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24 jul '14

Selection Open Call for International Talent Development

The Open Call for International Talent Development resulted in the selection of proposals by designers Gionata Gatto and Claudy Jongstra, curator Jorn Konijn and graphic designer Ruben Pater. The Open Call is directed at all creative industry workers (e-culture, design and architecture): designers, creators, makers, critics and curators. The Creative Industries Fund NL launched the open call last April on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The proposals were submitted to a selection committee consisting of graphic designer Nikki Gonnissen (cofounder of Thonik), architect Anne Holtrop (studio Holtrop) and digital media designer Janine Huizenga, and chaired by Margaret Schavemaker, curator and head of research and publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
The external advisors note that most of the proposals are submitted by designers and creators; curators and critics are under-represented. Yet a wide range of proposals was submitted, from research by design to applied design and autonomously developed work. The maximum grant per application amounts to € 25,000. The Creative Industries Fund NL’s next open call in the context of this programme will take place in April 2015.

This years’s selected proposals
- Gionata Gatto & LINV – Florence, Italy
Light designer Gionata Gatto (Italy, 1982) conducts research by design into the use of plants as sensors. The output of these sensors is used to control a luminous curtain. To this end, Gatto collaborates with the Laboratorio Internazionale di Neurobiologia Végétale (LINV), a laboratory that investigates the electrical signals that plants produce in response to changes in their environment.

- Claudy Jongstra & Hammer Museum – Los Angeles, USA
Claudy Jongstra (the Netherlands, 1963) is creating an enduring work of art, a wall hanging, for the Los Angeles Hammer Museum. With her work, the designer aims to restore a sense of softness and wonder about nature to the city of Los Angeles.

- Jorn Konijn & Centro Brasil Design – Florianopolis, Brasil
Jorn Konijn (the Netherlands, 1977) is co-curator of the 2015 Brazil Design Biennale. The grant will allow Konijn to improve himself in three ways, based on the commission of the Brazil Design Centre. The applicant sets up a research and the results are put into effect during the exhibition ‘Home Sweet Home’ (working title), which focuses on the encounter between design and everyday life. The exhibition shows how the use of the living room changes as a result of new technology, becoming increasingly hybrid.

- Ruben Pater & Isuma TV – Nunavut , Canada
Graphic designer Ruben Pater (the Netherlands) is designing a storytelling application that makes it possible to create a collective comic book. Together with the local population of the northern Canadian Nunavut, Pater is working on a graphic novel about traditional local imagery that allows the population to pass on their own stories to young Inuit. Collaboration with the local media company IsumaTV ensures access to ten settlements that are nearly impossible to reach. Applying a graphic filter on the input, Pater produces a graphic novel with a coherent style. Besides the comic, which will be distributed in the communities, the project will yield a mobile exhibition and an application that, with minimal adjustment, can also be used in other cultural contexts.


Reaction from the selection committee to the submitted proposals
The committee notes that the submitted proposals contain a lot of trendy work and are hardly geared towards personal cultural and artistic development. Many applicants focus on their professional careers and fail to communicate the intended artistic output and sustainability level of the proposed project. The committee also notes that only a few applicants reflect critically on their own method and the proposed development.

In addition, the committee attaches great importance to a strongly motivated choice of location and international partner. Though some proposals describe why the proposed project fits the international context in terms of location and sphere of action, the assessors in a number of proposals miss a genuine connection to the location, occasioning questions about the meaning of the results for that location and the profession.

In assessing the proposals, the external advisors considered the quality of the artistic vision of the applicant. The advisors preferred proposals that combined exceptional artistic vision, professional development, and interaction between the applicant and international partners to create a mutually reinforcing whole. The social and cultural relevance of the proposals was assessed as well, and the expertise of the partners and the nature and form of the collaboration considered. The advisors noted many proposals involving partners of an excellent reputation without, however, these collaborations being aimed at enhancing the professional and artistic development of the talent. A number of proposals failed to provide sufficient insight into the approach and design of the project, making it difficult to assess possible results.

The advisory board considers this selection representative of the scope of the creative industries in the fields of architecture, design and e-culture. The makers, designers and curator selected are in different stages of their development.

