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    PICNIC activities during the Catapulta Festival in Mexico

    In the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, PICNIC investigated the possibility of organizing a PICNIC Festival in Mexico and Brazil. This reconnaissance has already prompted PICNIC to organize a range of activities during the Catapulta social innovation festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, bringing together social investors and social entrepreneurs in order to nurture sustainable social enterprises.

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    Opportunities for architects and urban planners in Albania

    CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism recently completed their investigative study in the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization. Martin Sobota (CITYFÖRSTER) and Paul Gerretsen (Vereniging Deltametropool) undertook a six-day reconnaissance in Albania to explore opportunities for urban planning.

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    Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition hits DDW

    The opening of the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition In No Particular Order during the Dutch Design Week was a great success. The presentation of work by creative talents who are being supported by the Grant Programme for Talent Development has already attracted plenty of (international) visitors during the first half of the Dutch Design Week.

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Opportunities for architects and urban planners in Albania

3 november 2014
CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism recently completed their investigative study in the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization. Martin Sobota (CITYFÖRSTER) and Paul Gerretsen (Vereniging Deltametropool) undertook a six-day reconnaissance in Albania to explore opportunities for urban planning.
This exploratory visit was prompted by the election of Edi Rama – former Mayor of Tirana and a promoter of architecture and urban planning – as Prime Minister of Albania. ‘There is plenty for our profession to gain and the timing is ideal: the new government is aiming for a dramatic improvement of the coast and the local stakeholders support this,’ Sobota explains. ‘The towns of Divjakë and Xarre were particularly inspiring and the local community was very interested in cooperating.’ One of the key aspects revealed by this reconnaissance was the importance of data collection, such as the development of a ‘smart citizen’ app which can gather data about water quality and involve more locals in the project.
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PICNIC activities during the Catapulta Festival in Mexico

3 november 2014
In the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, PICNIC investigated the possibility of organizing a PICNIC Festival in Mexico and Brazil. This reconnaissance has already prompted PICNIC to organize a range of activities during the Catapulta social innovation festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, bringing together social investors and social entrepreneurs in order to nurture sustainable social enterprises.
Oaxaca is a hub for organizations which are working on poverty issues to improve the lives of the poorest people in Mexican society. Under the motto ‘Redefine Growth’, PICNIC challenged social entrepreneurs from Mexico and Latin America to develop commercially sustainable and creative solutions for social and environmental issues. The activities that PICNIC organized during Catapulta included a discussion with Gustavo Madrid (director of Casa de Ciudad), Juan Jose Consejo Duenas (director of INSO), Carlos Hernandez (founding director of Fundacion En Via) and Salime Harp (founding director of Studio Xaquixe) as panel members.

Besides visiting the PICNIC Mexico Marketplace, a showcase by 20 Mexican social enterprises, the public could participate in the following workshops:
MakeSense Hold-Up Sessions: Festival participants mined their contacts, resources and networks to actively support social entrepreneurs at the Marketplace with their specific business challenges.
‘Re-designing Growth, One Social Enterprise at a Time’ Design Thinking Workshop: Together with CO_, the initiators of PICNIC Mexico, PICNIC organized this ‘design thinking workshop’ for young social entrepreneurs to help establish and grow their own enterprises.
‘Designing for the Anthropocene’ Workshop: PICNIC gave a design workshop aimed at finding new opportunities in the Anthropocene in conjunction with the New York-based Buckminster Fuller Institute. Director and founder David McConville helped participants to identify novel perspectives to solve social and environmental problems in their particular sectors.
‘Re-design Growth for Water Management’ Workshop: at the invitation of PICNIC and the Dutch Embassy in Mexico, Deltares gave a demo of its interactive ‘water map’ table and its water management game for government representatives and local water management experts.

This project was supported by the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization.

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PICNIC activities during the Catapulta Festival in Mexico

3 november 2014

In the context of the Open Call: Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, PICNIC investigated the possibility of organizing a PICNIC Festival in Mexico and Brazil. This reconnaissance has already prompted PICNIC to organize a range of activities during the Catapulta social innovation festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, bringing together social investors and social entrepreneurs in order to nurture sustainable social enterprises.

