Change-Makers Meet in Salzburg for Fifth Program of Young Cultural Innovators Forum

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Oct 15, 2018
by Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu
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Change-Makers Meet in Salzburg for Fifth Program of Young Cultural Innovators Forum

Fifty-five young cultural innovators will reflect on their own practices and roles in their communities Participants taking part in the fifth program of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Emerging cultural leaders from around the world will meet in Salzburg, Austria, this week as they become the latest Fellows of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.

Fifty-five professionals are taking part in the fifth program of the YCI Forum at Schloss Leopoldskron, which takes place between October 16-21.

Now in its fifth year, the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators is a 10-year project which aims to build collaborative networks for human capital and leadership development within the cultural sector globally. The YCI network now has more than 250 members across all continents.

The one-week program in Salzburg will comprise a series of workshops, discussions and practical capacity-building exercises centered on leadership and values, communicating the value of one's work and principles of self-organization.

Aged between 25 and 35, the participants represent diverse creative disciplines, gender and geographic contexts. Participants are working across a broad range of cultural professions including architecture, urban planning, creative placemaking, design, performing and visual arts.

This year’s program will be attended by participants from YCI Hubs in Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Canada, Detroit, Japan, Malta, Manila, Memphis, Nairobi, New Orleans, Salzburg, Seoul, Tirana, and the Upper Midwest United States. Several participants from previous YCI programs will return to act as resource specialists and facilitators.

Susanna Seidl-Fox, program director for culture and the arts at Salzburg Global Seminar, said, “The main goals of this week’s Forum in Salzburg are to welcome fifty-five new members from around the world into the YCI network, connect them with each other, and provide opportunities for them to reflect on their own practices as well as their roles in their communities, cities, and as part of the YCI network worldwide.

“Their participation is the beginning of what we hope will be a long term engagement with an active community of creative people around the globe, who are striving to make this world a better place for all.”


The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V is part of a ten-year multi-year series. This year's program is supported by the Albanian-American Development Foundation, American Express, Arts Council Malta, Arts Council Korea, Asia-Europe Foundation,  Bush Foundation, Cambodian Living Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Foundation Adelman pour l’Education, Fulbright Greece, Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation, the Llewellyn Thompson Memorial Fellowship, Robert Bosch Stiftung, The Kresge Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Nippon Foundation, World Culture Open, Adena and David Testa, and the U.S. Embassy Valetta, Malta. More information on the program can be found here. More information on the series can be found here. You can follow all the discussions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by using the hashtag #SGSyci.