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24 jul '14

Selection Open Call for International Talent Development

The Open Call for International Talent Development resulted in the selection of proposals by designers Gionata Gatto and Claudy Jongstra, curator Jorn Konijn and graphic designer Ruben Pater. The Open Call is directed at all creative industry workers (e-culture, design and architecture): designers, creators, makers, critics and curators. The Creative Industries Fund NL launched the open call last April on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The proposals were submitted to a selection committee consisting of graphic designer Nikki Gonnissen (cofounder of Thonik), architect Anne Holtrop (studio Holtrop) and digital media designer Janine Huizenga, and chaired by Margaret Schavemaker, curator and head of research and publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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22 jul '14

Open Call Work Week Qinghe Station in Beijing

The Creative Industries Fund NL is in search of (landscape) architects and urban planners willing to participate in a Chinese-Dutch project week on behalf of the redevelopment of a station area in Beijing. The project week will take place from 14 to 20 September 2014. Entries including a motivation and a brief portfolio can be submitted up to 7 August 2014.
Context of the Open Call
During the project week, Chinese and Dutch experts will work on a concrete design task: the development of Qinghe Station in Beijing. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning (BMCUP) is interested in an integrated design approach, among other things to improve the quality of life in the area. Mobility plays an important part in this. BMCUP considers Transit Oriented Development (TOD) a promising approach and expects Dutch experts to assist them in this. The curators involved in the process are the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), Tsinghua University and VenhoevenCS. For more information on this project, please download the English-language project plan in PDF, below.

Call directed at Dutch architects and urban planners
This open call is directed at Dutch architects, landscape architects and urban planners. The Fund, together with VenhoevenCS, will select a total of nine designers to participate in the project week. Selection will take place on the basis of design skills, experience with TOD and experience with working in a Chinese context. The Creative Industries Fund NL offers a grant of a maximum of € 2,150 (including VAT) per proposal. This allowance is meant to cover the expense of the return flight Amsterdam-Beijing and the stay in Beijing. All efforts are being made to create a delegation that is diverse in terms of age and experience.

More Information
For the full description of this Open Call, please visit: www.stimuleringsfonds.nl/nl/open_oproepen.

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22 jul '14

Open Call Work Week Qinghe Station in Beijing

The Creative Industries Fund NL is in search of (landscape) architects and urban planners willing to participate in a Chinese-Dutch project week on behalf of the redevelopment of a station area in Beijing. The project week will take place from 14 to 20 September 2014. Entries including a motivation and a brief portfolio can be submitted up to 7 August 2014.

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15 jul '14

Five things designers should know about doing business in South Korea

The creative economy in South Korea is growing rapidly. In 2008 the country announced its ambition to become the design hub of South-East Asia. On 25 June the East-West Education Center (EWEC) held an afternoon information session about market opportunities for designers in South Korea.
EWEC and designers Ineke Hans, Samira Boon and Anne Miltenburg spoke about the possibilities available in South Korea, discussed relevant themes for Dutch-Korean collaboration, and ran through the dos and don’ts concerning business in Korea.

In 2008 the country announced its ambition to become the design hub of South-East Asia. Since then, the country has unfolded major cultural and economic infrastructure, with Seoul as its epicentre. Creative entrepreneurs are sprouting like mushrooms, encouraged by recent government policy that earmarks the creative economy as one of the country’s economic priority areas. Korean businesses such as LG and Samsung are setting the pace when it comes to crossovers between technological innovation and design. All this has not gone unnoticed in the Netherlands. More and more designers are establishing a foothold in Korea and are collaborating with Korean companies, designers and universities.

The problems facing Korean society present opportunities for Dutch-Korean collaboration, and Ineke Hans mentions three relevant issues: waste and raw materials, the ageing population, and rapid urbanization.

Five tips
Dutch designers Samira Boon and Anne Miltenburg, both of whom lived and worked in Korea, emphasize how much we can learn from Koreans. Five tips from two hands-on experts for designers starting out in South Korea.
1. Seek partnerships with local parties such as design universities, craft organizations and the business community. For newcomers, the Korean market appears hermetically sealed. Collaborating with Korean parties helps you to build up a network, to become familiar with Korean customs, and to gain access to the market.
2. Always dine out with Korean colleagues and eat everything they put in front of you. That is how you invest in working relationships and how you show that your intentions are serious.
3. Invest in building up a bond with your immediate colleagues. Koreans attach great importance to informal working relations.
4. Be aware of the hierarchical corporate culture in South Korea. Participation, discussion and group decisions are overshadowed by status and a fast decision-making culture.
5. Allow yourself to be swept along by the 24-hour work culture. Don’t be surprised if your colleagues work though the night while you plan to leave the office at 6 p.m. Clients can call at 8 p.m. to tell you they have a commission that has to be finished the following afternoon.

Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival
The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on designers to submit proposals to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Seoul Design Festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 November 2014. Highlighting the issue of ageing, the festival theme is Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design. This call is open to product designers, industrial designers and fashion designers whose submitted work reflects the theme and is of an excellent standard. The Fund will support the participation of 10 designers at the Holland Paviljoen and an eight day stay in Seoul during the festival. Proposals must be submitted by 31 August at the latest.

Read more about the open call at: >> Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival
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15 jul '14

Five things designers should know about doing business in South Korea

The creative economy in South Korea is growing rapidly. In 2008 the country announced its ambition to become the design hub of South-East Asia. On 25 June the East-West Education Center (EWEC) held an afternoon information session about market opportunities for designers in South Korea.

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in South by Southwest 2015

The Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on makers from the e-culture, film and gaming industries to submit proposals aimed at one of the programme events during the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2015. The Fund is providing ten grants of maximum € 6,000 per project. Please note that the open call is phased into two rounds: one for the PanelPicker (conference) and one for the other programme events. A condition for receiving a grant is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization.
SXSW 2015 takes place in the period 13-22 March 2015 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is one of the most important festivals and fairs in the world in the field of e-culture (interactive), film and music, bringing together an interesting mixture of major firms, start-ups and artistic events. The festival has a strong focus on innovation and plays an important networking role in various sectors.
Link: sxsw.com

Call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is particularly open to interesting proposals from Dutch participants in the Interactive programme, which takes place from 13 to 17 March 2015, and in the Digital Domain programme, which forms part of the film programme and takes place at the same time.

The maximum grant from the Fund totals € 6,000 per project. A condition for support is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization and forms part of the official programme. You can submit a proposal for one of the programme events listed below:

 Participation in the conference (panels/sessions/talks) for the Interactive and Digital Domain events – Please note! Registration for the PanelPicker at SXSW closes on 25 July 2014. See: sxsw.com/music-film-interactive/news/2014/sxsw-panelpicker-open
 Participation in the Accelerator event
 Participation in the Interactive Trade Show
 Participation in the Gaming Expo.

The open call is divided into two submission rounds. The first deadline is exclusively for the PanelPicker (conference) and closes on 10 August 2014. (Please note that registration for the PanelPicker at SXSW closes on 25 July 2014).
The second round is for the other programme events and closes on 7 November 2014. The Fund will issue a new open call for this in due course.

Aims
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have jointly commissioned the Creative Industries Fund NL to implement a programme specifically aimed at the internationalization of the creative industries.
This four-year programme has three main aims:
 strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector
 building up lasting collaborative relations
 enlarging the international field of work.

Assessment
Each project proposal will be assessed in writing by three independent advisors, who will test whether the project is sufficiently in line with the general aims of the Creative Industries Fund NL, and in particular its aims in the area of Internationalization. They will also assess the quality of the proposal and the extent to which the project is appropriate in the context of SXSW.
If the advisors make a positive recommendation, a grant will be issued on condition that the project or person is admitted to the official SXSW programme.

The Creative Industries Fund NL aims to issue grants for ten projects and is allocating a sum of € 60,000 for this purpose. The maximum grant per project/participant amounts to € 6,000. The grant issued for a proposal can be reduced to a lower amount should the contents of a proposal or the accompanying cost estimate justify such a reduction.
Project proposals that are not included among the first selection can, in consultation with the applicant, be placed on a waiting list so that they may receive support in the event of resources becoming available if positively assessed projects are not admitted to the official programme. The Creative Industries Fund NL will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals.

