In the North East of England there are 12local authorities who come together through the Association of North East Councils (ANEC ) on issues that concern them all and the communities they serve. We also work with other partners and sectors to innovate, deliver efficiencies and improve services. The interests of ANEC and its member authorities are wide-ranging and include the cultural and creative industries. In 2013, ANEC and partners launched a North East Culture Partnership, which has since embarked on a number of projects and has recently launched a 15 year vision for culture. This exciting vision creates a regional framework for investment within which the diverse ambitions of individuals, organisations and places can be realised. There is much happening in the North East of England and we are keen to share our experiences and work with others to realise our ambitions.  

Bilbao Metropoli-30, is a non-profit, public-private partnership, which aim is to promote the revitalization and development of the metropolitan Bilbao. Our members are 132 organizations, among which there are 30 municipalities from the metropolitan area of Bilbao, academic institutions, companies, professional associations and foundations. Our main objective is to lead the vision of the future of Bilbao, to promote initiatives of special interest for the development of the metropolis, to promote and coordinate debate fora to discuss the main aspects of the city and others, including teaching and training. In a study published in 2009 on Local Development Agencies, the OECD described Bilbao Metropoli-30 as visionary, collaborative, ambitious, agenda-setting, nimble, niche and focussed. More info:  

With around 22,500 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.



Bochum – a powerful impetus to the Ruhr-Metropolis of Culture Cultural institutions like the German Mining Museum, the industrial venue “Jahrhunderthalle”, the theatre “Schauspielhaus”, the Museum of Arts, the Symphonic-Orchestra and the Zeiss-Planetarium together with a wide range of further cultural facilities and popular festivals of nationwide interest have established the excellent reputation of the City of Bochum as the cultural heart of the industrial landscape alongside the River Ruhr. In addition to its outstanding cultural facilities and its diverse educational landscape Bochum is rich in initiatives located at the point of intersection between culture and economy. Since 2010, when Bochum was part of the “European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010”, the city has realized a forceful development of its creative quarters “ViktoriaQuartier” and “PrinzRegent” and thus turned over a new cultural leaf. The conjunction of entertainment and serious culture, as well as the corporation of arts and economy offer new promising perspectives to start-up initiatives. 

BOP-Consulting BOP Consulting is an international consultancy specialising in culture and the creative economy. BOP has a 20-year track record and is trusted by government bodies, leading arts and cultural organisations, property developers and international agencies. BOP has completed over one thousand assignments and has played a central role in the UK in promoting culture and creative industries within broader economic, social and educational agendas.


C2+i/Conexiones improbables Improbable Connections is developed from an organisation that was set up in 2009: c2+i (culture, communication and innovation), encouraging creative processes and new relational areas between economics, culture and social organisations. Apart from its permanent team, Conexiones improbable’s great wealth comes from a broad ranging community of people who support, advise, criticise and participate in defining the fragile and changing nature of the project.

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. In 1978 he founded Comedia, a highly respected globally oriented consultancy working in creativity, culture and urban change. He has completed several hundred assignments for a variety of public and private clients and given key note addresses and workshops in over 55 countries across the continents.

Creative Industry Košice is a catalyst for creativity in Slovakia. We help people from the cultural and creative environment to become professionals, opening international markets and educating them. We participate in the creation of strategic cultural documents at national and international levels in order to create ideal conditions for the growth and development of cultural and creative industries in Slovakia. Our goal is to educate, assist and increase creativity in creative people. 

creativ wirtschaft austria (cwa) holds as its remit the interests of the Austrian creative industries, both at a national, European and international level. cwa is an integral part of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. It is committed to developing the creative industries in Austria and creating linkages with other sectors.

Like almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former "steel city" developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, acquiring renown all across Europe as an innovative location for technological development. But the biggest city in the Ruhr Valley also scores with a wide range of possibilities in the cultural and sporting sector, with extensive greens and a high quality of life. 


Dutch Design Exchange Dutch Design Exchange (DDX) helps the Dutch Creative Industry to work across the borders. Across the borders of the separate design fields, across the borders of the economic sector (Creative Industry) and across the national borders (towards Belgium and Germany).

The european centre for creative economy (ecce) stems from RUHR.2010. The cultural and creative economy combines eleven creative and artistic industries: from art to music, literature, film, the media, design, architecture to games development. In the Ruhr area, the creative economy stands for approx. 86,000 persons working in this field and more than 10,000 businesses – yet it’s not only an economic factor but also a cross-sectional factor as regards content. It is equally involved in culture, urban development and education.

Essen - the modern business, commercial and service metropolis in the heart of the Ruhr Area. Essen is home to the headquarters of some of Germany’s biggest companies: These include e.g. RWE AG, Evonik Industries AG, E.ON Ruhrgas AG, Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH and Hochtief AG. The Messe Essen is one of the top-ten German trade fair locations.


Right now, Gelsenkirchen’s main focus regarding the creative industries lies on the Creative.Quarter Ückendorf: cultural movement andartistic initiative heading towards a new future within the setting of structural change. The quarter is marked by its history as a former mining area and working-class neighbourhood as well as its current population with a strong migratory background. This backdrop with its turn-of-the-century block tenements becomes an in-demand item among artists. The available vacancies offer to fill a lot of the needs of creative people: affordable studios, office and production space, unusual “lost spaces“ to experiment with, conducive to independent developments, the vicinity to anchor projects – like the Wissenschaftspark or the future event venue “Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche“. The emergences in this exciting and vivid quarter form an authentic core with versatile development potential.

The IDfactory is a project of the Zentrum für Kunsttransfer (Center for Cultural Transfer) directed by Prof. Ursula Bertram at TU Dortmund University’s Institut für Kunst und Materielle Kultur (Department of Art and Material Culture). The IDfactory conducts radical research in the area of non-linear, artistic thinking and action in extra-artistic areas. The question at the core of its work is unique: how can artistic potentials boost the economy and advance scientific research? IDfactory Research develops solutions spilling over to research and business practices. In the future, innovation, which is central to the arts, will play a key role in all fields. Since 2003, research workshops have assembled teams of mathematicians, artists, economists and business specialists, physicists, managers and social scientists – a novelty in the German university system. Our method is based on a three-dimensional way of thought and representation, which we call "Visual Thinking." We are networking with other researchers and industries, in Germany and around the globe, to explore and experiment with these new strategies.

IULM University is a leading research and teaching institution at the European scale in the fields of communication, media, creative industries, marketing, journalism, and public relations. IULM pursues an ambitious strategy for academic excellence, and at the same time is very active in the dialogue and cooperation with the corporate and professional world. In the coming years, we plan to further consolidate our leadership in our fields of competence, also by opening up new programs in research and teaching, and to increase our European focus.

Kultuurikatel is a creative combination of a physical facility and a platform for networks and knowledge. The physical point of Kultuurikatel is near the seaside which is a strategic location between the port of Tallinn and medieval old town. The 10 000 square meter large space is a former power and heating plant. Now, this will serve as a working place for different studios, black boxes, galleries, rooms with future development capabilities and public attractions like restaurants, shops and tourist centers. In addition, it can be used for smaller workshops, seminars or large performing art shows and day-to-day festivals.

LX factory “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense”, one of the most important manufacturing complex in Lisbon’s history, sets in Alcântara, kept hidden for years, is now returned to the city in the form of LXFactory. A creative island occupied by corporations and professionals of the industry serves also has stage for a diverse set of happenings related to fashion, publicity, communication, fine arts, architecture, music, etc., attracting numerous visitors to rediscover Alcântara through an engaged dynamics. At LXF you can actually breath the industrial environment at every step. A factory of experiences were intervention, thought, production is made possible. Staging ideas and products in a place belonging to everyone, for everyone.

Mannheim is among the top group of cities which are particularly characterised and perceived by their urban culture and creative economy. Due to its enormous diversity and the good network of creative economy, Mannheim offers artists an excellent platform and has already established itself as a creative city in the competition between locations.

Rotterdam, World Port World City. Its port is one of the largest on earth. A mediagenic metropolis with a constantly growing skyline full of modern architecture. Home to over 600,000 Rotterdam residents of over 170 different nationalities. Each one with his or her own story. They make Rotterdam the bustling and open city it is, with lots of room for new initiative and ideas.

Trànsit Projectes is an organization specialiced in delivering cultural projects for local institutions and in providing innovation for cultural management. Trànsit Projectes is a team of professionals working in culture and education with more than 25 years of expertise locally, at Catalan and Spanish level, in Europe and in Latinamerica.