fest ACCELERATOR @ Creative & Tech Festival Berlin

Panel festACCELERATOR with Steve Austen and Paul Spies at the Town Hall Meeting #2 discusses how to accelerate the planned Creative & Tech Festival Berlin 2024-2029 through international cooperation.

Hybrid Space Lab organised this panel with international experts on cultural entrepreneurship.

Panel festACCELERATOR, Steve Austen & Paul Spies, Town Hall Meeting #2 @ Holzmarkt, Berlin, 11 April 2023



Panel festACCELERATOR, Steve Austen & Paul Spies
Town Hall Meeting #2
@ Holzmarkt, Berlin
20.00-20.45, 11 April 2023


Steve Austen is an entrepreneur, journalist, commentator and policy adviser
His particular knowledge and experience focuses on performing arts, education and internationalisation of policy.

Citizenship is nowadays a topic discussed from a local up to an EU level and in all domains of society. The position of the EU citizen has been strengthened significantly during the last decades. The European Union has the most equal and inclusive societies in the world and is the space where citizens’ rights are most protected. At the same time, all member states are facing major challenges, such as the climate change, the identity debate, or the need for media literacy. These and other questions are all interconnected, and bear a relation to the increasing attention for the importance of (in)tangible heritage in connection to citizenship.
Steve Austen

Paul Spies is an art historian and archaeologist of the ancient world. Since 2009 he has been director of the Amsterdam City Museum and since 2016 director of the Stadtmuseum Berlin and chief curator of the Federal State of Berlin at the Humboldt Forum.
Paul Spies


In a lighthouse project, the Berlin Senate for Economic Affairs, Energy and Operations is funding the Creative Industries with 12 million euros over four years to host a creative festival. As a community of interests of more than 70 actors, coordinated in the non-profit association Berlin Worx, we are a broad alliance of Berlin’s creative industries, demonstrating our unity and the willingness to create a new, unique, innovative and innovative festival together, to jointly develop a new, unique, innovative and sustainable format.

It is a vision, a plan, around which more and more actors and institutions of Berlin’s creative industries are gathering. Creative industries are gathering around it. Creative networks and companies jointly initiate a process to design and establish a large, multi-day festival at various locations in Berlin.

The international appeal of the city of Berlin is based on a great variety of offerings from a wide range of actors that have grown over the years and decades.
An innovative art, music, film, design, games and XR scene, successful industry meetings of the startup, digital and tech scene, and world-class events, digital and tech scene, world-class scientific institutions that dare to engage in an active exchange with society, and countless other initiatives. Added to this is an incomparable variety of established cultural venues and as yet unused urban potential areas that make Berlin the envy of is envied worldwide.

The festival is a cross-over format, which succeeds in building a bridge across the different creative sectors in order to use this worldwide unique existing potential – an intersectoral, co-creative and cross-locational cooperation of actors of the creative sector shall emerge. is to emerge. A format that provides a curated overview and accessibility of the multitude of creative and accessibility of the multitude of actors in Berlin’s creative industries and their products and services.

The format is to include elements of a trade fair, classic art, music and film festivals, as well as innovative components from tech and science conferences. At the same time, creative experimental spaces for academic knowledge transfer and citizen science. The festival brings together leading experts, innovation pioneers and interested parties in different locations of the and interested people at different locations in the city to inspire each other and to create together. The festival will be hybrid – physically and digitally – accessible. It is intended to be a showcase, entrance door and platform for Berlin’s creative industries at the same time. Such a format does not yet exist in Berlin – not even in in Europe.
Berlin Worx

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