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Summit meeting of the creative industry with politics and business in Hamburg

The industry get-together of the creative industries, where the topics of the future are negotiated with politics, science and administration, on 6 and 7 March 2024, at Theaterfabrik Kampnagel.

Summit meeting of the creative industry with politics and business in Hamburg -

The German Creative Economy Summit (GCES) is the largest industry gathering of the eleven submarkets of the creative industries in Germany. Representatives from music, film, books, press, architecture, broadcasting, performing arts, design, software and games, art and advertising will come together in Hamburg on 6 and 7 March 2024 to be inspired by over 100 speakers and discuss the most important topics of the present and future of their industry.

A congress for all 11 submarkets of the creative industries

The business congress will be attended by representatives from leading associations, large companies and agencies, such as the Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy EMEA Dr Stephan Vogel, Stephanie Kuhnen, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Partner at Serviceplan GER and the Head of Google's Central Europe Creative Works Team, Oliver Rosenthal. The congress days will be opened by Claudia Roth, Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Michael Kellner, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

Current industry topics such as creative AI, recruiting skilled workers and monetisation are negotiated

The creative industries are a social driver with great innovative strength. The gross value added of the cultural and creative industries was around 103.7 billion euros in 2021. This puts it above the level of mechanical engineering and ahead of other sectors such as energy supply or the chemical industry. For the first time, the German Creative Economy Summit is giving this economic force a forum that creates synergies, initiates networks and makes a significant contribution to overcoming the creative challenges of our time. It will take place on 6 and 7 March at Hamburg's Theaterfabrik Kampnagel and will cover topics such as creative AI, monetisation models, internationalisation, innovation processes and social systems, sustainability, urban development and intellectual property in a variety of formats such as keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses.

With over 100 speakers from the design, advertising, music, architecture, art and media sectors

Over 100 pioneers and decision-makers from the creative industries will be speaking at the summit. These include writer Nina George, artists Jonathan Meese and Roman Lipski, actor Hans-Werner Meyer, Hamburg's Senator for Culture and Media Carsten Brosda and social entrepreneur Veronica D'Souza. Other speakers include Peter Kraus, Managing Director of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, Martin El-Khouri, Head of B3 at Bertelsmann Investments, Holger Volland, CEO of brand eins Medien AG, Larissa Pohl, WPP Open X Europe Lead for TCCC, and Nicola Bramkamp, Artistic Director and founder of the SAVE THE WORLD initiative. The programme director of the news channel ntv and editor-in-chief for business and networks at RTL NEWS Sonja Schwetje and presenter Nina Sonnenberg will be among the speakers from the TV sector. The current list of speakers can be found on the GCES website.

As a leading platform, the German Creative Economy Summit connects creative professionals and companies from all 11 submarkets of the creative industries with decision-makers from politics, science, associations and national funding institutions, and is organised by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, a public funding institution for the creative industries in Hamburg. Partners are the Coalition for Cultural and Creative Industries Germany (k3d) and the network of public funding organisations for the cultural and creative industries in Germany. The German Creative Economy Summit is sponsored by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media.

Tickets are available on the website and on The 2-day ticket costs 175 euros.
Reduced tickets for 125 euros are available for pupils, students, trainees, volunteers, pensioners (and people aged 65 or over) and people with disabilities. Proof must be shown upon admission.

Combo tickets:
Visitors to GCES receive a 20% discount on admission to the Hamburg Games Conference, which is running almost in parallel.
Thanks to a cooperation with the Art Directors Club, discounted combination tickets for GCES (5-6 March) and the ADC Festival (4-7 June) are available via the ticket page. All tickets and information on the discounts are available on the ticket page.

Press accreditation:
Media representatives can apply for accreditation to cover the congress.
An accreditation form can be found here. Please send interview requests to .

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  • Kurzbiografie
  • Jean leitet die Kommunikationsabteilung der Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft und ist Ansprechpartner für Presse- und Medienvertreter*innen.

    Bevor er 2014 bei der Kreativ Gesellschaft zunächst als freier Mitarbeiter die Projektleitung der Entwicklung des Oberhafenquartiers übernahm, leitet er sieben Jahre lang die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit des MS Dockville Festivals in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. Neben allen kommunikativen Aufgaben war er für Vernetzung und Lobby-Arbeit verantwortlich und hat in dieser Funktion die Gründung, den Aufbau und das Wachstum des Festivals mitgestaltet und hat die Entwicklung zahlreicher Formate wie dem Spektrum Festival, dem Vogelball, dem Kunstcamp (heute: Artville) oder dem Kids-Projekt Lüttville begleitet. Zeitgleich zum Start bei der Kreativ Gesellschaft war er als Mit-Initiator der ersten Hallo Festspiele im Kraftwerk Bille in Hammerbrook beteiligt.

    An der Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg studierte Jean lange und erfolgreich Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften – mit Praxisstationen bei enja Records, München, der Hamburger Kunsthalle, den Freunden der Hamburger Kunsthalle e.V. sowie dem deutsch-französischen TV-Sender arte, Straßburg.

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