Applications
A proposal consists of:
 name, address, place of residence
 plan/description of the project or activities, aimed at one of the official festival programmes
 cost estimate and financial scheme
 letter of motivation
 CV of not more than two pages
 Proof of registration with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Creative Industries Fund NL is opening two rounds for the submission of proposals for participation. The first round, focusing exclusively on the PanelPicker, closes on 10 August 2014. The second round, focusing on the other programme events, closes on 7 November.

For each selected proposal the Creative Industries Fund NL is allocating a maximum grant of € 6,000. This grant is a contribution to the total costs and is to be used for:
 travel and accommodation costs for two people during SXSW
 maximum of two additional festival badges per project
 costs for participation in fair
 costs of materials directly incurred by participation in SXSW.

Deadline
Submit the proposal, including letter of motivation, before 10 August 2014, through the online application form of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The call is the only opportunity to receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the SXSW Festival. The selection of proposals in this first round will be announced to the participants by email no later than 8 September 2014.

Procedure
Proposals must be submitted digitally using the Creative Industries Fund NL online application form. Select the round entitled: Open Call Participation SXSW 2015. For more information about online applications, see: stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/latest/news/469/conditions_for_online_applications.

In addition to your name, address, place of residence, proof of registration with Chamber of Commerce and bank account details, the proposal includes a description of the project or activities, a concise cost estimate, CV and letter of motivation for participation. Should a proposal not meet these requirements, its contents may not be assessed.

The procedure for an open call is described in the General Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The selected proposals will receive a grant on the basis of the Grant Programme for Internationalization.

Further information:
 To receive a grant, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. Should that not be the case, it is possible to register after you have been selected.
 Participants are responsible for booking their travel and accommodation on time.
 Admission to the official SXSW programme is a prerequisite for receiving support, but does not offer any guarantee.

For further questions concerning the open call procedure please contact Hugo van de Poel, 010-4361600, h.vandepoel@stimuleringsfonds.nl

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in South by Southwest 2015

The Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on makers from the e-culture, film and gaming industries to submit proposals aimed at one of the programme events during the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2015. The Fund is providing ten grants of maximum € 6,000 per project. Please note that the open call is phased into two rounds: one for the PanelPicker (conference) and one for the other programme events. A condition for receiving a grant is that your project is selected by the SXSW organization.

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival in South Korea

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on designers to submit proposals to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Seoul Design Festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 November 2014. Highlighting the issue of ageing, the festival theme is ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’. This call is open to product designers, industrial designers and fashion designers whose submitted work reflects the theme and is of an excellent standard. Proposals must be submitted by 31 August at the latest.
With its theme of Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design, the 12th Seoul Design Festival, which takes place in Seoul from 26 to 30 November 2014, focuses on how Korean society is ageing. Possible answers and solutions from a design perspective will be presented in five categories: Sharing, Healthcare, Hospitality, Healing and Heritage. The Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting the participation of 10 designers in the Holland Pavilion and an eight-day stay in Seoul during the festival. The pavilion forms part of the official programme of the Seoul Design Festival and will feature in publicity material issued by the festival.

Call
The call is open to product designers, industrial designers, graphic designers and fashion designers, provided their submitted work reflects the theme Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design and is of an excellent standard. The procedure involves joint preparation in the Netherlands. Moreover, after the festival participants will endeavour to share the knowledge acquired with professional colleagues in the Netherlands.

Context
The Creative Industries Fund NL is working with the East-West Education Center on this group presentation in South Korea. The presentation is a follow-up to the project by the East-West Education Center in March 2014, which charted design and market opportunities for Dutch designers in South Korea within the framework of the Open Call for Exploring Opportunities for Internationalization, launched in the autumn of 2013.

Aims
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have jointly commissioned the Creative Industries Fund NL to implement a programme specifically aimed at the internationalization of the creative industries. Within this programme the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting participation in the Seoul Design Festival with a group presentation in the Holland Pavilion.
This four-year programme has three main aims:
 strengthening the image of the Dutch design sector
 establishing lasting collaborative relations
 enlarging the international field of work.


With this open call the Fund aims to strengthen the contacts established through the earlier exploration and to chart new international platforms that are relevant for the positioning of Dutch design. Participants are afforded an opportunity to establish lasting relations in South Korea and to widen their international field of work.