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Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition hits DDW

21 oktober 2014
The opening of the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition In No Particular Order during the Dutch Design Week was a great success. The presentation of work by creative talents who are being supported by the Grant Programme for Talent Development has already attracted plenty of (international) visitors during the first half of the Dutch Design Week.
On Friday, 24 October there will be various guided tours and presentations about this exhibition at the Schellensfabriek in Eindhoven. You can read more about the exhibition here.

Get a look at the photos of the exhibition’s opening (by Ben Nienhuis) and the installation photos (by Johannes Schwartz). More images can be downloaded via this page.
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Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition hits DDW

21 oktober 2014

The opening of the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Talent Exhibition In No Particular Order during the Dutch Design Week was a great success. The presentation of work by creative talents who are being supported by the Grant Programme for Talent Development has already attracted plenty of (international) visitors during the first half of the Dutch Design Week.

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Consultation sessions at Dutch Design Week

30 september 2014
During the Dutch Design Week (DDW) the Creative Industries Fund NL is holding a consultation session to offer information and advice. The consultation sessions will take place at the Schellensfabriek, situated on the DDW’s Central Area route close to the Van Abbe Museum. Are you keen to learn more about the grants and subsidies offered by the Fund? Make an appointment in advance and pass by!
The Fund is able to provide subsidies for cultural projects in the Netherlands and abroad from its grant programmes for design, e-culture and internationalization. Will you be visiting the DDW and are you a designer with an idea for an innovative project? The Fund will answer your questions and can also offer you advice about formulating a project plan or submitting a grant application.

Design consultation session: Friday, 24 October, 16:00–18:00
Talent Development consultation session: Friday, 24 October, 16:00–18:00
Internationalization consultation session: Friday 24 October, 16:00–18:00
Voordekunst consultation session: Friday, 24 October. Register for the Voordekunst consultation session by filling in this form. You can find out more about the cooperation between the Creative Industries Fund NL and Voordekunst, a crowdfunding for art initiative, by clicking here.

Do you want to find out more about the subsidies and grants offered by the Fund? Make an appointment in advance for the Design, Talent Development and Internationalization consultation sessions on 24 October via info@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

The consultation sessions will be held at the Schellensfabriek, situated on the DDW’s Central Area route close to the Van Abbe Museum.

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Consultation sessions at Dutch Design Week

30 september 2014

During the Dutch Design Week (DDW) the Creative Industries Fund NL is holding a consultation session to offer information and advice. The consultation sessions will take place at the Schellensfabriek, situated on the DDW’s Central Area route close to the Van Abbe Museum. Are you keen to learn more about the grants and subsidies offered by the Fund? Make an appointment in advance and pass by!

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Anne Wenzel wins European Ceramic Context 2014 Prize

7 oktober 2014
From 13 September to 23 November, the European Ceramic Context event is presenting a exhibition of contemporary ceramics by European designers and artists in Bornholm, Denmark. The work of Anne Wenzel was selected as winner of the European Ceramic Context 2014 Prize in the category Established Artist. The jury praised the strong technical qualities and the understanding of the production process that her work conveys, leading to powerful, almost disturbing end results.
The European Ceramic Context 2014 is a collaboration between the Danish Royal Academy of Design Bornholm, School of Design Bornholm, Bornholm Art Museum and Gronbechs Gard exhibition space. They join forces once every three years to organize a European ceramics exhibition in Bornholm, Denmark. As 'National Commissioner', Liesbeth den Besten selected work by Anne Wenzel, Anton Reijnders, Floris Wubben (New Talent category) and Tim Breukers (New Talent category) to represent the Netherlands, in order to highlight recent developments within the field of Dutch ceramics in an international context, where craftsmanship and tradition still predominate.

Each of these four artists presents a different conception of ceramics, an approach that usually emphasizes the material’s plastic and expressive possibilities rather than pure form. Anne Wenzel’s experiments with foaming glaze add a new dimension to the function of glazing: this glaze erodes the underlying layer of clay and thus becomes a means of expression. Anton Reijnders uses ceramics for work that goes beyond the bounds of applied art. Tim Breukers, who is currently working at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, is also intent on exploring materials and techniques, thus emphasizing their plastic qualities. Floris Wubben devised and built an extrusion machine with which he presses large quantities of clay (up to 30 kilograms in one go) through profiles.

