The role of Clusters for the development of the Music Sector

Through interactive and in-depth discussion, the Forum aims to point out the important contributions that the State, Social Actors, Universities, NGOs and the Private sector can make in relation to creating clusters.  There are specific benefits that can be derived from them, in social and economic terms, for both institutions and society.  Additionally, it will deepen the benefits as a result of collaboration by the Creative Sector and Education, Training, Entrepreneurship and Development in order to improve competitiveness and innovation.

The Forum will be held at the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports on the 19th of June and the workshops including will be held in various venues of Athens on the 20th of June.

European Forum Partners

European Cultural Forum Agenda

At the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports (bouboulinas 22-24)

09:15 – 09:45 Registration 

Plenary Session

09:45 Welcome and Introduction 

Mr Georges Perot, Secretary General of INPO European Music Day Association and National Coordinator of the Hellenic Network of the European Music Day

10.00 Forum Opening speech

Mrs. Ketty Tzitzikosta, President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Mrs. Zoe Kazazaki, General Director of Contemporary Culture, Hellenic Ministry of Education, Culture and Religious affairs.

Mrs. Georgia  Sarri State Scholarships Foundation – National Agency for EU Lifelong learning  Program

Mrs. Maria Karaklioumi, Vice Governor of Attica Region

10:30 Session 1 – Culture as a tool for local development

10:30 The role of Culture and Creative Industries – Mr Ioannis Trochopoulos, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural CenterA destination for the creative forces of the nation”

10:50 The Importance of Clustering – Dr. Odysseas Katsaitis, The American College of Greece, Deree College, Department of Economics

11:10 Creative Industries & Clustering as a Growth mechanism – Mr Mark Sheridan, Expert Adviser and Writer in Education for the Creative and Cultural Industries in Scotland

11:30 Coffee Break

12:00 Session 2 – The role of the State in Clusters

Description: The session will focus on the direct benefits of and from the State from Clusters and on the initiatives that could be followed, adopted. It will point out that Cluster building is a successful tool and a well working initiative in the local, as well as the national economic development process and their role since “clusters are the building blocks of a productive, innovative economy”.

Rapporteur:  Dr. Lilly T. Christoforidou, International Project Design & Management

·         Mrs. Nelly Papachella, President of Athens Cultural, Youth & Sport Organization

·         Mr Yann Riou, Vice-Chairman Cultural Direction of the City of Lausanne

·         Mrs. Elli Chryssidou, Vice-Mayor for Culture, City of Thessaloniki

·         Mr Pierre Jeanray,  Member of the Board, Conseil de la Musique wallonie-Bruxelles

13:15 Session 3 – VET within Clusters

Description: This session will have a look at the synergies between the different types of training and the development of a networking culture and collaboration.  The focus will be on the creation of platforms to drive exchanges between cluster firms, education and research centres, financial institutions and governmental and non-governmental organisations and the training perspectives of each one that could lead to social growth.

Rapporteur:  Mr Antonis Plessas, Music Business Professional, Author, Educator

·         Mr László Kovács, Hungarian Musical Instrument Association 

·         Dr Mahamouda Salouhou,  Director, European Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Education  (ECLEE)

·         Mrs Xanthippi Tokmakidou, Hellenic Ministry of Education Culture and Religious affairs, OP “Education & LifeLongLearning”

·         Mr Gunnar Grinaker, Norwegian Union of Music Business

·         Mr. Michael Galouzidis, i-Learn Certified Vet Provider

14:30 Lunch Break – Greek Buffet with Finger Food

15:30 Session 4 – Interconnection of the Sectors in the Cluster

Description:  This session will have as focal point the development of innovative strategies, under the perspective innovation does not rely solely on the cooperation with universities or research centres, but it is mainly the result of a series of businesses initiatives and experimentation. It will examine the contribution of clusters to the economic growth and social wealth of regions as well as how clusters can form the perfect environment to enhance competitiveness.

Rapporteur: Mr Nicola Di Pinto, Urban Marketing Direction, City of Lausanne – Mrs Sissy Kappi, European Vocational Training Association

·         Dr Kitty Panourgeia, Ambassador for the promotion of Female Entrepreneurship at European Commission – Managing Director Neoanalysis Consultant

·         Mr Diamantis Kitridis, Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneur

·         Mrs. Carol Main, Live Music Now

·         Mrs. Mairy Fassoulaki, Hellenic Author Right Society

·         Mr Christodoulos Sykiotis, Pekento

·         Prof. Titika Stassinopoulou, President of the  Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Organization for UNESCO- Erasmus Ambassador

16:45 Coffee Break

17:00 Presentation of the EURICCA Initiative

The Idea: Mr Georges Perot, Secretary General – I.N.P.O.  European Music Day Association

 The Approach: Mr Dimitris Raftopoulos, Director – Lifelong Learning Research Institute, Strategic Leadership Unit

The Philosophy: Mr Mark Sheridan, Director – Sheridan Music Consultancy

18:00 End

Moderator:  Mrs Olga Stavropoulou
Vice-President of ESYNE – Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs

Managing Director, Militos Emerging Technologies and Services




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