17-19 JUNE

Malmö, Sweden

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Porto Innovation Hub
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Palácio dos

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UPTEC Baixa &
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Creative Hubs Meet up 2024


17-19 June 2024
Malmö, Sweden

This year’s Hubs Meetup is organised by the European Creative Hubs Network with the support of STPLN, our hosting hub in Malmö. 

The second biggest gathering of the year is exclusive for ECHN members and during the two day event we will be focusing on creative hubs and their current topics of interest and challenges. This year, we will be delving into the transformations of our communities, the built environment around us and the impact of creators on designing how we live where we live. We will be exploring new transformative practices towards a Metamorphosis we all aspire to. 

“Our contemporary society faces great challenges: green transition, dialogue between groups and peoples, revitalization of democracy, social justice. And many problems are urgent and require the involvement of all sectors of society – the cultural and creative industries are not exempt.

But what is expected of us? And how do we best participate?

Just as we humans are eager to embrace knowledge that aligns with our beliefs, values, and privileges, we are equally obstinate when this knowledge challenges our religious and cultural identities, moral concepts, and habits. New ideas and ways of living struggle to take hold when they do not “feel right.”

Presenting new discoveries and ideas in an artistically designed form helps us to understand with all our senses – it provides a deeper and more complete experience and opens highways between intellect and emotion. Artistic expressions touch other senses; they reach us both emotionally and intellectually, communicating with the recipient’s own memories, experiences, expectations, and dreams. They touch and reach deep layers within us and connect conscious logical and rational thoughts with fundamental human drives and desires.

Art and culture are important tools for transformation. “(Bertil Björk – STPLN)


for in-person participation in the BAU TOPIA 4



Monday, 17 June 2024



Location: STPLN


Malmöhusvägen 5, 211 18, Malmö 

Official Opening

Municipality Malmo | Sanna Lilie, STPLN | Esra Gönen, ECHN

Inspiring session 
Networking Activity

Moderation: África Rodrigues (Espacio Arroelo), Ignácio Marquez (Rural Hackers), Nana Radenkovic (Nova Iskra)


Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Location: STPLN

Malmöhusvägen 5, 211 18, Malmö


Tour of STPLN
Cross Innovation

CCIS as key for societal transformation

Jenny Kornmacher



    1. Reshaping the creative industries: A power shift back to the artists

      How new technological trends can usher in a RenAIssance age 3.0? A legal, technical and philosophical perspective on how new technologies can be utilised to give ownership & control back to the artists while also introduce new business models for the creative institutions. In other words, technology that can protect copyrights & revenue streams through transparent frameworks which will be absolutely necessary in an age when digitalisation & AI is challenging the creative markets.

      With Sara and Samer Awayez, Wyz Law Group

    2. Night School: sustainability & night culture (presentation + open talk)
      Why a free and unregulated nightlife is necessary in a civilised city. And why it is the best education for the next generation of change makers and entrepreneurs in society.The Night School project coaches young people in navigating the organisation of the unregulated nightlife.
      With Tiago Prata

    3. Social Impact Canvas for creative change makers (workshop)
      With a research-based intuitive tool, The Social Impact Canvas, you can improve value statements to financiers, create incentives for public funding, attract an audience, and spread awareness on important topics. With The Social Impact Canvas, you’ll define the specific social impact of your work, not only the commonly pressing injustices, such as climate change, human rights, or the education gap but rather social impact as you define it. The Impact Canvas also helps you to consider how to measure and understand the impact, how to find adequate measurement instruments, and how to consider different kinds of data as part of cultural work.
      With Pille Pruulman Vengerfeldl

    4. Communitive: Play the Rethink card game! (workshop)

      Get to know a playful project that explores 35 initiatives and communities of Malmö and explore the concept of “Communitives”

      In this playful breakout session we will introduce you to a special collaboration in cities: a network of communitives. Following a brief introduction to the concept; you will get the chance to play the Rethink card game in smaller groups and come up with creative solutions to challenging problems. Expect interactive games, non-formal learning and inspiring conversations.

      With Sára Bányai and Alanna Piquet

Lunch & Networking


FERAL WALK, walking workshop

A walk through the neighbourhood of Västra Hamnen to discover multispecies worlds forming and breaking there. Looking to plant life, planned or otherwise, the walk among feral spaces will provide insight into how to be better collaborators with other species and question the roles they’re expected to play in the city.

Inna Zrajaeva and John Kazior, designers and founders of FERAL – a design agency focusing on Ecology and art

Drinks at the City Council
Artistic performance:
Statues or To-Stand?

‘Statues or To-Stand?’ is a work that enters the Culture of Memory to renegotiate the ways in which a monument can represent human life. The work is performed as an open installation that can be viewed from any position in the space, and the audience is invited to come and go at their own pace.

