Following the first international Night Mayor Summit in Amsterdam in 2016, Gather Festival has invited Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan to host the Nordic Night Mayor Summit. A four-hour conference packed with engaging expert sessions led by international nightlife experts. The sessions are a great way to get into the center of international night culture. In three rounds of 45 minutes you will be actively thinking and working with the experts to gather insights on topics like creative and cultural spaces, government policies and social structures in nightlife. The key learnings from the expert session will be recapped by Mirik Milan at the end of the conference.
Expert Session: creative and cultural space
Lutz Leichsenring (Creative Footprint, Club Commission Berlin)
Dimitri Hegeman (Happy Locals, Tresor Berlin, Detroit-Berlin Connection)
Moderator: Ella Overkleeft
Many cities deal with gentrification. The negative effects are putting pressure on creative and cultural spaces. The Creative Footprint, founded by Lutz Leichsenring, advocates for the protection of creative space globally through innovative data and informative content. By working with local creatives, nightlife experts, and data analysts they calculates the cities creative footprint.
There are many young people who are creative but don’t have tools, peers or space in their neighbourhood to put their creativity into work. That’s where the Happy Locals comes to help; a group of Berlin based organizations, who help make alternative projects happen. Initiated in 2012 by Dimitri Hegemann and Annette Ochs in Berlin, the Happy Locals want to share their experience and knowledge with interested people, finding collaborators and partners to plan creative projects.
Expert Session: The future of the music industry
Ellen Kvarby (Sony Music)
Olga Zegers (former ID&T/SFX)
The Social structures in music industry are subject of discussion more then ever. In this expert session the focus will be the position of women in night life.
Strong women in night life are becoming more visible; behind the decks, as a promotor of as a producer. But we still have a long way to go. How far have we come and what are the issues women in the scene have to deal with?
Expert Session: Government policies
Marc Fort (Texas Music Office)
Naima Bouchtaoui (City of Amsterdam Art Factories)
Moderator: Mirik Milan (Night Mayor of Amsterdam)
The night as a product has become more and more important for the profiling and image of cities and areas. Both in the social economic and cultural area day and night are getting more intertwined. How can (local) government can create a healthy ground for the creative industry? The Texas Music Office supports on of the biggest music and cultural conferences in the world SXSW in Austin. It’s a great example how culture and creativity provides a lively city. But also Bureau Broedplaatsen, set up by the City of Amsterdam, show how providing affordable workspaces for creatives increases the cities creative footprint.