SYN | European Creative Hubs Forum in Athens | Press Release 2


European Creative Hubs Network Forum #2
Thursday January 26th – Saturday 28th 2017 | Athens, Greece

acting or considered together; united.




The partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project (co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe programme) are pleased to announce the second European Creative Hubs Forum, Syn-, in Athens. The event organised by the first hub for creative industries in Greece – Bios Romantso – will take place at two venues in Athens, Bios Romantso and Gazarte, 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 recognized as one of the new and emerging sources of the European economy and their future sustainability and growth is becoming a priority.

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.


What is ECHN?

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 | 2nd 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, it aims 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 of the four sessions that form the main structure of the forum: new business models, investment in education & skills, international and local cooperation, and hub stories.

This forum provides the opportunity for networking and sharing experiences between hub managers, setting the basis to envision the future of the creative hubs.
The main forum events will take place from 26th to 28th of January 2017 at the venues of Athenian cultural and creative hubs Bios Romantso and Gazarte. It will feature a number of speeches, panel discussions, networking sessions, workshops and other side activities under the main theme of the forum, growth.

The forum will be attended by managers of some of Europe’s leading creative hubs from more than 25 countries, including betahaus (Berlin & Sofia), Creative Edinburgh (Edinburgh), Nova Iskra (Belgrade), Factoria Cultural (Madrid), Warehouse Coworking Factory (Marotta), Todos (Lisboa), Colaborativa (Cordoba), Stpln (Malmö), The Roco (Sheffield), Darbavieta (Riga), La Vallée (Brussels), Republikken (Copenhagen), Poligon (Ljubljana), MOB makerspace (Barcelona), Atölye Labs (Istanbul), The Fusebox (Brighton), Frappant (Hamburg), Fashionclash (Maastricht) as well as numerous others, including all relevant local and regional initiatives.
The forum is closed for the public, but interested audience will have a chance to follow the soft opening of the forum on Thursday, January 26th at 7 PM at Bios Romantso. The opening event will include two keynote sessions by renowned representatives of the creative entrepreneurship sector. One of the sessions will be held by Sarah Filley, CEO & Co-Founder of Popuphood and will concern creative entrepreneurs and the emerging future of the cities.

The European Creative Hubs Network project and the Syn- forum is co-funded by the European Commission, while the forum is realized also with the extra support of the Ministry of Culture of Greece, the American Embassy in Greece and other local partners. /