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N.I.C.E. Introduction

Particpants of the 1st N.I.C.E. Workshop in Dortmund doing some exercise to change their perspectives

N.I.C.E. spells out as ‚Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe’. This nascent network invites stakeholders from all over Europe to join forces and systematically promote the impact of culture on innovation, urban development and economic growth as set out in the EU Agenda 2014 - 2020.

To this end, N.I.C.E. will develop new tools and services for Europe-wide cooperation in the field of culture and creative industries and make these services available to its partners. In doing so, special attention will be paid to how to initiate and use spillover effects from arts, culture, and creative industries.

With its integrative smart action approach, N.I.C.E. will offer a partnership open to all interested parties:

stakeholders from cultural and creative sectors (e.g. organisers of festivals, incubators, co-working spaces, etc.), from national agencies, from platforms representing the interests of creative industries, from cities’ administrations, from chambers of commerce, and from universities or cultural institutions such as theatres and museums. They all are invited to learn from each other and form alliances within and beyond N.I.C.E.

A decisive thrust should result from the cross-sectoral diversity of the various members.

Their interaction will create those unexpected positive spillover effects which Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco has labelled ‚Culture 3.0‘ during the European Culture Forum in Brussels in 2011. Over the past few years, such diverse and complex smart strategies in cultural and creative sectors have been successfully implemented at local and regional levels. Now clearly an equivalent is required at the European level: a European network of stakeholders who interact in a sustainable way and cooperate in an interdisciplinary partnership that goes beyond individual projects and pre-defined project durations. Thus, local needs may be combined with European potentials to achieve sustainable results. And that’s N.I.C.E.

As a kick-off for N.I.C.E., the pilot of the N.I.C.E. Award was held during the second Forum d'Avignon Ruhr in Essen.
To foster the spillover effects of culture and creativity is one major element of N.I.C.E.
With more than 100 application from 22 European countries in 2014, the N.I.C.E. Award has already established as a major tool for the Network.