Biennale Cinars 2016

Talks: How to develop a culture of innovation?


Hôtel Bonaventure - Westmount

November 16, 2016 | 08:30AM - 10:30AM

In a social and economic landscape always in flux, innovation can’t be an isolated project anymore. It has to turn into a real culture that goes beyond digital language: a mindset, an openness, a set of values, and an entire adaptive organization focused on a vision that inspires audiences and performing arts professionals alike. To explore this idea, four international speakers with inspiring backgrounds share their stories.



William Burdett-Coutts

Directeur Artistique / Artistic Director

Assembly, Riverside Studios and Brighton Comedy Festival (Royaume-Uni / UK)

William Burdett-Coutts is one of the most renowned leader in the world of festivals, theatre and television in the UK. He’s the founder and director of Assembly, one of the major venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He’s also the artistic director of the eclectic and innovative Riverside Studios, one of London’s most important venues presenting theatre, art-house cinema and international film festivals alongside television productions. Under redevelopment, Riverside Studio’s ambition is to help bring performing arts to new audiences by using digital technology whether they are at home, on the move, in cinemas, or watching live in their new building.

Richard Evans

Président / President

EmcArts Inc. (États-Unis / USA)

Prior to founding EmcArts, Richard Evans held senior positions in performing arts management and philanthropy in the UK and the USA.  His research, program design and facilitation emphasize organizational resilience and adaptive change in the arts and culture sector, and effective ways that individuals and organizations can lead change in complex adaptive systems.  As a service agency, EmcArts designs and facilitates programs that support individuals, organizations and communities on their journey to becoming highly adaptive.  Programs include Community Innovation Labs, as well as the multi-city New Pathways for the Arts initiative and Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI).

Stéphane Garneau

Animateur / Host

Kiki Muukkonen

Directrice artistique / Artistic Director

Subtopia (Suède / Sweden)

Kiki Muukkonen is artistic director of the circus department at Subtopia in Botkyrka. Subtopia is a city owned arts cluster which functions as a launching pad for dreams and ideas in many art forms, with special focus on circus, film/media and urban arts. Situated in the southern suburbs of Stockholm, Subtopia houses some 80 organisations in 8 buildings (15 000 sq.), serving as a platform for organisations and individuals seeking to develop their creativity on their own terms. Being a local, national and international meeting place, Subtopia gathers competence representing a dynamic mix of artistic expression, education, entrepreneurial spirit and social involvement. Subtopia supports creation, artistic development, capacity building, offers residencies and provides intelligence, with empowerment as guiding light.

Janice Price

Directrice Générale / CEO

Banff Centre For Arts And Creativity (Canada / Alberta)

Janice Price is one of the best-known performing arts leaders in Canada. After a career in Toronto where she held senior positions at a number of arts organizations, she moved to the USA to work at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. She returned to Canada in 2006 to create one of the most innovative and prestigious Canadian festivals, Luminato. Since 2015, she is the CEO of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta’s multidisciplinary hub whose new mission is "to inspire artists and leaders to make their unique contribution to society".