European Creative Hubs network

Creative hubs are platforms or workplaces for artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, app developers or start-up entrepreneurs. They range from collective and co-operative, to labs and incubators; and can be static, mobile or online. They represent the creative sector at the dawn of the 21st century.

About the European Creative Hubs Network programme

European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a 2-year project co-funded by the European Commission and led by the British Council, in partnership with six European creative hubs – Bios in Greece, Addict in Portugal, betahaus in Germany, Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra in Serbia, Creative Edinburgh in UK and Factoria Cultural in Spain – and the European Business and Innovation Network.

Our aim is to help creative hubs connect and collaborate across Europe. We are building a network community of creative hubs by hosting a series of people to people encounters, and we are preparing a bespoke training programme for the needs and free use of creative hubs. We want to champion the sector, to share stories about creative hubs, about what they are and how they operate.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission, through the Cross-sectoral strand of the Creative Europe programme, and is part of the European Commission strategy on Culture in External Relation.

Networking and skills development opportunities


Three Creative Hubs Fora, co-curated by a specific steering group, are bringing together 100 hubs managers who will discuss common challenges and ideas, and strengthen the network across Europe. Three themes have been defined :

  • Collaborative spaces and organisations - How work works? which took place in September 2016 in Belgrade
  • Growth and Innovation SYN-acting, considered together , 26 to 28 January in Athens
  • Challenges of the collaborative economy - in Madrid 

Skills Workshops

Three European Creative Hubs Skills Workshops will take place in 2017 to build the professional capacity of creative hub leaders by developing tailored support and skills development tools.

  • How to start me up : building my creative hubs. 22-23 March at Factoría Cultural, Madrid. Find out more and apply before 26 February.
  • How to be a hub superhero ? 7-8 June in Bahaus Berlin
  • October 2017 in Edinburgh (dates and venue to be confirmed).

Peer-to-peer scheme

 The P2P scheme is a mobility exchange programme to support the development and networking of creative hubs leaders across Europe. It is set-up to help creative hubs staff benefit from a work experience in a different creative hub, with the aim of sharing knowledge or setting up collaborative projects. Read more about the P2P scheme and criteria for eligibility.

ECHN online platform

On the ECHN website, you will find a map of creative hubs across Europe, with the possibility of adding your own hub, a collection of tools and kits and online resources in the Tools&Learning section, recent news from and engaging pieces focusing on the creative economy sector.

If you are based in France and interested in participating in this project please contact us at 

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