Salzburg Global Welcomes Eclectic Group of Cultural Innovators




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Oct 15, 2015
by Heather Jaber
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Salzburg Global Welcomes Eclectic Group of Cultural Innovators

A diverse mix of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders will gather from October 17-22 to share visions of cultural innovation Participants of last year's YCI Forum built global networks and engaged in capacity-building workshops

On October 17, Salzburg Global Seminar welcomes one of its most diverse and vibrant groups of participants — 60 photographers, producers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, Ph.D students, and even a member of the Danish Parliament. 

What threads this eclectic group together is a shared visions of cultural innovation and positive social change. The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a ten-year project by Salzburg Global Seminar which brings together dynamic young cultural innovators from around the world. This is the second instalment of the Forum, following its inaugural session in 2014.

“Our second annual Young Cultural Innovators Forum brings together another outstanding cohort of dynamic cultural change makers from our growing YCI Hub network around the world,” said Susana Seidl-Fox, Salzburg Global Program Director for Culture and the Arts, “which includes the cities of Athens, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Phnom Penh, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Seoul, and Tokyo. We are especially delighted to be welcoming participants from Cape Town as well this year.” 

These artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders come from 10 “culture hubs” in six regions of the world to foster global networks and engage with innovative ideas for social change. Over a period of five days, cultural innovators and expert facilitators will engage in collaborative sessions that deal with capacity-building.

The participants will gather in mini-sessions and workshops to engage in problem-solving, presentations, and peer meetings. The workshops focus on skill-building in communication, entrepreneurialism, technology, and leadership. Other discussion topics include the creative transformations of cities and cross-sectoral synergies. 

The forum not only gathers participants annually, but allows Fellows to continue engagement throughout the year. Since last year’s session, there has been a mini-YCI Forum in Athens and a “Baltimore after Freddie Gray” event.

“We look forward to connecting this year’s and last year’s Fellows both virtually and on the ground in their respective YCI city hubs,” said Seidl-Fox, “and we are more than ever committed to making the YCI Forum an ongoing vibrant focal point for international exchange, emerging leadership, urban transformation, and innovation in the cultural sector.”

Facilitators and speakers this year come from all over the world and have eclectic backgrounds to boot. They include directors, designers, officials, and cultural brokers, to name a few, and come from the UK, Australia, the US, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, Lebanon, South Korea, and Argentina.

The Forum grew from the 2012 program The Salzburg Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, and aims to hold its third instalment from its ten-year program, The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III, in 2016. 

The Salzburg Global program is part of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. The list of our partners for Session 554 can be found here. For more information, please visit: