Why creative economy?
‘Why creative economy?’ is a seminar organised by CIF together with British Council, Košice 2013 – European city of culture. The event took place on 23. March 2011 with the support of the capital city Bratislava.
Too little support is given to creativity, ingenuity, and imagination…
[Lord Smith of Finsbury, Bratislava 25. 3. 2011]
The aim of the project was to raise awareness of the importance of creative industries as a part of national economy, which has the potential to create GDP and new job opportunities, as well as to increase the competitiveness of Slovak economy.
The seminar was organised for the representatives of municipalities and state administration, who can participate in the process of creating a study of creative economy in Slovakia, which will then help to evaluate the politics with regard to creative economy.
The guest of honor, Lord Chris Smith, is partially responsible for the boom of creative industries in United Kingdom. From 1983, Christopher Robert Smith, was member of parliament, until 2005 when he joined the Lords and was given the title Lord Smith of Finsbury.
In the years between 1997 and 2001 he served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. It was at this time that creative industries emerged as an important economic phenomenon. With regard to this, it is important to mention that Lord Smith of Finsbury was also appointed as Chairman of The Advertising Standards Authority.
Chris Smith, the former chairman of Enviromental Agency, is currently the Chairman of the Wordsworth Trust, and he also works as guest lecturer in the field of culture and creative industries at the University of the Arts London.
Among the guests was also Regnar Siil, former Undersecretary of State for the Arts at the Estonian Ministry of Culture and cultural policy and creative industries expert, who talked about practical implementation of creative economy from Central and Eastern Europe.