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Call for Proposals: NICE Award 2017 - The European Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity

Under the leadership of the European centre for creative economy (ecce) in Dortmund the Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) was initiated in 2013 by a consortium of 15 cities, universities, agencies and personalities from 10 countries and today amounts to 25 partners from 15 countries. It is a non-profit initiative funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The Ceremony of the NICE Award 2017 takes place in the Philharmonie Essen, Germany at the evening of 6 September 2017. The deadline for the online submission of all applications is 30 April 2017 midnight.

The annual NICE Award, financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, aims to promote innovations from the cultural and creative sectors, especially those that spill over into the wider economy and society. The NICE Award prize money is jointly financed by the City of Bochum, the City of Dortmund, the City of Essen, the City of Gelsenkirchen and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The winners are decided by an independent jury. For more information about the network and the award please go to www.nice-europe.eu.

The NICE Award 2017 Theme: Creating an Inclusive World – A Call for Transformative Innovations


Globalization and digitization have been rivers for the freedom of expression and exchange, for cultural diversity and intercultural tolerance. Additionally, civil rights, participation and social inclusion have incrementally become standard in policy working for the vision of an open, global and digital society without any form of exclusion.

Human centric values are ideally to be mirrored in an open economy where fair trade benefits humankind on both the individual and societal level. A value-based society has to be mirrored by economic actors who base their decisions on the foundations of sustainability and social responsibility.


Application and Submission

Information on „who can apply“ are available here.

The application online form has to be filled in English. In addition to the submission form, it is possible to add complementary material as PDF and JPEG. Only correctly and completely filled out applications can be accepted.

The deadline for the online submission of all applications is 30 April 2017 midnight.

Up to 10 projects will be nominated for the NICE award. Applicants shortlisted by the jury are informed latest by 3 July 2017.

On 6 September, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, the jury will select winners from the shortlist by interviewing all nominees in the city of Essen, Gemany. Starting at 06.00 pm on the same day, the NICE Award Executive Dinner and Ceremony will be held and hosted by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Philharmonie (philharmonic concert hall) Essen.

Management Topic: Technology & Multimedia
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Mar 22, 2017