The idea of the Forum which will be held for up to 300 participants in the Committee of the Regions’ premises in Brussels will be twofold:
First, to create a platform for exchange of best practice among those regions, cities and experts who have experiences in promoting creative industries and innovative approaches in the following fields:
(1) Arts and Culture;
(2) Science, Research and Innovation;
(3) Media, Information and Communication Technologies;
(4) Urban Development and Urban Creativity;
(5) Social Innovations.
Regional and local authorities interested to present their best practice are invited to send an application form before 31 January 2009
Second, with the support by the European Commission’s “Youth in Action” Programme 100 young creative talents from all over Europe. The members of the Committee of the Regions would propose candidates from their constituencies. They might be artists, architects, designers, film makers, internet experts or others. What would qualify them should their attempt to be at the same time "young entrepreneurs" and to have contributed to a certain extent to the development of the local economy, for example by setting up their own businesses. Candidates are invited to send the application form by 31 January 2009
The two-days’ programme of the Forum would include a session presenting the academic debate and practical cases in the field of regional creativity and innovation, a networking session among the young creative talents, both on 20 April. All participants would be welcomed during a social event in the evening. During the morning of 21 April, creative and innovative projects from Belgium would be presented through guided bus tour in Brussels followed by a panel debate among representatives from the Brussels, Flemish and Walloon regions.