Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions brings creative industry professionals together to discover business opportunities, share best practices and get inspired by others and their ideas.
EARS on Helsinki takes place September 4-7 2014 and showcases latest trends on music, design, media and performing arts.
Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions은 업계의 전문가들이 모여 새로운 비지니스 기회를 발견하고 서로의 창의적인 아이디어와 경험을 나눌 수 있는 열린 회의의 장소입니다. EARS on Helsinki는 2014년 9월 4일-7일에 열리며, 음악, 디자인, 미디어, 공연 예술의 최신 트랜드를 접할 수 있는 공개 행사의 장이 될 것입니다.
"Meeting people on the ground in the market. They will tell you all the little ins and outs of all the important things that happen in the way things work." - Justin West
AMBASSADOR ZHANG YAN
Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Ambassador Zhang is a veteran diplomat with experience spanning over 30 years serving in many countries including Liberia, Switzerland, USA, Singapore, Austria and India. In 2012 he was elected as an executive director of ASEF, an international non-profit organization to promote understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people and institutions of Asia and Europe.
Founding Partner, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Rossana Hu is a Shanghai-based architect who has received many recognitions for her work and expertise. Most recently, Wallpaper* magazine named Hu and her partner Lyndon Neri as Designer of The Year 2014. Besides running a multidisciplinary architectural practice Neri&Hu, the duo owns a contemporary design boutique Design Republic, which currently has three locations across the city.
TANG FU KUEN
Independent Critic, Dramaturg and Producer
Tang Fu Kuen is an independent Bangkok-based dramaturg, curator and producer of contemporary performance and visual fields, working in Asia and Europe. He was the sole curator of the Singapore pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He has worked in the Singapore Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, In Transit Festival (Berlin), Bangkok Fringe Festival, Colombo Dance Platform amongst others.
CEO, 360Fashion Network
Anina is a model with a passion for technology. She is the founder of the 360Fashion Network, creator of Anina Dress Up, and a four year Nokia Champion. She is currently China's top foreign model, the first in the history of China ever to receive an award at the China Fashion Awards.
Director, TPAM in Yokohama
Maruoka has been active as a founder and director of various Japanese performing arts festivals and organizations including the Postmainstream Performing Arts Festival (PPAF) and Sound Live Tokyo Festival. She has also conducted several industry meetings and conferences. With her extensive knowledge of the field, she connects people and projects together both in Japan and overseas. She is also the president of Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC).
Founding Director, SHTYPE
Pan is an internationally awarded graphic designer and one of China’s foremost typeface creators and design strategists. He has delivered branding communication for international clients in the Chinese market such as Coca-Cola, Nike, WWF and Johnnie Walker. Before starting SHTYPE Pan worked in senior positions at JWT and McCann Erickson.
Founder & CEO, Modern Sky Entertainment
Modern Sky Entertainment is the leading festival organizer and music entertainment company in mainland China. The company started its business as the first independent record label in China and is now the producer of China's largest music festivals Modern Sky Festival and Strawberry Music Festival.
A&R Director, DSP Media
Sungjin started his music career at South Korea’s leading entertainment company JYP Entertainment in 2009. In a very short time, he has become one of the most wanted A&R directors in the K-pop scene. He has served as an important bridge for K-Pop Stars such as 2PM, Wonder Girls and Kara.
Head of VICE CHINA
VICE is a global youth media company that includes an online television network, print magazine, film, TV and book production divisions, record label, and digital advertising agency. VICE China is a fully localized, Chinese-language branch delivering and exchanging most exciting content for youth audience in China.
NICOLE, HYUNJEONG KIM
Global Marketing Manager, Starship Entertainment
Nicole Kim is a global marketing manager of Starship Entertainment. Starship Entertainment is a an independent Korean record label, and its current roster of recording artists include SISTAR, K.will, Junggigo, Mad Clown, Joo Young and BOYFRIEND. At A-pop Castle, Nicole represents composer Mikey (Duble Kick) and The Name.
Creative Director, Nippon Television Music Corp.