You can find further information at www.europeanceramiccontext.com. This project is being supported by the Grant Programme for Design.

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Anne Wenzel wins European Ceramic Context 2014 Prize

7 oktober 2014

From 13 September to 23 November, the European Ceramic Context event is presenting a exhibition of contemporary ceramics by European designers and artists in Bornholm, Denmark. The work of Anne Wenzel was selected as winner of the European Ceramic Context 2014 Prize in the category Established Artist. The jury praised the strong technical qualities and the understanding of the production process that her work conveys, leading to powerful, almost disturbing end results.

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Participants selected for the Seoul Design Festival

7 oktober 2014
The Seoul Design Festival is being staged in Korea from 26 to 30 November. Under the theme of ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’, its focus is ageing in Korean society. In July the Fund issued an open call for participants. The 10 projects outlined below will be presented in Seoul with the Fund’s support:


Studio Toer – Moti
The Toer design studio is presenting its Moti light installation, which consists of an inflatable lamp with servomechanisms inside that set it in motion. Because of the slightly inflated form, the lamp moves as soon as it senses movement, reacting to the atmosphere of the surroundings via the user’s movements. The designers were aiming to emulate the Oriental design tradition with their use of delicate materials and a refined formal idiom. According to the creators, the lamp welcomes the people present in the space and creates vitality, tying in with the Seoul Design Festival’s sub-theme of ‘Hospitality’. Studio Toer already presented a light installation in Seoul in 2013. By participating in the Holland Pavilion they want to become more familiar with the South Korean design world.

Inge Kuipers – Tea-set Touch
With her ‘Tea-set Touch’, designer Inge Kuipers has developed a tea set for people with arthritis. The design is intended as an aid for people for whom using everyday objects such as a teapot is not self-evident. With this project Kuipers is striving after a design that deflects the emphasis away from the handicap and avoids the clinical appearance of most appliances. The set has no handles, so the user grasps the object with both hands, which improves the ease of use. By participating in the Holland Pavilion presentation Kuipers wants to investigate how the Korean market responds to her project. She anticipates the project will fit in well with Asian tea culture and ceremonies.

Juliette Huijgen – Euthanasia. Tales of Happily Ever After
Juliette Huijgen describes herself as a design anthropologist, a term which indicates her social and engaged approach to design, in which people and their rituals are pivotal. She is seeking to establish connections between social discussions by creating tangible media. For example, with the ‘Euthanasia. Tales of Happily Ever After’ project Huijgen has developed a collection with which she wants to visualize the various facets of euthanasia. She thereby reveals the feelings, fears and taboos that exist around euthanasia in a non-judgemental manner. She also wants to offer different perspectives and prompt visitors to reflect on their personal norms and values.

Drytex Consultancy – Protective Underwear
Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten’s Protective Underwear project offers solutions for people who endure the inconveniences of urine loss. She noticed that people in her immediate surroundings with incontinence tended to isolate themselves from social situations, because of insecurities and fears. According to Veldhuijzen van Zanten believes that the practical solutions, such as incontinence diapers, ignore the emotional impact of urine loss. In addition, incontinence diapers are not sustainable, attractive nor comfortable to wear. Protective Underwear is made of specially developed incontinence textile for women that is comfortable and washable. To produce it she collaborated with Artofil, a company specialized in absorbent materials. The Audax Textile Museum in Tilburg sponsored the initial presentation of the project. In South Korea, Veldhuijzen van Zanten wants to spark discussion about potential everyday aids for older people in a rapidly ageing society and discover how Koreans deal with this issue.

