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 organised by the amazing creative hub - Roco Creative Co-op in Sheffield - will take place from 29 November to 1 December 2017.

It will bring together 100+ managers and representatives of European creative hubs and creative and entrepreneurial communities, organisations and policy makers, from more than 20 countries, as well as all relevant organisations and stakeholders from UK.

An open call for participation is currently running for all interested hub founders, managers or representatives from across Europe.

The deadline to apply is 22 October 2017.

Read below the REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS - and watch out - they include a little creative homework!!!

Email address *
29 November - 1 December 2017 | Sheffield, UK | Produced by: Roco Creative Co-op |

We Are Next is a working forum and opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with hubs leaders from across Europe. To help us get to know each-other we need you to:

1) Fill in this 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!
(send link to video at )

60 second to sell it!

Please create one 60 second film to showcase your creative hub, it can be the space, the people, the works that you do.

Tell us about the work you do and how you do it, we would would love you to invite us in and show us around.

All we ask is that you START your film with the words WE ARE.... the rest is up to you!

Once you've made your film please upload it to Vimeo and send us the link at

If your application is selected, we will ask for your permission to share the film on our micro site ( & and with fellow hubs leaders joining us in Sheffield so you can all get to know each other before you arrive!

!! NB please follow the following format:

Film upload technical info: Please upload in the following format - Vimeo upload and export help here:

• Standard Definition (16:9 aspect ratio) 640 x 360 px
• 720p HD Video (16:9 aspect ratio) 1280 x 720 px
• 1080p HD Video (16:9 aspect ratio) 1920 x 1080 px

In case that your application to participate is approved, we will be able to cover expenses for one representative of your organisation - accommodation costs for two nights (29 Nov & 30 Nov) and a travel stipend - as outlined below:

- accommodation in Sheffield - 2 nights booked and covered directly by Roco - organised by Roco
- travel stipend towards covering your travel costs - up to 220 EUR - organised by yourself and to be reimbursed based on provision of boarding passes and/or tickets.

In case you would like to have additional representatives at the conference at the expense of your organisation, you are welcome to propose that, but we cannot guarantee the participation at this point due to available capacity.

Please note that we are not able to reimburse visa fees, but we might be able to provide you with a letter of invitation should you need to apply for a visa in order to travel to Sheffield.

If you are interested in participating in the third ECHN forum in Sheffield, please fill in the registration form, no later than Sunday, 22 October by 23:59 hrs (CET).

We 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/British Council staff in order to organise the logistics of your stay in Sheffield.

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

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 program:
November 29th - opening session
November 30th - full day program
December 1st - morning wrap-up session

The European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) is a project co-funded by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme, and is 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). The project will run for 24 months, from 15 February 2016.

ECHN aims to enhance the ecosystem that supports the development and growth of the creative and cultural sector, through transnational exchange of experience and knowledge, in particular 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, business models and stage, 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.

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