UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries
UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries – also known as FOCUS - is a platform for bringing various experts together to share ideas on different topics which vary from one meeting to the next. The Forum’s objective is to illustrate the potential of creativity, innovation and expertise to nourish cultural industries.
FOCUS provides a unique opportunity for decision-makers, creators and the private sector to exchange their thoughts on subjects related to economic performance and artistic excellence, while also underlining the central role of culture in sustainable development.
UNESCO has already organised two editions of the World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, in cooperation with the Italian Government and with the support of the Lombardy Region and the city of Monza. Both gatherings took place at the Villa Reale of Monza.
A third edition of the Forum is now being organised, in cooperation with the Italian Government and with the support of the Tuscany Region and the city of Florence, and will take place in the rooms of Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence.
The first edition, FOCUS 2009, took place from 24 to 26 September 2009. The theme was “Creativity, Innovation and Excellence: From Crafts to the Design and Fashion Industries”.
The second edition, FOCUS 2011, took place from 6 to 8 June 2011, and was entitled “The Book Tomorrow: The Future of the Written Word”.
The third edition, FOCUS 2014, will take place from 2 to 4 October 2014, and will be dedicated to the theme 'Culture, Creativity and Sustainable Development. Research, Innovation, Opportunities'.