Lisa Mandemaker – The Continuous Drama of the Minutes Passing
Zero Hour is the graduation collection of Lisa Mandemaker that comprises a series of moving objects that are driven by clockwork mechanisms. These objects render the abstraction of the awareness of time and the passing of time in a graphic and tangible form. She began this project with an investigation into the increasing over-diagnosis of children and focused specifically on the symptoms of dyscalculia. She will present two works from the collection at the Seoul Design Festival. ‘Sequential Elapse in Blue Divided by Blue’ is a flip clock, the numbers of which have been replaced by colour, which is meant to evoke a different awareness of time. The wall-mounted installation ‘The Continuous Drama of the Minutes Passing’ is a spatial representation of the passing of the minutes. Mandemaker sees parallels between her alternative approach to time and ageing society. With these two works she is inviting the public to associate themselves more closely with growing older, so that they perceive the ageing process in a different way. She thus wants to demonstrate that it is an inevitable development that people must learn to deal with.

Studio Dumbar – Visual Identity Alzheimer Nederland
Studio Dumbar devised the new visual identity and communication style for Alzheimer Nederland, thus raising the quality of communications with Alzheimer patients and people in their surroundings. For the Seoul Design Festival the design studio devised a motion graphic that incorporates the distinctive typographic effects of the new identity and ties in with the South Korean context. Studio Dumbar has a partner bureau in Seoul and has already carried out projects in South Korea. By taking part in the Seoul Design Festival the studio hopes to contribute to the design sector in South Korea and to inspire the festival’s visitors.

Jules van den Langenberg – The Medicine Called Fun
Designer, curator and exhibition producer Jules van den Langenberg investigated the life of his grandmother and her co-residents in a Dutch care home. The crux of his research was transformations in the social architecture, specifically the collective housing types for the elderly and how these are affected by hospitalization and privatization. Van den Langenberg set himself the goal of freshening up the lifestyle of the senior citizens, by adding pleasure into the equation. This resulted in a collaboration with design collective La Bolleur. Together they discovered that the game of bingo, which is often played in care homes, strengthens interpersonal contact and therefore guarantees pleasure. The Medicine Called Fun project is a reinterpretation of the game that is designed as an experience. This bingo set consists of a multifunctional piece of furniture with additional play elements. By participating in the Seoul Design Festival, Van den Langenberg intends to research the collective housing types for elderly people in Korea and develop the bingo set further.

Michou Nanon de Bruijn – Het NieuwGrijs
Michou Nanon de Bruijn employs her design work as a medium to convey her research and vision for the future, as well as to stimulate discussion about local and global problems. Her book Het NieuwGrijs (The New Grey) is the result of a three-week stay in the rural parish of Oostburg in the south of the Netherlands and presents her research into the worsening population decline there. She ascertained that young inhabitants migrate to urban centres, so the population is shrinking and it seems that the hair colour in the parish will in future become greyer and greyer. During her stay the designer asked herself what this development means for a small village and how the quality of life can be maintained. In her book De Bruijn outlines several solutions for this problem, such as exploring the possibilities that lack of occupancy present for the consolidation of social structures. In South Korea she is keen to survey the local issues with regard to ageing and population decline in rural areas.

Harm Rensink – Urban Spa
In his work as a designer, Harm Rensink focuses on enhancing the user experience, taking all the senses into consideration. In his exhibitions, installations and interior concepts he tries to remain as close to the human user as possible and strives to bring about true relaxation in the user. Within this framework he has produced various designs as a results of his ongoing research into bathing culture. With the Urban Spa project he has created an immersive experience around his vision for relaxation in densely populated areas. The spa consists of walled-in lake and an inflatable Turkish bath. He uses mirrors to create a slightly surreal, spatial experience for the user. Rensink also designed bathroom textiles in a cotton-viscose mix. The moulded Turkish soaps are enveloped in natural felt that ensures a gentle scrub when washing. He is keen to extend his ongoing research to bathing culture in South Korea and to explore the local culture.

Anne Feikje Weidema – Re-covered
In her design practice Anne Feikje Weidema noticed that products which are aimed at geriatric care still take little account of sensory elements, such as sensitivity and feel, because they are still largely based on function and purpose. With her Re-covered design she wanted to look beyond the clinical and functional character of these care products. Re-covered is a blanket that encourages contact with the textile, which is made of a soft material and feels heavy. The blanket stimulates the senses by making contact with particular pressure points in the body, stimulating the senses, muscles and joints. The weight of the blanket has a calming effect on Alzheimer patients and boosts people’s emotional and physical well-being.

