THE ARTS+ works in close collaboration with our partners. Together we share the idea of evolving an international platform connecting actors of the cultural and creative business sector with IT start-ups and companies. Join our network of partners and email us:

Partners and Participants

About Change Collection and About Change Ventures were founded by Christiane zu Salm, a media and publishing entrepreneur, author and art collector.
As a passionate art collector, Christiane rose to the forefront of the international art market with her About Change Collection.

Together with Holger Volland, Christiane co-founded THE ARTS+ as a platform to connect collectors, artists and galleries with technology companies.

ALDUS is the European book fair’s network fostering transnational mobility of European literary works and book professionals through joint events, dedicated networking and training activities. By experimenting with new interactive and engaging events formats ALDUS aims at building capacities in the areas of internationalization, translation, digital shift and audience development, helping book professionals to develop their careers internationally. Aldus is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme; it will run from June 2016 to September 2019.

Frankfurter Buchmesse as a partner of ALDUS has set up THE ARTS+ in view of the leading role of book fairs when it comes to exploring new boundaries at the intersection of culture, business, technology and politics. ALDUS will bring its European community of publishing and media professionals to THE ARTS+ and explore the role of books and book fairs when it comes to digitization and media convergence, new technologies, business models and internationalization.

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors. Following on from the previous Culture Programme and MEDIA programme, Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion (9% higher than its predecessors), will support Europe’s cultural and creative sectors.

DG EAC and Creative Europe, the EU programme for the cultural and creative sectors 2014-2020, supports THE ARTS+ and cooperates with Frankfurter Buchmesse to build THE ARTS+ as a meeting place and a place for dialogue between policy makers and the stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors.

Descom – Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz is a forum for design and communications. We offer different activities and events to encourage the abilities of our local designers.  Furthermore the Designforum provides space for networking and professional discussions between several branches and disciplines. Aside from planning events like the Mainzer Designgespräche – a symposium of experts who discuss specially choosen topics – we also take care of the organisation of the Designpreis Rheinland-Pfalz, an award that honors special achievements in communications design and product design every year.


Conference meets festival, information meets exchange, technology meets inspiration, innovation meets vision – the Digital Festival Zurich is all about where the future will take us. It is conceived as an incubation platform for plans and ideas, with a huge range of exciting speakers, workshops, labs and parties that will provide real inspiration and plenty of networking opportunities. Come and experience 5 days of new ideas and answers to the most important question being asked right now: What’s next?

EDVFR is the German association for content and technology providers focussing on immersive media. A special focus lays on Virtual and Augmented Reality.

EDVFR is program partner of THE ARTS+ and connetcs the business festival with ist many experts in the field of immersive media.

Europeana is a project developed by the European Commission to digitalise and enhance digital preservation in Europe. The portal provides free access to a wide array of digital content.

Europeana is founding and program partner of THE ARTS+. The platform co-hosts a program focussing on the future of cultural heritage. EUROPEANA brings its international network of primarily European museums and cultural institutions to the business festival.

The Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH is the competent contact regarding economic developments in Frankfurt am Main – the city of advertising and of communications, of book publishing, home of the gaming industry and popular location for filming and audio recording: Frankfurt boasts superlatives across the entire media and creative industries.

The Center of Creative Industries of Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt connects THE ARTS+ network with thousands of creatve companies in the region and organizes business meetings as well es network opportunities.

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important fair for content publishing. It is the parent company of THE ARTS+.

The more than 10.000 journalists and bloggers from 110 countries as well as around 280.000 international visitors of Frankfurter Buchmesse have access to THE ARTS+ and built a bridge between culture, business and the arts.

Fondazione Fitzcarraldo is an independent centre for planning, research, training and documentation on cultural, arts and media management, economics and policies, at the service of those who create, practise, take part in, produce, promote and support the arts and culture. Fondazione Fitzcarraldo and ARTLAB  and THE ARTS+ share many values and visions about the future of the creative sector.

The Foundation is leading a delegation of around 30 italian creative industry companies, consultants and art institutions and will be part of an extensive exchange program.

Established in 1997, Frame is the world’s leading media brand for interior-design professionals. Our vision is that meaningful spaces enable people to work, shop, relax and live better, making them happier and healthier.

Book lovers and creatives will find it impossible to resist the Frame x Thomas Brown space. Combining photographer Thomas Brown’s interactive Volume of Light installation with a bookstand by Frame Publishers, Frankfurt Book Fair attendees are invited to stop by for a delicious coffee or tea, browse through the wide selection of design titles, and on Friday create a paper sculpture as part of Brown’s project.

Google Arts & Culture is an online platform to discover artworks from hundreds museums worldwide. The project was launched in 2011 by Google, in cooperation with  international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.
The platform enables users to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore physical and contextual information about artworks, and compile their own virtual collection.

Google Arts & Culture is presenting the latest technologies and collections of the platform in a Lab at THE ARTS+. Live sessions and guided tours as well as expert talks with the Google Arts & Culture team built a dense program.

The OPEN! – Conference for Digital Innovation aims to open up success factors and innovative approaches of the open movements for companies and organizations. It is organized by MFG Innovation Agency Media and Creative Industries Baden-Württemberg, in cooperation with the Open Source Business Alliance and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg.

Founded by Seda Röder aka “the Piano Hacker”Sonophilia Events are worldwide unique think-tanks devoted to celebrating the human inventiveness under the motto “Innovation is Applied Creativity”. The Sonophilia Spark is a new, half-day format that brings together scientists, techies, artists, executives and entrepreneurs to explore creative synergies between different disciplines in a relaxed setting. The program consists of lightning talks, interactive panels, workshops and ample time to connect to a global network of influencers.

Strategic Partners THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit

The european centre for creative economy (ecce) in Dortmund promotes the cultural creative sectors in the Ruhrregion by improving urban frameworks, enhancing working conditions, supporting innovations and facilitating European potentials.

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EBN is a network of around 140 quality-certified EU|BICs (business and innovation centres) and about 100 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.

The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association of book publishers associations in the European Union. FEP represents 28 national associations of book publishers of the European Union and of the European Economic Area.

Media Partners