As an institute active at the European level, ecce not only promotes structure formation and information exchange between the Ruhr region and European partners, but also cultivates and strengthens international networks and promotes the visibility of the Ruhr as a creative location in Europe.

ecce represents the regional interests of the cultural and creative industries in Brussels, advises regional organisations on how to obtain support from Europe, promotes dialogue between regional creative companies and European markets and, by means of a variety of exchange projects and collaborations, supports international co-operation and the exchange of experiences between creative actors.

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With the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR, ecce is initiating an entirely new format designed to promote interdisciplinary cooperation between artists and creatives from the Ruhr Region and Europe:

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KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR is not just a platform, but also an experimental space, which is designed to not only increase the practical added value for artists and creative people both regionally and on a Europe-wide basis, but also to facilitate networking and collaboration beyond just individual events and to draw attention to the Ruhr region as a space offering cultural opportunity in Europe.

  • Programme

    The KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR is comprised of two stages:

    Co-productions can offer artists a wide range of opportunities to further develop their own artistic work, to stimulate new collaborative work processes, as well as set impulses for innovative productions. In the first phase, a call is issued to international artist’s residences to motivate regional and European artists to work together on joint productions. In addition to financial support, the artists can also benefit from European networking, the transfer of know-how, the public presentation and media coverage of said residencies.

    The second phase concentrates on two main areas. During the two-day event, the results of the co-productions are presented to a professionally-relevant audience, and the best co-productions are awarded the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award by an international jury. A network meeting on the eve of the conference offers the opportunity for regional and European artists to network. The participation of interested actors from the creative areas and the Ruhr region, as well as the visitors to the conference the next day, will enable an exchange of information and experiences and the acquiring of new contacts.
    The conference on the following day offers a platform featuring centralised and decentralised formats which provide artists, creative people, actors in the cultural and creative industries, as well as representatives of public institutions and European Capitals of Culture, with a multitude of opportunities for the exchange of information and experiences, the transfer of know-how, imparting of best practices and networking.

  • Residencies

    European co-productions are initiated and funded in the Ruhr area within the context of the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR . To this end, residencies are awarded to professionally-working regional and European artists who are collaborating on an artistic project.  

    With these residencies, KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR are offering artists or artist collectives (regional/EU) the opportunity to carry out their creative work together at the Ruhr’s creative location for three to five months. The artists receive financial support and are able to not only work as free as possible from economic pressure, but also to establish contacts, gain interdisciplinary knowledge and find new inspiration.

    Under Call, interested artists can find all the important information on the residency programme and also information on the application.


  • Call

    The call to apply for the residency programme starts on the 1st May 2020 and is open until the 30th June 2020.
    In addition to the monthly scholarship/grant, the artists of the selected co-productions will receive support with their travel expenses and production costs, as well as the opportunity to win a prize of up to 20,000 euros, awarded by an international jury of experts.
    The award ceremony will take place at the end of the conference day. The application deadline is 30th June 2020.

    The funding at a glance:

    • Monthly Scholarship/Grant of 1,500 euros per artist or artist collective
    • Travel Expenses up to 1000 euros for regional artists, and up to 2000 euros for artists from other European countries
    • Production Costs up to a maximum of 9000 euros per co-production
    • Prize Money of a total value of 20,000 euros at the end of the residencies

    You can find the Call here
    You can find the application form here

    Important information material, as well as the necessary documentation can be downloaded here:


  • Campus and Award

    The KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR takes place on two days, decentrally at the co-productions’ presentation locations, as well as at a central location in the Ruhr area.

    Day 1: Excursion & Networking
    On the first day, the results of the co-production will be presented to the jurors and interested excursion participants at various locations in the Ruhr area. Thereafter, a network meeting for regional and international artists, participants and KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR speakers, actors from the Ruhr area’s cultural and creative scene, as well as the jury members, will take place in the evening.

    Day 2: Campus & Award
    The second day is a specialised, mentoring and conference day and offers the audience a mixture of impulse-giving and participatory, as well as centralised and decentralised, formats. The awarding of the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award rounds-off the two-day campus and the residencies.


  • Jury

    An international jury consisting of five people is currently being put together. Care is taken to ensure that the composition of the jury members is as balanced as possible and that European, national and regional artists, creatives and actors from the most varied areas of art and culture complement each other.
    The members of the jury will be presented on the website shortly.


    The first jury session takes place at the end of the application phase. From those applications submitted, up to four co-productions will be selected which are then recommended to receive funding from the Ministry of Culture and Science (NRW). The second judging takes place during the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR and aims to bestow an award on the best, funded co-productions.


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From 2012-2017, the Forum Europe Ruhr represented the European discourse platform in the Ruhr region and brought together actors and organisations from culture, the creative industries, politics, science and business at a regional, national and Europe-wide level. After six successful years, in which more than 1400 participants from 24 countries came together in Essen, the further development of the forum was conceived with the aid of a co-creation process together with the target groups.

As a result, KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR was created with the objective of increasing the practical added value for artists and creative people, enabling networking and collaborations beyond individual events, and also drawing attention to the Ruhr region as a space of cultural opportunity in Europe.

  • Development of Forum Europe Ruhr

In regular workshops, ecce informs and advises actors in the creative industries on EU funding programmes and opportunities with the aim of making European funding programmes for artists and creatives more accessible and initiating new European partnerships. In addition to formal information on the application process and the overview of existing European funding formats, these workshops usually also present best practices which have already been funded and that provide practical tips on how to apply.


The following EU funding workshops recently took place:



ecce supported the following cities applying in EU programmes:

Strengthen Networks and Drive Discussion

ecce is an active member in European networks, some of which have been initiated and established by ecce itself.  
These include the Network for Innovation in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE), founded in 2013 by ecce, which annually awards the NICE Award to innovative projects from the cultural and creative industries. Moreover, ecce has been organising conferences and debates in Brussels, as part of the European Creative Business Network, since 2010 – initially the European Cultural Creative Industries Summit, and the ECBN Policy Forum which has been operating under the name of the European Creative Industries Summit since 2015 and takes place annually in different European cities. The ECIS 2019 is taking place on 10. & 11. September in Helsinki. Since 2015, ecce has also been a member of the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC).