From 27-30 June 2017 the Districts of Creativity Network’s ninth Reverse Mission took place in Rio de Janeiro, hosted by the city hall’s Institute Rio Human Patrimony (IRPH) and the Federation of Industries from the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN). The main theme of this study visit was “making cities for people”: how can creativity and innovation be fostered to tackle urban challenges?
In 2017 the Creativity World Forum takes place on the Danish shores for the first time. Set in Denmark’s rising city and the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus, the forum will be an immersive experience of creativity in context – a celebration of creativity.
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.”
Brabant will host the next Reverse Mission. From April 19th until April 22nd, experts, enterpreneurs, policy makers and educational experts of the DC regions can join a fact finding mission that will showcase Brabant’s excellence in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
On March 31, Creative Oklahoma presents their Creativity World Forum. The forum will be both a gathering of the Districts of Creativity Network and a conference in its own right. Education and innovation specialist Sir Ken Robinson, Michael Strautmanis of The Walt Disney Company and Flanders DC manager Pascal Cools are some of the headliners of the Forum.