Creative Hubs Forum Belgrade 22 – 24 September 2016

The European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a project co-funded by the European Commission, led by the British Council in partnership with a consortium of European creative hubs, Bios in Greece, Addict in Portugal, betahaus in Germany, Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra in Serbia, Creative Edinburgh in the UK, Factoria Cultural in Spain, and the European Business Network (EBN).

ECHN aims to enhance the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative and cultural sector by supporting the subsistence and growth of creative hubs in Europe, creating a community of experienced creative hubs leaders across Europe from a variety of sectors and promoting hubs as innovative models to support the creative economy in Europe.

Through this project, Creative Hubs managers from Europe will be able to connect with peers and gain access to a community of hubs, visit and learn from creative hubs across Europe, exchange best practice and strengthen skills, as well as learn about successful and sustainable business models.

How Work Works - European Creative Hubs Forum

Through its central question and theme - HOW WORK WORKS - the forum will investigate the shifting paradigm of work as seen through the prism of creative hubs. The forum aims to map out the diverse eco-system of hubs, and to showcase the richness, diversity and importance of the European hub landscape, having in mind that these organizations play a key role in supporting young entrepreneurs and creative professionals across the continent, as well as beyond the borders of EU.

More information on the European Creative Hubs:

2015 – Lisbon: European Creative Hubs Forum - Lisbon 2015: Creating Solutions for Creative Hub Managers

European Creative Hubs Forum - Lisbon 2015 
Creating Solutions for Creative Hub Managers

With the participation of more than 200 Creative Centre managers from 22 countries, this first major meeting clearly represented an important moment of affirmation for European creative industries.

Apart from the possibility of networking, the Forum presented an intensive programme of meetings covering topics such as public and private funding, training and exchange for managers, business models, among many others.

The last day was dedicated to structuring the results planned for the Forum such as the Manifesto and the mapping of European creative centres, leaving a clear perception of the importance of the event and the importance of continuing these initiatives.

For more information visit the Addict website for a photo-reportage of the three day event.

2014 – São João da Madeira: Business Development in the Cultural and Creative Industries, Oliva Creative Factory

Business Development in the Cultural and Creative Industries

12- 14 February 2014 
Oliva Creative Factory - São João da Madeira

The British Council presented the Creative Hubs Forum organised by ADDICT (Agência para o Desenvolvimento das Indústrias Criativas), the British Council and the Oliva Creative Factory - Câmara Municipal de São João da Madeira.

The Forum brought together managers of creative hubs across Portugal and Spain, together with selected hubs from the UK and from across Europe.

The three day event provided a space for hub managers to meet, exchange methodologies and working practices, and develop local, national and European networks. The forum also included interactions with local creative businesses and organisations as well as policy makers. The forum also offered a chance to hear about new developments in EU funding. 

Aims were:

  • to promote the encounter, discussion and future collaboration among creative hubs and enterprises at regional, national and European level
  • to support hubs and clusters to explore contrasting infrastructures, business models, and the training and skills needed within their organisations
  • to lay the foundation for the development of an international network of creative hubs
  • to promote discussion of those developments in public policy needed for successful engagement with new European infrastructures and funding opportunities.

International Hubs attending

  • Zinc Shower (Spain) 
  • EDNO (Bulgaria) 
  • Betahaus (Germany)


  • Carlos Martins, expert on practice delivering policy and industry leadership across the creative, cultural and knowledge economies
  • Catherine Docherty, head of the Design Innovation Studio at Glasgow School of Art
  • Paulo Ferreira, Deputy Director of “Jornal de Notícias”.

Other contributors

  • Vânia Rodrigues (Independent Consultant in Cultural Management)
  • Dr Tom Fleming (director of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy)
  • Gaëlle Croisier (British Council Brussels)


  • ADDICT - Creative Industries Portugal (see above)
  • Oliva Creative Factory
  • British Council
  • Acción en las Industrias Creativas