June 24, 2010
Collection of contributions from the Forum for Creative Europe international conference is out
The Arts Institute in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic has published a collection of expert contributions presented at the Forum for Creative Europe international conference. The 270 pages of Czech-English text contain transcripts of more than forty experts´ speeches presented within six discussion panels on the influence of creativity on economy, education and society. Besides the opening speeches of Václav Havel, Tomáš Sedláček and Philippe Kern, the anthology also contains rather extensive presentations of two internationally respected personalities within the field of cultural and economical theory – Richard Florida and Jeremy Rifkin.
The number of printed copies is limited, nevertheless the volume is downloadable at www.forumforcreativeeurope.cz (Downloads section) and www.institutumeni.cz (Publications of Arts Institute section).
The publication can be ordered via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (the copy will be sent by post only if a complete and valid postal address is provided).
"The aim of this ministerial conference has been inspired by the European Year of Creativity and Innovation and also by the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Its aim is to contribute to a different quality of perceiving creativity (and culture). These entities are not something "extra" when the work is done, they are not only for relaxation and for filling one's free time, but they form a fundamental basis of the meaning of our lives. Creativity is what differentiates the mechanism of passive consumerism from the pleasure from being active and acting, whereas culture helps us find a way in society and confronts us with traditional values."
Mrg. Václav Jehlička
Ministr of Culture of the Czech Republic