Collaborative efforts – creative impact as a driving force for change


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After a fruitful research- and project process, the Creative Impact Research Centre Europe (CIRCE) cordially invites creative entrepreneurs, cultural practitioners, artists, academics and other actors and stakeholders of cultural and creative industries to the 2nd CIRCE Symposium, to be held on 29 November.

When? 29.11.23, from 11.00-18.45 with dinner and networking afterwards

Where? silent green, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin

How? Admission and participation in all parts of the programme is free of charge. Capacities for participation are limited. Therefore, we kindly ask for registration. Parts of the event will be available online.

The venue is wheelchair-accessible. The event is held in English with simultaneous translation into German as well as into English and German sign language.

Join us for a special day at the second CIRCE Symposium! The programme will focus on the results of the European CIRCE network. These findings illustrate the immense potential of the creative ecosystem and offer solutions to today´s challenges. In our programme, we will pay particular attention to the issue of cooperation and collaboration, which are essential for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient cultural and creative economy, as well as for generating creative impact. In this context, we would also like to discuss the questions of what creative impact means and how it comes into play in the individual CIRCE projects. Additionally to an exhibition of the project participants, two panel discussions and five workshops offer participants the opportunity to interactively get to know the core topics and the network of the CIRCE project and discuss current issues on the transformative potential of the cultural and creative industries. We will start with a warm welcome and a brief introduction to CIRCE. Then we will dive into a panel discussion with experts from the CIRCE network, focusing on the importance of collaboration when talking about creative impact. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to explore a gallery walk showcasing the impressive projects the CIRCE network has been working on. At the same time, a care session will be offered where participants will have time to take a short break from the hustle and bustle and experience voice as a tool to connect with themselves and others. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to take part in five engaging workshops that will bring the core themes of CIRCE to life and spark inspiration and action. A second panel will explore the exciting interplay between impact and entrepreneurship, with more representatives from the CIRCE community. The Symposium will conclude with a delicious flying buffet and musical programme to which all participants are warmly invited. We can’t wait to share this special day and celebration with you!

The CIRCE exhibition
The exhibition serves as a visual testimony to the diverse range of projects and research being undertaken by the CIRCE community. Through a curated display of prototypes, data visualisations, video documentaries and interactive installations, participants will gain insight into the multifaceted work of all CIRCE programme participants. Visitors are invited to engage with the exhibits and their initiators, fostering a dialogue that transcends disciplinary boundaries and promotes a collective vision for advancing knowledge and change through creative impact in Europe. In an effort to enhance the visitor experience, several guided tours will be available during two designated time slots. Registration for the Gallery Walks will be possible on site.


Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako

Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako is a moderator from Hamburg. In various dialogue formats with people from public life, culture, politics and literature, she sheds light on future-oriented social issues, trends and innovations. She is known for her rhetorical skills, her talent for improvisation and her versatility. As a moderator, she has accompanied various events for many years and is a confident guide at congresses and conferences. Her moderation style is audience-oriented and creates authentic encounters.

10:30 – Admission

11:00 – Opening

11:30 – Panel discussion “Collaboration and Impact”

The panel talk will explore the value of collaboration in driving creative impact. It will offer ideas on what structures and processes allow for the transcendence of established professional and academic boundaries across the creative ecosystem, and how communities in the creative economies can be strengthened.

On the panel:

Clara Montero

Clara Montero is an art historian and cultural manager. She studied art history, psychology and pedagogy at the University of Frankfurt. She then worked in various art galleries in Zurich, and returned to San Sebastian in 2008 to join the Tabakalera project. After that she supported various cultural institutions in their programming as a freelancer. In 2012, she was appointed Director for the Promotion of Culture in the Basque Government. She has subsequently been involved in the development of public policies in the field of cultural industries and has been member of the boards of trustees and boards of directors of some of the most important Basque cultural institutions, such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the festival Quincena Musical, Filmoteca Vasca and Tabakalera. Her extensive activities in the arts and culture sector bring an important perspective to CIRCE.

Tonderai Koschke

Tonderai Koschke is an architectural researcher and educator. She is a lecturer at Weissensee School of Art and Universität der Künste Berlin, focusing on post-colonial identities and power dynamics in the built environment. Having studied at TU Munich, EPFL Lausanne, and Harvard, she has worked at Architangle publishers, Boltshauser Architekten, and as a curatorial assistant at the Architecture Museum in Munich. She also co-founded Isusu Ffena, a pan-Afrikan collective in Berlin that produces events and a community festival.

