About European Creative Hubs Network

Over the past ten year we have seen a global development of communities of creative people convening in spaces to invent, to collaborate, to make and to create. These communities form what we now call creative hubs and they represent the creative sector in the dawn of the 21st century.

Creative hubs are platforms or workplaces for artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, app developers or start-up entrepreneurs. They are uniquely diverse in structure, sector and services, and range from collective and co-operative, to labs and incubators; and can be static, mobile or online. 

European Creative Hubs Network is a 2-year project. British Council is leading the work, in partnership with six European creative hubs – Bios  in Greece, Addict  in Portugal, betahaus in Germany, Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra in Serbia, Creative Edinburgh in UK and Factoria Cultural in Spain – and the European Business and Innovation Network.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission, through the Cross-sectoral strand of the Creative Europe programme, and is part of the European Commission strategy on Culture in External Relation.

Creative hubs bring together creative people. They may differ in size and focus, but ultimately ‘a hub is a hub’ when it unites, inspires and promotes a community.

In this spirit, our aim is to help creative hubs connect and collaborate across Europe. We are building a network community of creative hubs by hosting a series of people to people encounters, and we are preparing a bespoke training programme for the needs and free use of creative hubs. We want to champion the sector, to share stories about creative hubs, about what they are and how they operate. It is our ambition to demonstrate that creative hubs contribute to the growth and the resilience of the creative sector, and to the economy as a whole. ECHN ecology

Project activities

Peer-to-peer scheme

“Creative hubs bring together creative people. They may differ in size and focus, but ultimately ‘a hub is a hub’ when it unites, inspires and promotes a community.” Intro The European Creative Hubs Network Peer-to-peer exchange scheme (P2P scheme) was launched during the European Creative Hubs Forum in Belgrade, between 22 and 24 September 2016. […]

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An online platform of & for creative hubs

We are so delighted to finally be able to launch the European Creative Hubs Network website! The websites wishes to be a platform of convergence for all creatives in Europe, whether a hub, a professional, an innovative business or an individual, each looking to connect with creative hubs across the continent. We wanted to collect […]

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European Creative Hubs Fora

The Creative Hubs Fora are key events to develop the network. A Forum is based on the methodology developed at the European Creative Hubs Forum, in Lisbon in January 2015, but with new elements that will include : Curation of the forum: each forum will be co-curated by a specific steering group, composed of the 3 hosting […]

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Partners

Network Leadership Group

The Leadership Group (LG) of the European Creative Hubs Network brings together some of Europe’s most innovative creative hubs to form a strong and balanced cohort of influencers that can affect change in the sector. Its assignment is to shape the vision and mission of the network, and to establish the foundation for its sustainability by drafting plans for the governance structure of the network, its sustainability and a business plan. Meet the current members of the LG:

Vassilis Haralambidis

Vassilis Haralambidis

Janine Matheson

Janine Matheson

Gillian Easson

Gillian Easson

Lieza Dessein

Lieza Dessein

Ivan Lopez Garrido

Ivan Lopez Garrido

Relja Bobic

Relja Bobic

Joana Fins Faria

Joana Fins Faria

Andrea Burns

Andrea Burns

Katy Zühlke

Katy Zühlke

Lucia Ybarra

Lucia Ybarra