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A recap of the Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco meet-ups
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A recap of the Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco meet-ups

22 February 2018

The Fund organized a series of meet-ups centred around the current Open Calls Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. Four speakers from each of the four countries shared their insights relating to metropolitan issues. They gave examples of the ways in which local initiatives are approaching these issues from a cultural and design perspective. There were opportunities for the audience to ask questions and exchange knowledge with Fund staff, the speakers and cultural attachés.
We look back at the sessions here and provide a link to the Frequently Asked Questions about the Open Calls, which close on 7 March.
Russia

During the Russia meet-up, Vera Leonova, deputy dean at the Graduate School of Urbanism in Moscow, provided an overview of Russian urban development in the last decade. She sketched a picture of rapid urbanization in a country where three-quarters of the population live in urban areas. She showed how appearance and daily life is determined by the modernist approach of Soviet Russia and the subsequent euphoria of free-market principles. Vera demonstrated how these initiatives – originated for instance by residents, designers and cultural organizations – deal with these challenges. And how bottom-up practices compare with the top-down way of working. The questions from the audience made it clear that a collaboration with Russia demands good preparation for working in a complex context that requires the necessary flexibility.

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Meet-up Russia with Vera Leonova, Deputy Dean Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, Moscow. Photo: Khalid Amakran
Turkey

Serhan Ada, associate professor in Cultural Policy & Management at the Bilgi University Istanbul, began his lecture with a map of Turkey. The aim was to emphasize that, besides Istanbul, Turkey has other cities where interesting developments are taking place in the area of culture. In Istanbul, the creation of a local cultural policy began when the city wanted to stand as a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2010. Local cultural policy is still being developed. For instance, the city was recently selected to be UNESCO’s City of Design and more and more bottom-up initiatives are being generated to involve citizens and other stakeholders in the development of the city. After Istanbul, Serhan Ada talked about the city of Izmir and how it has become an attractive city for designers, makers and cultural institutions. By combining significant local investments in culture with the developments for the city's major port, Izmir has managed to put culture on the map. The third example was the city of Mardin, where in recent years an increasing number of interdisciplinary projects have been initiated that focus on the contemporary significance of the city's material and immaterial heritage.

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Meet-up Turkey with Serhan Ada, associate professor Bilgi University Istanbul, Cultural Policy & Management. Photo: Khalid Amakran
Egypt

May Al-Ibrashy, founder of the Built Environment Collective-Megawra, introduced the third session about Egypt. One of the topics in her lecture dealt with the various ways in which the inhabitants of Cairo, these days a militarized city, are trying to claim the city for themselves. Examples of graffiti, mapping projects and sports events demonstrated how these initiatives aim to appropriate the city. In Egypt, too, a turbulent mix of social, spatial and economic factors lies at the root of urban issues; housing, migration, brain drain and economic instability. May emphasized that in Egypt there is an immense potential of knowledge, vision and experience to draw on for a collaboration. Working together with Egyptian partners is very important for getting meaningful projects up and running. It does ask for an open attitude and not a mind or project that is set on ‘helping’. Working in Egypt also means that you need to work with legal complexities, such as every-changing legislation and restrictive regulations for NGOs. Working out how the collaboration between Dutch and Egyptian partners is to be arranged, in terms of content and finances, is also essential.

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Meet-up Egypt with May Al-lbrashy, oprichter Build Environment Collective - Megawra, Caïro. Photo: Khalid Amakran
Morocco

Amina Mourid and Hicham Bouzid from Think Tanger provided a concise historical overview of Morocco's rich urban development: from long before Western intervention and the time of the various dynasties to the influence of the post-colonial era. They then zoomed in on current social and urban development in the North Moroccan port city of Tanger. Think Tanger is a platform that plays an active role in involving various stakeholders in thinking about new forms of urban development. They do this by means of artistic and cultural productions, sharing knowledge and generating ideas within various coalitions. After an introduction about the specific situation in Tanger, Bouzid and Mourid elaborated on current planning for the region around the city. In the coming years, three ville nouvelles are being realized, linked to the development of a number of free-trade zones. Bouzid and Mourid explained that it is difficult for citizens to get a picture of the various area developments. As an example, everyone in Tanger was surprised in the spring of 2017 when it was announced that a smart city is being realized on the east side of the city with investments from China. These developments often lack a social, sustainable and inclusive perspective and as a result, the local population feels only limited involvement in urban development. The platform aims to change this situation by involving the inhabitants, politicians and other stakeholders in its activities.

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Meet-up Morocco with Amina Mourid en Hicham Bouzid van Think Tanger. Photo: Khalid Amakran
frequently asked questions

Is it your intention to submit a project plan for the Open Call Russia, Turkey, Egypt and/or Morocco? Many of the questions asked during the four meetings can be found here with the answers.

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Photo: Khalid Amakran

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26 Dutch designers show work at London Design Fair 2018

6 September 2018

The London Design Fair is being staged from 20 to 23 September. The Fund has joined forces with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) to realize the Dutch Stuff pavilion, where 26 Dutch design studios, collectives and individual designers are showcasing their work.
After a successful debut in 2017, Dutch Stuff is being staged at the Old Truman Brewery for the second time. The pavilion’s initiator and curator, Jimmy MacDonald, explains his fascination with Dutch designers as follows: ‘The Netherlands has always been our go-to country for experimental design, which is central to the curation of this second edition of Dutch Stuff. As many of the designers have been sourced over the last 10 months, we are excited to see where these experiments have led and how they may have manifested in new products and collections by September.’

highly promising design talent
In 2018 the 26 participants will have more space to present their work, allowing visitors more opportunity to enter into conversation with the designers, to peruse the work, and become acquainted with the underlying concepts. Dutch Stuff is intentionally conceived as an eclectic, multidisciplinary presentation that represents the breadth of the design discipline in the Netherlands. The pavilion is showing furniture design, lighting design, textiles, ceramics and free design, such as objects and installations. The selection is a mix of highly promising design talent and more established names who are experimenting with methodologies, materials and means of collaboration in their work.

The participants include alumni of the Grant Programme for Talent Development, such as Alissa+Nienke and Boris de Beijer, as well as designers who have previously enjoyed the Fund’s support to take part in the Salone del Mobile in Milan, such as Earnest Studio and VANTOT.

panel discussion
The Fund is joining forces with London Design Fair and the Embassy of the Netherlands to organize a panel discussion moderated by designer Ineke Hans and design critic Max Fraser in the Dutch Stuff pavilion from 10:30 to 12:30 on 20 September. Together with some of the participating design studios, the moderators will discuss the artistic and professional opportunities and challenges for Dutch designers in the British market.

participants
VANTOT
lennartlauren
Studio Simone Post
Systemises
Studio Plott
Studio Johan Viladrich
Martijn Rigters
Nina van Bart
Studio Laurids Gallee
Boris de Beijer
Fabian Briels & Hans van Sinderen
REM atelier
Maria Tyakina Studio
Studio Ro-Smit
Atelier van Middendorp
Bart Joachim
Creative Chef
Earnest Studio
Alissa+Nienke
forever studio
Studio Jeroen Wand
Christian Hammer Juhl
OS & OOS
Made by Rens
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internationalization
The Fund is supporting the pavilion with a contribution from the supplementary resources of the Internationalization programme. The Fund’s contribution means that up-and-coming Dutch designers can expand their field of activity and position themselves more effectively within the international design sphere.

Photo above: London Design Fair, Dutch Stuff 2017. Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

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Dutch games developers at Gamescom 2018

6 September 2018

In late August, approximately 370,000 visitors from 114 countries visited Gamescom in Cologne, the most important European fair for consumers and professionals in the games industry. This is the place to network and build structural relationships in national and international circles for games companies and individual developers. Creative Industries Fund NL backed the Dutch Games Association (DGA) in its organization of the Holland Pavilion for the fourth time.
The increase in the number of participating countries and professional visitors underscores Gamescom’s international character and the importance of Europe’s most trend-setting business platform in the realm of games. Alongside Austria and the United Kingdom, the Netherlands ranks among the three most rapidly expanding countries in the fair’s business section.

networking: B2B
Five game developers presented their work in the Holland Pavilion within the fair’s B2B section with the Fund’s support. The combination of indie developers and presentations by a number of larger Dutch games studios bore fruit once again. The indie developers note that the pavilion served as an important meeting place for budding professionals and was a valuable complement to planned meetings with publishers, game developers, media and investors. For example, Luuk Waarbroek of games studio Napalm Tree spoke with potential leads, while indie developer Erik Habets of Fromto made highly promising steps towards finding a publisher. Meetings with international contacts are simpler to plan here, and deals are struck wherever possible. That makes this event the ideal networking opportunity within the European and global games industry.

