Cultural and creative industries (CCI) are increasingly being recognised as an important source of economic independence, job creation, social cohesion, and wellbeing. The Mediterranean’s rich cultural background and dynamic young population means there is great potential for CCI to be real drivers of growth and prosperity, however, industries and infrastructures are fragmented and poorly supported.
CREACT4MED seeks to strengthen CCI ecosystems in the region and unleash the full potential of CCI to create empowered and flourishing societies. The CREACT4MED Annual Conference 2022 aims to build on the progress achieved so far, strengthen links between identified stakeholders, and fortify the foundations of a solid CCI Med Hub to create a productive and sustainable enabling environment for budding cultural and creative entrepreneurs.
The conference will showcase the project’s achievements to date, set goals for the coming year, and provide a space to discuss innovative ideas for programmes, policies, and financial models to support CCI entrepreneurs and businesses in the Southern Mediterranean.
The conference is organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) in collaboration with CreativeForum.si, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, and Medwaves. The event will take place in hybrid format, live streamed from Barcelona – Spain.
Let’s unleash the full potential of CCI in the Mediterranean!
Creativeforum.si is a platform for a lively and cross-sectoral exchange between creatives, entrepreneurs and policy makers. It invites different sectors – industry, foreign policy, education, tourism and more – to jointly create an enabling environment for the cultural and creative sector to prosper. It provides capacity building, networking opportunities and room for debate. It is an advocate for and a catalyst of policy change.
Primarily, it targets the regions of the Western Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean. However, it knows no geographical limits and partners with institutions and businesses from around the globe. A strong cultural and creative sector is a global need. It is key to development, peace and people’s well-being.
The Forum was launched in 2018, in cooperation between the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union for the Mediterranean. Since then, it has considerably grown and joined forces with a wide array of international partners. While its first edition in 2018 reviewed the regional state of affairs in the cultural and creative sector, the 2019 edition set the ground for collective action under the title “Creative Capital United”. Many new partnerships were established and new ideas born. Some networks expanded and others were imagined for the future.