As an organisation working at the European level, ecce promotes the formation of structures and the exchange of information between the Ruhr region and European partners. ecce represents the interests of the cultural and creative economy in Brussels. We advise regional organisations about how to utilise European support programmes, stimulate the dialogue between regional creative businesses and the European markets and promote the Ruhr region as a strong creative hub in Europe.

ECIS 2017
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European Creative Industries Summit

In cooperation with the network ECBN, ecce annualy organizes the creative industry meeting ECIS.

EU workshop
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Funding possibilities for creative stakeholders from the Ruhr

In regular EU workshops, ecce informs and consults about funding programs of the EU.

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ECBN calls to make the Cultural and Creative Industries a priority in the Research and Innovation Programme of the European Union 2021-2027.
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The three pillars of the European strategy

  • Strengthening networks

    ecce has founded or strengthened existing European networks that support artists, creative workers, cultural entrepreneurs and cultural institutions in the Ruhr region.


    Inititatives and foundations since 2010:

    1.) Field of economy 

    European Creative Business Network (ECBN)  founded in 2011


    2.) Field of culture 

    Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE)  founded in 2013


    3.) Field of science 

    European Research Partnership on Cultural and Creative Spillovers (CCS)  founded in 2014

    European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC)  , where ecce is member since 2015

  • Acquisition of grant funds for the Ruhr region

    ecce advises cities and institutions in the Ruhr region in acquiring European funds. This includes

    • facilitating the liaison with existing grant application consortia
    • running training workshops in the Ruhr region
    • advising applicants from the Ruhr region
    • using the ECBN, NICE and ENCATC networks to find suitable partners for new grant applications.


    Since 2012, ecce has been supporting the following cities’ applications for the EU programme Creative Europe:

    City of Essen, EU project CreativeSPIN 

    City of Gelsenkirchen, EU project EXCITE

    Kulturbetriebe Dortmund, EU project smARTplaces

    City of Dinslaken, EU project CURE

  • Supporting discourses and basic conditions

    The situation of artists and creative workers in the Ruhr region is co-determined by the basic conditions in Europe. Hence, in an anticipatory way, these conditions need to be actively co-designed in dialogue with the political stakeholders. Therefore, ecce has been organising...

    • Since 2012: an annual meeting in the Ruhr region on current subjects of the European culture and cultural politics: Forum Europe Ruhr.
    • Since 2010: conferences and debates in Brussels - first of all, the European Cultural Creative Industries Summit and the ECBN Policy Forum, which has since been renamed European Creative Industries Summit.