December 5th 2008

American Center, Tržiště 13, 118 01 Prague 1



9:15 - 9:30

Registration of the participants

9:30 - 9:40

Opening of the conference by Nigel Bellingham Project Director for Creative Cities and Director of British Council, Prague

9:40 - 9:55

Creative cities challenge for the Czech policy makers Marta Smolíková, Director of ProCulture / Open Society p.b.c.

9:55 - 10:30

Lia Ghilardi,  Noema Research and Planning
Introduction to the concept of creative cities, and the role of  creativity in  the city development

Thinking creatively about urban, economic and cultural assets in small and medium size cities

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:30

Colin Mercer
The creative ecology of the city: concrete case studies of Nottingham, Bristol, Swindon, Bath and other relevant UK examples

11:30 - 11:45 


11:45 - 12:15

Tom Fleming, Creative Consultancy Ltd.
Models of creative cluster development and the role of cultural infrastructure in driving innovation and growth in the creative cities' economy

12:15 - 12:30


12:30 - 13:30

Lunch at the venue


December 5th 2008

American Center, Tržiště 13, 118 01 Prague 1


Format of the workshops:
10-15 minute 'issue/problem' presentation;
30 minutes the group to addressing the issues and problems;
coffee break; 25 minutes of group consultation and discussion and 20 minute summing up period for presentation in plenary session

13:30 - 14:15

Workshop 1 led by Lia Ghilardi
Creative ways of mobilizing and adding value to cities’ assets

Workshop 2 led by Colin Mercer
Creative leadership and management in creative city development: key catalysts

Workshop 3  led by Tom Fleming
How to nurture best the informal creative network of the cities' economy

14:15 - 14:30

Coffee break

14:30 - 15:15

Workshop 1 Lia Ghilardi - continuation
Workshop 2  Colin Mercer - continuation
Workshop 3 Tom Fleming - continuation

15:15 - 15: 45

Summing up the workshops by Lia Ghilardi, Colin Mercer, Tom Fleming

15: 45 - 16: 15

Closing discussion

18:00 - 21:00

Dinner at a Prague local restaurant in the medieval Old Town area


December 6th 2008

Field trip to Pilsen (South West Bohemia) to see the projects prepared as a part of European Capital of Culture 2015 candidature combined with the visit to the world renowned Pilsner Urquel Brewery




Meeting the participants and keynote speakers at the hotel lobby

9:00 - 10:30 

Departure by bus to Town of Pilsen

10:30 - 11:30

Pilsen Prazdroj Brewery
Presentation of the Pilsen candidature ECoC 2015 presentation European Projects Management Unit of the City of Pilsen Petr Pelcl Head of the Projects management Unit at the City Hall in Pilsen
Presentation outline:
Background & Motivation
Stimulating the creativity & cooperation – cultural & development planning, the preparatory process
Major projects
Major Challenges

11:30 - 12:00

Transfer to the Moving Station

12:00 - 12:45

Moving Station,
presentation of Johan the cultural and social NGO  running the space. The railway station revitalisation project is included in Pilsen EcoC 2015 candidature.
Presenation will be given by Pavla Kormošová, founder of Johan Center and independent art manager.

Moving Station is an independent space for alternative culture in the city of Plzen. The space where this experiment is being carried out is the building of the former railway station Plzen – South. The building dating back from 1904 is in itself a rare monument and it has become a place where, following several site specific projects, an inspirative space for innovative creativity of mainly young artist from Plzen and the west Bohemian region was born. The space of the former railway station (Moving Station) has since its opening served as a studio for theatre makers (workshops, rehearsals and original projects), artists (exhibitions and workshop space) and musicians (recording and concerts). The building has become a birthplace of many original and successfull projects that represent the independent culture of Plzen, in some cases also abroad.

12:45 - 13:30

Commented walk guided by Petr Pelcl back to the Pilsen Brewery through Štruncovy sady (Park of Strunc) the project for development of sport/recreational centre for the citizens of the town as part of the Pilsen Cultural Capital of Europe 2015.

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch – buffee at the Pilsner Urquel Brewery

14:30 - 15:30

Panel discussion with Lia Ghilardi, Colin Mercer and Tom Fleming to reflect on the field trip to Pilsen and its candidature project to serve as a  model  in the  creativity development. Panel moderated by Marta Smolíková, ProCulture and at the participation of the Pilsen Town Representatives

16:15 - 17:15

Guided tour of the Pilsen Prazdroj brewery

17:30 - 19:00

Transfer to Prague, hotel, airport