By Nya Rörelsen
Majula Drammeh, Khamlane Halsackda, Nidia Martinéz Barbieri, Daniel Jeremiah Persson


Wendesday, 19 June 2024

Location: STPLN

Malmöhusvägen 5, 211 18, Malmö



Intro Performance: Duncan Geere, Loud Numbers Sonification Studio

How can creators play a greater role in the green transition? Based on a pilot project in Sweden, Finland and Latvia, we discuss models and methods for artists and performers to work with sustainability issues without losing their soul. What tools do we need to not make copywriters out of poets in the process?

With: Bertil Björk, STPLN &  Duncan Geere, Loud Numbers Sonification Studio
Noise zones/Cultural Sound Zones 

Gentrification and commercialization threaten cultural centers and creative centers across Europe. When the grassroots culture has done its job and an area becomes attractive, people are thrown out when prices and rents skyrocket and “finer” businesses move in. How can a city ensure that grassroots culture can survive in the city centres? In Malmö, the city has marked an area as a “noise zone”. Anyone who moves their business there must accept loud noises from rehearsal rooms, music clubs, outdoor activities and nighttime events.

With: Nicklas Johansson from the City of Malmö

Future DiverCities
Future DiverCities is a project that focuses on culture-led regeneration of urban empty spaces in an ecological way. In this 4-year experimentation, 8 city pilots are test grounds for new kinds of cultural, civic engagement and creative actions that will enhance the ecological aspect of the sites. 2 years after the launch of the project, we want to share methods, tools and knowledge on urban regeneration of empty/unused sites, challenges encountered and ways of overcoming them through cooperation.
With: Elisabeth Bechara, Friche La Belle de Mai

RTL- Rebuilding to Last
Rebuilding to Last is a pioneer project, striving to inspire independent cultural centres to revisit their relationship with nature, with their communities and spaces within their walls, in their courtyards and beyond. The ambition behind the initiative is rooted in the belief that our cities should be profoundly reinvented, they should become welcoming spaces for all living beings, humans and non-humans. Together we are trying to imagine how we can make our spaces not only more long-lasting but also more aligned with our own values of living in balance with nature, by finding synergies and solutions that oppose profit-driven urban planning and design.

With: Tiffany Fukuma from Trans Europe Halles 
11:30-11:45COFFEE BREAK 

Activities of ECHN, Tessa Moroder

Testimonials from Exchanges

Pitches from ECHN Workshops

Lunch & Networking 

The program is in local Sweden time zone (GMT+2)

Artistic performace by Nya Rörelsen

Photo by Alexis Rodríguez Cancino

About Nya Rörelsen:

Nya Rörelsen (The New Movement) is a Malmö based collective and consists of Majula Drammeh, Khamlane Halsackda, Nidia Martinéz Barbieri, Daniel Jeremiah Persson and Rumiko Otsuka. They are all contemporary dancers/choreographers who annually carry out independent and joint artistic projects both nationally and internationally. Their works are a collection of perspectives questioning identity and what it can mean in an ever changing world.

‘Statues or To-Stand?’

Nationalistic statues around us give the appearance of collective memory and continuity, originally intended to create an imagined community – narratives to unite around. But which bodies deserve to be included? Where do these monuments begin and where do they end?

The three-hour performance (reduced to 1.5 hours for European Creative Hub Network’s event) challenges different aspects of a monument’s creation and effect. Around a table, a meeting takes place, an open discussion that twists and turns notions of memory, identity and representation. This is an intervention in the existence of the traditional monument, an interrogation that through human bodies seeks to expose the inherent fragility of collective memory
‘Statues or To-Stand?’ is a work that enters the Culture of Memory to renegotiate the ways in which a monument can represent human life. The work is performed as an open installation that can be viewed from any position in the space, and the audience is invited to come and go at their own pace.

Walking workshop by Feral Malmö

About Feral Malmö:

“What can nonhuman species and elements tell us about the development and future of Malmö? How can we take stories of ecology to help us realize better futures of coexistence in cities? The feral walk will bring participants through three showcase districts of Malmö to look at how different influences and ecologies there have shaped the past, present, and future of city living. Participants will be invited to draw comparisons between Malmö urban ecological connections in their own city and how creativity can bring social-ecological relationships more broadly.

Feral Malmö is a design studio and research platform. For the past two and a half years, Feral Malmö has organized creative workshops focused on social-ecological relationships in urban Malmö. Working with nonhuman species as our guides, we use design communication, participatory learning, and creative activities, to better understand the roots of ecological crisis and to promote alternative ways of coexisting in the urban environment. “


A glimpse into the work of N55

N55 suggests that we find a different approach to urban planning and take into consideration what is right and wrong. Intelligent urban design would require the design of systems which adjust themselves to the persons who live in them and to their needs.
N55 proposes a critical approach to city design by daring to give the inhabitants real and meaningful influence on the form and function of their city, and by using friendly technologies, which allows our urban environment to exist in symbiosis with our planet rather than as a parasite.
The XYZ OPEN CITY can be seen as part of N55's ongoing research aiming to find new ways of using public space while respecting persons and local communities.