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public: B2C
The Fund also supported two Dutch game developers – KeoKen and Ronimo Games – to present themselves at the Indie Arena within the B2C section. The massive turnout gave the studios the opportunity to promote their games to a wide-ranging public in a short time. Both stands were really busy and drew plenty of attention from visitors. Joost van Dongen of Ronimo Games: ‘The personal contact with consumers at Gamescom gives a great deal of satisfaction and is really useful for finding new customers.’

Show Your Courage
Creating games is one thing, but bringing them to the market successfully is something else. At Gamescom there are all kinds of key industry figures in attendance who can help games companies in this regard, as young developers often lack experience in pitching and networking. This prompted the Dutch Games Association (DGA) and Dutch Game Garden to organize Show Your Courage. A selection of veterans from the games industry were interviewed about a diversity of topics within the sector, which gave others the opportunity to enter into discussion with peers and learn from their expertise. This whole programme has been recorded in high-quality video and is easy to find on the DGA website.

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Visitors play the game Mish Mash developed by Doron Hirsch, where players of the game are drawing parts of the game step by step.

Photos: Dutch Games Association (DGA)

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22 Oct: Designing a Community of Care | From creative research to practice

22 August 2018

During the Dutch Design Week 2018, Creative Industries Fund NL and Waag are organizing the ‘Designing a Community of Care: From creative research to practice’ network meeting, in association with the Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Centre for Housing, Care and Welfare and the Who Cares team. You are warmly invited to join us.
In the Netherlands we are reinventing care. An ageing population, decentralization and technological advances are making new demands on the provision of care in our communities. Creative Industries Fund NL and Waag believe in the power of design’s contribution to this process of transition within care in the community.

what can you expect?
an inspiring keynote lecture by Prof. Paul Chamberlain, design director Lab4Living Sheffield Hallam University, and Dr. Claire Craig, health director Lab4Living Sheffield Hallam University, both founders of the conference and the journal Design4Health;
networking with other interested partnersincluding care professionals and designers;
a guided tour of the ‘Chronic Health’ exhibition at the Embassy of Health about the role of designers within healthcare.

Do want to join us in building a community of practice?
Join us on Monday 22 October for Designing a Community of Care at the Embassy of Health in the Innovation Powerhouse at Strijp-T, Eindhoven.
The programme is currently under development and will soon be added to this page. Keep an eye on the Fund’s various channels of communication.

Designing a Community of Care
The reason for this meeting is the Open Call: Designing a Community of Care, which was issued by the Fund in the spring of 2018. Thirteen projects have been initiated, in which designers are tackling changes to care in the community in conjunction with municipal services, care providers and housing corporations. You can find further information via this link (Dutch only).

keynote speakers
Prof. Paul Chamberlain, Design Director of Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Claire Craig, Health Director of Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University

Good design can mean a lot for society, but how can design practices and processes help to tackle the challenges we are facing in the 21st century? Paul Chamberlain argues that design is as much about the definition of the question as it is about providing an answer, and that interdisciplinary collaboration is the starting point for new creative possibilities. In Claire Craig’s former role as an occupational therapist she gained experience in the advancement of the wellbeing of the elderly, and she believes that design plays a pivotal role in this field.

‘Chronic Health’ exhibition
The Embassy of Health is an initiative of Waag, VanBerlo, Philips, Máxima Medical Centre, U Create and the Dutch Design Foundation. The ‘Chronic Health’ exhibition reveals how we are jointly shaping care. We show how care products or services are not autonomous, but interact within a complex care environment. The exhibition immerses visitors in an interactive environment and allows them to experience the current and prospective role of design for (health)care: now, as well as in the immediate and more distant future.

practical information
date: Monday, 22 October 2018
time: 13:00 – 17:00
venue: Innovation Powerhouse (Strijp-T), Zwaanstraat 31a, 5651CA, Eindhoven

registration
Participation in the meeting is free of charge. Please register by sending an e-mail to [email protected], mentioning ‘Designing a Community of Care’ in the subject line. Please provide your name, position and organization in the email itself. Enrolment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

updates
Would you like to keep up-to-date with developments in relation to ‘Designing a Community of Care’ and other healthcare-related news from the Fund? Sign up for the Care newsletter by sending an e-mail to [email protected], mentioning ‘Registration for Care newsletter’ in the subject line.