Assessment
From the submitted applications the Creative Industries Fund NL, in consultation with external advisors, will select a maximum of 10 proposals. In the case of a design studio, the Fund will only provide a grant for the costs of one participant. The advisors will assess the extent to which the proposals reflect the aims of this open call and respond to the theme of ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’. Moreover, the advisors will focus specifically on the quality of the work to be presented, the motivation of the participants, and their knowledge of and affinity with South Korea. The advisors aim to assemble a varied delegation in terms of age and experience.

Assessment takes the form of a tender process. The advisors select a maximum of 10 proposals out of all applications. The Creative Industries Fund NL will only communicate about the selected proposals and will not enter into correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals.

Applications
A proposal consists of:
 name, address, place of residence (see form)
 a letter of motivation that outlines how participation relates to the development of your design practice and clarifies your affinity with South Korea
 plan/description of the proposed activities. In the case of this open call: a proposal for the presentation of a design object during the Seoul Design Festival, which reflects the theme of Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design, as well as clear images of the object
 indication of transport possibilities for selected object
 CV
 proof of registration with Chamber of Commerce.

For each selected proposal the Creative Industries Fund NL is allocating an incentive grant of maximum € 2800, to be used for:
 travel and accommodation costs for eight-day stay in South Korea
 transportation of the selected object to Seoul.

Deadline
Submit the proposal, including letter of motivation, by 31 August 2014 at the latest, using the online application form of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The call is the only opportunity to receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Seoul Design Festival. The selection of proposals in this first round will be announced by email and in the newsletters of the Creative Industries Fund NL not later than 22 September 2014.

Procedure
Proposals may only be submitted digitally through the Creative Industries Fund NL online application form. Select the grant round entitled: Open Call Participation Seoul Design Festival. For more information about online applications, see: stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/latest/news/469/conditions_for_online_applications

The procedure for an open call is described in the General Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The selected proposals will receive a grant on the basis of the Grant Programme for Internationalization.

Further information:
 To receive a grant, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. Should that not be the case, it is possible to register after you have been selected.
 It is not possible to present a concept proposal to the Fund office.
 Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their proposal by e-mail not later than one week after the deadline.
 The Fund office will contact selected participants.

For any questions concerning the open call procedure, please contact Jasmijn van Weenen, 010-4361600, j.vanweenen@stimuleringsfonds.nl

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8 jul '14

Open Call for Participation in Seoul Design Festival in South Korea

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on designers to submit proposals to participate in the Holland Pavilion during Seoul Design Festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 November 2014. Highlighting the issue of ageing, the festival theme is ‘Well-Aged Life, Well-Balanced Design’. This call is open to product designers, industrial designers and fashion designers whose submitted work reflects the theme and is of an excellent standard. Proposals must be submitted by 31 August at the latest.

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8 jul '14

Prior notice: Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015

In October the Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015 for Dutch presentations during the Salone del Mobile, one of the most influential events regarding furniture and product design. The Fund calls for designers to submit innovative proposals to present their work during this fair.
With this call, the Fund encourages the building of a network of sustainable, relevant relationships at home and abroad and the international reputation of the Dutch creative industry.

Are you planning on going to Milan with your design(s)? Keep an eye on our newsletter.

For more information please contact Nazanin Hedayati, secretary of the Grant Programme for Internationalization: n.hedayati@stimuleringsfonds.nl

Note: This call is the only way to receive support from the Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Salone del Mobile 2015.

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8 jul '14

Prior notice: Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015

In October the Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an Open Call Salone del Mobile 2015 for Dutch presentations during the Salone del Mobile, one of the most influential events regarding furniture and product design. The Fund calls for designers to submit innovative proposals to present their work during this fair.

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6 jul '14

Play Khayelitsha, Cape Town

The Play Khayelitsha city gaming initiative challenged stakeholders to transform a township into a true town. From 8 to 15 July, Cape Town City Council, local NGOs that are active in Khayelitsha, land- and homeowners in Khayelitsha Business District (KBD), informal trade organizations and other committed parties took part in Play Khayelitsha. ‘Game Room Play Khayelitsha’ was part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event.
Khayelitsha, which is the Xhosa word for ‘our new home’, is the second largest township in South Africa and is part of Cape Town. Khayelitsha’s youthful population is striving to improve living conditions there, while the community involved in the Khayelitsha Business District (KDB) development project is endeavouring to improve the surroundings. However, the process is being hampered by large tracts of land that remain empty, limited infrastructure and a lack of investment.

