BY HOSTING the fourth Southeast Asian Creative Cities Network (SEACCN) forum this June, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cebu Director Nelia Navarro hopes Cebu can boost its position as one of Asean’s cultural cities.
As part of Cebu Business Month this June, the forum aims to increase the public’s awareness of the value of creativity, culture and innovation as drivers of economic development and economic growth.
“I want us to be proud and excited to be part of this community,” Navarro said, adding that the community is committed to nurturing creativity, something Cebu has an abundance of.
Cebu is one of 10 cities in Southeast Asia that forms the SEACCN and is represented by the Creative Council of Cebu.
According to the Creative Cebu Concept Paper prepared by the Creative Council Cebu, the forum will promote the understanding of the city’s role as a hub for ideas, innovation and new services. It also aims to intensify education and appreciation of market opportunities for Cebu’s creative goods and services to encourage more creative enterprises. Organizers also hope to support tourism in the Philippines and Cebu as a provider of creative goods and services to foreign and local markets.
This year, they are targeting 200 participants who are members of the council, organizations allied with the creative sector, small businesses, sector associations, national and local government officials, development institutions and the academe.
Navarro said they have invited speakers from Taiwan, Singapore and the United Kingdom to show that creative industries are not limited to the arts.
The forum will be held on June 25 at the City Sports Club. The morning session will be about making a creative city while the afternoon session will discuss design identity. Each city in the network will present their strengths and a discussion on deficiencies for cross collaboration will be conducted.
With the integration of the Asean economy, Navarro said creative industries need a network with neighboring countries for knowledge exchange, events and joint projects among creative clusters and cities in the region.