YCI ATHENS HUB
The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is an annual series of Salzburg Global Seminar that brings 50 of the world's most talented young innovators from the culture and arts sector together at Schloss Leopoldskron to help them develop the dynamic vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to allow them, their organizations, their causes and their communities to thrive in new ways. The artistic disciplines represented by the young innovators range from the visual and performing arts, literature, and cultural heritage, to food, fashion, architecture, and design. The YCI Forum represents a major commitment by Salzburg Global Seminar to fostering creative innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide with the intention of building a more vibrant and resilient arts sector and of advancing sustainable economic development, positive social change agendas, and urban transformation worldwide.
At the core of the YCI multi-year project lie the "YCI hubs": various cities around the world including Athens, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Phnom Penh, Salzburg, Seoul, and Tokyo that form the YCI network. The Forum assists the participants in creating "YCI hubs" in their cities to share the learning, foster a multiplier effect, and magnify the impact of the YCI network created in Salzburg. The "YCI hubs" convene mini-sessions, workshops and public events and become a local resource for emerging cultural innovators.
The Athens YCI Hub under the common name of cultureFWD organized a first successful interactive/educational workshop in June 2015, entitled ‘Nurturing the New Creator’.
On Wednesday, September 14, Fulbright invited all YCI alumni, those who received a Fulbright grant and those who did not, for a Coffee Afternoon Get-Together at the office and a brainstorming session on developing the “on the ground” aspect of the YCI hub: increase of activity and events and local impact.