European Culture Forum 2017

Superstudio, Milan

The European Culture Forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, to bring together cultural sectors’ key players and to debate on EU culture policy and initiatives. Its 2017 edition will also mark the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the thematic EU year devoted to our common cultural assets and all their aspects.

The event, for the first time outside of Brussels, will take place at Superstudio in the booming creative neighbourhood of Tortona in Milan. This extraordinary event venue, once a bicycle factory and then a place for fashion publishing and art created by a renowned Italian art director Flavio Lucchini in the 1980s, will provide an inspiring and thought-provoking decorum for lively discussions, unexpected meetings and fruitful exchanges.

Can culture help to tackle European and global challenges? Does cultural heritage matter to Europeans? How can culture in cities and regions help to shape more cohesive and inclusive societies? Come to Milan to discuss, listen, think and get inspired.

The European Creative Hubs Network project will take part in the discussions over the two days of the Forum. On Day 2 of the Forum, ECHN will animate a parallel working session titled Creative spaces – reinventing tomorrow’s shared heritage, together with the Creative Lenses project and Trans-Europe Halles.

European Culture Forum overview & programme


Creative spaces – reinventing tomorrow’s shared heritage – session overview

Friday 8 December – 14:15-15:15

Creative spaces might vary in size, scope or financing model, but they play a key role to bring communities together, create economic and creative value. This session will present lessons learned and current trends in the sector as well as main recommendations to enable a wide variety of models for creative spaces in the dawn of the 21st century. Practical examples will be drawn from the Creative Europe co-funded projects Creative Lenses and the Trans Europe Halles network, and the European Creative Hubs Network.


We look forward to meeting everyone in Milan!

If you would like to speak to us personally while at the Forum, please feel free to contact us here or here.