Paromita Saha

Paromita Saha Killelea, PhD is a researcher, journalist and lecturer. She is currently one of the researchers for the London Cultural Diversity Laboratory, CIRCE at City, University of London. She has more than a decade’s experience working as producer/journalist for the UK’s leading broadcasters including the BBC and ITN. She has also worked as a communications lead on British government projects and for the nonprofit sector. She currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she is an active advocate for diversity in the arts and serves on the boards of two regional music festivals.

Nina Granda

  • Master of Dramaturgy (2006), Master of architecture (Faculty of architecture, University of Ljubljana)
  • 2008, Magister of Arts (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Wiena)
  • 2016, Co-founder and editor in chief of Outsider Magazine (2015 -), columnist for Delo newspaper (2020 – ), curator of Trafika architectural centre, partner at Forward to Earth rammed earth and natural materials workshops.
  • Awards and selections: Plečnik’s award (2017), Venice Bienale, Future Architecture, European Public Space
  • selected works 2022 (Plečnik’s Kiosk), Honorary member of ZAPS – Chamber of Architects Slovenia (2022), Balkan Bienale Award for Center za gradnjo z Zemljo (2023)
  • Loves: abandoned places, dancing, singing, experimenting with rammed earth, cooking, having witty conversations, swimming in the sea

12:30 – Introduction Exhibition and Care Session

12:45 – Gallery Walk I and Care Session I

Discover the CIRCE exhibition
A central component of CIRCE‘s Symposium II is an exhibition curated to provide a comprehensive overview of the collective efforts and groundbreaking achievements of the Fellowships, Research Labs and Creative Impact Fund projects developed during the CIRCE programme. In an effort to enhance the visitor experience, guided tours will be available, organised into some of the main thematic clusters that unite the projects.

Care Session with Melli Erzuah
For participants willing to take a break from the main programme, CIRCE is hosting Care Sessions as alternative to the Gallery Walks. These sessions have the aim to experience the voice as a tool to connect to oneself and each other. In these Care Sessions, participants set aside judgment and perfectionism by focusing on the connecting power of collective singing, with a grounding meditation, breath and body warm up as well as simple singing exercises. Registration on site.


Melli Erzuah

Melli Erzuah is a coach for diversity and empowerment, care facilitator and artist. Weaving together their passions for Black feminism, choir work and mindfulness, Melli facilitates the experience of belonging through singing, breathing, meditating and somatic exercises in a collective setting. As the practice of singing is often understood as an expression reserved for a talented few, it is with utmost care and attention that Melli facilitates spaces that aim for the participants to experience their voice as a tool for connection to themselves and each other.

13:30 – Lunch break and Open Gallery

All vegetarian and vegan lunch

14:15 – Workshop Programme

All workshops will take place simultaneosly. Registrations here

1. Community-driven impact:
Creative generation management

The Viennese social enterprise Vollpension has set itself the task of bringing senior citizens into the centre of society and together with other generations. The stars of Vollpension are always the “grandmas and grandpas”. The aim of Vollpension is to combat poverty in old age and loneliness among older people and to create places for more intergenerational dialogue. On the one hand, this happens in the two Vollpension generation cafés in Vienna, in Vollpension’s own baking studio or as part of co-operations with companies. At the “Generation Management” workshop at the CIRCE Symposium, Vollpension will give an insight into its company and hold a workshop on the topic of generation management with the audience.


Manuel Gruber

Managing Director intergenerational dialogue Vollpension

Karin Hermann-Arnold

Head of Marketing and Communication Vollpension

Doris Horvath

Granny on Duty Vollpension

2. (Creative) Technologies for empowerment and participation: BLU WAV – “Healing through sacred sound”

Embark on a journey of exploration where sound and technology converge as tools for empowerment and active participation. Participants will gain insight into Estée Blu’s work, specifically her CIRCE project ‘BLU WAV’, and will learn more about the concept of “sacred sound” as both technology and an embodied practice. Following this, there is an opportunity to engage in gentle movement and group reflection, enhanced by a Crystal Sound Bath playback session. The workshop provides a unique space for sharing and contemplation of individual moments.


