THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit

10 October 2018 | Frankfurt am Main, Germany

On 10 October, 100 participants joined THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit: The Bigger Picture - How can the cultural and creative sectors bride the innovation gap? to discuss barriers standing between the creative and cultural sector and innovation. As a partner of THE ARTS+, NEMO took part in developing the programme and the preparatory document that was discussed at the summit. The document was developed during the spring and summer of 2018 alongside discussions between NEMO and 13 other partners from the culture and cultural sector. The document describes six barriers and offers six possible solutions encouraging innovation within the sector. The task at the summit was to discuss these, find consensus among the participants, and discern the main barrier as well as the most probable solution to overcome it. The outcome of three preparatory workshops also fed into the discussion. NEMO participated in the preparatory workshop “Innovation Support for Cultural Heritage – The international view” on 24 May 2018 at the ArtLab in Milan, Italy.

THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit: The Bigger Picture - How can the cultural and creative sectors bride the innovation gap?

THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit aimed at exploring structural innovation barriers, and search for possible solutions and adequate innovation support ecosystems that could cater to the sector as a whole.

The Innovation Summit consisted of three break-out sessions; one on cultural heritage, one on book publishing and the last one focused on the “bigger picture”. Discussions in the first break-out session began with a key-note speech by Pier Luigi Sacco, Advisor to the European Commission for Culture and Education (Italy). Four impulse speeches on sector insights followed before the participants gathered into small groups to discuss the points made in greater depth. NEMO had invited Paul Klimpel, PhD, (Germany), to give a sector-insight on necessary expertise for long-term innovation. Raivis Simansons, Think Tank Creative Museum (Latvia) and member of the Working Group Museums and Creative Industries, moderated the round-table discussion that followed on the topic. The moderators of each round-table discussion got to present their group’s opinions and suggestions before breaking for lunch. The same format followed for the second Break-out session and the third break-out session set out to compile all views expressed in the previous two sessions. Additionally, the European Manifesto on Supporting Innovation for Cultural and Creative Sectors was presented.

The Manifesto is the result of months of preparation between the 14 sector partners and intense discussion at THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit. The manifesto calls for the recognition of the cultural and creative sectors when it comes to innovation policies and public funding. The Manifesto was presented to the public the next day at a press conference. At the press conference, David Vuillaume, NEMO chair, stressed that museums can act as innovation incubators and that support is needed to innovate and make the most of the economic, education, social and collection values found in the museum.

Read the European Manifesto on Supporting Innovation for Cultural and Creative Sectors here

Read the press release issued on 11 October 2018 by the THE ARTS+ here.

The Working Group Museums and Creative Industries attended THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit and also made sure to visit the Historical Museum Frankfurt while being in the city. Read more about their visit here. 


THE ARTS+ - with the subheading “Future of Culture Festival” - is a festival dedicated to the future of the creative and cultural industries and took place from 10-14 October 2018, at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Our world is being turned upside-down at a dizzying rate. Technology and culture, two areas previously considered opposites, are merging more and more. New technologies are transforming culture and creativity, and in the process are not only business models, media, our communication and living environments changing, but our society as a whole, and our understanding of ourselves as human beings. A new ecosystem is emerging.

THE ARTS+ is actively shaping this new ecosystem. In order to do so, key players from the creative and cultural sectors, as well as economics and politics, who actively drive these changes forward were gathered. Together, we can define the framework and create a new order.

This event was awarded with the European Year of Cultural Heritage Label, showing that the event supports the role of Europe’s cultural heritage and its importance to cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. Learn more about obtaining the label from NEMO here.