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16 November 2017

Speakers Announced: Creative Hubs Forum

Our third Creative Hubs Forum will bring together over 20 speakers and 100 creative hubs from across 30 European countries to be part of We Are Next, a 3-day forum curated for and by creative hubs.


What’s next for creative hubs? This forum, expertly curated by our partner creative hub, ROCO, will showcase some of the most innovative leaders in the creative ecosystem; celebrating unique leadership styles and alternative approaches to the norm, while delving into alternative finance models, building new connections across Europe and collectively designing the future of the European Creative Hubs Network.

Some of our wonderful speakers include:

John Newbigin OBE : Chairman of Creative England and Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture.  John was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his services to the creative industries and the arts.  John’s illustrious career has been paramount to the understanding and development of the creative industries in the UK and he is an invaluable advocate for the sector.

Bethan Harris : Co-Founder of WeAreEurope and SheVotes, two networks that have inspired participation in politics amongst youth, women and invisible communities across Europe. Bethan is also Design Lead for Collectively and is currently on a residency at Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed.  Bethan has been shapeshifting the way in which people gather, utilising networks as a vehicle to suggest change and reform, and empowering people to do what politicians cannot.

Philip Dettmer: Founder and CEO of Kurzesagt, Philip has become a master at presenting complex information in a simple way, from understanding the immune system and what’s happening in Iraq to fracking and the history and the future of just about everything! Philip has become quite a master at Information Design, believing that ‘all information can be presented in a way that everyone understands’.

The programme will also be further enriched by: Tom Tobia (Makerversity, London), Immy Kaur (Impact Hub Birmingham), Kaye Symington (Paved With Gold, Glasgow/London/Barcelona), Heather Corcoran (Kickstarter, UK), George Gachara (The Nest Collective, /  HEVA, Nairobi), Gillian Easson (Creative Dundee), Will Mercer (Chateau La Salle, South of France), Relja Bobic (Nova Iskra, Belgrade), Vassilis Haralambidis (Bios, Athens), Kerem Alper and Emre Erbirer (ATÖLYE, Istanbul) and Ivan Lopez Garrido (Republikken, Copenhagen).

Creative hubs attending from the UK and Ireland include: The Trampery (London), The Sustainable Studio (Cardiff), CodeBase Stirling, Make Liverpool, Rabble Studio (Cardiff), The Tara Building (Dublin), Custom Lane (Edinburgh), Eighty81 (Derry-Londonderry), TAKTAL (GLasgow), Outlandish (London), Hackney WickED (London), Many Studios (Glasgow), The FuseBox (Brighton), Leith Creative (Edinburgh) and Fab Lab Limerick. Creative hubs from across Europe include: Todos (Lisbon), Makers of Barcelona (Barcelona), STPLN (Malmo), ATÖLYE (Istanbul), Romantso (Athens), Betahaus (Berlin), Factoria Cultural (Madrid) and more.

Creative hubs from Budapest, Brussels, Berlin and Brighton to Porto, Paris and Pilsen will come together to connect, exchange and hopefully, a little down the line, collaborate.

To see the full programme visit this link and for more infomation about the European Creative Hubs Network programme, visit this link.

To keep up to date with the programme, follow the following twitter handles:

@Creative HubsEU

The European Creative Hubs Network is a 2-year project led by the British Council, in partnership with 6 creative hubs and a network from across Europe. The project is co-funded through the Creative Europe programme, and will come to an end in February 2018. A final project event – the Creative Hubs Campus – will take place in Brussels in January 2018.