To highlight and salute the innovative and creative nature of the arts, this year's Bergen International Summit puts art and culture at the centre stage.
How these values can function as a resource for interdisciplinary collaboration, social development, collaboration across borders and urban development are debated at the 2021 Bergen International Summit. The participants and panelists investigate the role of art, culture, and creativity as fully renewable and innovative resources, can be a part of finding solutions to the challenges of our time.
Opening address: Governing Mayor in Bergen, Roger Valhammer (AP - The Norwegian Labour Party)
Prelude: The intrinsic power of art as an innovative force on a strategic level
Presentation: Norway Minister of Culture, Abid Q. Raja (V - The Liberal Party of Norway)
Commented by: Deputy Major for Culture, Diversity and Equality in Bergen, Katrine Berg Nødtvedt (MDG - The Green Party)
Act I: Creativity as resource and commodity
Introduction: Marisa Henderson, Chief of the Creative Economy Programme in United Nations Conference on trade and development (UNCTAD)
Discussion: Art and Creativity as commodity and resource: Dave Beech, Dr. University of the Arts London
Commented by: Kirsti Mathiesen Hjemdahl, CEO Cultiva Foundation
Act II: Art as an incubator for transdisciplinary collaboration
Presentation: Ralf Schmitt, Founder & co-director at Berlin Art Institute
Presentation: Arts Incubators Birgitta Ralston, Head of Bioregion Institute, Ideal Lab, RalstonBau
Missy Mazzoli, Composer and performer and Artist in residence Bergen International Festival 2021
Kristin Danielsen, Director of the Arts Council Norway
Act III: Festivals and culture as the core of sustainable urban development
Introduction: Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, Project Officer, UNESCO Creative Cities Network & UNESCO Cities Platform, Culture Sector
Presentation: Festival Cities and sustainable urban development
Margaret Gold, London Metropolitan, Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries Management , author ofFestival Cities: Culture, Planning and Urban Life
John R. Gold, Oxford Brookes University, Professor of urban Historical Geography, author of Festival Cities: Culture, Planning and Urban Life
Presentation: Festivals; developing collaborations and creative ideas across borders
Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General at European Festivals Association (EFA)
Anders Beyer, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at Bergen International Festival
James McVeigh, Head of Marketing and Innovation of Festivals Edinburgh
Summing up: Thinking, planning & acting culturally by Charles Landry, author, speaker and international adviser, author of The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators
Harm-Christian Tolden, Director General of the Departement of Culture, Diversity and Equality, City of Bergen
Trine Samuelsberg, Director General of the Head of the City Government's Department, City of Bergen
See all programme details here.
Photo: Ole Christian Risa Bakke
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