The partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project are pleased to announce the first European Creative Hubs Forum. The event is organised by Nova Iskra/Kulturni Kod will take place at the Yugoslav Film Archives in Belgrade, Serbia, 22-24th September 2016. It will bring together 100+ managers and representatives of European hubs and creative and entrepreneurial communities from more than 20 countries, as well as all relevant organizations and stakeholders from Serbia and the region of South-Eastern Europe.

We are currently running an open call for participation for all interested hub leaders, managers or representatives from across Europe. The deadline to apply is 20th July 2016. Three selected applicants from Russia will have their travel and accommodation expenses covered by the project.


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). The project will run for two years, from 15 February 2016. 

ECHN aims to enhance the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative and cultural sector, through transnational exchange of experience and knowledge, in particular 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, business models and stage, and promoting hubs as innovative models to support the creative economy in Europe.

How Work Works? European Creative Hubs Forum

Through its central question ‘How Work Works?’ the forum will investigate the shifting paradigm of work as seen through the prism of creative hubs that are playing an active part within the dynamic changes in the job global and local markets, by empowering individuals, entrepreneurial projects and connections between new business and creativity.

Hubs have become new models for creative enterprises to grow, and invaluable mechanisms of change and assets to the creative sector. Creative hubs are uniquely diverse in structure, sector and services, qualifying them as a great driver for growth, competitiveness and innovation in the creative industries. They range from collective and cooperative, to labs and incubators; and can be static, mobile or online. In addition to encouraging collaboration, generating distinctive cultural practice, and offering much needed exhibition and events space, they also bring added value to agendas in regeneration, tourism, inward investment and educations.

The forum aims to map out the diverse ecosystem 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. By offering inspiring and insightful keynotes by leading scholars from Europe and Serbia, some of which will be open to the general public, the conference will create a space for networking and sharing of experience between hub managers through three key sessions, dedicated to various aspects of Space, Community and Business Models. These three aspects are all common denominators for any hub that aspires to be a creative meeting point of emerging professionals and their new opportunities, and will be reflected on through case study presentations, panel discussions and intensive workgroups. We are aiming to enable participants to share personal experiences and thoughts in an environment that caters for a smaller audience and which will include several group work activities, in order to maximise participants’ opportunities to share with their peers.

The working sessions of the conference will also be followed by more informal networking formats, free consultations from local and international experts, visits to local cultural venues and hubs, optional field trips and other special programmes. We hope to develop a solid base for a long-term networking framework for Europe’s hubs through this process. How Work Works? is the first in a series of three fora of the ECHN project, with the other two taking place in 2017, in Athens and Porto respectively. The official working language of the conference will be English.

Who is it for?

If you are a hub manager running a physical space or online network, which unites a community and offers a variety of programming, then this forum is for you. We are accepting applications from creative professionals from both emerging and established hubs. Unsure whether you are a hub and eligible to apply? Have a read of this.

Call for participation

We are currently running an open call for participation at the forum, with the aim to showcase the hub diversity across Europe and offer you and your organization a chance to network, learn and grow partnerships. If you want to participate, please fill the registration form no later than 23:59 1st August 2016.

Additional conditions for the participants from Russia:

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • You are Russian citizen;
  • You speak fluent English;
  • You have a relevant working experience in the creative industries.

The European Creative Hubs Forum will come in a condensed format, gathering a maximum number of 150 participants (including the speakers and moderators). Three participants from Russia will be selected to take part in the forum.


22 September, 18:00 Keynote event, informal networking (participants and local public)

23 September, 9:30-18:30 Working sessions and keynotes (participants only)

24 September, 9.30-13:00 Wrap-up session and final keynote (participants only)

The full conference agenda will be available and communicated in August. 

In case your application is approved, we will cover travel costs to and from Belgrade and accommodation costs for two nights (Sept 23rd and 24th) for one representative of your organization.

If you have any additional questions about the conference programme or other details, do not hesitate to contact Relja Bobić at

For more information about the project visit the link.
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