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Four Hamburg Companies Honoured as "Culture & Creativity Pilot Germany 2015"

Today, 32 German companies will granted the title of "Culture & Creativity Pilot Germany 2015" in Berlin

The German Government has been honouring 32 companies in the cultural and creative industries for special, creative projects and entrepreneurial ideas each year since 2010. Awards will be granted to people who are looking for with imagination, courage and inventiveness for answers to societal and social issues. In 2015, four winners come from Hamburg.

Innovative Potential Of Creative Industries

Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg Minister of Culture: “Once again, the award reflects the strong dynamism of Hamburg’s creative industries. The high social and social relevance of this year’s award winners and laureates clear reflect the innovative potential the cultural and creative industries unfold at the interfaces to other areas of the economy and society. But first of all, I have great respect for their achievements and congratulate Hamburg’s cultural and creative pilots on this award. “

This year, more than 700 companies from all over Germany applied for the title. Four creative companies from Hamburg have been been recognised with an award:

• Birds and Trees developed apps to support chronically ill children and their families in therapies and in everyday life
• Sofa Concerts sees itself as a network for live music that stimulates the exchange between musicians and audience by arranging living room concerts
• Bridge & Tunnel manufactures accessories and interior design products from used clothing. Young designers create the collections that are made by women from different cultural backgrounds, which could not be integrated into the first labour market.
• Literaturwegen develops literary concepts with local citizens in a writing workshop. Citizens will be stimulated to tell their stories about their region and to publish them.

Coaching and Workshops for the Winners

The winners were selected by an expert jury, which included, among others, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics, the Federal Minister for Culture and his colleagues from Germany’s 16 federal states as well as entrepreneurs from the cultural and creative industries. The champions will be coached in their entrepreneurial activities by mentors for one year, come together in a series of workshops and share their stories and experiences with each other.

Award Ceremony in the German Capital

The award ceremony will be held in Berlin on 25 November 2015, with Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, and Dr. Günter Winands, Ministerial Director in the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, granting the awards.
The initiative is organised by the Bremen U Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action e. V. in co-operation with the Competence Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries of the German Government. Patron of the awards is Initiative Culture and Creative Industries of the Federal Government, a project of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

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