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Bilbao, 27 October 2023 – The European Creative Industry Summit (#ECIS23_Bilbao) returns this year, under the theme “Decolonising Innovation – Decolonising the Mind”.

EIT Culture & Creativity will be present at #ECIS23_Bilbao to celebrate the first meeting of delegates in the EIT Culture & Creativity network for policymakers. Dr Christian Ehler, Member of the European Parliament and strong supporter of the European Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI), will be in charge of opening the event, followed by representatives of the Basque Government and the Municipality of Bilbao – kindly hosting this encounter -, as well as Bernd Fesel, CEO of EIT Culture & Creativity, and Gerin Trautenberger, Director of ECBN/CreativeFED.

Banner for #ECIS23_Bilbao by CreativeFED/ECBN

The central components of the event are the co-creation workshops. These workshops focus on the governance of the group, which currently has over 25 delegates and 20 ambassadors, and aim to find efficient ways of working for collective problem solving. Inspired by this year’s summit theme, which explores heritage and craft practices as powerful tools for promoting environmental sustainability, the workshops highlight the significance of decolonizing creative innovation. They also advocate for a broader, fairer, and more inclusive perspective on technological progress, sparking the emergence of new ideas and tech solutions that benefit both society and nature.

The Policy Club represents a significant milestone towards a better functioning ecosystem of the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries. By fostering coherent policies, programmes and frameworks that overcome policy gaps between the domains of culture, economy, research and education, EIT Culture & Creativity supports a fit for purpose foundation for local creators to thrive, to turn ideas into innovations and income, and to grow and create jobs. We invite policy makers from all sectors to join us in this exciting initiative.”

Bernd Fesel, CEO of EIT Culture & Creativity

Behind the influential European Creative Industry Summit (ECIS) stands the CreativeFED/former European Creative Businesses Network (ECBN). The ECIS annually assembles an elite group of creative experts, policy advocates, and sector-specific organizations. These gatherings nurture invaluable dialogues on modern trends and forecast potential paths for the Creative and Cultural Sectors and Industries (CCSIs). The clear mission of the EIT Culture & Creativity Policy Club is to infuse innovation across frameworks, procurements, and policies at both grassroots and broader scales for the CCSI.

Taking place from 25th to 27th October, within the framework of the European Culture & Creativity Days in Barcelona and the Contrast Conference Bilbao, the ECIS is a pivotal part of the Creativity and Innovation Tour 2023, linking the dynamic cities of Bilbao and Barcelona.

Learn more about the rich #ECIS23_Bilbao programme here: https://ecbnintra.notion.site/ECIS23-Bilbao-c899f4c17c7c4392b6149715788ceb51

Check out the programme of the Contrast Conference Bilbao here: 2:02:35https://www.euskadi.eus/open-conference-ccis-and-innovation-contrast/web01-a2kulind/en/

Find out more about the Policy Club and the Call for delegates in our press release here:

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About EIT Culture & Creativity

EIT Culture & Creativity is the ninth Innovation Community by the European Institute of Innovation and Technfology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It is designed to strengthen and transform Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) by connecting creatives and organisations to Europe’s largest innovation network. It takes a holistic and open approach to innovation – from tech to artistic driven innovations, from business to citizen driven – and reinforces the appreciation and anchoring of European values and identities. EIT Culture & Creativity will unlock latent value from a multitude of small CCSI stakeholders through technology transfer, improved cross-sectoral collaboration and their effective integration in production value networks. EIT Culture & Creativity will support technology and business innovation; artistic innovation and social innovation. It will also harness the unique position of the CCSI to facilitate the Triple Transitions in Europe – green, digital and social.

About CreativeFED/ECBN

The Creative FED, short for “The European Federation of Creative Economy (EFCE)”, is a recently established non-profit organization that serves as an umbrella for the European Cultural and Creative Industry and Sectors. As the successor to the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) established in 2011, our organisation represents the interests of the broader ecosystem. Creative FED supports the activities of its more than 200 members and maintain communication with over 2.500 European creative professionals and organisations. Every year, the Creative FED organises events such as the European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) and initiatives to promote and support the cultural and creative industries in Europe.

About The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The EIT is Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem bringing together close to 3,000 partners from top business, research and education organisations across Europe in over 80 innovation hubs. The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, composed of leading companies, research labs and universities each dedicated to solving a pressing global challenge, from climate change to health, to renewable energy.