Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V

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Mar 05, 2019
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Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V

Report from the fifth program of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) now online and available to download, read and share Download our latest report from the fifth program of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Fifty cultural innovators and creative practitioners were brought to Schloss Leopoldskron last year when Salzburg Global Seminar launched the fifth program of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.

A new report highlights the work which took place during the one-week program. Fellows took part in 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.

The YCIs, aged between 25 and 35, are skilled in a variety of disciplines, from visual arts and design to performance and film. They also stem from a mix of geographical contexts.

Salzburg Global’s three-strand strategic framework served as an anchor to the discussions taking place. The framework asked participants what divides they could bridge in their cities or communities, how they might collaborate, both within and across their YCI Hubs, and ultimately what systems they might be seeking to transform and how.

One of the main takeaways participants had was a heightened focus on self-care and asking for help. Much of the damage we can inflict on ourselves is because of the expectations we set ourselves. One participant even argued, “Burnout is not a badge of honor.”

Susanna Seidl-Fox, program director for arts and culture at Salzburg Global Seminar, said, “Over 50 creative change-makers – from Tirana to Tokyo, from Buenos Aires to Baltimore, from New Orleans to Nairobi, and from Salzburg to Seoul and beyond – left this year’s YCI Forum inspired, energized and eager to engage with their 200 YCI colleagues around the world.

“Together they form the YCI Forum network, with its incredible potential for using creativity as an opportunity for societal transformation. Salzburg Global looks forward to supporting, expanding and empowering this dynamic network over the next five years.”

Click here to download and read the full report from this program.


The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V is part of a ten-year multi-year series. Last year's program was 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.