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4th European Creativity Festival

03.10.2017 19:00

The Art Directors Club of Europe (ADCE) will return to the Disseny Hub Barcelona from 9 – 11 November 2017 with an enriching program of conferences, workshops, awards, exhibitions and networking. Headlining the Festival will be the lecture and workshop series titled ‘Imagineering Creative Intelligence’, where some of the top creative names will explore the relationship between imagination, technology and creativity.

Tickets are available to the general public from €60. ADCE Members, students and members of professional associations all receive significant discounts. Get your ticket now!

Kris Hoet, Chief Innovation Officer at Happiness Anywhere and this year’s curator, explains the concept: “The next industrial revolution will be a creative one – this is the good news – but you will need to rethink how you work, if you want to play a part in it. That’s where creative Imagineering comes in.”

The biggest names in creativity and technology
Talks on Friday 10 November each take a different approach to ‘Imagineering Creative Intelligence’ and are divided into three topics.

Imagineering Ideas:
· Fernanda Romano, Strategy and Creative Director of Malagueta Group, will argue that artificial intelligence will not replace creatives.
· Steve Vranakis, Google Creative Lab and D&AD President, will demonstrate why we should all aspire to be creative activists.

Imagineering Business:
· Tom De Bruyne, Founder of Sue Amsterdam, will share strategies for creating a killer creative culture.
· Helge Tenno, Transformation Strategist at Jokull AS, will share techniques for bridging the gap between company vision and reality.

Imagineering Experiences:
· Luna Maurer, Founder of Studio Moniker will interrogate the social effects of technology.
· Julio Obelleiro, Founder of Wildbytes, will show how to use expected technologies to turn bold ideas into unexpected surprises.

Saturday 11 November at the European Creativity Festival is dedicated to hands-on learning and showcasing some of the most exciting talent from all around the world, with attendees encouraged to go outside their comfort zone by choosing one of seven diverse creative workshops.

Attendees can choose to explore and push the boundaries of data visualization and visual storytelling with Domestic Data Streamers, join Triggers for an experiment with decision-making-tools, or delve into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Jamshid Alamuti. Some of the speakers of Day 1 will be also running a workshop: Fernanda Romano will encourage attendees to think like an entrepreneur, create like a designer and act like a hacker while Julio Obelleiro will share his knowledge of experiential innovation.

For those looking for something truly unique, Icelandic creatives Gagarín will explore emerging technologies of virtual, augmented and mixed realities, while ELISAVA offers a hands-on, technological experience on new materials as creative boosters.

Exhibitions, installations and screenings around the topic of technology and creativity round out the Festival offerings. Friday evening will see the opening of a pop-up exhibition featuring self-portraits from 20 renowned illustrators from around the world: ‘SELF’ looks to inspire and provoke an aimless conversation on how artists define themselves in the selfie era. The opening will feature a live demonstration by London based artist Patrick Tresset of human portraits drawn by robotic agents. Attendees will also have the opportunity to delve into the daily lives of Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec through the data themed postcards featured in the Dear Data exhibition.

A celebration of talent — from newcomers to top creatives
On Saturday 11 the main stage will be taken by High Potentials, an innovative talent-scouting show that pairs new talent with the directors looking to hire. A fresh crop of young creatives will have the unique opportunity to showcase themselves in front of Creative and HR Directors from all over Europe. After the presentations, young talents will meet with agencies such as DDB Hamburg, Grabarz & Partner, Jónsson & Le’macks and S,C,P,F… in a “speed dating” round.

This year the Festival is hosting the 26th edition of the ADCE Best of European Design and Advertising Awards, the only international competition to gather awarded works from the most prestigious national European competitions. Agencies and individuals from across Europe are still on time to enter and have their work judged by 62 top creatives from all across Europe, including Steve Vranakis, Dörte Spengler-Ahrens and ADCE President Ami Hasan.

The jury will gather on Thursday, 9 November to assess all entries, less than 48 hours before winners of the “champions league of creativity” are revealed. Gold awarded works will be showcased Saturday afternoon and at night, the 2017 Grand Prix will be announced during the closing party.

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