Creative Cities Challenge: competition for solutions in cultural sector recovery

Berlin, Paris, London and New York have launched Creative Cities Challenge. It is a competition to find solutions which will help with the pandemic recovery for their cultural and creative sector. The goal is to help also other cities with their solutions.

The competition is run through the Global Innovation Collaborative (GIC) which was launched in March between the four cities in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, Nitrous and Microsoft.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said: “Culture and creation have been particularly hard hit hard by the pandemic. As we see hope returning and Paris reviving, it is time to get back on track in both of these key sectors. This international creative challenge, open to innovation players from all over the world, will be a unique opportunity to share our ideas and think about the future of the cultural and creative sectors that are essential to the prestige of our cities”.

President and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation Rachel Loeb said: “New York City is home to some of the world’s most iconic arts institutions. Supporting our cultural and creative sectors is essential to restoring jobs and reopening our businesses. We look forward to bringing the creative industry back to life.”

Priority areas include how venues can enable social distancing while maximising capacity, the use of adaptive infrastructure for events in temporary locations, and deploying data and technology to help businesses become more resilient. Solutions submitted for the competition should address new public health, legal, technological and social challenges brought about by the pandemic and could come from digital, technology and financial companies, reports Cities Today.

Submissions are open until July 20, 2021. After that, those will be evaluated by an international jury of city and industry representatives on the maturity of the concept and evidence of success in early pilots.

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