Startup Support Programme 2019

Trans Europe Halles is a network of people who believe that creativity, grass-roots initiatives and public activism can improve our lives and societies. We are striving to bring a positive change through the cultural revival of post-industrial neighbourhoods and its communities. We believe that our work matters and that it reinforces the future development of independent cultural and creative spaces in Europe.

We have always been supporting those who dare, who are curious and who have imagination. In light of the current situation in Europe, this support is especially crucial. With this idea in mind, we launched the Startup Support Programme last year. This programme is addressing to socially engaged NGOs  that are developing emerging cultural and creative spaces in repurposed buildings.

Within the Startup Support Programme, we carefully look at the challenges each project is having and set up a tailor-made scheme to move towards a sustainable future. This year we will focus on Eastern Partnership countries, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, that have the potential for many inspiring cultural centres and creative hubs.

What is a Startup?

In our vision, a startup is a civic initiative that is situated in a re-purposed industrial building with a focus on creativity, arts and culture along with a Do-It-Yourself / Do-It-Together (DIY/DIT) approach. It is still in its preliminary-phase, but is already self-sufficient (either economically or due to people’s dedication), though not yet sustainable.

What has been done within the programme so far?

What does the Startup Support Programme do?

From 2017 to 2021, the Startup Support Programme is investing in bringing emerging cultural and creative spaces to their next level of development through:

  • – Expert consultation and coaching for their teams.
  • – Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing involving other emerging spaces in our network.
  • – Networking activities during our Conferences and Meetings
  • – Access to TEH Capacity Building Programme and activities. Check out our Capacity Building Programme
  • – Inspirational case studies of spaces in the startup phase.

For the second edition, we are looking for three emerging cultural and creative spaces from the Eastern Partnership region to take part in the programme. The program will run until July.

Eligible countries are Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.

You can apply for this programme if:

  • – You are not a TEH Member or Associate yet.
  • – You are located in one of the three eligible countries mentioned above.
  • – You are legally established as an organisation.
  • – You are repurposing a building for creative, cultural and artistic uses.
  • – You have a legal agreement – or you are in negotiation – with the owner of the building about its future use.
  • – Your organisation has been operating inside the building for less than two years, or you are planning to work in it in 2019.

We are offering the following:

  • – A scoping visit of two international experts, who have founded and run their own cultural and creative spaces. This visit aims to become familiar with your work and define what will be the best way to collaborate with Trans Europe Halles. After the scoping visit, a group of peers will work with you to address your main challenges. According to your needs, the outcomes will vary among developing a strategic plan, working on your organisational model, planning of renovating your building and community development.
  • – Situation analysis and organisational diagnosis.
  • – Coaching from TEH peers until July 2019, including a tailor-made workshop at your centre.
  • – Your case to be included in a publication about the programme.
  • – Access to a vibrant community of like-minded organisations in Europe.
  • – Become a TEH Associate for two years.

How does the selection process work?

Your application will be evaluated immediately after the call is closed by the programme’s Selection Committee. It includes five international experts selected among our member centres, our Executive Committee and the staff of our Coordination Office. We will announce the results a couple of days after the call is closed.

What do you commit to if you are selected?

If your cultural centre is one of the three lucky ones selected for this first edition of the programme, you commit to:

  • – Actively participate in the programme.
  • – Pay a participation fee of 300€. (Which covers two years of TEH associate membership fee, participation in the full program mentioned above.)
  • – Present your work to TEH members during TEH Conference in Dresden (DE), 16-19 May 2019.
  • – Deliver a written report about the process, including visual documentation.

How can you apply?

If you wish to apply on behalf of your organisation, submit your online application before Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 23:59 Central European Time.

If you have questions or need help with your application, contact our Capacity Building Director Michel Quéré at

The Startup Support Programme is part of the project Factories of Imagination, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Study visits for Art Educators

The Arts Education Platform is one of the components of Trans Europe Halles’ project Factories of Imagination. The primary purpose of the platform is to facilitate, exchange and transfer knowledge between arts educators in TEH network.

One part of the platform is to enable study visits for practising art educators within TEH network to learn more about educational practices through action based-learning.

Arts Education Platform Study Visits
The Arts Education Platform offers travel and accommodation support (up to 250€ + 150€) to three art educators of Trans Europe Halles member centres

Duration of the Visit
The duration of the visit should be one week or two weeks. The exchanges can take place anytime from November 2018 till July 2019. The visitor and hosting organisation will plan the visit together to find a period that suits both parties.