Esther “Estée Blu” Lenda Bokuma

Esther ‘Estée Blu’ Lenda Bokuma is an R&B-Jazz Artist, Writer, Music Executive and Founder of BLU WAV artist wellbeing. Influenced by her Congolese-Belgian culture and growing up in North-West London, singing in church from a young age and she cites R&B, Jazz and Afro-fusion music as her main artistic influences. Since launching her career as an Independent Artist in 2015, she’s been supported by Help Musicians, AfroPunk, COLORS, the MOBO Awards, NME and Camden Roundhouse. In 2019, Esther was awarded the second Richard Antwi Scholarship, to study a Masters degree in Music Business Management at the University of Westminster. Her passion for music and advocacy sees her sitting as an executive board member for Sound Connections, The F-List and The Richard Antwi Scholarship promoting equality. In December 2022, Women In Music Roll Of Honour inductee Christine Osazuwa nominated Esther as a Music Week Rising Star, due to her activism. In August 2023 she set up BLU WAV, a holistic and artistic wellbeing platform, whilst completing a 6-month fellowship with the Creative Impact Research Centre Europe in Berlin. Esther’s research delved into the mental health, wellbeing and working conditions of Black Artists in Britain, her findings will be published soon.

3. Education, skill development and matching: Future Skills Journey

This workshop is an invitation to critically examine and discuss the future of skills in the creative ecosystem.Through engaging activities and thought-provoking discussions, participants will not only evaluate their current skills fingerprints, but also explore the concept of “future skills”. By blending innovative foresight methodologies with the future skills research, this workshop aims to raise awareness on the skills participants already have and those they might need tomorrow. No specific background is needed – just bring your curiosity and an open mind. This workshop promises and inclusive space for self-reflection and self-discovery, lively group discussions and a fresh perspective on skills of the future.


Rafael Dernbach

Rafael Dernbach is interested in improbable encounters of people and ideas in a world that is more and more formatted. His research and curatorial projects depart from media studies and future studies and examining emerging media environments. Most recently, he has curated a 24h long conversation on the future of attention at the Locarno Film Festival. He was a post-doctoral researcher Universita della Svizzera italiana, a research associate at Futurium. He completed his PhD at University of Cambridge.

Anastasia Platonava

Anastasia Platonava is a PhD student at the Technological University of the Shannon in Athlone, Ireland, researching blockchain technology and higher education sector. Her focus is on creating a blockchain roadmap to support digital offerings, like the “digital learning passport (DLP)”, and enable educational stakeholders to understand its potential. Originally from the Republic of Belarus, Anastasia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Economics in Prague and worked for the United Nations in Belarus. She is a Government of Ireland Scholar and completed a Master’s in Business programme at Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. Anastasia is passionate about innovative EdTech trends and the ways high-quality education may become accessible for all.

4. Transformative Governance: The future of cultural and creative industries – collective policy-imagining and making

This workshop seeks to explore possible evolutions of current cultural and creative industries (CCI) policymaking practices by using collective futures-visualization techniques. Questions will touch on both future and present facets of CCI, and enable participants to consider how they might contribute to a better future of the sector. The outcome will lead to new policy ideas and ways of imagining the future landscape.


Anna De Mezzo

Anna is a Zurich-based visual designer and researcher with extensive experience in design research, futures studies and art direction. She holds a MSc in Design & Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and works at the intersection between design and futures research. In her work, Anna focuses on various design practices as means to tackle the relationship between humans and uncertainty, particularly the one related to the perception of the future. Her past engagements brought her from the Y Think Tank in Zurich, where she led a team of speculative designers and societal researchers, to UNESCO Futures Literacy in Paris, where she focused on anticipation theory and practice to contribute disseminating futures literacy as a capability.

Nyangala Zolho

Nyangala is a Policy Learning Designer for the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL). Nyangala is based in IGL’s offices at the Barcelona School of Economics. Here she designs and delivers learning experiences to guide policymakers and practitioners working on innovation and growth policies to become more experimental. A key area of interest for her is helping policymakers rethink how they support innovators from diverse communities to drive more inclusive forms of innovation. Her previous design research has focused on combining data and design methods to map pathways to innovative careers, with particular focus on who is marginalised in this process. Nyangala has also mapped the current and future role of innovation agencies, and compared prospects for these bodies in Europe and Latin America.


CCI Futures

5. Ecological sustainability: Ecology of creative practice & feral tactics: urgent questions in unbearable situation

Starting with an exploration of the joys and awkwardness of the coalition between ecology/sustainability and art/creativity, the workshop presents the difficulties and dilemmas of eco-social practice. Departing from the green-washing paradigm, Krater Collective will present specific feral actions that have altered institutional inertia while demanding non-exploitative economies and claiming new typologies of creative production. In the second round, we invite participants to define an urgent question relevant to their practice while going through three stages of interviews with others: 1. testing the question 2. spreading feral options 3. suggesting elegant next steps. This method follows the Feral MBA training developed by artist Kate Rich.