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Participants selected for the Seoul Design Festival

7 oktober 2014

The Seoul Design Festival is being staged in Korea from 26 to 30 November. Under the theme of ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’, its focus is ageing in Korean society. In July the Fund issued an open call for participants. The 10 projects outlined below will be presented in Seoul with the Fund’s support:

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Creative Industries Fund NL presents Young Talent at Dutch Design Week

2 oktober 2014
During the Dutch Design Week, which runs from 18 to 26 October, the Creative Industries Fund NL is showcasing young talent. The exhibition In No Particular Order displays work by young creative professionals who in 2013/2014 received a year-long grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. The exhibition focuses on recent work, but also provides insights about the current generation of creatives who are active in the fields of design, architecture and e-culture.
What makes someone a talent? How is talent moulded? That is the pivotal question addressed by this exhibition at the Schellensfabriek in Eindhoven. Factors that play a role in the shaping of talent – equipment, production processes, influential books, role models and correspondence – were investigated and amassed for this presentation. Do people acquire talent through practical experience or are they born with it? ‘With this exhibition I wanted to separate the notion of talent from its aura of mystery and dissect the actual qualities and other factors that contribute to the shaping of talent,’ explains curator Agata Jaworska.

New work and interpreting current trends
In No Particular Order presents work by individual talents, but also reveals trends and interrelationships. Sketchbooks, personal libraries, studios, working methods and ideas are combined to provide a surprising insight into this young generation of creatives. This reveals overarching themes such as interdisciplinary approaches and critical visions. ‘I don’t want to survive in a design world that is totally fixated on mass production and products,’ says designer Jólan van der Wiel, while fashion designer Pauline van Dongen questions the very field in which she operates: ‘The fashion industry is so dominant that almost nobody reconsiders the way we produce and distribute.’

The exhibition features work by Adriaan Aarnoudse, Aliki van der Kruijs, Arna Mackic, Beer van Geer, Boris de Beijer, Danny Cremers, Deniz Terli, Elisabeth Klement, Foteini Setaki, Irma Földényi, Jinhyun Jeon, Jólan van der Wiel, Jorge Bakker, Linda Valkeman, Maaike Fransen, Pauline van Dongen, Pieter Stoutjesdijk, Pinar Demirdag, Rick van der Linden, Rogier Delfos and Viola Renate.

Talent development grants
Talent development is one of the Fund’s five objectives. Up to 30 highly promising designers/creatives are selected for a grant every year. The Fund also offers a supporting programme to improve the tie-in with professional practice. There is coaching and support for the group and on an individual basis to develop entrepreneurial skills and professionalism, where possible tailored to individual needs.

18–26 October 2014
11:00–20:00 daily
Schellensfabriek, Vestdijk 280, Eindhoven

The accompanying publication is available at the exhibition venue or can be ordered via info@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

The press release (Dutch and English) and press images are available on this page of Organisation in Design: https://organisationindesign.getbynder.com/web/stimuleringsfonds-in-no-particular-order/

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Creative Industries Fund NL presents Young Talent at Dutch Design Week

2 oktober 2014

During the Dutch Design Week, which runs from 18 to 26 October, the Creative Industries Fund NL is showcasing young talent. The exhibition In No Particular Order displays work by young creative professionals who in 2013/2014 received a year-long grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. The exhibition focuses on recent work, but also provides insights about the current generation of creatives who are active in the fields of design, architecture and e-culture.

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Open Call for Participation in South by Southwest 2015

8 juli 2014
The Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on makers from the e-culture, film and gaming industries to submit proposals aimed at one of the programme events during the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2015. The Fund is providing ten grants of maximum € 6,000 per project. A condition for receiving a grant is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization.
SXSW 2015 takes place in the period 13-22 March 2015 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is one of the most important festivals and fairs in the world in the field of e-culture (interactive), film and music, bringing together an interesting mixture of major firms, start-ups and artistic events. The festival has a strong focus on innovation and plays an important networking role in various sectors.

