As part of ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Series in 2014, ASEF will organise the 7th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Industries in Asia and Europe: Enabling Crossovers on 18 October 2014 at the Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event is in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands and Het Nieuwe Instituut from the Netherlands and with the support of the European Cultural Foundation.
The Public Forum is an official side event of the 6th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting on 19-21 October 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands which will focus on the benefits and challenges of the creative industries. The Public Forum will also mark the opening of the ASEM Cultural Network Programme from 18-21 October 2014 across the Netherlands, which will gather 40 creative professionals from Asia and Europe for four days of workshops and site visits.
The Forum will focus on policy debates around the creative industries in Asia and Europe in the framework of economic growth, sustainable development, social inclusion and empowerment. This platform will explore possibilities for future collaborative projects between Asia and Europe, thereby contributing to greater bi-regional collaboration.
Ambassador ZHANG Yan, ASEF Executive Director, will deliver his welcome remarks during the opening of the Public Forum on Saturday, 18 October at 4:30 pm. Among the speakers will be leading voices from Asia and Europe including: Mr Charles LANDRY, an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change and inventor of the concept of the Creative City; Mr Anmol VELLANI, Founder and Former Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts and theatre director; and, Ms Ada WONG, Founder and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and the Supervisor of the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong.