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Wallonia European Creative District Project

Wallonia has been distinguished as a "European Creative District" along with Tuscany among more than 40 candidate regions in Europe. It is on the basis of this program and the recognition of the European Commission that a new project has emerged: the Wallonia European Creative District
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Mis à jour le 07/09/2015 | Imprimer | Envoyer

Wallonia has been distinguished as a "European Creative District" along with Tuscany among more than 40 candidate regions in Europe. After two years of implementation of the Creative Wallonia program, the European Commission assessed this action as exemplary. It is on the basis of this program and the recognition of the European Commission that a new project has emerged: the Wallonia European Creative District. With a budget of EUR one million, this two-year-project (2013 - 2015) has demonstrated the possibilities offered by creativity to enhance innovation.

General Presentation of Wallonia European Creative District from Creative Wallonia on Vimeo.

The stake was, among others, to promote the regional initiative for creativity and innovation, the "Creative Wallonia" program, at an international level and to demonstrate the transformative power of the Walloon approach centred on creativity, hybridisation and a cross-sectorial view.

The "Wallonia European Creative District" aimed at enhancing the potential of creative and cultural industries to revitalize the industrial transition of the Walloon economy. Creative and cultural industries can indeed inspire change and develop creative synergies with traditional industries. It is about testing new visions to enhance the creative economy in Wallonia.

Added value has been created in the regional economy through surprising tools: co-creation, design, hybridization, etc.

What benefits for Wallonia and Europe?

This approach aimed at positioning Creative Wallonia as a European demonstrator, developing trans-regional collaboration for public and private stakeholders, and developing the plan itself through benchmark and identification of good practices.

Which actors have been involved?

Five Walloon partners have collaborated to achieve this project: the SPW/DG06, Wallonie Design, St’Art Invest, the Walloon agency for telecommunications and ID campus. The clusters TWIST and Infopôle TIC were associated partners. Each actor was in charge of one or several actions depending on own functions and specialization. For more information on WECD partners, visit the "Partners" page.

Which beneficiaries?

Several initiatives have been supported. A sample of these includes:

  • Babel the King, developed by the Walloon Epic Agency is an interactive book for 2-8 year olds, which puts the users creativity at the core of stories;
  • Wall4U, is an interactive communication tool developed in Wallonia for event organisers, enabling event discussions in real time;
  • HSTRY is a Wallonia-based project whose mission is to spark a new way of teaching history in primary schools through high-tech materials and an interactive online platform;
  • ID Campus manages a one-year Executive Master’s Degree in Co-Creative Innovation;
  • Aldento has developed a unique recipe of fresh pasta made with flour from insect;
  • BetterStreet has developed a mobile app to report neighbourhood public issues, a web-based platform to manage them and help local governments collecting and following-up on these issues;
  • Do Eat has developed edible packaging to help reduce the financial and environmental burden of current trends in the food industry.

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The Wallonia European Creative District is part of the European Creative Industries Alliance. Learn more on: http://www.eciaplatform.eu/

Wallonia European Creative District presentation (.PDF 1105 k)
La Wallonie comme démonstrateur de l'innovation par la créativité. Wallonia as a demonstrator for innovation through creativity.
http://www.awt.be/contenu/tel/wor/DGOE-13-12705-Brochure g+®n+®rale-V2-af-150915-web.pdf

The Wallonia European Creative District is the European demonstrator of Creative Wallonia.

Wallonia European Creative District is a Preparatory Action proposed by the European Parliament and implemented through a Grant Agreement by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

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