Will it be the passionate local businesspeople who save the township’s empty heart? Will it be the government that is seeking better cooperation with local organizations? Will it be a Chinese investor who decides to take a risk in Khayelitsha? Or will it be the urban developers with their innovative zoning regulations?

Cape Town City Council, local NGOs that are active in Khayelitsha, land- and homeowners involved in the KDB development project, informal trade organizations and other committed parties took part in the ‘Play Khayelitsha’ city gaming initiative in early July. ‘Game Room Play Khayelitsha’, which was also part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 programme, was held at the Department of Design, an initiative of the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.

Project partners
Play Khayelitsha was a city-gaming initiative of Play the City and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) and was supported by Cape Town City Council, the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.

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6 jul '14

Play Khayelitsha, Cape Town

The Play Khayelitsha city gaming initiative challenged stakeholders to transform a township into a true town. From 8 to 15 July, Cape Town City Council, local NGOs that are active in Khayelitsha, land- and homeowners in Khayelitsha Business District (KBD), informal trade organizations and other committed parties took part in Play Khayelitsha. ‘Game Room Play Khayelitsha’ was part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 event.

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23 jun '14

Conditions for online applications

Applying for a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL? From 26 June 2014, applications are submitted online. Receive your login details now and familiarize yourself on time with the new online application form at da.stimuleringsfonds.nl.
To simplify the application procedure at the Creative Industries Fund NL, from now on you can submit your grant application in a new online application environment. This allows you to fill in and send your application directly online. In addition, the application form is now user-friendlier and you can easily review and change your project details. Applications for the application rounds with deadline dates in August (8 Aug. for the programmes Architecture, E-culture and Internationalization; and 15 Aug. for the programme Design) may only be submitted via the online application procedure.

We have made the application environment and the application procedure as user-friendly as possible, without losing sight of security and accuracy. Creating your personal user account and becoming familiar with this new application environment can take some time. So start your online application in good time (at least two weeks before the closing date for applications. You can find the online application environment of the Creative Industries Fund NL at da.stimuleringsfonds.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact us by e-mail or telephone.

Conditions for online applications
Create your account: Before you can make an online application, you must first create a personal user account. You can do this by selecting the option Register new account in da.stimuleringsfonds.nl. You will then receive a confirmation email and the Creative Industries Fund NL will validate your new account. Validation by the Fund takes a maximum of 1 working day.
Start an application: With your personal user account you can then log in and start a new application using the option New application.
View pages and questions: If you make a new application, you can go through all pages and questions with the help of the menu on the left side. Please note that details entered will only be saved once you click Save at the bottom of the page.
You can work on the application over a period of time: Details you have entered can be saved.
The Fund does not read the details you have entered: Only after your application has been completed and submitted, the application will be accessible for the secretaries at the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Frequently asked questions
I created an account but have not received any confirmation?
Check your spam folder to see whether your confirmation has ended up there.
I created an account and received a confirmation email, but I still cannot log in?
Validation of an account by the Fund can take up to one working day. Try logging in again at a later moment.
The online application environment is not responding?
You may be using an old web browser. You can visit the page using another web browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome).
Are my details secure?
Your details are stored securely and will not be used for other purposes.
I want to apply to the Grant Programme for Activities Programmes; can I also do it online?
We are currently working to make the online application environment suitable for the Grant Programme for Activities Programmes. We expect it to be possible by 15 July at the latest.
Is your question not listed here? Then contact us at: 010 436 16 00 or via info@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

NB: Grant applications for the programmes Multi-Year Programmes, Talent Development, TAX Video Clip Fund, Game fund and Transmedia are not submitted via the online application environment.

>> da.stimuleringsfonds.nl

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3 jun '14

The tour of inspiration by URBANOS: social urbanism versus strategic planning

"An encounter with the Colombian architect Simon Velez was one of the visits paid by URBANOS duurzame stedelijke ontwikkeling and NEZU AYMO architects during the exploration of market opportunities for urban designers and architects in a vibrant Colombia. We did not want to make any sales pitch but to explore the expertise on both sides and see how we could complement one another. That is why we decided to organize a tour of inspiration, so that others could travel with us, share expertise and make contacts."

