The launch event of the European Creative Hubs Network project

Nova Iskra is announcing the launch event of the European Creative Hubs Network project. The European Creative Hubs Network will create a community of experienced creative hubs leaders across Europe to support the subsistence and growth of creative hubs in Europe.


In December 2015, the European Commission published the results of the five selected projects that aim to develop networks of creative hubs and coworking spaces in the EU in the coming years. Projects are focused on creating and supporting a network of hubs, creative and coworking spaces for professionals and entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sector. Nova Iskra is one of the partners within the European Creative Hubs Network project, together with The British Council as the project leader, Bios from Greece, Factoria Cultural from Spain, Betahaus from Germany, European Business and Innovation Centre Network (Belgium) and Creative Edinbrugh (Scotland).


In the coming two years, the project will strive to strengthen the creative hubs at the European level by enhancing transnational and cross-sectoral cooperation among the partners. One of the goals of the project is to provide additional education and capacity building programs for managers, cultural and creative professionals as well as entrepreneurs. In addition to these activities, three international conferences dedicated to the creative hubs and development trends in the field of creative industries will be held, with the first one taking place in Belgrade on September 22nd and 23rd, while the other two will unfold in Athens and Porto respectively.


The launch event of the ECHN project will be held in Brussels on April 5th at La Vallee creative center. The afternoon program will be attended by all of the partners, as well as stakeholders and decision makers from the EU administration, as well as representatives of hubs hailing from Belgium and Benelux. The keynote address will be given by Michel Magnier, the Director for Culture and Creativity at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, alongside the address of Barbara Stacher, policy officer for economy of culture at DG EAC. Case studies of hubs La Vallee and The Trampetry will also be presented by their directors Pierre Pevee and Charles Armstrong respectively.