Flanders to build entertainment campus around Tomorrowland
Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon announced on Friday that Flanders will build an entertainment campus around the site in Boom where the Tomorrowland festival is held. "We have everything we need to make Flanders the heart of entertainment technology," he said.
The government will look for suitable locations to house established entertainment companies, start-ups and educational and research institutions. Flanders wants to become Europe's focal point for research, innovation and creation in this field. With festivals such as Tomorrowland and Rock Werchter and a large media and gaming sector, the region believes it has the assets to make this happen.
"A festival like Tomorrowland proves that we can set the bar high," says Jambon. "We also need to attract foreign investors to Flanders. We can do that, I am convinced. But then we have to move up a gear."
Partners in the project include Kortrijk university college Howest, Leuven-based nanotechnology centre Imec, Antwerp's Thomas More college and We Are One World, the company behind Tomorrowland. The entertainment hub will fall under the banner of Flanders Technology and Innovation, the plan launched by the government last summer to boost the sector.
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