Cluster Tours

Creativity Tour

Cluster or IBN Description

Flanders DC

Flanders District of Creativity is the single point of contact for entrepreneurs in the creative industries in Flanders. Flanders DC has merged with Design Flanders and Flanders Fashion Institute and is a non-profit organization, supported by the Flemish Government. We actively inform, coach, promote and inspire creative entrepreneurs who want to build or grow their business. Return on creativity is what we’re after.


Flanders Arts Institute is an interface organisation and expertise centre for the arts from Flanders and Brussels.

The organisation caters to both national and international professional arts audiences. The organisation is known as Kunstenpunt to national audiences.

The institute is the contact point for foreign art professionals in search of information on the visual and performing arts and on music in Flanders. To increase the awareness and visibility of the Flemish arts scene on an international level we stimulate and help develop international collaboration, communication and exchange between artists, art professionals and policy-makers. With this, we are aiming to build sustainable international relations and to encourage and support exchange and cooperation on an international scale.


09:00: tram or train to meeting facility in Berchem (Antwerp) (Stokers, Mezzanine)

09:30: welcome and short presentation from Stokers

10:00 - 10:45: Flanders DC (presentation: explain cultural and creative sectors; collaboration in design, fashion, gaming with flega)

  • The DC Network was founded in 2004 by Flanders DC and unites 13 of the most creative and innovative regions around the world. From the USA to China and Scotland to India, the Districts of Creativity network spans the globe and continues to grow.

    The core mission of the DC network is to make a more prosperous world through harnessing the power of creativity. We do this by bringing people together from across the globe to promote and use the power of creative thinking and to identify new ways of combining knowledge, technologies and resources.

    We organize an annual Creativity World Forum in one of the DC regions. The forum aims to bring together at least 1500 people from the whole of the network and is focused on multidisciplinary collaboration.

    Every year one DC member invites policy makers and intermediate organisations in the field of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation from other DC members to a study visit. The organising member determines the content and length of this Reverse Mission.

    To connect with future creative talents, we organise each year a DCLivingLab, an international student workshop on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

10:45 - 11:45: Kunstenpunt

System Change? D.I.T. (Do It Together) is an open call to the arts sector to jointly reinforce the position of artists. It is a collective project in which ideas are developed to produce blueprints for actual initiatives – led by Kunstenpunt.

A presentation sharing insights by Flanders Arts Institute on the collective development of fair and sustainable practices in the arts and cultural sectors.

  • Pulse – Cultural Network for Transition believes that culture can be a driver for transition to a socially just and sustainable society. It connects cultural organizations that experiment with sustainable alternatives to our current societal model, with self-sufficiency and cultural activism at its core.

  • Greentrack Ghent is the sustainability 'think and do tank' of the cultural sector in Ghent. Through experiment and mutual exchange we are co-creating a long-term sustainable future. We aim to be a catalyst in making the local cultural sector more socially and ecologically sustainable.

11:15 - 12:00: The Flemish design regions: Kortrijk, Ghent, Antwerp, Limburg

The Flemish Design regions are the platform for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for their region. They organize projects combining creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and connect companies, designers, knowledge institutions and local authorities.

12:00 - 14:00: lunch, acquaintance and matchmaking

14:00: walk to tram or the train station tram through Cogels-Osylei (part of the Zurenborg residential area, known for its beautiful architecture)

14:30: tram or train to Antwerp Central and walk to De Serre (20 minutes)

15:00 - 17:00: proposals from commercial business initiatives (possibility for questions): Hybrio - cronos - Duval union - Entre Nous

17:30: walk to FMCCA, Antwerp (20 minutes)


The matchmaking event is organised by Enterprise Europe Network, in collaboration with Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Flanders Investment and Trade and TCI Network. The matchmaking event with bilateral B2B meetings during 12 cluster tours. Participants are free to register for a cluster tour or only attend the matchmaking.

More info and registration for the matchmaking:


Case of DC Network

Reverse Missions

The Reverse Missions are yearly study visits to the member regions. Leading experts, entrepreneurs, public servants and policy makers from the DC network gather to explore a host region during a multi-day program that provides insights into the way the hosting region fosters creativity and innovation.


Creativity World Forum

Each year one of the DC regions organizes the Creativity World Forum. This flagship conference and gathering of the DC-Network brings together and inspires more than 1500 people to discuss creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship.



The DCLivingLab is a specific program for students (and alumni) during the Reverse Mission and/or Creativity World Forum. The participants work on challenging topics of their choice related to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.


Organisations and companies attending

To be completed.

Dress code

Comfortable shoes and an umbrella.