Nozomi has a solid background in the publishing business. In her current position at the most active independent music publishers in Japan, her varied responsible areas include importing international music, supporting and promoting international writers and catalogues and exporting Japanese music to international clients mainly for commercial synch and game use. She also works with song pitching, writer development, game synching, film and TV.
Co-Founder, EXIT & MAD in Belgrade festivals
Founded in 2000, EXIT is the biggest music festival in Southeast Europe. In 2007, the Association of the 70 largest festivals in Europe awarded EXIT the “Best European Festival” of the year. Lately Boskovic has been organizing events and workshops for youth in crisis areas around the world. This year he co-founded new MAD in Belgrade festival launched in May 2014.
CEO, Feverchina corp.
Cheung is a new media, marketing and performing arts guru with experience of China's major media companies, producing performing arts projects and managing cultural organizations. In 2013 Cheung joined the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group widely known for their spectacular shows.
Program Director, Java Jazz Festival
Java Jazz Festival is the biggest music festival in Southeast Asia with over 100 000 visitors last year. Dankmeyer has organized concerts from the 70's for several jazz legends like Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Sonny Rollins, and he' s also directed the North Sea Jazz Festival organized annually in the Netherlands.
Chief Curator, SPIRAL
Tokyo-based multi-purpose cultural center SPIRAL is mainly a gallery and an event hall space but also includes a restaurant, a record shop and a beauty salon. Okada plans and produces the contemporary art exhibitions in SPIRAL and is also involved with the project exhibitions of other facilities and with public art production.
Production Director, LeTV
Founded in 2004 LeTV has quickly risen to be one of the largest media companies in China. LeTV is one of the most popular online video platforms, one of the largest film and TV production companies and also licensing local and international content to other networks. The company has recently expanded into making devices as well - an internet-enabled television and smart phones.
Ministerial Advisor, Ministry of Education and Culture
Kimmo Aulake worked professionally in the field of cultural policy for over 20 years. In addition to cultural policy development proper, he has worked both nationally and internationally (including in the European Commission and the Council of Europe) on a number transversal themes including information society, trade policy, cultural diversity, development policy, evidence based policy development, and creative economy.
ESTHER MUNOZ GROOTVELD
Project and Brand Consulting Manager, Coordination Asia
Shanghai-based strategic consultant with a rich background in the design and fashion realm. Grootveld is a Brand Consulting Manager at design agency COORDINATION ASIA. In parallel, she is active as an independent creative consultant under the name 'Needle loves the Haystack'.
General Manager, No Roads Entertainment
LoJudice is one of the vanguards in building cooperation between creative industries in Asia and the Western world. He has 15+ years of experience in the music and web technology industries in New York and Beijing. Besides running his full service music entertainment company No Roads, he is in charge of international affairs and booking at Modern Sky Entertainment.
Managing Director, Flow Festival
Kallio is one of the founders of Flow Festival, an innovative urban music and arts festival held in Helsinki annually in August. The festival showcases a varied selection of artists from indie rock to soul and jazz and from folk to contemporary club sounds. Kallio has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management from the City University London and before getting into festival business she worked in contemporary dance.
Acting Director, Culture Department, ASEF
Anupama manages the department’s activities in the field of cultural policy. Since 2009 she has been a member of the U40 group of young cultural policy experts, launched by the German Commission for UNESCO and supported by the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. Anupama has previously worked in the arts sector and with the United Nations in India.
Director, Helsinki Festival
Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland organised annually in late summer. Söderblom has acted as the director of the festival since 2009. He has an extensive career in both theatre and opera, and has been the director of Q-teatteri theater, one of the most significant theatre companies in Finland, the artistic leader of the international Baltic Circle theatre festival and the vice-rector at Helsinki Theatre Academy.
European A&R Executive, Universal Music Publishing
Lidell is a Stockholm-based A&R manager who has matched songs from the Universal catalogue with K-pop stars such as BoA, TVXQ and Girls’ Generation. His roster of European songwriters have sold more than 10 million K-pop records. While heading hit factory Murlyn Songs, Lidell sold songs to artists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez.