Open Call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is particularly open to interesting proposals from Dutch participants in the Interactive programme, which takes place from 13 to 17 March 2015, and in the Digital Domain programme, which forms part of the film programme and takes place at the same time.

The maximum grant from the Fund totals € 6,000 per project. A condition for support is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization and forms part of the official programme. You can submit a proposal for one of the programme events listed below:

 Participation in the conference (panels/sessions/talks) for the Interactive and Digital Domain events;
 Participation in the Accelerator event;
 Participation in the Interactive Trade Show;
 Participation in the Gaming Expo.

Aims
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have jointly commissioned the Creative Industries Fund NL to implement a programme specifically aimed at the internationalization of the creative industries.
This four-year programme has three main aims:
 strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector
 building up lasting collaborative relations
 enlarging the international field of work.

Assessment
Each project proposal will be assessed in writing by three independent advisors, who will test whether the project is sufficiently in line with the general aims of the Creative Industries Fund NL, and in particular its aims in the area of Internationalization. They will also assess the quality of the proposal and the extent to which the project is appropriate in the context of SXSW. If the advisors make a positive recommendation, a grant will be issued on condition that the project or person is admitted to the official SXSW programme.

The Creative Industries Fund NL aims to issue grants for ten projects and is allocating a sum of € 60,000 for this purpose. The maximum grant per project/participant amounts to € 6,000. The grant issued for a proposal can be reduced to a lower amount should the contents of a proposal or the accompanying cost estimate justify such a reduction. Project proposals that are not included among the first selection can, in consultation with the applicant, be placed on a waiting list so that they may receive support in the event of resources becoming available if positively assessed projects are not admitted to the official programme. The Creative Industries Fund NL will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals.

Applications
A proposal consists of:
 name, address, place of residence
 plan/description of the project or activities, aimed at one of the official festival programmes
 cost estimate and financial scheme
 letter of motivation
 CV of not more than two pages
 Proof of registration with the Chamber of Commerce.

For each selected proposal the Creative Industries Fund NL is allocating a maximum grant of € 6,000. This grant is a contribution to the total costs and is to be used for:
 travel and accommodation costs for two people during SXSW
 maximum of two additional festival badges per project
 costs for participation in fair
 costs of materials directly incurred by participation in SXSW.

Deadline
Submit the proposal, including letter of motivation, before 7 November 2014. The call is the only opportunity to receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the SXSW Festival.

Procedure
Proposals must be submitted digitally using the Creative Industries Fund NL online application form. Select the round entitled: Open Call Participation SXSW 2015. For more information about online applications, see this page.

The procedure for an open call is described in the General Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The selected proposals will receive a grant on the basis of the Grant Programme for Internationalization.

Further information:
 To receive a grant, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. Should that not be the case, it is possible to register after you have been selected.
 Participants are responsible for booking their travel and accommodation on time.
 Admission to the official SXSW programme is a prerequisite for receiving support, but does not offer any guarantee.

For further questions concerning the open call procedure please contact Hugo van de Poel, 010-4361600, h.vandepoel@stimuleringsfonds.nl

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Open Call for Participation in South by Southwest 2015

8 juli 2014

The Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on makers from the e-culture, film and gaming industries to submit proposals aimed at one of the programme events during the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2015. The Fund is providing ten grants of maximum € 6,000 per project. A condition for receiving a grant is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization.

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AFFR organizes first architecture film festival in China

17 september 2014
The first film festival about architecture and urban development to be held in China is taking place from 25 to 28 September in Beijing. The festival is being organized by the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) in association with the Beijing Design Week (BJDW). The programme’s overarching theme is the management of the extreme growth of Chinese cities.
The film festival’s title is ‘We are the city’ and its programme was compiled by Jord den Hollander. Besides showing Dutch and Chinese films, there will also be productions about urban developments around the world. ‘In addition, a film about the parallels between two distinctive cycling cities – Amsterdam and Beijing – has been specially produced for the festival,’ the AFFR announced. ‘This film will be shown on one of the city’s largest projection screens every day.’

