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Newly launched Content Innovation Council to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors

On Thursday, 17 October 2019, the German Publishers & Booksellers Group organised THE ARTS+ Innovation Day at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The most important item on the agenda: the founding of the Content Innovation Council (CIC), designed to actively support Europe’s cultural and creative sectors as they respond to the challenges resulting from digital transformation.

The council’s creation is based on the “European Manifesto on Supporting Innovation for Cultural and Creative Sectors”, which was developed in 2018 by 14 institutions from across Europe to identify the main structural hurdles to innovation in the creative sectors and to find joint solutions. During THE ARTS+ Innovation Day, the newly launched council identified three focus topics for which cross-sector measures are now being developed. The three topics are lack of investment and funding; lack of integration of technological and business skills; and changing value chains and the need for new business models.

“Europe has many changemakers in the creative and cultural sectors. Our aim is to bring them together through Creative Europe so they can share experiences, learn from each other, experiment, and collaborate on new business models and initiatives”, says Lucia Recalde, head of unit, DG Connect, European Commission / Creative Europe MEDIA.

“The German Publishers & Booksellers Group is significantly expanding the concept of THE ARTS+ as a think tank that responds to digital challenges in the cultural sphere. We want to use the Content Innovation Council to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors in their role as a social beacon in today’s digital age”, says Holger Volland, vice president of Frankfurter Buchmesse and founder of THE ARTS+.

The next meeting of the Content Innovation Council will take place in February 2020 at the Berlinale Film Festival as part of the European Film Market and Avant Première Music+Media Market. The council’s initial findings and suggested solutions will be presented at the meeting.

Founding members of the Content Innovation Council (CIC):
Ars Electronica, Veronika Liebl
Berlinale/European Film Market, Matthijs Wouter Knol
German Publishers & Booksellers Association, Cigdem Aker
Stéphanie Pochon
Eurecat, Patricia Castillo Cardenas
European Creative Business Network, Bernd Fesel
Game Market, Malte Behrmann
Federation of European Publishers, Enrico Turrin
Fitzcarraldo Foundation, Ugo Bacchella
Frankfurter Buchmesse, Simone Lippold
Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, Luis Gonzalez
IMEC, Simon Delaere
International Music + Media Centre, Katharina Jeschke
Media Deals, Thierry Baujard
MEDIAPRO, Alejandra Panighi
MVB, Natascha Pattock
T6 Ecosystems, Simona De Rosa
The Lynk, Yvan Boudillet


Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
Tina Pfeifer, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-271,

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About THE ARTS+ Innovation Day
THE ARTS+ Innovation Day builds on the European Manifesto for promoting innovation in the cultural and creative sectors. The manifesto was developed and disseminated in 2018 at Frankfurter Buchmesse / THE ARTS+ by more than 14 European partners. In the coming years, the focus will be on pooling players in Europe’s cultural and creative industries through cross-sector cooperation and a shared innovation agenda.

About the German Publishers & Booksellers Group
The German Publishers & Booksellers Group (Börsenvereinsgruppe) represents the interests of the German book industry and is its main service provider. The group consists of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, its subsidiaries Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, MVB GmbH, mediacampus frankfurt | die schulen des deutschen buchhandels gmbh, and the group’s holding company Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. The group provides a wide range of services and educational offerings for the book and media sector, from the representation of industry interests to the organisation of cultural projects, trade fairs, training and further education programmes, to publishing and technology services.

About Frankfurter Buchmesse
Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,450 exhibitors from 104 countries, more than 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).