SYN- | European Creative Hubs Forum in Athens | Press Release

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The registration period for participation in this forum has now been closed. 


EUROPEAN CREATIVE HUBS NETWORK announces its second Forum in Athens, Greece

Thursday January 26th – Saturday 28th 2017 @ Romantso | Athens, Greece


The partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project are pleased to invite you to Syn-, the second European Creative Hubs Forum in Athens. The event organised by the first hub for creative industries in Greece – Bios Romantso – will take place at Bios Romantso in Athens, from January 26th to 28th, 2017. 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 organisations and stakeholders from Greece and the region of South-Eastern Europe.

Following the first successful Forum on How Work Works in Belgrade, we continue to explore creative hubs as new models of growth and innovation. The Cultural and Creative Industries are recognised as one of the new and emerging sources of the European economy and their future sustainability and growth need to become a priority. We must begin to care about, understand and invest in our cultural and creative assets.

These industries have an impact on us as individuals, and our shared culture – they shape our arts, contribute to our view of the world, influence our consumer choices and improve the enjoyment of environments in which we live and work. They also shape the way in which we are perceived by others around the world.

The European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a project co-funded by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme, and 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.


SYN- acting, considered together | European Creative Hubs Forum

The Syn- forum will be examining the concept of growth in the context of the creative hub model and the particularities that are implied in this process. Through a wide program of plenary meetings, workshops and showcases, we aim to explore ideas such as growth through the development of new business models, re-adjustment of terms by establishing new, more fluid and creative ideas of economic mechanisms, and the expansion of the industry boundaries. The individual which is at the same time the local artist or entrepreneur, but also the local economy, is being incorporated into a larger spectrum: the group and the international economy, to enhance it with its unique features whilst preserving them.

SYN-, as a prefix, inspires the thinking process of this forum. The compound words synthesis, synchrony, synergy and synaesthesia incorporate the ideas behind each session: new business models, investment in education & skills, international and local cooperation, and community.

This forum provides the opportunity for networking and sharing experiences between hub managers. We hope this forum will set the basis to envision the future of the creative hubs.


Call for participation

An open call for participation at the forum is announced, with the aim to showcase the hub diversity across Europe and offer hub organisations a chance to network, learn and grow partnerships. The European Creative Hubs Forum will come in a condensed format, gathering a maximum number of 150 participants, in order to allow effective direct face-to-face interactions. The official working language of the conference will be English.

The organisers 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 maximize participants’ opportunities to share with their peers. For accepted applicants, the organisers will be able to cover expenses for one representative per organisation, which will include accommodation costs for January 26th and 27th and part of the travel costs. The full forum agenda will be announced in December.


The registration period for this forum has now been closed. Thank you to all applicants!

(The organisers reserve the right to run a selection process of participants based on the registration forms, should the number of interested parties be higher than expected. In case your application is approved, you will be contacted by Bios staff no later than December 19th in order to organise the logistics).