The N55 SPACEFRAME is a low-cost, movable lightweight construction that can easily be transformed. It is dimensioned as a living unit for 3-4 persons and demands practically no maintenance. The construction can be erected by anybody in a short time. The entire unit is constructed from small lightweight components which all can be handled without the use of cranes or other heavy machinery. The construction is assembled by hand. It can be erected directly onto the ground, since a cast foundation is not necessary. The structure can be dismantled and rebuilt many times over without damaging any of the components. The construction can be moved either fully assembled, or partly dismantled.

N55 propose a critical approach to city design by daring to give the inhabitants real and meaningful influence on the form and function of their city, and by using friendly technologies, which allows our urban environment to exist in symbiosis with our planet rather than as a parasite.The PARKCYCLE SWARM is a modular system that empowers persons to build an instant public park whenever and wherever they want to. The PARKCYCLE SWARM consists of a number of human powered mobile gardens. The individual gardens can be combined to form public parks. The PARKCYCLE SWARM is a collaboration between N55, Till Wolfer and John Bela from the Rebar group
WALKING HOUSE is a modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape with minimal impact on the environment. N55 was asked by Wysing Arts Centre to collaborate with a group of travellers in the area around Cambridge, where there has traditionally been a large population of travelers living in a symbiotic relationship with the settlers, making a living as seasonal workers on the farms. This is very much a question of the differences in aesthetics between the nomadic culture and the settlers. Our working theory has been that by introducing a design that both are inspired by traditional nomadic culture and contemporary design solutions, some of these differences could easier be overcome.

Timișoara: European Capital of Culture

Timișoara – Creative Hubs in the 2023 European Capital of Culture

Timișoara, as the European capital of culture for the year 2023, places the focus on strengthening the sense of community in the city. Boosting the confidence of its citizens to  actively participate in the cultural production of their local communities is among the main objectives of the ECC institution this year. In this regard, Timisoara’s vibrant community of creative hubs leads the way into a common creative future. 




ECHN Project

The European Creative Hubs Network Project activated a 3-year program coordinated by ECHN for the members of its network. This project has been funded since 2021 by Creative Europe, as one of the European networks supporting the cultural and creative sector.

The program aims at empowering creative hubs as main focal points for creative professionals and businesses. The central fronts of action include mobility opportunities for hub managers and community members, learning exchanges and workshops, advocacy at local and European level and academic research to highlight the role of creative hubs within the cultural and creative industries. Two annual meetups will gather members of the network, local stakeholders and international guest speakers. The first BAUTOPIA took place in June 2022; the second edition will travel to Porto in October, with the title “Glocalization in Culture & Creativity”.

The European Creative Hubs Network is a peer-led network with a mission to enhance the creative, economic and social impact of hubs around Europe and neighbouring countries.As focal points for creative professionals and businesses, hubs offer the most effective way to support the growth and development of cultural and creative industries.

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STPLN (pronounced “stapeln”) is a co-created creative meeting space and workspace for artists, creative freelancers, and the makers and shakers of the world. An open house for you that wants to produce and experience art and culture, develop an idea or create a prototype. Here you’ll find exhibition spaces, a drop in co-working space, meeting rooms and production spaces. STPLN is located in Kommendanthuset that was built in 1786 as an arsenal. Currently, STPLN uses 800 sqm for coworking, event spaces, and facilities for production and experimentation related to culture and creativity. We work inclusively, experimentally, and sustainably with technology, crafts, art, and culture. 


Municipality of Malmö

Bertil Björk

Managing Director STPLN

Sanna Lilie

Project Leader STPLN

Esra Gonen

Co-founder of Originn

Jenny Kornmacher

Cultural Strategist

África Rodrigues

Collaborative Culture Activist in Espacio Arroelo, Rural Hackers and Anceu coliving

Ignácio Marquez

Co-Founder of Rural Hackers

Nana Radenković

Co-Founder of Nova Iskra

Pille Pruulman Vengerfeldl

Professor in media and communication, Malmö University

Sara Awayez

Lawyer & CEO at WYZ Law Group

Samer Awayez

CFO at WYZ Law Group and Web3 specialist

Tiago Prata

Creative Conspirator

Inna Zrajaeva

Co-Founder of Feral Malmö

John Kazior

Co-Founder of Feral Malmö

Sára Bányai


Alanna Piquet


Duncan Geere

Loud Numbers Sonification Studio

Elisabeth Bechara

Friche La Belle de Mai

Nicklas Johansson

City of Malmö

European Creative Hubs Network /
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