The European Creative Hubs Network was a 2-year project, co-funded by the European Union through the cross-sector strand of the Creative Europe programme, and led by the British Council in partnership with 6 creative hubs across Europe (Bios, betahaus, Creative Edinburgh, Factoria Cultural, Kulturni Kod (Nova Iskra) and Roco), and the European Business & Innovation Centres Network (EBN). It ran between February 2016 and April 2018. The project has now finished, but the community of creative hubs across Europe continues to collaborate. A new network has been established from this project, members of this community will receive more information about it in autumn 2018.
ECHN created a community of experienced creative hub leaders across Europe, enhanced the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative hubs and cultural and creative industries sector, and promoted creative hubs as innovative models to the European policy makers and funders.
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, Roco in the UK, 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.
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