Young Cultural Innovators to convene in Salzburg for fourth Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

The network expands to more than 200 creative change-makers across the world

SALZBURG, Austria, October 12 – Young cultural innovators from across Canada will join artists, entrepreneurs, designers, dancers, architects, poets, and a host of other young creatives from across the world in Salzburg, Austria from October 14-19 for the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum).

Each year, the YCI Forum brings together over 50 of the brightest minds from varying geographic and cultural backgrounds with the goal of developing their practical skills, reflecting on their leadership, building their networks on a global scale, and developing strategies for innovation and social transformation in their own cities and communities. Participants come from all continents, representing cities including Buenos Aires, Detroit, Athens, Cape Town, Phnom Penh, and Tokyo. This will be the fourth year of the ten-year Forum run by Salzburg Global Seminar and the first year that Canada has been represented.

Participants from Canada are:

-        Marc Pronovost, General Manager & Artistic Director at B21 and Curator, Maison de la Photo de Montréal, from Laval, Québec;

-        Jung-Suk Ryu, Executive Director of Indefinite Arts Centre, from Canmore, Alberta;

-        Patrick Shannon, Owner of InnoNative, from Skidegate, British Columbia;

-        Nikki Shaffeeullah, Artistic Director of The AMY Project, from Toronto, Ontario; and

-        Helen Yung, Artist-Researcher, Culture of Cities Centre, from Toronto, Ontario.

Their participation in the Forum was made possible by support from the Canada Council for the Arts, who has also partnered with Salzburg Global Seminar to create Canada’s very first Young Cultural Innovators Hub.

The Hub will allow Fellows to maintain their own connections and collaborate on innovative cross-sectorial projects for their communities upon their return home.

The 2017 cohort will form the base of the group with future participants adding to this number.

 “Over fifty bold creative change-makers from all corners of the world will arrive at Schloss Leopoldskron in October. We will gather this amazing group of inspiring young leaders who have been using their imaginations and creative energy to improve their communities and bring about transformative change in their cities. The program immerses them in a week of intensive dialogue, skill building, peer mentoring, exchange, inspiration, and creativity.  For many, it will be a life-changing experience,” said Susanna Seidl-Fox, Program Director for Culture and the Arts at Salzburg Global Seminar.

“Canada’s next generation of arts leaders are the future of our sector and our society. That’s why the Canada Council is proud to offer these dynamic cultural innovators the chance to exchange, gain expertise and meet fellow leaders from around the world – an incredible opportunity that will enrich their work back home,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. 


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About Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947 with a mission to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. More than 30,000 people from nearly 170 countries have participated in our programs over seven decades.

Salzburg Global designs multi-year programs to bridge divides and foster collaboration for lasting change. We convene outstanding people across generations, cultures and sectors. Together we seek to achieve long-term impact and results at scale through alliances, networks and projects on the ground.

Our secluded and inspiring home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – built in 1736 by the Archbishop of Salzburg, restored by the Salzburg Festival’s co-founder Max Reinhardt, used by Hollywood for sets in The Sound of Music, and now an award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust, openness and creativity.

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About Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2016-17 we allocated $196.8 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through our grants, prizes and payments. We also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. We are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

Thomas Biebl
Director, Marketing & Communications
Salzburg Gobal Seminar
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Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit strategic convenor founded in 1947 to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. Its interconnected program clusters – Imagination, Sustainability, Justice – support the evolving needs of changemakers across generations, sectors and scales to accelerate breakthrough thinking and collaboration. We work with the world’s leading public and private organizations and philanthropic investors, leveraging our network of over 25,000 Fellows across 160 countries. Salzburg Global’s programs are convened at Schloss Leopoldskron, Austria. This 300-year old palace provides an inspiring retreat and an internationally-renowned space for openness to address complex challenges.


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