Author: Pepijn Verpaalen, URBANOS
"During an intensive week in April we visited the cities of Medellín and Bogotá and also took part in the UN Habitat World Urban Forum 2014. We spoke to about 25 organizations, made a presentation to the department of urban development in Bogotá, and organized a networking reception. Our conclusion is that we can learn much from the social urbanism of the Colombians and how they tackle districts together with the community and with private parties. Conversely, our strategic planning and Dutch approach offers plenty of opportunities because of the added value that comes from collaboration between numerous parties. For example, a river might be controlled now by erecting tall walls, while our approach would focus on the spatial, economic, environmental and technical improvement of the river and its surroundings."

The next step
"Most commissions in Colombia are secured through public procurement procedures and competitions. So besides direct commissions, we will have to collaborate cleverly with local offices to secure these public procurement procedures. URBANOS is therefore in talks with specialist parties that our offices, with our Dutch expertise, could complement in the area of urban design and/or architecture. In addition, public authorities requested advice concerning urban density, cycling culture, better use of public space and the mixing of expensive and cheap housing. Representatives of the first local authority will soon arrive in the Netherlands to see for themselves how our country and urban planning works."

This exploration of market opportunities was made possible by the Grant Programme for Internationalization, Embassy of the Netherlands and the Dutch consulate in Colombia, the Holland House Bogota, the Colombian embassy in the Netherlands,RVO, the City of Amsterdam, the travelling party, and the many Colombians who extended their hospitality.

For a photo report of the trip, click on www.colombia2014.nl.

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3 jun '14

The tour of inspiration by URBANOS: social urbanism versus strategic planning

"An encounter with the Colombian architect Simon Velez was one of the visits paid by URBANOS duurzame stedelijke ontwikkeling and NEZU AYMO architects during the exploration of market opportunities for urban designers and architects in a vibrant Colombia. We did not want to make any sales pitch but to explore the expertise on both sides and see how we could complement one another. That is why we decided to organize a tour of inspiration, so that others could travel with us, share expertise and make contacts."

Author: Pepijn Verpaalen, URBANOS

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27 mei '14

Open Call selection for Gamescom in Cologne announced

From 13 to 17 August, immediately after the Game Developers Conference Europe, Cologne will host Gamescom, the most important European trade fair for games, with visitors and participants from Europe, Asia and North America. Through the Open Call for participation in Gamescom Cologne, the Creative Industries Fund, in partnership with the Dutch Games Association, is supporting 10 independent studios who will present their work in the Holland Pavilion during Gamescom.
Gamescom is a four-day fair that caters for both the business and consumer markets. The fair was first held in 2009 and has continued to grow ever since. In 2013 it attracted 635 exhibitors from 40 countries and over 340,000 visitors, including many international journalists. The fair is also the venue for many world premiers, and this is where both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were first played in public. For a number of years the Dutch Games Association (DGA) has organized the Holland Pavilion, where both established and young makers from the Dutch gaming industry present their work.

Creative Industries Fund NL and Dutch Games Association
In April the Creative Industries Fund and the Dutch Games Association called on makers in the gaming industry to submit proposals for participation in the Holland Pavilion during Gamescom. The Open Call forms part of the Internationalization Grant Programme from the Creative Industries Fund NL. The submitted proposals were presented to external advisors from Control Magazine and the Dutch Game Garden Dutch Game Garden, under the supervision of the assistant secretary of the E-Culture Grant Programme at the Creative Industries Fund and the Gamefonds. In selecting innovative games in particular, the advisors paid attention to gameplay, graphics and playability. They were impressed by the quality of the submissions and see a selection that does justice to the diversity and quality of the Dutch game industry.

