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17 May 2015

European Creative Hubs Forum 2015

Our first European Creative Hubs Forum was a huge success, bringing together over 200 hub managers from 22 countries to share learnings and spark collaborations.

Joel Cooper

The 3 day forum, which took place in Lisbon at Cinema São Jorge, 13-15 January 2015, provided over 50 sessions, in the shape of talks, case studies, workshops and networking opportunities themed around future success and sustainability of hubs across Europe.  We had over 40 experts speak at the forum - 19 from the UK and 28 from across Europe. 

I found it very helpful to think about the structure and modelling of the different hubs.  We’ve definitely made some new, and strengthen some existing connections.
Helen Teeling, TAKTAL

Our UK open call for travel grants ensured that out of the 39 hub managers that travelled from the UK, 11 were provided with full travel grants, while the rest received partial grants. 

We had a lot of help along the way, mostly in the shape of steering groups.  Our UK Hubs Steering Group helped us award the travel grants and feed into the content; while our EU steering group, made up of British Council colleagues, helped promote the event in-country and support hubs from each country to travel to the forum; and our Executive Team made up of senior advocates from across Europe, helped us to think about funding, lobbying and legacy opportunities.

European Creative Hubs Forum Overview

Over the last two years, the Creative Economy team have been working with creative, cultural and tech hubs to gather research, programme activity and advocate the value of their role in the larger economy. This has now become one of our key programme areas.  We are currently developing a HubKit, made by hub managers for hub managers and are programming our second European Creative Hubs Forum which will take place in Athens 2016.

The concept of sharing is essential, to both our communities and the leaders of our communities alike - long may this continue.
David Stroud, Nest Space

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