Charles Landry

Charles Landry

President, Creative Bureaucracy Festival

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is best known for having invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.

Charles noticed, however, that there was a crucial gap in the Creative City concept that needed addressing: a focus on the vital role of bureaucrats as facilitators and drivers of change. It was at this point that he came up with the Creative Bureaucracy idea – a seed planted 3 years ago which has since developed into the movement you’re part of today.

Charles helps cities and the public administrations behind them to identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Monday 28 Sep

Tuesday 29 Sep

Wednesday 30 Sep


10:00 - 10:40

Changemaking in a megacity - building Mexico city's lab for experimentation and creativity (en)

In conversation with Gabriella Gomez-Montt, Creative Bureaucracy Award Winner 2018

Gabriella Gomez-Mont,  Charles Landry

10:45 - 11:00

On seizing opportunities to 'kick ass' (en)

In conversation with Christian Bason, Creative Bureaucracy Award Winner 2018

Danish Design Centre

Christian Bason,  Charles Landry

11:30 - 12:00

Harnessing social movements to change the city (en)

In conversation with Amalia Zepou, Creative Bureaucracy Award Winner 2019

Amalia Zepou,  Charles Landry


18:30 - 19:00

Creating an ecosystem for the government innovation world (en)

An interview with Alex Roberts, Deputy Head of the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) at the OECD


Alex Roberts,  Charles Landry

19:00 - 21:00

"Wir müssen reden" - Der Salon des guten Lebens, Ed. 1 (de)

Heinrich Böll Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein

Adrienne Goehler,  Charles Landry,  Davide Brocchi,  Luisa Neubauer,  Silke Helfrich,  Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa,  Ulrich Grober,  Kübra Gümüşay,  Carla Reemtsma,  Silja Graupe

Thursday 01 Oct


08:30 - 08:55

From Lockdown to Slowdown (en)

What the pandemic slowdown can teach us about the challenges that lie ahead.

Dan Hill,  Charles Landry

10:00 - 11:30

Good, better bureaucracy: Creative industries meet creative bureaucracy (en)

Awarding 5 innovative projects driving creative transformation in and beyond the public sector

European Creative Business Network (ECBN)

Rita De Graeve,  Bernd Fesel,  Charles Landry,  Sindre Wimberger,  Mark Schlick,  Theo Haustein

Friday 02 Oct

All speakers