Photo above: Sander van Wettum
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6 Sept: Grant Programme for Internationalization Advice

8 August 2018

Do you want to submit an application for the third round of the Grant Programme for Internationalization and do you have a specific plan that you wish to present to the Fund’s staff? If so, then register now for the Grant Programme for Internationalization Consultation Session that Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
The Internationalization team will be ready to offer advice and help you to improve the application. With this grant programme the Fund supports projects that substantively contribute to nurturing, publicizing and reinforcing the international position of today’s creative industries.

date: Thursday, 6 September
time: between 16:00 and 19:00 (each consultation lasts a maximum of 20 minutes)
venue: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

registration
Register by 2 September at the latest via [email protected], mentioning ‘Grant Programme for Internationalization Consultation Session’ in the subject line. In the message provide your name, organization and the country (or countries) where you intend to implement the project, as well as the discipline(s) involved.

Photo above: Aad Hoogendoorn
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22 sept: Meet-up Istanbul | Sustainable and Inclusive Cities through Design

8 August 2018

On Saturday, 22 September, Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing a meet-up in Istanbul around the projects selected from the Open Call Turkey #1. In late 2018, Dutch designers and cultural organizations were invited to submit a plan for a project, intervention or process that employs design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in Turkey.
With Prof. Asu Aksoy as moderator, the teams will talk about their visions for more sustainable and inclusive cities in the Turkish context. What are their interpretations of this? And what experiences have they gained in Turkish-Dutch cooperation during the initial phase of their projects?

The meet-up is an opportunity for Dutch and Turkish parties in the field of culture and design to meet each other and share expertise. It will also be possible to pose any questions to Yasmin Kursun and Zineb Seghrouchni of Creative Industries Fund NL. In the autumn the Fund will be issuing a second open call, focusing on challenges involved in urbanization in Turkey.

meet-up Istanbul
The meet-up is being held from 10:30 to 14:00 on Saturday, 22 September, in association with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, during the opening days of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

time: Doors open at 10:30. 11:00 – 14:00 (EEST), with refreshments
venue: Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Beyoğlu
language: English

speakers and projects
Toroslar Interactive CityLab
Speakers: Dr. Nida Naycı and Dr. Mehmet Ali Mazmancı
Nida Naycı and Mehmet Ali Mazmancı (Mersin University, Faculty of Architecture) introduce an interactive method for city-making in conjunction with Play the City (NL).

Lüleburgaz Bisiklete Biniyor – cycling for a better city
Speakers: Berrin Benli and Melih Gezer
Berrin Benli and Melih Gezer (Novusens Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, Ankara) are working with Sustainable Solutions (NL) and Artgineering (BE) to develop an integrated cycle strategy and roadmap in Lüleburgaz, to serve as a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Izmir Metabolic Cycling Network
Speakers: Dr. Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş and Hande Dönmez
World Resources Institute Turkey, Sustainable Cities (TR) and FABRICations (NL) are carrying out design-based research in which they treat cycling as a driver for sustainable urban development as well as a means of tackling issues such as waste, gentrification and the improvement of public spaces.

Turkish and Dutch Farming Practices Learn from Each Other
Speaker: Barış Samir (engineer, economist, biogas- and energy expert)
Together with various Turkish partners, IND [Inter.National.Design] (NL) is introducing an innovative agriculture project in Erzincan that integrates arable farming, animal husbandry, science, architecture and art.

Moderator: Prof. Asu Aksoy, Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communications
Asu Aksoy has carried out research into urban and cultural transformations, specifically into migration and globalization, as well as into existing and prospective visions in these realms. She also has experience in TR-NL cooperation, including her role as the Istanbul curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.

registration
If you are interested in a project in Turkey, then you are very welcome to join our meet-up in Istanbul.
Please inform the Fund and the Netherlands Consulate General that you will be attending by sending an RSVP via [email protected], mentioning your name, function and organization, by 15 September at the latest.

Please contact Yasmin Kursun, grants officer Internationalization, if you have any questions.
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