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Hubs and communities

In an ever-changing global landscape, we support spaces and communities where people can design, test, scale and launch imaginative and enterprising ideas together.

Creative hubs and communities are made up of many shapes and sizes, from temporary to permanent, digital to physical and local to global. They might be permanent buildings that house creative practitioners and businesses; temporary labs and incubation spaces which ignite innovations; or online networks that bring people together through an annual programme of events.

Hubs and communities play a crucial role in the global creative economy, with an intrinsic social impact. They contribute to boosting economic value, incubating product and service innovations, experimenting and challenging new ways of working and thinking, as well as being an advocate and a voice for the sector. 

The British Council has worked with over 1000 creative hubs globally, since 2014.  We bring together people from these hubs to build stronger creative economies through sharing ideas, experiences and skills. Hubs have featured greatly in our programming - as partners, collaborators, producers and researchers.