Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities – project & conference

Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities (CCSC) is a policy project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The project brings together a consortium of ten organisations led by Trans Europe Halles, the European network of non-governmental cultural centres.

Recently, we discovered a conference that caught our attention, not just because of its topic (cities and creativity!) but also because of its goal. With this project, organizers aim to prove that creativity, arts and culture can transform public spaces and cities. During two and a half years—starting November 2018—, they work on connecting cultural and creative spaces with local policy-makers through participatory processes.

This conference which takes place in Brussels represents a launching event of a 2-year experimental project involving cultural and creative spaces and policymakers. Brought together by a consortium of ten forward-looking organisations, dozens of stakeholders across Europe will explore how participatory governance and commoning practices can devise a more sustainable future for Europe.

Participatory governance is a people-centred approach to deepen citizen engagement in governmental decision-making. Participatory processes facilitate communication and relations between public institutions and civil society, resulting in a better quality of democracy. Participatory governance is one of the top priorities in the EU’s cultural agenda for the upcoming years. Commoning processes attempt to activate the power of social cooperation to make things happen. In this project, we think of commoning as a variety of collective actions enabling interaction between actors in the cultural sector. Their joint efforts intent to shape new institutional arrangements safeguarding the sustainability of creative work.

At this full-day conference, participants will have the occasion to learn how both civil society and the European Commission are addressing these topics. As organizers put it:

We believe in a more sustainable future for cities. A future in which the cultural and creative sectors address urban challenges in cooperation with public authorities. Together, we co-design new public policies for the benefit of citizens.

What to expect on this conference:

  • Understand better how culture contributes to sustainable social and economic development.
  • Be inspired by real examples of how culture improves people’s lives.
  • Contribute to the debate about how public administration and the cultural and creative sectors can increase their cooperation.
  • Learn about the new EU Work Plan for Culture and how it addresses the increasing shift to digital technologies, globalisation and growing societal diversity.
  • Discover and get involved in the project Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities.
  • Meet like-minded professionals that are making an impact in Europe.

This conference is for:
Anyone working at the intersection between culture, creativity, innovation, urbanism and social impact. Professionals working in cultural and creative spaces. Policy makers at local, regional, national and international level.

Registration & info
The event is free of charge. The number of seats is limited.

To get more info on this conference and the project itself, visit:
Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Author: Editorial team

Passionate about local, regional, and European development, we are forward-thinkers who believe in quality of life and sustainability. We believe in local Europe, small-scale initiatives and community-driven actions. We aim to convey these beliefs to people around us.