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Europe’s Creative Hubs

Europe’s Creative Hubs hold huge potential. But delivering effective support to them will be hard.

A new call from the European Union will provide EUR 1 million to develop a network of creative hubs.

The call will fund exchanges of best practice, capacity-building, and drawing together new lessons for policy makers.

Earlier in the year - for ECBN, the British Council, and ADDICT in Portugal - I mapped Europe’s Hubs ahead of a major conference. Here are some of the slides with the big findings from the full report (embedded at the bottom of the post).

First, Hubs appear to be worth supporting (although there is not much evidence of their impact). Almost all have very strong aspirations to develop economies or engage communities.

How Hubs try to make a difference

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But here’s the challenge. There is a huge range of diversity in their form, function, and business models.

The four types of Hub identified in the research


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Hub funding models

When you ask them, they want funding / resources, and then management support, in that order. Management support is crucial, but there is a huge difference between the support needed by a start-up coworking space like Innit Hub in Riga, and an established and world-renowned space like Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol.

So it is a great initiative, but the variety of Creative Hubs will make it hard for anyone to deliver what is needed. Perhaps more research would be a good place to start?

You can read the full report here:

Callum Lee - callum@bop.co.uk - is a Director at BOP. Between 2013 and 2015 he was also Deputy Director of the European Creative Business Network.