Founder, Accessible Arts and Culture
Founder, chair and executive content producer for Accessible Arts and Culture. Kirsi Mustalahti began building the Asia Network in 2009 by taking part in the Korea–Finland Connection programme producing content for several international events in South Korea and carrying out art and education projects. Kirsi is also the managing director of the international Lieksa Brass Week event.
General Manager, Svenska Teatern & CEO, ACE-Productions
Storgård is the manager of Svenska Teatern theater situated in the heart of Helsinki. ACE-Productions, founded by Svenska Teatern, is a performing arts agency managing and producing plays and musical rights internationally. ACE have co-produced Finnish musical concepts to China and in 2013, the company sold the license for PlayMe pop musical to China.
Vice General Manager, Modern Sky Entertainment
Zhou has strong Chinese government experience working in several sectors including China National Investment Sector and Haidian Park. He was an active middleman helping festivals like Midi Festival and Modern Sky Festival to get the government's approval. He made the first outdoor music festival possible in China and with Modern Sky continuously developes the company's festival projects.
CEO, Pori Jazz Festival
Organized every year in July in Finland, Pori Jazz is one of the oldest and biggest continuosly operating jazz & rhythm music based festivals in Europe headlining this year names like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Before joining Pori Jazz Festival, Miikkulainen has been consulting Finnish ict and digital media companies to seek international growth and worked with mobile phones and mobile services.
COO, Maybe Mars & Founder, Genjing Records
Domer is a Beijing-based music industry multi-player. He moved from US to China in 2005 to play in a punk band and ended up managing the bookings at legendary rock venue D-22. Currently Domer is the COO of Maybe Mars Music, one of China's top indie labels, while also running his own DIY vinyl-label Genjing Records.
CEO & Co-founder, Music Kickup
An award winning creative industry professional behind of Music Kickup, an artist representative and technology company known for the worlds's first free distribution platform for all major digital services, including iTunes, Spotify and Deezer.
Head of Partnerships, YLE
As head of partnerships for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, Anssi finds new ways for Yle to work with the best talent and partners in the creative industry. Before joining the public broadcast, Anssi worked as a media development specialist in South East-Asia.
International Affairs' Manager, Dance Info Finland
Since 2007 Pirjetta has been the International Affairs Manager in Dance info Finland (DIF). She has been developing DIF's international activities such as promotional projects, residence exchange programs and international collaborations. She has been working in the dance field since early 1990's, first as a dance teacher and choreographer, and later in arts management.
Director of Business Development, Modern Sky Entertainment
Shen manages sponsor partnerships and works closely with big international brands including Motorola, Converse, Hermes, Quiksilver, Myspace, Mercedes-Benz, Jagermeister, Absolut, Diesel and Red Bull. Before joining Modern Sky Entertainment, Shen spent nearly a decade at Motorola to develop mobile business communications strategy as marketing communications manager.
General Manager, Glims & Gloms Dance Theatre
Glims & Gloms was founded in 1999 and Riitta Aittakallio has been the General Manager of the theater since 2009. Her work includes managing the overall financial and managerial functions. She has a long experience in working with theatre and marketing industry as well as working in Finnish- Asian collaboration projects.
Journalist and Label Manager
Kieron Tyler contributes to MOJO magazine, the leading British music monthly. Kieron writes for The Arts Desk, and his writings has been published in Q, The Guardian, The Independent, France’s Les Inrockuptibles, Finland’s Rumba, Music Week and Billboard. In the field of music PR, he has worked with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morten Harket and Lykke Li.
Artistic co-director, WHS
WHS crossbreeds circus with cinematic elements, puppetry and visual arts. In Asia WHS has toured in Korea, Japan, Macau, China and Taiwan as well as created performances in artistic collaboration with Asian artists and made co-productions with a Korean company. In WHS Anne Jämsä works as a producer in premiere projects and international tour management and she is one of the three artistic directors of the group.
