Make It Happen

In September we are meeting up in East Iceland to discuss the methods and benefits of establishing creative communities, in which creative processes, innovation and local resources meet. The conference focuses on the issue of regional development, creative industries and destination design in East Iceland, Iceland and Europe, building on best practices and hands on activities and workshops.


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The event will travel around East Iceland and visit Egilsstaðir, Seyðisfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður. In each village the discussion topics will be focused on issues relevant to that particular area.

We are honoured to present the key speakers of the conference: Alexander von Vegesack (DE), founder of Vitra Design Museum and the design camp Domaine de Boisbuchet; Max Lamb (UK), furniture designer; Merilyn Keskula (EE), founder of ÖÖ: Was it a dream?, an experience platform for Nordic creativity and innovation; Daniel Bystöm (SE) from Design Nation and chairman of The Swedish Association of Designers; Halldór Gíslason (IS), project manager and professor at KHIO Oslo; and Erik Bugge (NO), cultural manager in Vesterålen in Norway.

Make It Happen is the final event of the Creative Communities EU collaboration between communities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and East Iceland. It also marks the tenth anniversary of the East Iceland Culture Council and is a celebration of ten years of collaboration with Vesterålen in Norway.

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