|15.10.2019 : Networks DownTown
The German county of NorthRhine Westfalia (NRW) has over 16 million inhabitants and was West Germany's industrial powerhouse in the 50ies and 60ies. Suburban shopping centers starting in the 70ies and the transformation of society since the beginning of the 21st century are challenging the traditional city centers.
NRW started several initiatives for urban revitalization like the competition "Going Down Town/Ab in die Mitte" or "Network DownTown". Eberhard Gebauer, Senior Advisor for City Marketing at the European Retail Academy (at the photo together with Karl Jasper from the NRW Building Ministry) followed and supported those two activities as well as other national ones like Urbanicom bringing together politicians, architects, investors and retailers. For him cities are a mirrow of culture with department stores being the anchor of urban shopping for 150 years.
|25.07.2019 : DoKomi
Saku Viiri from Rovaniemi/Finland used his traineeship in Germany also to visit an Event/Convention for Anime, Manga, Gaming and other things related to the japanese culture at the Düsseldorf Fair ground which is also Partner of EuroShop and EuroCIS initiated by EHI Retail Institute.
The name of this event is DoKomi, (Link to their website) aiming especially at young people. DoKomi was founded over 10 years ago, and is Germany's biggest Anime and Japan convention. Every year, DoKomi attracts tens of thousands of fans from all over the Europe and the rest of the world. At DoKomi, you can meet likeminded fans of the japanese culture, try japanese foods, see live acts from Japan and meet creators and artists. At this year's DoKomi, a very popular japanese pop band called fhána played live.