Last 8 March 2017, the Design Center of the Philippines, together with the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program Implementing Committee, the British Council and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) convened a multi-sectoral discussion with representatives from various government and private organisations to talk over preparations for the event.
The ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition was an initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Design Center of the Philippines, with support from the British Council. It aimed to nurture the creative economy and explore the potential of developing creative cities or hubs in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia. The event was part of the calendar of activities of DTI under the ASEAN 2017 Business and Investment Program. DTI headed the ASEAN’s Committee on Business and Investment Promotion as the Philippines took the ASEAN chairmanship.
The British Council has been working with and supporting creative cities and hubs around the world for several years. This has included programmes such as the European Creative Hubs Forum, Creative Hub Making Vietnam and mapping studies, for example in Europe, Vietnam and Taiwan.
The ASEAN Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition took place from 24–27 April 2017 at the Bonifacio Global City Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
The four-day thought leadership programme highlighted the potential of the creative industries in driving forward the country’s economy by generating growth, diversity, income and employment through partnerships and collaboration among the ASEAN community. Key influencers, advocates and champions of Creative Economy and Creative Cities provided insights and shared their experiences and expertise in developing creative initiatives for sustainable and inclusive development.
The forum itself was on 26–27 April 2017 and brought together experts and heroes from the UK, as well as ASEAN creative champions to share their success stories and creative journeys.
The British Council hosted a satellite workshop and panel discussions, specifically: