ecce - european centre for creative economy

+++N.I.C.E. Award++

Finally there is certainty: With joy we can announce this year´s Winners of the N.I.C.E. Award! The first place goes to: THE MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER | São Paulo, Brasil/Spain, the 2nd place goes to: PlanEt | Rotterdam, Netherlands, the 3rd place to: WikiHouse | London, United Kingdom, and more places to: HOME BACK HOME | Madrid, Spain and Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) | Malmoe, Sweden.

FAR 2015

Under the motto CULTURE IS DIGITAL – DIGITAL IS CULTURE the fourth edition of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr took place at 22 and 23 September 2015 in Essen. In the mixture of discussions, impulses, round of questions, performative presentations as well as the N.I.C.E. Exhibition and the Award, the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr would seek to highlight a selected range of aspects, who are important for the digital future of our society.

About us

Tasks ans goals, projects and programms, actors and networks: here are all important informations about the european centre for creative economy (ecce) at a glance.




Be it industrial heritage, hidden backyards or a modern ambience: the Ruhr region offers enough room for development and inspiration. The project Creative.Quarters and its diverse service portal as well as its free of charge real estate database aim at presenting space utilisation concepts for the creative use of locations to work or even live in.  >> MORE


In the course of their EU strategy, ecce and their partners in the Ruhr area and from other European countries created the Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (N.I.C.E.). Their common goal is to pool regional and European partnerships so as to promote innovative projects of cultural and creative industries. One of the first measures of N.I.C.E. was the establishment of the European Innovation Award for Culture, the N.I.C.E. Award


The newsletter informs about debates and positions of the culture and creative industries in Germany and Europe. Current issues will be address at the crossroads of cultural, economic and city policies that initiate social changes – or react to these – and depict new perspectives. Photo: © HuellasArtes © 100architects

Webcam Dortmunder U

Adolf Winkelmann's film installation "Flying Pictures" lights up the U-tower: the picture clock on the roof top runs daily from 6:00 in the morning to midnight. Every day has its own motif. In the time from midnight to 6:00 in the morning the picture clock shows the real time. The installation can be seen not only in Dortmund, but throughout the world via webcam.  >> MORE

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