Eligibility Criteria
Arts educators working for Trans Europe Halles member centres with a minimum of three years’ experience on the field

Travel and Accommodation Support
Trans Europe Halles offers financial support to help the visitor with travel and accommodation. The sending organisation needs to make sure they can cover all other costs for the study visit.

Costs will be reimbursed after the participants submit their evaluation report to the Programme Coordinator at the end of the programme. Participants are also obliged to attach all necessary documents (invoices, receipts, boarding passes, etc.).

Hosting TEH Centres
Check the database of hosting TEH centres for further information about:
hosting centres,
arts education programmes in the centres,
fields of the arts education and expertise in the centres,
what the centres can offer.

Participants are compelled to write a report about their visit, as well as to submit original documents of invoice, receipts, boarding passes, etc. related to the costs to be reimbursed.

The visitor should also observe the hosting organisation and answer pre-set questions that could help evaluate and further develop the work in the hosting organisation. The visitor and hosting organisation will schedule interviews, observations of arts educational activities and more.

Application process and deadlines
Call for applications opens: 03 September 2018.
Deadline for applications: 01 October 2018.
Selection of candidates: before mid of October 2018.
Candidates are informed of the results: after mid of October 2018.
Visit period: November 2018 – July 2019
Reporting period: One month after the visit takes place.

Apply for the study visit by filling in the google form

If you need more information about the programme, contact coordinator Emelie Storm at

Balkans! Here, we are!

Hello Balkan(s),

We want to know more about creative and cultural spaces in the Balkan Region so that we can support cooperation, exchange and program development between creative and cultural spaces in the region. Therefore, we are launching a mapping!

The mapping will provide a framework and create conditions for further cooperation and development, as well as the implementation of collaborative projects and empower the actors that contribute to the development of cultural policies in the region. Eventually, we hope to establish a subnetwork, TEH Balkan, which will serve as a synergy mechanism of cooperation, exchange and program development. TEH Balkan, as a regional TEH hub, is a part of Factories of Imagination project, funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commision.

We prepared a survey for our mapping that only takes 10 minutes to fill in. All the information collected by this survey will be used to create an interactive online map.


Albania, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey


If you want to know more about TEH Balkan sub-network contact Irena Boljunčić Gracin at and Lana Gunjić at


We are looking for a finance manager – CALL CLOSED

FINANCE MANAGER at Trans Europe Halles – Lund, Sweden

Trans Europe Halles is looking for a Finance Manager to join our international team in Lund, Sweden. The Finance Manager will take the lead in the accounting, administration and reporting of the EU-funded project “Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities”, a project that was recently granted to Trans Europe Halles by EAC. The Finance Manager will closely collaborate with the project manager and the communication’s manager of the granted project, and with the Trans Europe Halles team members.

Submit your application today and join us in Lund from 1 November 2018 for 28 months.

Trans Europe Halles

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) ( is a Europe based network of independent cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists with 102 members and associates in 33 countries.

TEH has been at the forefront of repurposing Europe’s industrial buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. Our mission is to strengthen the sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centers and encourage new initiatives by connecting, supporting and promoting them.

We facilitate international cooperation and provide opportunities for learning and sharing. To achieve this, we organise two international meetings every year, coordinate international projects, run professional development trainings, support members in times of troubles and actively influence cultural policies.

For TEH, the power of culture is in inspirational, transformative experiences that have the capacity to change people, perceptions and societies. Recently, TEH was awarded the execution of the European project ‘Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities’ (see project description). For this, we are now looking for a Finance Manager.

Job Description
The role of the Finance Manager is to:

• Take the lead in the accounting, administration and reporting of the EU-funded project “Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities”.

• Work closely together with the project manager and 11 partners within Europe and assure the smooth process of the projects’ finances.

• Provide support to the Finance and Administration Manager from the financial and administrative perspective of projects involving Trans Europe Halles and its overall organisational activity.

• Be responsible for the implementation of reporting procedures already in place and the production of the relevant documentation.

• Collaborate with the Finance and Administration Manager in the continuous improvement of internal policies and systems, with a specific focus on finance and administration.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

Financial management:

– Contributing to the management and improvement of the financial and administrative system in place at Trans Europe Halles, with an eye for the specific needs and features of the organisation.

– Control of income, cash flow and expenditure of the project ‘Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities’ in relation to budgets.

– Invoicing, cost accounting, payment of bills.

– Production of financial reports.


– Continuously testing and suggesting improvements for organisational procedures.
- Purchasing and monitoring the inventory of office supplies.

General office management:

– Contributing to strategic analysis and planning together with the rest of the team.

– Organising and supervising office maintenance and services.

Experience, Skills and Abilities

• At least 3 years’ professional experience as finance and administration manager.

• Experience in financial reporting to public funders, including especially the European Commission (Culture Programme, preferably).

• Familiarity with Sweden’s statutory legislation and financial regulations, with particular reference to not-for-profit organisations (ideella organisationer).

• Experience in working with international projects and in an international team and environment.

• Good command of English on a professional level, with Swedish strongly preferred.

• Work experience in cultural and social non-profits highly preferred.

Application procedure

Submit your application via e-mail to, including:
1) Your CV;
2) Motivation letter (max. 1 page) describing how your experiences relate to what is required of the position.
Deadline for applications: 17 August 2018 at midnight.
Skype interviews: 23 and 24 August.
On-site interviews are expected to take place between September 10th and 14th.
For inquiries, contact: Giorgio Berardi at

We are looking for a Digital Content Officer – CALL CLOSED

We are now looking for a creative and passionate Digital Content Officer to join our team in Lund, Sweden. You will have a key role in implementing Trans Europe Halles’ digital communications strategy by working on a daily basis on online web tools and products. The main focus for this role is supporting the Communications team in creating and publishing high-quality content for TEH’s online channels. You will work in close collaboration with other team members working with TEH membership and TEH projects, Factories of Imagination, Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities, and Creative Lenses.


Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a Europe-based network of independent cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists with 102 members and associates in 33 countries.

We are a passionate bunch for buildings and we love to transform them for arts and culture, which we have done since 1983. We also love learning, sharing and exchanging ideas. For that purpose, we organise two international meetings every year, work with many international projects and run professional trainings. For us, the power of culture is in inspirational, transformative experiences that have the capacity to change people, perceptions and societies.

As we mentioned before, we work with many international projects. We attained an important one recently. It is a cultural policy project called ‘Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities’ (see project description). We also work with two more projects, Factories of Imagination, supporting our network, and Creative Lenses, developing sustainable business models for cultural organisations. All of them are funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Overall, we have some work to do. If you like creativity, culture and arts please continue reading.


– Create, coordinate and deliver high-quality creative content (words, images, video) for TEH’s online channels to drive awareness and engagement

– Support building and handling a content calendar based around upcoming project activities

– Collect and analyse relevant performance metrics and transform these metrics into appealing stories

– Provide continual improvement and quality to digital audience experiences by developing and
sustaining a content database (Some Google Drive work with docs and sheets etc.)

– Offer insights on what works and what does not, and make content proposals

– Collaboration is crucial in this role, you will work with many different projects and team members

– Follow the latest trends across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other media platforms

– Support other communication activities (international marketing, dissemination and PR campaigns) when required


– Motivated for working with a creative, dynamic and passionate community

– Curious and usually looking for a new challenge with a hands-on attitude

– Passionate about NGOs, culture and arts with an eye for quality content

– Have a deep understanding of self-management

– Have an understanding of creative communication and copywriting

– Experienced with creating and publishing content

– Have excellent written and spoken command of English and knowing Swedish is good

– Experienced with working in an international team and environment

– Have an idea of “the narrative” and quality messaging

– Analytical and critical skills for drawing insights from data

– Possess an eye for design and some knowledge of graphic design software

– Have some knowledge about audience segments and targeting content


Employer: Trans Europe Halles (NGO)
Contract: 8 months contract at 60%. 1 month’s trial period.
Location: TEH Coordination Office, situated at the cultural centre Mejeriet in Lund, Sweden
Gross monthly salary: 16,800 SEK (equivalent to 28,000 SEK on a 100% basis)
Employment starts: 1 October 2018 until 31 May 2019
Fun with the Community Manager


Submit your application via e-mail to, including:
1) Your CV
2) Motivation letter (max. 1 page) or a 2-3 minute video describing who you are and how your experiences relate to the position


Deadline for applications: 17 August 2018 at midnight
Skype interviews: 22 August 2018
On-site interviews are expected to take place on 29 August 2018


Contact Burak Sayin at

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We are looking for a Project Manager – Call Closed

PROJECT MANAGER at Trans Europe Halles – Lund, Sweden

Trans Europe Halles is looking for an enthusiast and dynamic Project Manager to join our international team in Lund, Sweden.

