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Cyborg rights activist, designer & lead developer at Ind.ie.
Aral Balkan is a designer and developer who has been active for over 35 years.
He has spent the last five of those working on the problem of technologically regulating the abuses of surveillance capitalism, as well as designing freedom-respecting alternatives to it.
Co-founder & creative director of HAY.
In only a decade Danish design brand HAY has conquered the world with their mission to make good design accessible to the largest possible audience.
Today Rolf Hay continues his role as co-founder and creative director of HAY furniture, working closely with Mette Hay in all aspects of design, production, and development across the brand.
Rolf will talk about how a small Danish design company became a world player.
Co-founder & managing director of Caviar Group.
Bert Hamelinck is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Caviar Group, the award-winning entertainment company based in LA, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam.
He is also Head of Caviar’s Film & Television department.
After many years of producing in Belgium, Bert relocated to Los Angeles to focus his efforts on developing stateside original content.
Bert will talk about never ever giving up.
Owner of Gallery Sofie Van de Velde.
In 2013, Sofie Van de Velde opened her gallery that stands for entrepreneurship in art.
Moving away from a conventional competition-minded gallery model, Sofie’s philosophy is one of collaboration and shared opportunities and networks.
At the Art Basel fair in 2018, the gallery received the prestigious “Creativity and Innovation Award” for their inspirational and innovative way of working.
Dimitri Verhulst is one of Belgium's most successful contemporary writers and has been translated into 25 languages.
His breakthrough novel from 2006, The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen) won many awards and was adapted into a successful movie.
Dimitri is also involved in the business side of publishing. In 2018, he started working with publishing house Pluim and co-started a writers cooperative.
Artist working with technology.
The work of Dries Depoorter addresses themes such as artificial intelligence, privacy, social media & surveillance.
So Dries’ artwork is situated both online as well as in the physical space and spans a range of different media. Among his creations are apps, games and interactive installations.
His media installations have been presented worldwide.
Dries will talk about how to die together.
Creator of Lego’s global brand strategy.
Sara Riis-Carstensen has driven countless iconic branding campaigns and brand activations across the world, and received numerous awards.
She is best known as the woman behind LEGO’s global brand success.
Today, Sara proudly looks back at key roles at Carlsberg, Giorgio Armani and most recently De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond company.
Co-founder & design director Mule Design.
Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, a leading design consultancy from San Francisco, California.
He is a hugely popular author and especially speaker on the craft, ethics and the business of design.
Illustrator of comic character Chrostin.
Christina De Witte is a 23-year-old cartoonist and writer. Her alter ego 'Chrostin' tackles the typical issues of any millennial, but also confronts us with more serious topics such as personal growth or racism.
Her debut 'The ultime survival guide to being a girl' has been translated into nine languages and is being sold worldwide.
In her backstage talk, Christina will question where to draw the line between creating for the sake of creating and creating to get food on the table. With her business prospering without any website, she will also question general marketing strategies.
Drummer, composer & improviser at STUFF.
Active in countless projects and genres as a drummer, composer or improviser: Lander Gyselinck is a jack of all trades whose creativity doesn’t seem to have any boundaries.
At his early age Lander has already won several awards, such as the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award, De Vlaamse Cultuurprijs and ‘MIA Best Musician’ for 3(!) years in a row.
But how does he balance all those genres and projects, both on a creative level and timewise?
Former principal dancer at Ballet Flanders.
After an exceptional career of 25 years at the top, as the Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Flanders, Wim Vanlessen decided to say goodbye in 2019.
The inevitable question that arises now is “What’s next?”
In his backstage talk, Wim will not only talk about his ambitions and the friction between discipline and artistic freedom, but also about his life as a dancer, his journey to the top and the darkness after the show came to an ending.
Architect, spatial researcher & partner at RE-ST.
In 2010 Tim Vekemans co-founded the architecture practice RE-ST. As a designer collective, RE-ST has extended the practice of building with non-building. This collective examines how we can deal with today’s overproduction of created space.
For their groundbreaking research on unused spaces they received a Bouwmeester Label.
In his backstage talk, Tim will share his vision on the role of architects and how to recuperate already built space.
Press agent & owner DP Communications.
With more than a decade of business experience, Debby Wilmsen has become an authority on communicating towards press & media.
From the biggest music festivals, over theatrical stage performers and entertainers, to music bands and tv-shows: Debby has always found creative ways to bring her clients closer to their clients.
In her backstage talk, Debby will share her vast experience on communicating with the media and how to steer your messages in the right direction.
Award-winning director & screenwriter.
Cecilia Verheyden has been working as a Flemish director in television, movies & commercials since 2007.
She directed several award winning productions, such as Behind The Clouds, What If?, Please Love Me and recently the 2nd season of Undercover. She is also well respected for commercial work for clients such as Carlsberg, Coke Zero, Heineken and Watchdogs.
In 2018, Cecilia was the showrunner and director of the immensely popular, online teenage series wtFOCK. Through a new style of narrative and audience interaction, wtFOCK became an actual part of the daily lives of the viewers.
How did this new style of filmmaking influence her work as a director?
Managing Duo at Cyborn film & games.
They are the driving forces behind Cyborn, Belgium’s largest animation studio that has been growing immensely over the last 10 years.
In their constant search for a healthy balance between taking risks, innovating and steadily growing, Iris & Ives always followed the CEO’s gut instinct, which has led them from passion for film to suddenly developing a game.
During their backstage talk they will elaborate on the change and growth of the studio, led by innovation but also by... their gut feeling.
If you’re interested in inspiration from industry leaders as well as fresh voices from the creative industries, then: yes, you should attend!
If you dare to connect with creative professionals outside your familiar network: yes!
If you’re curious about something 100% tailored towards the creative sector, a more than memorable experience at an exclusive venue: triple yes!
We promise to avoid product demo’s, sales presentations or death-by-powerpoint-talks. And assure you: Creative Ville will leave you completely recharged.
After previous editions in Ghent and Brussels we at Flanders DC are stepping up our game. This year we are adding international speakers to an already impressive line-up of local heroes in the creative industry.
Creative Ville 2019 is not your average inspirational conference. You may know this from events such as SuperNova or the Creativity World Forum: at Flanders DC we take pride in making our events memorable experiences.
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This year’s edition of Creative Ville will be held back-to-back at the same location as Fashion Talks, the biggest conference for and about the fashion industry in the Benelux.
Fashion Talks will take place on November 21st, Creative Ville on November 22nd. Both in the new Handelsbeurs in Antwerp.
If you’re in for two days of unmatched inspiration and networking, then we have news for you:
Combi-tickets for both events are also available!