From 7 to 11 October, Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs led a delegation of experts, opinion leaders and decision-makers from Australia, South Africa, India, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Hungary along the state of the art of the cultural and creative sectors of Flanders. This year the Flanders Inspires International Visitors Program focused on sustainability and technology in the creative and cultural industries (CCI).
These creative industries (architecture, audiovisual arts, music, design, gaming, new media, etc.) are flourishing as never before. They account roughly for 78.8 billion euros (13.39%) of the total turnover of Flanders and create employment for 171,265 people, which is 6.30% of the total number of employees in Flanders and 10.45% of the total number self-employed.
Establishing and building sustainable networks and high-quality partnerships, the visitors entered one week into dialogue with key figures such as Fisheye, Barco and Ocular, the Digital Arts and Entertainment training of HOWEST, the co-creation hub Hangar K, Gluon, the Design Museum Ghent, OVAM, Imec, de Krook, C-Mine, Corda Campus and innovation hub Nokia Bell Labs.
Picture; Ms. Yao-Fen You (New York, USA), Ms. Flavia Barca (Rome, Italy), Mr. João Guarantani (London, United Kingdom), Secretary-General Julie Bynens, Mr. Peter Petersen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), Ms. Rita Veres (Budapest, Hungary), Mr. Ravi Narayan (Telangana, South-India), Ms. Jane Crawley (Victoria, Australia)