14-15 Feb 2019

EARS – Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions is a platform supporting creative industry collaboration between Europe and Asia. EARS on Helsinki, taking place February 14-15, showcases the latest trends from Asia and is the perfect spot to meet key people behind them.


Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions은 업계의 전문가들이 모여 새로운 비지니스 기회를 발견하고 서로의 창의적인 아이디어와 경험을 나눌 수 있는 열린 회의의 장소입니다. EARS on Helsinki는 2019년 2월 14일-15일에 열리며, 음악, 디자인, 미디어, 공연 예술의 최신 트랜드를 접할 수 있는 공개 행사의 장이 될 것입니다.




EARS on Helsinki 2019 invites you again to the capital where Europe and Asia meet. We’ll take a closer look at the rapidly evolving markets of China and bring to Helsinki the key findings from EARS on Mumbai 2018. Expect stimulating keynotes, panels and performances amongst cultural practitioners from Asia and Europe. Be ready to take part in the dynamic discussions and to be awed by the numerous potential ideas for exchange and collaboration. 

EARS on Helsinki will cover a wide variety of topics within the creative industry with a special focus on performing arts, movies, music and media. More info on the event and speakers to follow soon!


Registration for EARS on Helsinki 2019 is now open!

Early bird conference passes are up for grabs at reduced prices. You can meet and listen to the most inspiring minds from across Asia and Europe working in the arts. EARS is THE creative industry conference to be at in 2019. Register here.


9:00 | Morning coffee + Opening remarks

9:30 – 10:30 | Listening between the beats
A fireside chat about the rapidly growing music publishing industry in China and the opportunities created for international talent

10:30 – 11:30 | Make money the rights way
A look at music copyrights and synchronization rights – key sources of income for music artists in the growing markets of China and India.

12:00 – 12:50 | Life after Netflix – The billion people potential of digital India for film
India is on the cusp of something big in the digital world. In the last year, it became the biggest Facebook nation; it’s music label T-Series is the second most subscribed Youtube channel in the world; Netflix, Amazon and Disney are pouring billions into Indian content production. The growth numbers of digital content consumption are through the roof. How is it changing the film and media industry and the stories that are being told?

12:50 – 13:40 | Over The Top growth in China’s content market
The Chinese content market’s numbers are surging ahead supported by the multitude of streaming platforms and the rapid growth of subscription-based video streaming. Who are these streaming platforms and what kind of content do they buy, develop and co-produce. An introduction and a panel discussion with OTT platform guests.

13:40 – 14:30 | What’s hot and what’s not – China
What are the Chinese content buyers looking for in international markets? Do they buy directly from the producers? Are there pre-buys? Where are the films screened? Are there particular genres that succeed better? This session will explore the different kinds of content and genres that Chinese audiences are interested in and will be backed by recent success stories of international cinema in China.

14:30 – 15:30 | Emerging technologies meet live experiences
Online channels are creating new dimensions to live performances and shows. Animations, games, film and TV content are spreading their IP’s and marketing through augmented reality applications. Offline stores are connecting to online through mixed reality solutions and interfaces, especially in Asia. A discussion about these new forms and formats of expression and the new channels that are being used to distribute them.

19:00 | Evening party at WHS Union
Showcases and exhibitions from Finnish Circus Groups Circo Aero, WHS, Virtual Circus combining performing arts, technology, and new media format.

Production: Finnish Content Export

Siltavuorenranta 18, 00170 Helsinki


9:00 | Morning coffee

9:30 – 10:15 | Get the right vision for television in China
Broadcast, satellite, and cable TV landscape in China, who are the main players and how to produce content for TV channels.

10:15 – 11:00 | Script to screen – Making films in China
An introduction to film production in China including information on different financing models, main financiers, typical budget breakdown, censorship, IP issues, and profit shares.

11:00 – 10:15 | Enter the dragon – Understanding the Chinese market for producers
A session on the kinds of stories that are being consumed in China – from remakes to literature rights and the formats (ie. short format) ] they are being adapted to.

13:00 – 14:00 | Digital landscapes – Marketing and cultivating IP’s in Asia’s digital environment
A look at multidisciplinary and multichannel strategies on how to build and manage IP’s in complex digital environments.

Evening: Film screenings, schedule TBC

In collaboration with Night Visions International Film Festival, The largest fantasy- horror sci-fi and action film specialized film festival

Programme produced in partnership with
Bigger Picture, Music Finland, Creative Export Innovations, Finnish Content Export, The Mumbai Assembly, Nightvisions

Supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Audiovisual Producers Finland


Located at the crossroads between East and West, we like to call Helsinki the creative hub of the North. With its convenient location and creative vibe, Helsinki is the best spot for professionals from Europe and Asia to meet.

This year’s edition is set to be held right in the heart of Helsinki, at the new Helsinki Central Library Oodi and the Helsinki Music Centre . Close to the conference, expect cosy restaurants, cool clubs and concert venues, winter fashion statements, gorgeous architectural marvels and other manifestations of Finnish urban culture.


Helsinki Music Centre

Musiikkitalo, is a concert venue and meeting place open to all. In addition to the 1,704-seat Concert Hall, intended for acoustic music, there are also five smaller halls in the Musiikkitalo – Black Box, Camerata, Organo, Sonore, and the Rehearsal Hall Paavo – and the Klubi Restaurant, all of which have different acoustics and uses.

During the season from September to May, Musiikkitalo hosts 70 to 100 concerts and other events every month.

WHS Teatteri Union

It is an old cinema theatre in the center of Helsinki. Teatteri Union’s program includes visual performing arts, audio visual shows and all kinds of cinema. WHS also offers residency and rehearsal possibilities for selected artists.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi

It is a meeting place at Kansalaistori square, right at the heart of Helsinki.

Oodi complements the cultural and media hub formed by Helsinki Music Centre, Finlandia Hall, Sanoma House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Oodi is a non-commercial, urban public space that is open to all, right opposite the Parliament Building.

Oodi provides its users with knowledge, new skills and stories, and is an easy place to access for learning, story immersion, work and relaxation. It is a library of a new era, a living and functional meeting place open for all.

It is one of 37 branches of Helsinki City Library and part of the Helmet library network.


Helsinki has a lot of beautiful and inspiring hotels to cater tastes and budgets of all kinds. Our top pick to recommend is the Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti where you can find a special promotion for your stay during the conference. To make your booking, contact Sokos Hotels Sales Service by tel. +358 20 1234 600 or by email sokos.hotels@sok.fi Please quote the allotment code EARS when making a booking.

You can also visit the www.sokoshotels.fi/en with the reservation code BEARS. Special rates for standard and superior single rooms are available until 16th Jan.

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