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08.24/25: Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2016 – Essen




The fifth edition of Forum d'Avignon Ruhr takes place on August, 24/25th 2016 - ESSEN


  • The Topic

Creativity has become the virtually ever-present ray of hope in education, business, science, cities, and society. There seems to be no way of avoiding creativity – whether it is in the future planning of cities ("Creative City"), in the latest digital economic areas ("Creative Cloud"), in the construction of citizen-orientated administrations ("Creative Governance") or in healthcare ("Creative Healing Environments").

Creativity has developed from a sector term of the Cultural and Creative Industries into a seemingly universal characteristic for shaping our future – as evidenced by the very latest analyses from this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Not least because of this universality, creativity as a concept also consistently produces an amount of controversies. That is why it is of crucial importance to better understand its current significance and its potential for the future in a rapidly changing world, but also to critically challenge its ability to shape the world and to test its limits.

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  • The Programme

Artists and creative minds, politicians, entrepreneurs and scientists from throughout Europe will be attending the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2016 to discuss creativity as an ever-present ray of hope and its potential for more traditional areas of large-scale industry, the new digital economy and ultimately for culture itself. Business concerns will be compared to their cultural counterparts, urban visionaries and artists will present remarkable projects, while the Forum also seeks to test the limits of creativity.

The presentation of the N.I.C.E Award, the European prize for innovations in culture and creativity endowed with 20,000 euros in prize money, will be one of the highlights during the Forum. 

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  • The Venue - Philharmonie Essen

The fifth edition of Forum d'Avignon Ruhr takes place at the Philharmonie Essen. The listed building of the Philharmonie located at the Stadtgarten was reopened in 2004 after fundamental renovations and has impressed the audience since then with the compositon of the historical important Saalbau and the aesthetic modern redesign.

The premises at the interface of culture and economy provide a suitable setting for this year’s Forum d'Avignon Ruhr on 25 August 2016.

Philharmonie Essen

Huyssenallee 53

45128 Essen

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Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 

Ecce (economic center for creative economy)

N.I.C.E Award Call 2016


The Forum d'Avignon Ruhr is based on a French-German partnership between the think tank Forum d'Avignon and ecce. The aim of the cooperation is to culturally contribute to future-oriented policies by bringing together Europe's business leaders and experts from the economy, politics, media, science, and culture. The 5th edition of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr will take place on 24/25 August 2016 in the city of Essen.