The BJDW attracts more than five million visitors per year, making it one of the world’s biggest events for architects, urban planners and designers. During the film festival there will be daily debates as well as film and architecture workshops for architecture students and young professionals. The Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting this event. Click here for the full programme.

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AFFR organizes first architecture film festival in China

17 september 2014

The first film festival about architecture and urban development to be held in China is taking place from 25 to 28 September in Beijing. The festival is being organized by the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) in association with the Beijing Design Week (BJDW). The programme’s overarching theme is the management of the extreme growth of Chinese cities.

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A report from the Beijing work week Qinghe station

22 september 2014
Last week, 30 professionals from the Netherlands and China collaborated intensively on a strategy for a station location in Beijing in the context of the Open Call for the Qinghe Station work week. This Open Call issued by the Creative Industries Fund NL was aimed at Dutch architects, landscape architects and urban planners, who from 14 to 20 September devised a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) strategy for Qinghe Station in preparation for the construction of a new high-speed railway line, an assignment from the Beijing Municipal Commission on Urban Planning (BMCUP).

Thijs van Spaandonk reports:
China is currently making huge investments in infrastructure for high-speed trains. The stations for these trains have been designed like airports (with corresponding security and waiting times) rather than hubs of urban vitality. This means that much time and comfort is being sacrificed. Transferring to other modes of transport is suboptimal. In addition, the metro system is overburdened because of the city’s growth, and journey times and distances are too great.

Strategies on various scales were developed during the work week, in an effort to find strategic solutions for the abovementioned problems. These strategies were:

An integrated public transit structure for Beijing in which there are better connections between HSL, the metro and a newly introduced modality: the Rapid Train (an urban light-rail system).
What advantages does this interconnectivity offer for the two stations on the line – Beijing North Station (existing) and Qinghe Station (new) – that were part of our assignment? Here attention was devoted to interlinking the various modalities in relation to spatial quality and traveller comfort.
Opportunities for development around the two stations. Here the emphasis was on linking various programmatic zones around the stations, the quality of the public space and devising a programmatic mix that could contribute to further development of the station and its environs.

On Friday, 19 September the various participants presented these findings to an enthusiastic audience. Next week the outcomes will be discussed with the various stakeholders, such as local government and the World Bank, during events such as an International Forum on Transit-Oriented Development and the Beijing Design Week.

Participants in the work week:
Ton Venhoeven, Wu Weijia, Wu Chen, Cui Kai, Du Liqun, Zhang Bing, Huang He, Chen Yulin, Thijs van Spaandonk, Martijn de Geus, An Yue, Ni Jian, Dai Tianxing, Ren Yue, He Junqiao, Song Jing, Zhao Wenning, Liang Yingya, Sun Yuan, Yang Xu, Qiu Jie, Li Minhui, Wamg Liang, Zhen Tian, LI Jing, LV Wenjun, Liu Gang, Zhang Yizhang, Michel Duinmayer, Heleen Wijtmans, Joek Kruiderink, Marten Wassmann, Eric Frijters, Miriam Ram, Adam Visser, Brechtje Spreeuwers, John Breen, René Kuiken, Mark Dekker, Xun Huan, Ye Zhang.

Organizations involved:
Beijing Municipal Commission on Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute for Architectural Design, China Academy for Urban Planning and Design, China Architectural Design Research Group, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, the Royal Dutch Embassy in Beijing, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands), the Delta Metropolis Association, the City of Utrecht, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, René Kuiken Urbanism, Fabric, KCAP, MLA+, GroupA, Benthem Crouwel, Urhahn Urbanism, Fakton.

Project initiator:
Creative Industries Fund NL

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A report from the Beijing work week Qinghe station

22 september 2014

Last week, 30 professionals from the Netherlands and China collaborated intensively on a strategy for a station location in Beijing in the context of the Open Call for the Qinghe Station work week. This Open Call issued by the Creative Industries Fund NL was aimed at Dutch architects, landscape architects and urban planners, who from 14 to 20 September devised a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) strategy for Qinghe Station in preparation for the construction of a new high-speed railway line, an assignment from the Beijing Municipal Commission on Urban Planning (BMCUP).