The projects selected in the Open Call:

SassyBot Studio | Fragments of Him
An intriguing game about coping with the loss of a loved one.
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Ragesquid | Action Henk
Action Henk is the best-loved action figure as well as a model of past glory.
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Self Made Miracle | Penarium
A hectic 2D arena arcade game that starts with a pleasant visit to the circus but degenerates into a merciless battle.
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Reptile Games | Lethal League
A chaotic, competitive multiplayer game with the feel of Japanese 2D fighting games.
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Tangrin Entertainment | Kyn
A tactical role-playing game full of interesting puzzles, dangerous quests and extensive areas for the player to discover.
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Lionade Games | Check-in, Knock-out
A 2D local multiplayer brawler in which players tear down the surroundings to make weapons.
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Ostrich Banditos | Westerado: Double Barreled
An action adventure detective western with a focus on narrative, good music and refined pixels.
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Abbey Games | Renowned Explorers: International Society
Renowed Explorers is about the discovery of new land and treading the fine line between diplomacy and fighting.
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Game Oven | Bounden
Bounden is a physical game that focuses on interaction and intimacy in which most of the action takes place off screen.
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The Shoebox Diorama | The Pigeon Man
A magic realist, illustrative adventure for the Oculus Rift and iPad.
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27 mei '14

Open Call selection for Gamescom in Cologne announced

From 13 to 17 August, immediately after the Game Developers Conference Europe, Cologne will host Gamescom, the most important European trade fair for games, with visitors and participants from Europe, Asia and North America. Through the Open Call for participation in Gamescom Cologne, the Creative Industries Fund, in partnership with the Dutch Games Association, is supporting 10 independent studios who will present their work in the Holland Pavilion during Gamescom.

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19 mei '14

IABR explores the interplay between city and nature

‘To resolve the world’s ecological problems, we first have to work on the problems facing our cities.’ This observation by landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the premise of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and it earned him the curatorship of this edition. The sixth edition IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– explores the interplay between city and nature through exhibitions, debates, symposia, and field trips. IABR–2014– is open to the public from 29 May 2014 and will last till 24 August.
Six exhibitions
In the Kunsthal, IABR–2014– presents both its own projects and nearly 100 other projects from leading designers, companies, organizations, and knowledge institutions from around the world. Plans, films, photographs, and models show past, present and future of the urban landscape in six exhibitions.

Program with lectures, field trips and events
Together with its partners, the IABR offers an extensive program including conferences, lectures, debates, events and field trips. The first two editions, Mobility (2003) and The Flood (2005) have put the IABR on the map internationally, profiling it as a manifestation focusing on the future of our cities.The last three editions, Power, Open City and Making City, have explored ongoing rapid urbanization and its consequences, while staking out a position for architecture and making a case for what design may effectuate.

2014 and 2016 biennals and international project ateliers
The next two editions take this agenda one step further. The need to design our future habitat in terms of a sustainable balance between demographic, ecological and economic concerns, between people, planet and profit, will give direction to the program of the 6th and 7th IABR–. The IABR is more than a series of biannual events. It initiates project ateliers: research and development projects often spanning several years, always focused on finding real solutions and therefore linked to actual existing urban projects in the cities of Rotterdam, Istanbul en São Paulo.

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19 mei '14

IABR explores the interplay between city and nature

‘To resolve the world’s ecological problems, we first have to work on the problems facing our cities.’ This observation by landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the premise of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and it earned him the curatorship of this edition. The sixth edition IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– explores the interplay between city and nature through exhibitions, debates, symposia, and field trips. IABR–2014– is open to the public from 29 May 2014 and will last till 24 August.

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19 mei '14

Which grant programme to apply for an international project?

Depending on the structure and aim(s) of a project that takes place abroad, applicants can apply to the Grant Programme for Internationalization or to one of the three grant programmes for e-culture, architecture and design.
The Grant Programme for Internationalization aims to expand the field of work of Dutch designers and makers abroad, to establish relevant and structural relationships, and to stimulate co-operation with foreign organizations. In addition, international interest in Dutch ways of working and Dutch projects is important in this grant programme. This involves Dutch designers and makers joining together as groups and establishing alliances with local parties abroad. An example of a model project in this case is Ampelhaus 2014.

The three grant programmes for e-culture, architecture and design are geared more to projects for individual activities abroad. Example of model projects in the Grant Programme for Architecture is Koreisha, in the Grant Programme for Design A Hermetic Compendium of Typography and in the Grant Programme for E-Culture The Empire Project.

Therefore not every project that takes place abroad automatically meets the aims of the Grant Programme for Internationalization. The staff at the Fund can offer advice on this matter so that applicants submit to the grant programme that best suits their project.

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