throughout this network.”