APPLICATIONS CLOSED | We Are Next | European Creative Hubs Forum in Sheffield | Press Release

European Creative Hubs Forum #3 | November 29th – December 1st 2017 | @ROCO, Sheffield, UK


Registration deadline extended until Friday 27/10 !



The partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project are pleased to invite you to We Are Next, the third European Creative Hubs Forum in Sheffield. The event is organised by ROCO between November 29th – December 1st 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 the UK.

Following the first and second successful Forums on How Work Works in Belgrade and SYN-Acting Together in Athens, where the creative hubs family focused on establishing who we are and where we are; the third forum will explore leadership and future strategies.


The European Creative Hubs Network is a peer-led catalyst to enhance the creative, economic and social impact of hubs. (Mission statement)

We are creative hubs leaders, we are community builders, we are champions and we are supporters, we are networked, we are connecting and we are growing, we have a unique perspective and face unique challenges, we are passionate, we are here and we are next.

What’s next for our hubs leaders, how can we help and inspire them to know their value, build on their success and lead our creative communities into the future. (We Are Next Forum Statement)


Draft programme:

Wednesday Nov 29th – opening session

Thursday Nov 30th – full day program

Friday Dec 1st – morning wrap-up session

The full forum agenda will be announced in November 2017.


Call for participation

The registration for this Forum is OPEN!

The DEADLINE to submit your registration has been extended until Friday 27/10 23:59 CET!

We Are Next is a working forum and opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with hubs leaders from across Europe. The European Creative Hubs Forum will come in a condensed format, gathering a maximum number of 100 participants, in order to allow effective direct face-to-face interactions. The official working language of the conference will be English.

To help us get to know each-other we need you to:

1)      Fill in a short SURVEY

… AND (here’s your opportunity to get creative)…

2)      Submit a short film – WE ARE … VIDEO – telling us all about your creative space! (read technical details in the SURVEY and send link to video at )

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 the nights of November 29th and 30th and part of the travel costs.

(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 ROCO staff no later than November in order to organise the logistics).

If you have any additional questions about the conference program or other details, do not hesitate to contact : ||  

@CreativehubsEU  @WeAreRoco

#creativehubs #wearenext


Project background

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, ROCO in the UK, 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.