"It's connecting and socializing connections that are really really important." -Yang Yu
HELSINKI CITY HALL
9.30 FRESH INK
The morning session looks at the new visual and media culture in Asia - media consumers and their preferences and identity.
13.00 BIG, LIVE AND LOUD
The first afternoon session looks at Asia's emerging music industry - Asian pop phenomena that's making waves internationally and the fast growing local live music scene.
15.00 HUNGRY FOR ENTERTAINMENT
A look at consumer trends of the entertainment industry in Asia for both live entertainment and online – and how financing is influencing the development.
16.30 WELCOME TO HELSINKI
Networking and drinks.
HELSINKI DESIGN WEEK OPENING
10th anniversary celebration for HDW
9.30 BEST PRACTICES
The second day of EARS starts with a joint session covering marketing, branding and best cases in the Asian market.
13.00 ROUNDTABLES & WORKSHOPS
A multi-track setting to share more of the best practices and build new opportunities for international collaboration. Music, design, events, marketing, policies and more.
15.00 WORKSHOPS CONTINUE
Roundtable sessions and workshops continue after coffee & networking break.
Separate tracks for different sectors.
16.30 NETWORKING DRINKS
Let us help you to meet some new friends.
SHOWCASE & FESTIVAL PROGRAM
Meet local and international talents around the city.
CABLE FACTORY AND MORE
11.00 EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO THE DESIGN MARKET
The Design Market is the largest design stock sale in the Nordic region and one of the most popular events of Helsinki Design Week.
13.00 WORKSHOPS AND VISITS
Multiple options for additional workshops and visits to local companies, cultural venues and more.
A shuttle bus service for those touring around the city.
17.00 EARS ON SAUNA
An exclusive visit to the countryside. Possibility to try traditional Finnish sauna. A perfect opportunity to get refreshed before the night out.
Shuttle service back to the city.
SHOWCASE & FESTIVAL PROGRAM
More local and international talents.
Conference and hotel checkout. Airport shuttle.
11.30 EARS ON BRUNCH
Meet once more your new and old friends at a joint brunch event. A perfect opportunity to arrange the last one-to-one meetings. A short summary on the weeks program and a few music performances. Time to say thanks and goodbye until we meet again.
You can also take a short break to see the sights of the beautiful city of Helsinki.
17.00 CLOSE YOUR EARS
A get-together for those who can't or won't leave the city.
"It's always very casual, friend meet friend, have a nice cup of tea. You have a nice teagarden area, then we talk about something related to the reality. We always come out with a good idea. And you always talk everything from your true heart." -Pan Jianfeng
CITY HALL OF HELSINKI
First day of EARS will present keynotes and presentations from the latest phenomena and business cases from Asia. The opening reception is hosted at the Helsinki City Hall and followed by invitation-only opening of the Helsinki Design Week.
Second day of EARS gathers industry specific roundtables to the Hotel Seurahuone. The whole second floor of the hotel is reserved for music, design, policy, branding, performing arts sessions and cross-discipline meetings and networking opportunities.
DESIGN MARKET, CLUBS, SHOWCASES, SAUNA & MORE
On Saturday it is time to relax and enjoy the sights and hospitality of Helsinki. Exclusive visit to the Design Market, selected showcases and of course the opportunity to enjoy traditional Finnish Sauna at a private peaceful retreat.
It is time to meet one last time for a joint brunch and get-together before we say goodbyes until the next time. Don't worry, there will be an exclusive closing party for those who can't or won't leave the city.
"I think really important is the international part and the Chinese part. That they both present things and they both exchange and learn from each other." -Sylvia Shu
EARS offers accommodation at a special price at Hotel Seurahuone.
Hotel Seurahuone is a high class business hotel in the heart of Helsinki with traditional Finnish charm and hospitality.
Weekdays 2.-4.9. (Mon-Thu)
Standard Single 125 €
Standard Double / Twin 145 €
Club Double / Twin 170 €
Weekend 5.-7.9. (Fri-Sun)
Standard Single 110 €
Standard Double / Twin 120 €
Club Double / Twin 145 €
"You make friends. That's a big part of the connection."