Danica Sretenović and Gaja Mežnarić Osole from Krater collective

Danica Sretenović and Gaja Mežnarić Osole practice feral curatorial politics within Krater collective – a group of transdisciplinary enthusiasts that took courage to reinvent their respective professions, studios and working conditions to act as guardians of rewilded ecosystem at pending construction site in Ljubljana. Since Krater ecosystem is at constant verge of extinction, we cultivate creative resilience in face of urgency by inventing feral tactics, events and formats, treating administrative and other restrictions as an object of artistic interventions. This action asks for unexpected alliances and inventive economies to open up territories of regenerative, relational and critical creative practice. Alongside to site-specific work such as cultivation of biodiversity Krater hosts internationally acclaimed educational formats (The School of Feral Grounds), laboratories to experiment with biomaterials (Notweed Paper, invasive plants, mycelia and clay), advocacy strategies (banquets, mediations, public speeches), exhibitions (Forbiden vernaculars BIO27, Feral Occupations GB35), conferences (The Feral Palace), and other public programmes (Krater Vibroscapes, Harvesting Japanese Knotweed, Feral Cartographies Cycling, Tea Ceremonies, Little School of Urban Ecologies etc) – to introduce new typologies of work in culture. Krater was finalist of New European Bauhaus Prizes in 2021. In 2023 the practice received special mention from 35th biennial of Graphic Art Ljubljana and the highest national prize in architecture for public space – Plečnik’s Medal. More at @kratercollective

15:45 – Coffee break and Open Gallery

16:15 – Gallery Walk II and Care Session II

17:00 – Panel discussion “Entrepreneurship and Impact”

This panel talk will explore which entrepreneurial strategies effectively support impact-driven creative businesses. Experts will shed light on the specific needs to foster innovation processes in the creative ecosystem and discuss how creative impact entrepreneurship contributes to sustainable future and funding independence.

On the panel:

Andy Schwendener

Andy Schwendener embarks on his exploration of the concept of recurrent creation within the realm of Creative Economies during his doctoral studies in Organization Studies and Cultural Theory at the University of St. Gallen. In addition to his academic pursuits, he serves as a research fellow at the Zurich Centre for Creative Economies. Beyond his research, he actively participates in the Creative Economies as a drummer and founder of a synth-pop band. Furthermore, he channels his academic insights into practical application as founder of the For Planet Strategy Lab.

Mari Hanikat

Mari Hanikat is the CEO of Garage48 – an organization dedicated to organizing hackathons, acceleration programs and other open-innovation events. She has led the project management of more than 55 hackathons on various topics all over the world. Mari Hanikat is one of the founders of the gender-inclusive hackathon series Empowering Women (Ukraine, Estonia, Afghanistan, Uganda, Kenya). She has extensive experience in developing, managing, implementing, and evaluating hackathons and acceleration programs worldwide. Some of the signature traits of her events involve potential mapping stakeholders from the public and private sectors and boosting collaboration between them. Many of the projects she has initiated tackle socioeconomic issues from a technological point of view. Her experience in the conception of open-innovation events and the conditions of creative processes in early-stage hold great potential for CIRCE.

Cheryl Kwok

Cheryl Kwok is a musician and cultural policy researcher. Hailing from Hong Kong, she read Music at the University of Cambridge and Education in Arts & Cultural Settings at King’s College London, specialising in music for mixed media and digital cultural policy respectively. She is currently a Consultant at Sound Diplomacy, a global research and strategy consultancy. Cheryl’s research interests include cultural placemaking, digital cultural policy, and improving access and career sustainability in the arts. She is co-author of ‘Revenue distribution and transformation in the music streaming value chain’, a policy brief published by UNESCO in 2022. Other positions she currently holds include Fellow of the European Music Council and Trustee of Culture&.

Anna Chernysh

Anna is the founder of Lezo, an emerging startup where AI meets HR, which is also a Creative Impact Fund project. Her superpower is turning fresh ideas into reality. As a product manager, she has 6 years of experience in launching, testing and scaling new products from scratch. At Projector she launched 3 EdTech B2C products and scaled one of them to $2M ARR in 2 years.

18:00 – Closing

18:30 – Dinner and Networking

All vegetarian and vegan Flying Buffet
Live-Music and DJ