Thijs van Spaandonk reports:

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Towards2050 2014 edition gets under way

23 september 2014
The theme for the next two weeks is Chinese-Dutch cooperation in the realm of sustainable urban development. The 2014 edition of Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation got under way on 14 September. The programme comprises workshops and seminars with Chinese and Dutch designers and experts, forming part of the Netherlands’ contribution to the Beijing Design Week.
Towards2050 is a multi-year programme initiated by the Creative Industries Fund NL in July 2013. The aim of this initiative is to test out the applicability of Dutch expertise in the field of urban development in the context of Chinese metropolitan regions. Chinese-Dutch design projects, research, week-long workshops, seminars and exchanges are also being organized within the framework of this programme.

The 2013 reconnaissance
The first exploratory work week was held in September 2013 during the Beijing Design Week. Dutch and Chinese participants tackled three pilot projects in Beijing that were proposed by a local stakeholder, the Fengtai District Planning Bureau. You can read more about this undertaking here.

Since then the interest in Towards2050 has grown, among Dutch as well as Chinese organizations, knowledge institutions and businesses. This shows there is a growing realization that today’s complex urban issues call for a multidisciplinary approach and international cooperation.

Transit-Oriented Development
This year’s theme is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Towards2050 is therefore working with Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Development, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Land and Resources, World Bank Beijing Office, Tsinghua University, China Railway Corporation, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, UED Magazine, CMoDA and Beijing Design Week.

‘I’m pleased about the wide-ranging backgrounds and expertise of the Chinese and Dutch participants,’ says programme curator Ton Venhoeven. ‘There are various kinds of specialists, generalists, policy-makers and designers, from public as well as private institutions. They are working together with professors and students on projects that contribute to smart, competitive, sustainable and healthy urban regions.’

Cooperation
One special aspect of the programme is the close cooperation between designers and financial specialists. This teamwork was inspired by the Chinese government’s desire to improve the quality of life in cities by means of a market-oriented strategy rather than a planned economy approach. For China, the urban conurbations of the Netherlands and their interconnections represent an interesting practice, offering a solid basis for the sharing of expertise as well as capital flows – in both directions.

Organizations involved:
Beijing Municipal Commission on Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute for Architectural Design, China Academy for Urban Planning and Design, China Architectural Design Research Group, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, the Royal Dutch Embassy in Beijing, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands), the Delta Metropolis Association, the City of Utrecht, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, René Kuiken Urbanism, Fabric, KCAP, MLA+, GroupA, Benthem Crouwel, Urhahn Urbanism, Fakton.

Project initiator:
Creative Industries Fund NL

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Towards2050 2014 edition gets under way

23 september 2014

The theme for the next two weeks is Chinese-Dutch cooperation in the realm of sustainable urban development. The 2014 edition of Towards2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanisation got under way on 14 September. The programme comprises workshops and seminars with Chinese and Dutch designers and experts, forming part of the Netherlands’ contribution to the Beijing Design Week.

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Interested in manufacturing in Taiwan?

9 september 2014
Taiwan has a burgeoning interest in design, so it is not for nothing that Taipei will be World Design Capital 2016. The Dutch Design Post (DDP) is a platform to promote Dutch design on the international stage.
Now that mass production has shifted to Taiwanese factories in China, Taiwan is concentrating on innovation and high-quality production. This relatively small island with a high concentration of business enterprises presents opportunities for Dutch designers. Are you a designer interested in manufacturing in Taiwan? DDP can help you prepare for the trip, facilitate matchmaking, assist you during your visit, and provide aftercare in order to maintain freshly established relations. DDP also offers residential accommodation in Tainan.

You can read about the application procedure via the 'How to apply' button at www.dutchdesignpost.com. The Dutch Design Post is being supported in the context of the Open Call: Exploring opportunities for internationalization.

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Interested in manufacturing in Taiwan?

9 september 2014

Taiwan has a burgeoning interest in design, so it is not for nothing that Taipei will be World Design Capital 2016. The Dutch Design Post (DDP) is a platform to promote Dutch design on the international stage.

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