The Project Manager will take the lead a team of 3 in the execution of the EU-funded project “Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities”, a project that was recently granted to Trans Europe Halles by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The Project Manager will closely collaborate with the finance manager and the communication’s manager of the granted project, with all the project partners in Europe and with all Trans Europe Halles team members.

Submit your application today and join us in Lund from 15 October 2018 for 28 months.

Trans Europe Halles

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a Europe based network of independent cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists with 102 members and associates in 33 countries.

TEH has been at the forefront of repurposing Europe’s industrial buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. Our mission is to strengthen the sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centres and encourage new initiatives by connecting, supporting and promoting them.

We facilitate international cooperation and provide opportunities for learning and sharing. To achieve this, we organise two international meetings every year, coordinate international projects, run professional development trainings, support members in times of troubles and actively influence cultural policies.
For TEH, the power of culture is in inspirational, transformative experiences that have the capacity to change people, perceptions and societies.

Recently, TEH was awarded the execution of the European project ‘Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities’ (see project description). For this project, we are very happy now to be looking for a Project Manager.


  • Execution of our EU-funded project “Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities” with 11 partners over Europe.
  • Be responsible for the implementation of the project, including the reporting procedures already in place and the production of the relevant documentation.
  • Work closely together with the finance and communication manager to achieve all outputs.
  • Work closely with all project partners, and beyond those, within Europe and assure the smooth process and progress of the project.
  • You stimulate all project partners and help them proactively to make their projects come true.
  • You unite all sub-projects into one common goal.


1) Project Planning

– Co-design the Cultural and Creative Spaces project with consortium partners concerning content, formats, target groups, delivery channels, selecting trainers, consultants, and participants

– Co-design collaboration processes with project partners for uniting all project activities into one common goal

2) Project Implementation

– Ensure that the delivery of the project’s activities meet TEH’s quality standards, and that they contribute to the long-term development strategy of Trans Europe Halles

– Work in collaboration with the Communication Manager to brand and market the different events and training during the project

– Coordinate and oversee the work of the external consultants involved in the project activities

– Monitor the costs of the project in collaboration with our Financial Manager

3) Project Reporting

– Document all the activities related to the programme, collect data and information, and produce content to be used in online publications throughout the whole project.

– Write activity reports to funders and stakeholders.


  • Strategic thinking and a hands-on mentality.
  • You are an excellent stakeholder manager, liaising between different partners over Europe. You are able to (inter)connect independent cultural organisations with research institutions and with policy makers.
  • You are a proactive thinker and a skilled listener.
  • You understand the concept of the commons and you grasp its potential.
  • You believe in a sustainable world, a place with respect, spontaneity and connection.
  • Ability to work autonomously, and as part of a diverse team working remotely and take ownership of the project.
  • Language skills: the more, the better! High professional fluency in English is a must. Other European languages incl. Swedish are an asset.


Submit your application via e-mail to, including:
1) Your CV;
2) Motivation letter (max. 1 page) describing how your experiences relate to what is required of the position.
Deadline for applications: 18 August 2018 at midnight.
Skype interviews: 27 and 28 August 2018.
On-site interviews are expected to take place between September 10th and 14th.
For inquiries, contact: Giorgio Berardi at


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In order to meet the challenges posed by diminishing welfare resources, an aging population, social polarisation and the urbanisation of Europe’s cities and regions, this consortium of leading European cultural organisations firmly believes that collaboration and co-creation across departments, sectors and stakeholders is the only way forward. No one can respond to these challenges on their own. What we urgently need is leadership that can identify and bridge the void between departments and sectors (local authorities, academia, the business sector and civil society); leadership that supports people who can move between and engage across the gaps that have emerged and can provide the social and cultural direction that is so urgently needed to help our cities and regions to thrive.

Many cities and regions have made great strides by involving different stakeholders and inviting them to collaborate in decision-making processes. However, if we want to experiment and be truly innovative with policy and the delivery of public services, as this current call demands, we need to move into co-creation. Using this co-creation approach, partners and stakeholders come together in a field or area that is unclaimed by either party, seeking to explore a theme or challenge without ownership but to the benefit of the common good.

In this call, the European Commission has acknowledged the importance and potential of cultural and creative spaces in terms of their positive effect on the creative and collaborative economy, job creation, social inclusion and urban development. Yet, the potential of many of these cultural spaces is still unleashed because city development is happening only on a department level and does not tap into the huge potential of the creative community. A systemic approach to the interrelationship between economy, social inclusion, urban planning, innovation and Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) is not encouraged under this system due to lingering new public management structures that tend to see everyone operating within their own compartments.

This consortium – which is led by Trans Europe Halles together with the European Cultural Foundation, the Peer2Peer Foundation and the University of Antwerp – strongly believes in the power of vibrant communities to build bridges between different stakeholders in order to create new and exciting ways of working together to solve local challenges. This will involve investing in the cultural and creative commons to strengthen and reinvigorate local governance in order to build up new trust relationships, capacity-building activities, engaging local public servants and cultural operators and other practitioners.

The collaborative mindset between both the consortium partners, as well as the cities, the independent organisations and communities within this project are unique. We believe there is great value in the mix of theory and practices proposed in this project, which will help to create a long-term sustainable legacy. The concept of the commons aims to create innovative models for social inclusion that will have an impact on local communities and their day-to-day city lives for generations to come. Co-creation and peer-to-peer sharing will provide a new way for those working in the creative sector and local decision-makers – two groups that have had minimal contact during policy-making processes in the past – to learn from each other and to create policies together rather than in isolation. This will empower individual stakeholders, with potentially enormous benefits for local communities. All members of this consortium are working with grassroots initiatives and bottom-up approaches that engage citizens in the very heart of their daily work. For public administration, this way of working through people’s initiatives is a new way of tapping into a community’s inherent creativity to create self-sufficient and engaged citizens. This builds ownership and empowers people to start their own initiatives, which will contribute to strong independent communities.

Trans Europe Halles and the consortium partners will combine our decades of experience and networks that reach across Europe, connecting millions of people, to work in a qualitative way with a core selection of 7 ‘Urban Labs’. These will consist of 1 region and 6 cities with their independent cultural and creative organisations, rippling out with their Handshake Partners, a selection of another 28 cities and 2 regions. Each engaged Urban Lab is prepared to innovate, re-think and test new approaches to a specific city challenge that they have identified that cannot be solved satisfactorily by one party alone. Each Urban Lab will draw on the other Urban Labs as their critical friends and peers to support them as well as the academic partners of the project and the coordination team.

The Urban Labs will be at the core of exploring, learning, testing, co-creating, while researching and sharing their own topics. Through this way of working, from a core centre to more outer rings that includes inviting more cities to join in, we firmly believe the project will have a ripple effect across Europe.

The innovativeness of this approach, which draws on the commons and trust-based peer-to-peer exchanges, offers new and groundbreaking insights into how public administration can join forces with civil society to get ready for a sustainable future. We believe this project will help to create an alternative narrative for Europe, by bringing communities together, addressing social issues, reducing isolation and offering sustainable solutions for the challenges facing communities across Europe.

Project partners:

7 Urban Labs with their Handshake Partners

The City of Lund, Sweden and the cultural centre Mejeriet in Lund: City of Giffoni (Italy), City of Kiruna (Sweden), City of Århus and Odense (Denmark).

Northern Tzoumerka, Greece: University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab, Limassol (Cyprus), Timelab, Ghent (Belgium), Valuecraft Coop, Helsinki (Finland), L’Asilo Napoli (Italy).

Region of Skåne, Sweden: Region Midt-Jylland (Denmark), Region Emilia-Romagna (Italy).

Kaapeli, Helsinki, Finland:  Aparaaditehas, Tartu (Estonia), Urban Institute Biedriba Riga (Latvia), FinEstBayArea Development Helsinki-Tallinn.

AMBASADA, Timisoara, Romania: Foundation Novi Sad 2021 – European Cultural Capital, Novi Sad (Serbia), Bakelit Multi Art Centre Foundation, Budapest (Hungary), Rijeka2021 llc (Croatia), Vaartopia Leuven, Leuven (Belgium).

Hablarenarte, Madrid, Spain: Alternative Europe Foundation, Paris (France), Artist at
Risk, Berlin (Germany), Metasitu, Athens (Greece).

CIKE, Kosice, Slovakia: Creative Industries Styria, Graz (Austria), Creative Region Linz
& Upper Austria, Linz (Austria), Creativity Lab, Tallinn (Estonia), Creative England,
Bristol (UK), European Centre for Creative Economy, Dortmund (Germany).

Objectives of the call

1. Bring closer together cultural and creative spaces and local decision-makers.
2. Help to better valorise public spaces for social and urban regeneration through culture.
3. Share best practice concerning social inclusion and the relations of cultural and creative spaces with their neighbourhoods.
4. Explore and share best practice of cultural and creative spaces with aspects of the collaborative economy and innovative models for the delivery of public services

The outputs of the project

– Opening Conference in Brussels
– 21 Workshops with local decision-makers at the Urban Labs
– 14 Traineeships with 20-24 Handshake Partners and local decision-makers at the Urban Labs
– 7 Exchanges between Urban Labs
– 5 Thematic Urban Explorations with international participants
– 3 Policy co-creation events
– Closing Conference in Brussels
– Knowledge Base on Urban Regeneration
– Benchmarking System of CCI’s
– Publications and case studies
– Online policy toolbox
– Communication Strategy
– 3 mini-documentaries about Urban Labs
– Synthesised final study

Visit our website to learn more about the project.

A Call from Europe’s cultural & creative sectors: Boosting the EU culture budget

As the European Commission prepares to unveil its proposal for the next long-term EU budget at the beginning of May, cultural and creative sectors are joining forces to amplify their call for an increased EU culture budget. Highlighting the contribution of culture to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe, the letter contrasts this with the small amount of EU money currently dedicated to culture (0,15% of the overall EU budget).

Trans Europe Halles joins 66 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors to send an open letter to the EU institutions urging them to give a significant boost to the EU budget dedicated to culture.

Brussels, 9th April 2018

Dear President Juncker,

Cc Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Ansip, Commissioner Oettinger, Commissioner Navracsics,

We are writing to share our thoughts on the place of culture in the EU budget ahead of the presentation by the European Commission of its draft Regulation for the post-2020 MFF in May 2018.

The signatories of this letter are 67 organisations from across the cultural and creative sectors, urging the EU to give a significant and much-needed boost to the EU’s budget dedicated to culture.

The cultural and creative sectors provide more than 12 million full-time jobs (7.5 % of the EU’s work force), and create approximately €509bn in value added to GDP (5.3 % of the EU’s total GVA).

This is to be contrasted with the €1,4bn allocated to the EU support programme for culture, Creative Europe, over a period of 7 years, which represents 0,15% of the overall EU budget.

Culture’s contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe has been fully attested,  substantiating the EU added value of cultural investment. Cultural and creative sectors are significant drivers for sustainable growth and job creation and generate major spillover effects for other industrial sectors, placing them among the EU’s main assets.

And yet, they are notoriously underfinanced and their huge potential remains largely untapped. In 2011 already, it was estimated that there was a finance gap of some €2.8bn to €4.8bn in terms of bank loans for cultural and creative SMEs.

The cultural and creative sectors are eager to grow and build upon their recognised excellence. A significant increase to the EU budget dedicated to culture would provide a welcome boost to the EU economy and help European culture shine even brighter.

At a time when the EU is trying to overcome the current investment gap, and prepares for the shortfall created by Brexit in the next EU budget, we need to capitalise on our strengths.

In your 2016 State of the Union, you proclaimed that artists and creators were Europe’s “crown jewels”.

More recently, addressing the EU Culture Forum, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani stated that “culture, more than our economy, is the glue which holds Europe together and must be the starting point of our efforts to revitalise our Union”.

The Commission also has a duty to consider cultural and creative sectors as a horizontal priority within EU funding schemes and programmes. Given their strategic role in the EU’s economy and their crucial impact in European society, cultural and creative sectors should also be able to benefit from sources of EU funding outside Creative Europe, such as the EU’s structural and investment fund, COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes, education and enlargement/neighbourhood policy and programmes.

As the Commission asserted in its reflection paper on the future of the EU finances, “How the budget changes -and what it is used for – depends on what future we want for our Union and on the level of ambition we choose to work together to shape that future”.

This is why we call on the EU to double the budget allocated to the successor of Creative Europe, the EU’s programme dedicated to the cultural sectors, and ensure these sectors also have access to other sources of EU funding.

Yours sincerely,

The signatories

You can download the letter here


ACT (Association of Commercial Television in Europe)

AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen)

AEPO-ARTIS (Association of European Performers’ Organisations)

AER (Association of European Radios)

Circostrada (European Network Circus and Street Arts)

Culture Action Europe

CEPIC (Centre of the Picture Industry)


Europa Distribution


EI (Europa International)

EAS (European Association for Music in schools)

EBU (European Broadcasting Union)

European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

ECCD (European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity)

ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance)

ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation)

ECCO (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisations

CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers)

ECF (European Cultural Foundation)

EFA (European Festival Association)

GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers)

EIBF (European and International Booksellers Federation)

EJN (Europe Jazz Network)

ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)

EMC (European Music Council)

EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange)

EMU (European Music School Union)

ENCC (European Network of Cultural Centres)

ETC (European Theatre Convention)

EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra)

EWC (European Writers’ Council)

Eurozine (European network of cultural journals and online magazine)

FIM (Fédération Internationale des Musiciens)

FIA (International Federation of Actors)

FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations)

IMMF (International Music Managers Forum)

FERA (Federation of European Film Directors)

FEP (Federation of European Publishers)

FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)

IN SITU (European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space)

IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)

IMPF (Independent Music Publishers Forum)

INES (Innovation Network of European Showcases)

ISFE (Interactive Software Federation of Europe)

IAO (International Artist Organisation)

IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres)

ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers)

FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations)

IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies)

IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts)

IVF (International Video Federation)

JMI (Jeunesses Musicales International)

KEA European Affairs

Live DMA (European network for music venues and festivals)


NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations)

On the Move (Cultural Mobility Information Network)

Pearle* (Live Performance Europe)

REMA (Early Music in Europe)

Res Artis (Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies)

SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors)

SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe)

TEH (Trans Europe Halles)

UNI MEI (UNI global union – Media and Entertainment International)

UNIC (International Union of Cinemas)



TEH Conference 85 will focus on the transient nature of non-governmental cultural centres, and how this trait influences the development of cultural and creative industries. The main topic of the conference will be deployed through three thematic routes: identity, people, and spaces.

The conference will offer inspiring keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, training courses and a rich artistic programme. The preliminary programme will be available soon. Additionally to the Conference, on Wednesday 23 May, we are organising a very special training day on business models and organisational development. Read more below.


In 1997, the cultural association Haceria Arteak occupied an old factory in the peninsula of Zorrozaurre in Bilbao, Spain. Since then, the organisation devotes its activity to artistic creation. In 2008, the association started the project ZAWP (Zorrotzaurre Art Work in Progress) to address the temporary situation caused by the municipality’s urban development plan of the peninsula, back then an almost abandoned post-industrial area.

Nowadays, ZAWP manages and supports seven buildings dedicated to artistic, creative and business activities. Through ZAWP, Haceria Arteak has brought into being an ecosystem full of possibilities in which the neighbours and the energetic, creative community working there are driving the urban revitalisation process. In spite of its efforts, ZAWP’s staff is now facing a new challenge: most of their buildings will be demolished in 2019.


Are you interested in business models and organisational development? You should not miss the Factories of Imagination Training Day!

On Wednesday 23 May 2018 – one day before the Conference* – you will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on training day facilitated by some Spanish specialists, including two workshops (to chose only one, as they take place at the same time):

  1. Disrupting business models through blockchain technology
  2. Organisational development using “Action-Read” methodology

*Note that the Factories of Imagination Training Day is taking place one day before the TEH Conference 85 and it requires an additional registration. Read more and register here.


Early bird tickets (until 16 April)

TEH Members and Associates: 135€
Members of Transibérica and Karraskan: 100€
Students: 100€
Other participants:150€

Regular tickets (from 17 April until 13 May)

Are you kidding?! Don’t wait to pay more…


We have put some useful information for you about Bilbao, how to travel there, and a list of recommended hotels. We highly recommend booking your flight tickets and hotels as soon as possible, since Bilbao is a popular tourist destination during the spring.


Still thirsty for information? Visit TEH Conference 85 website. Follow TEH85 Facebook event. Is something not clear? Drop us an email: Nerea Rodet (ZAWP) and Michel Quéré (TEH).


TEH News Bulletin – March/April

Good news around Europe…

Stanica / Truc spherique, Zilina, Slovakia

TEH member is looking for EVS volunteers
Stanica / Truc sphérique is looking for EVS volunteers, who like their freedom and independence but, also can live with politically incorrect humour, for their bike workshop, performance and exhibition space. Read more about EVS in Stanica:

Volunteers can apply by sending a motivation letter and CV to

PLUM YARD, Malovice, Czech Republic

Call for participants for the international theatre summer project
International independent theatre group, Continuo Theatrer settled in Plum Yard, Malovice, Czech Republic is looking for participants to join them in their theatre project between 16 July and 19 August 2018.  The basic philosophy of the project is to facilitate a creative and international meeting of theatremakers with different approaches. The group of participants will live and work together for one month both in the Plum Yard and in a non-theatrical location nearby, chosen for the site-specific. This place will be genius loci and inspiration for creative workshops of movement, voice, visual arts and music, and for the resulting performance. The workshop will flow into the creative process aiming to the performance, which will take place in a non-theatrical venue. Performances will take place from 8 to 15 August.

Deadline: 6 May 2018.
More information and application:


Open call for professionals working in the fields of visual and performing arts
TEH Asssociate Hablarenarte, Madrid, Spain has recently launched its research residency programme taking place in domestic spaces that delivers new ways of doing and relating to each other by sharing our day-to-day life. They offer six residencies in Madrid between 30 May and 13 June 2018. With the residency programme, they seek to create effective and affective ties between artists, curators, researchers and other cultural agents, transforming our homes into places of encounter that enable new practices of shared intimacy. Two-week residency aims to generate

  • Exchange and mobility,
  • Professional networks and international collaborations,
  • Transfer of knowledge and reflection, through public presentations of the guests’ body of work.

Deadline: 21 March 2018
More information and application:

Mottattom, Geneva, Switzerland

ProjetM @ MottattoM
The art gallery ProjetM is a project of  TEH member MottattoM, a federation of artists and artisans. Since it began, MottattoM has been a self-governing art factory promoting artists of all fields, artisans, art lovers, and students. Carmen Bayenet, Laurianne Monnier and Uta Richter, three members of the collective of women artistes at MottattoM (FAMO) founded the gallery ProjetM in order to offer visual artists the possibility to show their work in a non-commercial context. ProjetM allows artists not only to show their work during one month in natural light under the glass roof of the former factory, but also to benefit from MottattoM’s open spaces for performances, projections, lectures etc., though they have a possibility to present any manner of artistic ideas or approaches. ProjetM gives full discretion to its artists. Please contact Carmen, Laurianne and Uta for more information and/or application:

Spielboden, Dornbirn

Hosted 2nd HUMAN VISION film festival
The 2nd HUMAN VISION film festival took place between 6 and 10 March 2018  at Spielboden. The festival was about human rights, politics and society. In addition to the nine current and festival-winning feature and documentary films, the 2nd HUMAN VISION film festival had an exciting supporting program. During the festival, the exhibitions “Roma in Bewegung” and „armuts*zeugnis” were hosted and explored in the Spielboden foyer. The films were followed by podium discussions, Q&As and film talks with invited experts and directors. The HUMAN VISION film festival is intended to portray the world and its society as one common entity. For this, films are shown that process the historical, show facts, create visions and, at the same time, act with a view to the past. It is important to look up and take a step in the right direction. More information:

 A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture, Bratislava, Slovakia

A4 joins Re-Imagine Europe Project
A4 Space for Contemporary Culture based in Bratislava, Slovakia, became a part of the project Re-Imagine Europe (REI) – a network connecting european festivals, cultural institutions and multi-genre events into a collaborative web open for exchanges between artists and visitors. Ten different cultural organizations from across Europe (Sonic Acts (NL), Paradiso (NL), Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), Ina GRM (FR), Student Centre Zagreb / Izlog Festival (HR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), SPEKTRUM (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES) and A4 (SK)) were joined through the REI project and therefore enabled to offer a diverse and international program for their visitors, listeners and viewers. Motivated by the movement of people and collaborations, A4 also captures events and people involved to bring a meaningful and exciting video content to its visitors. Educational part of the A4 initiatives are also various learning and hands-on workshops for kids and also adults that we are hosting. They are currently dealing with contemporary art, experimental music or programming and will be continuing on, extending their themes even further. You can read more about Re-Imagine Europe Project here.

Good night and good luck!

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