Philippe Grombeer, TEH Co-FOUNDER

                    Philippe Grombeer and Claude-France Arnould, French Ambassador to Belgium, 2018

Trans Europe Halles co-founder, Philippe Grombeer, has been awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), an Order of France for the recognition of significant contributions to the arts. He is also the first general secretary of TEH. We asked him to share his vast experience in the cultural sector with us. Here is the interview with him about culture, TEH, past, present and future:

1. Congratulations, Philippe! How do you feel about being awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters?

It was very nice to get this recognition from France. I was quite surprised because all my “cultural life” was more dedicated to French-speaking Belgian culture! Anyway, it was a really cool event because I had the opportunity to invite friends, ex-colleagues and family to the French Embassy. And, 40 of them came representing 50 years of my life, from my hometown in Wallonia to the youth club where I started to work, from my time in Algeria to “Halles de Schaerbeek ” and “Théâtre des Doms”, my sister and some former girlfriends. It was nice to see all those people together. Many of them have never met before. So, it was again a great opportunity to network!

2. How did you start working in the cultural sector? 

In the year 1968, at this time I was studying “political and diplomatic sciences” at U.L.B. (Free University of Brussels), I discovered a youth club established at an old farm, located in a middle-class district of Brussels. At the same time, I was also regularly working in the evenings as a walk-on at our National Opera and the famous “Ballet du XXè siècle” of Maurice Béjart! So, I earned little money as a student, and I was introduced to a quite new world: opera, dance company, artists and nightlife. My first contact with this youth club was a great exhibition of visual artists called “Against the Vietnam war”. I was impressed by the space, former cowshed and barn in very bad shape, and by the political point of view and the crazy “animateur”, who was a visual artist and the manager of this youth club anarchically! Before the summer of 68, he decided to resign and encouraged me to apply for the job. I applied, and I was chosen by the board. I started the job in September 1968 without any diploma or specific experience in cultural animation. I have never been even a boy scout or a leader of a children’s holiday camp! At the same time, I was writing my master’s thesis (Free University of Brussels), Origins and causes of the U.S. intervention in Vietnam. So, this was the beginning of 42 years in the cultural sector!

3. How did Trans Europe Halles start? Can you give us a bit of “insider” information about it?

Let me start with the context, Halles de Schaerbeek. In January 1974, a small team of five people started to develop an “ambitious and idealistic” project to save and transform the beautiful old indoor-market, Marché Couvert Sainte Marie, from the 19th century into a wide open independent cultural centre in a popular area of Brussels. The “dream team” was made of 5 people who were involved in the avant-garde theatre and the underground scene of the 60s-70s grassroots movements. We opened the “Small Halle”, the former fish market at the back of the building, in December 1974 with the tiny support of a new regional funding body. So, A very long story began! Our project was fully a citizens’ initiative, and we opened our stages/spaces to a lot of movements, associations, local or regional networks, emerging artists, cultural activists, but the funding bodies, mainly the Minister of Culture, were extremely overcautious and unstable. The various ministers in charge of culture were always hesitating and kept changing their positions regarding “Halles de Schaerbeek “. We had to deal with 14 different Ministers in 20 years before to get the real and strong support in order to renovate the building and finance our “project”. So, we were exhausted and pessimistic about our future at the end of 1982.

Next step is the birth of TEH. We decided to react and to organise a specific weekend in March 1983 to meet, for the first time, colleagues from Europe for exchanging experiences and exposing our situation with an extensive press conference.We titled this weekend, Trans Europe Halles, referring to “Trans Europe Express”. During three days, on 4-6 March 1983 , some members of seven cultural centres around Europe spent powerful moments. We had a few exhibitions at “Halles de Schaerbeek” about re-using industrial architecture with also some posters and photos from the guest centres. We also had the public presentations of guest seven centres, the press conference followed by a debate. We closed the meeting with a film screening of “Beeldenstorm from Jan Van der Keuken about Melkweg, a humorous multidisciplinary performance pointing out the injustice done to “Les Halles” at the “Big Halle”, and the final party with a band. The participant centres were Halles de Schaerbeek (Brussels), Melkweg (Amsterdam), Kultur Fabrik (Koblenz), Rote Fabrik (Zürich), Huset (Copenhagen), Ny Scen (Goteborg), Pali Kao (Paris). At the end of the weekend, on a Sunday afternoon, we had a cake, and a coffee in my office and everybody agreed to meet again in six months later. So, the idea of starting a network was launched!

Philippe Grombeer, 1974

4. What was motivating you and people around you when you established Trans Europe Halles?

We immediately felt common values, ideas and problems. We regularly, three times a year, wanted to share our experiences. It worked well because we had a need for understanding each other, comparing our projects, learning how colleagues find solutions and showing solidarity! For the first years. We were developing quite slowly. We didn’t look for many members in the beginning because we preferred to improve our relations within. That’s why we organised three TEH meetings every year always at a different centre. During ten years (1984-1994), I was the volunteer coordinator of the network (secretary general) until I succeeded to get our first European grant, the “Kaléïdoscope Programme” from the EU. So, it was possible to work with a full-time coordinator, Fazette Bordage, who started Le Confort Modern in Poitiers and was also preparing to start Mains d’Oeuvres.

5.  What is your funniest memory you keep regarding the first days of Trans Europe Halles?

Just at the end of this “founding weekend” , in March 1983, we, all the European guests, were sitting in my office. We were trying to come to some conclusions together. Everybody was enthusiastic to meet again someday. So I was asking: When? Where? There was a silence. Nothing was prepared to follow this first meeting. And, everybody looked at me and asked me to organise the next meeting in Brussels. I wanted just a meeting, not a festival, to decide our common future. So, I was suddenly appointed (for free!) to be the coordinator of a future network! I never hesitated because I was quite proud of this trust!

6. What would you recommend to cultural activists and professionals who want to start a cultural centre nowadays?

Don’t hesitate! It’s still, at the end of the 2010s, a challenge to start, or “build”, a cultural and social space with a maximum sense of independence. We have lost some our heritage, industrial, commercial, military, religious, school etc., in Europe, and all over the world, which could have been re-used for the citizens’ cooperations. By doing so, we don’t forget the past, but we develop a new kind of energy in a transition world. I still believe, at the age of 72, in cultural centres with a systemic vision! A place, where you could meet various audiences, cultural and social activists, emergent artists in residency and on the stages. You need to be open to various cooperations on a local/regional/national/European level. It creates dynamism and stimulation to open “windows and doors” to other venues, projects, partners and experiences. It’s probably clearer in 2018 than in the 70s that you need to find some support, but it is not necessarily easier! And, of course, those who want to start a cultural centre nowadays can find the fantastic and invaluable support of TEH network!

Photo Credit: Alain Trellu

Magacin needs your support

Magacin is a cultural centre from Belgrade and one the newest members of Trans Europe Halles. They are a self-organised cultural centre, where they organise and host exhibitions, performances, conferences and many other types of programmes. Magacin is also a place where a vast part of alternative art production emerges in Belgrade. With their “open calendar” model, artists and citizens can freely use all facilities on their premises.

Magacin asks for your support for new flooring in their dance studio.Many alternative, self-organised and informal dance and theatre companies and initiatives in Belgrade only have access to this workspace, since all other venues and studios are commercially oriented. The floor is slowly becoming an actual hazard for all beneficiaries, so they are now organising a second crowdfunding event in Magacin on February 3 & 4 in hope to get closer to an estimated budget of 1.200 euros to create flooring from a combination of used tyres and plywood that would be a lasting solution. Magacin says:

“If anyone can help out, it would be much appreciated. Additional information about payment is available through email If you’re fluent in Serbo-Croatian, we invite you to join us! Follow the development of our event on Facebook.”

TEH News Bulletin – February

Good news around Europe…

ARC, Stockton, UK

TEH Associate is looking for TEH Members to send delegation
ARC Stockton and The Core at Corby Cube in the UK are seeking to identify interesting projects as part of a creative exploration of democracy and socially engaged practice. They are particularly interested in exploring how organisations can work effectively with artists with socially engaged practices to develop meaningful, creative activity that encourages social action and engagement in democracy by our communities. ARC Stockton are looking to send a delegation of UK staff and artists to see some examples of brilliant artist-led creative activity that is engaging non-artists and leading to social change, and would love to hear from any Trans Europe Halles members who have current projects or programmes that fit this description. Please contact Annabel Turpin on

Arts Printing House, Vilnius, Lithuania

Call for residency at Arts Printing House


Call for Performing Arts Productions and Visual Arts at Bakelit Multi Arts Centre
Bakelit Multi Art Center in Budapest is looking for performing art productions. Bakelit Multi Art Center is one of the biggest independent cultural institutions of Hungary, which provides stage, rehearsal rooms and accommodation among other amenities. They offer professional and technical support during the working process. The selected works will be presented in the season of 2018/2019. They are also looking for visual art productions/projects to be exhibited at Bakelit!
More information on performing art productions:
More information on visual art productions/projects:

P60, Amstelveen, the Netherlands

Last Call for EVS Long Term September 2018
For the Erasmus deadline, on 15 February, it is still possible for Trans Europe Halles members to send EVS volunteers to P60. EVS period will start from 1 September 2018 and will last for one year. P60 is looking for volunteers to work in the visual department (recording and editing concerts/events for social media) or customer service (food and beverage/garderobe/ticket box). Please contact Deborah Külbs before 7 February on (On the photo: The four present EVS volunteers in P60: Buse (Turkey), Adri (Spain), Mert (Turkey), Gio (Georgia))

P60 joins First European Open Club Day
Concerts and live music acts are a huge part of the European culture as they take place in essential cultural and social sites where people can meet and exchange. On Saturday, 3 February 2018, more than 120 live music venues in more than ten countries open their doors on the same day and invite people backstage to discover what is going on behind the scenes of a live music venue. With the event taking place during the daytime, the Open Club Days aims to welcome an audience that might not be familiar with live music activities. It is coordinated by Live DMA (European non-governmental network for music venues and festivals) and supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe program. More information:



Hablarenarte hosts the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme activities
“Work in Process” will be the first Staging Post in 2018, hosted by hablarenarte, for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts. “Work in Progress” facilitates a meeting between national and international agents working with and through collaborative practices. The event seeks to broaden perspectives and create a space for exchange on collaborative practices from a trans-disciplinary viewpoint, surpassing the boundaries between artistic, technological, scientific and social practices. From 31 January until 2 February 2018, Hablarenarte will organise different activities such as Sharing Processes exhibition, the presentation of Hablarenarte publication Impossible Glossary, public international talks and workshops. All activities are for free and were carried out during the last three year of this project research in Spain and Europe.
Location: Meadialab, Madrid, Spain
More information: and

ufaFabrik, Berlin, Germany

ufaFabrik hosts international artists
For three weeks in early 2018 six international artists are living in the ufaFabrik working on the project “Camp Europa”. Under the direction of Marilli Mastrantoni, the artistic director of the ENTROPIA Theatre / Athens, they will examine the conditions of camps and internment camps in various European countries and historical periods, starting from 1930 until today. Which effect does the respective political power structures have on the citizens, especially those who are under constant observation and general suspicion because of their upbringing close to crime?

The results of the Berlin experience will be shown in a work-in-progress presentation. The Camp Europe Project is a series of artistic workshops in various European cities; the final results will be presented in November 2018 in Athens as an interdisciplinary performance during a political forum. More information(in German):

The participating theatre groups are:
ΕΝΤRΟPΙΑ – Athens, Greece –
LÆRA – Taranto, Italy –
Border Crossings – London, U.K. –
Tamasha Theatre – London, U.K. –
ARTSCAPE – Vilnius,Lithuania –
TheaterStaat – Berlin, Germany –

Supported by the Greek ministery of Culture and Sports, Berlin Partner: ufaFabrik


AMBASADA production for Timisoara ECoC 2021
Timisoara will be one of the European Capital of Culture in 2021. Bega! is a complex artistic production created by PLAI (founder of AMBASADA) for the program of  Timisiora2021 (TM2021), that will involve large communities to participate and contribute to the creation of a water-based performance. AMBASADA is collaborating with Motion House UK and numerous local actors and organizations. There will be 100 drones with LED produced locally for the show and a large scale setup including two 20T cranes, video mappings, water projection screens, barges, boats, custom structures and other technical elements in order to create a spectacle with local human resources. They would love to host you in Timisoara! They would love to have your contribution as well! They are also open to volunteers on the production/organising side! Please contact Andreea Iager-Tako on


l’Asilo is looking for collaborations with TEH members
Geografie del suono is a project produced by the l’Asilo that aims to favour and to promote the meeting in the improvisation field among musicians of various geographical and stylistic areas. This happens in a context – l’Asilo, a self-governed space in Naples, Italy – that has chosen the interaction and the coworking among artists as one of its founding guidelines. The artists, accustomed to the improvisation, which are found to transit more or less in the proximities of Naples are invited to improvise – after their performance – with local musicians; of course, it is also possible to foresee wider forms of collaboration. Since April 2013, l’Asilo organized almost 50 concerts involving well-known artists such as Alvin Curran, Bob Ostertag, Gino Robair, Tim Hodgkinson and the Decibel Ensemble. l’Asilo is also looking forward to any upcoming collaborations with TEH members. After hosting numerous artists from all over the world, they are  looking forward to export our musical projects born at the Asilo and to share all their experiences outside Naples in any other contexts with the same attitude like “Geografie del suono”. Please contact Fabrizio Elvetico on
More information about the project on:

Not Quite, Fengersfors, Sweden

Europe Grand Central is over – long live Global Grand Central!
Not Quite, in collaboration with Trans Europe Halles and its members Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, ODC, Laminarie DOM and associate Workshops of Culture has finalized reporting an evaluation for the EU co-funded Europe Grand Central project – and gotten it cleared by Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels. The project was aimed at exchanging methods of inclusion across cultural practitioners. All in all, 276 inclusive, often groundbreaking workshops, events and shows within 34 projects took place across 12 countries, covering over 20 artistic disciplines. To gather lessons from each activity, and lay the basis for an open international reporting system controlled by practitioners, partners also co-designed the sharing platform that is in continuous operation.

Read about the now finalised EGC project, and its activities and lessons, on:
Read about Global Grand Central on:

Good night and good luck!

Photo Credits: Hablanarte – Youth Urban Design Workshop by Spanish collective Todo x la Praxis at Callan, Ireland

EGC Activities –  Bologna, Lublin, Athens, Bremen, Vienna, Åmål and Casablanca, and “legacy partner” activities in New York and Tunis.

TEH Staff Exchange is ready for 2018!

Since 2011, the TEH Staff Exchange Programme has created mobility opportunities for non-artistic cultural professionals across borders. It has increased and fostered professional development opportunities and knowledge exchange through action-based learning. Trans Europe Halles continues to support the staff of TEH member centres to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

In November 2017, TEH opened a call for staff members – such as managers, coordinators, technicians, etc. – from any department of Trans Europe Halles members to get to know new perspectives on managing cultural centres, get inspired, develop new international contacts and partnerships.

27 staff members of TEH cultural centres responded the call for spending at least one week between January and July 2018 in another TEH member centre. TEH will support five staff members with contributing to their travel and accommodation costs. The Staff Exchange Programme Edition 2018 is one of the components of Trans Europe Halles’ project Factories of Imagination (2017-2021), co-funded by the Creative Europe of the European Union.

TEH Staff Exchangers
Lotta Lehmus / Verkatehdas (Hämeenlinna, Finland) – Melkweg (the Netherlands, Amsterdam)
Gabriele Ivanauskaite/Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania) – Studio ALTA (Czech Republic, Prague)
Romana Adámková / Cooltour (Ostrava, Czech Republic)  – Village Underground (London, UK)
Lana Gunjic / NKSS (Belgrade, Serbia) – Bakelit Multi Art Centre (Budapest, Hungary)
Mille Berg / Subtopia (Norsborg, Sweden) – Moritzbastei (Leipzig, Germany)

*Only TEH members can partipate the TEH Staff Exchange Programme. Read more about how to become a TEH member.

Photo Credit: Reinout Bos – Event: Melkweg, Nordic Delight Festival – Hermigervill



Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
, 22-23 March 2018

The first Seminar of the Arts Education Platform is taking place at Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, (Sweden) on 22 and 23 March 2018. In this first seminar, the participants will:

  • Listen to lectures on audience development through arts education.
  • Learn about other organisations working in the field of arts education.
  • Participate in workshops that present concrete examples of art education in contemporary art in Sweden.
  • Take part in a process-driven discussion to find possible focus areas for the platform.
  • Shape the content of the project for the next four years.

On Saturday 24 March, there will also be an opportunity for a study visit to Urban Art Gothenburg, a participation and dialogue project in the suburbs of the city. The leaders of the project will present how the public artworks have impacted the neighbourhoods.

Download the Seminar’s schedule, check the organiser’s recommended hotels and, if you are a TEH Member, get information about our travel and accommodation support.

*This event is free and open to 20 professionals working in the field of Arts Education.

Sign up for the Seminar before 28 February 2018.

For further details, contact our project coordinator Emelie Storm at


Photo credit:
GIBCA 2015: A story within a story…, Röda Sten Konsthall, Photo: Hendrik Zeitler


We are looking for one motivated student to join our team at the Trans Europe Halles Coordination Office in Lund, Sweden as Communications Intern on a full-time basis.

We would like to welcome a student who is eager to learn and get an insight of how to manage and promote a dynamic international network with lots of cooperation projects, European events and interaction with arts professionals in more than 33 European countries.

As a Communications Intern, you will be involved in marketing and communication activities of our two EU-funded projects, Factories of Imagination and Creative Lenses.

Submit your application before 21 January 2018

About Trans Europe Halles
Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is the European network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists. TEH has been at the forefront of re-purposing Europe’s industrial buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. With almost 90 members and associates all over Europe, the network functions as a dynamic forum for ideas, experiences and exchange, supporting its members and their communities. Read more.

About Factories of Imagination (2017-2021):
The project aims to support non-governmental cultural centres in becoming more resilient and internationally connected. The project contributes to a more competitive, skilled and strong cultural sector that can take on the challenge of re-building an open, creative and inclusive Europe. Read more.

About Creative Lenses (2015-2019):
The project investigates and tests new business models for cultural organisations. It aims to develop viable models for cultural organisations without compromising their artistic integrity, mission and values. Read more.

The role of the Communications Intern is to support the communications team in the implementation of marketing and communication actions for our EU-funded projects  Factories of Imagination and Creative Lenses. The tasks will include:

  • Assisting with website management
  • Assisting with social media management
  • Assisting with email marketing
  • Cleaning data and creating content to be used in our digital channels
  • Assisting any other relevant tasks requested by the communication team


  • Being enrolled as a student in the fields of marketing, strategic communication, media and communication, international marketing and brand management.
  • Living in Skåne region.
  • Highly motivated to learn and to contribute.
  • Passionate about communications, culture and international cooperation.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Being familiar with content management systems (CMS), email marketing software, graphic design software and Google Docs.

Internship Details
Hosting Organisation: Trans Europe Halles (NGO)
Duration: 3 to 6 months (on a full-time basis)
Internship starts: 16 February 2018
Location: TEH Coordination Office, situated at cultural centre Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden.
Benefits: Travel (within Skåne region) and meal allowances (65 SEK/per day) during the internship

Please send your CV and a 1-page motivation letter in English to before 21 January 2018.

In-person interviews will take place on 24 and 25 January 2018 at TEH Coordination Office, cultural centre Mejeriet, Stora Södergatan 64, 222 23 Lund, Sweden.

If you have any questions, contact Burak Sayin.

The Confort Moderne is back!

TEH Member, The Confort Moderne is currently celebrating 32 years of adventure in independent music, art, concerts, exhibitions and human encounters. Their artistic explorations have gained recognition for mapping out a generous and promising international program.

Art commissions by Christian Robert Tissot, L/B, Claire Roudenko Bertin, Nicolas Milhé, Ingrid Luche, Laurent Le Deunff and David Evrard installed within the grounds of the Confort Moderne capture these three decades of intense activity.

After its closing event on February 13th, 2016, le Confort Moderne began its substantial renovations. The expansion and renovation were completed in September 2017 signed by architect Nicole Concordet. Winner of the competition launched by the City of Poitiers, Nicole Concorde is the first architect to be commissioned by the Confort Moderne: until then interventions on the building from 1985 onwards were the initiative of the staff or artistic gestures. 
The innovations on-site seek to:

  • – Adjust the site to the ambitious artistic project of the association l’Oreille est Hardie, rendering its multiple activities more visible and more open to public circulation
  • – Create a pleasant atmosphere by day and night
  • – Take the musical and artistic practices in the space as a point of departure to ignite creative processes. Nicole Condorcet’s program became an additional layer in the lineage of contributors to space’s evolution
  • – Bring the Confort Moderne’s facilities up to standard, acquire new spaces, and transform current ones. As a program in constant movement and activity, Nicole Condorcet’s proposal for “an unfinished” and open-ended architecture, one that would resist resolution and completion seemed consistent.

This architectural project embraces the history and foundations of the Confort Moderne. It was economically sustainable by reappropriating outdoor spaces, increasing the quality of existing ones, and reorganising the articulation between them.

After 16 months of renovation, the Confort Moderne currently occupies 8500 square meters. It includes a massive concert hall with an 800 person capacity, a club with a capacity of 250 guests, a warehouse exhibition space of 1000 square meters and a gallery of 200 square meters. Its facilities also include a restaurant serving 80 meals a day, a bar, a record store, a library dedicated to the fanzine, rehearsal studios, a public garden, offices, storage and an artists residency program.

TEH Open Letter of support to the ECOC Selection Panel

Open Letter of support to the 
ECOC Selection Panel concerning the decision of the European Commission to cancel the 2023 ECOC preselection of five cities in the United Kingdom.

To the ECOC Selection Panel,

On 23 November 2017, the experts nominated to the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) Selection Panel expressed their concern regarding the decision of the European Commission to cancel the 2023 ECOC pre-selection of five cities in the United Kingdom.

In their Open Letter, the Panel members stress that “the undeterred will of five cities across the UK – Belfast, Dundee, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Nottingham – to work on their bids for a European Capital of Culture in 2023, despite the complex political situation, is a valuable sign of the wish for cooperation with European cultural partners.”

Trans Europe Halles, the European network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists, wishes to express its support for the ECOC Selection Panel’s Open Letter, and the candidacy of the five United Kingdom cities for the ECOC 2023 pre-selection. These cities have clearly and already put enormous effort and enthusiasm in compiling a bid for 2023 ECOC.

Indeed, we think it is of the utmost importance to continue European-British partnerships such as the European Capital of Culture and multilateral projects like Creative Lenses.

Transnational cooperation, on all levels, is more important than ever in the times we are living, and should transcend regional and national politics. Cross-border collaboration enriches people, creates a shared understanding, common values, and commits to lifelong curiosity and exchange. Culture connects people. Values overcome polarisation. The arts awaken the mind and revitalise cities and regions.

Excluding cities and regions from this opportunity is a statement, which is one-sided, short-sighted, and benefits no one in the long-term. Our shared creativity reaches beyond our own and our neighbours’ borders. Future cultural collaboration between the European Union and the United Kingdom, its cities and organisations will help strengthen partnerships and enrich both parties.

With this letter, Trans Europe Halles would like to urge the European Commission to reconsider its decision, and thereby accept the five bids for ECOCs from the United Kingdom.

Mieke Renders,
Managing Director of Trans Europe Halles

Executive Committee of Trans Europe Halles:
Gerard Lohuis, P60, Amstelveen, The Netherlands.
Raine Heikkinen, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland.
Luca Kövecs, Bakelit Multi Arts Centre, Budapest, Hungary.
Irena Boljuncin Gracin, Rojc Association Alliance, Pula, Croatia.
Eleftérios Kechagioglou, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Bagneaux, France.
Per Arne Alstad, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway.
Amelie Snyers, Village Underground, London, UK.
Katarina Duricová, Stanica, Zilina, Slovakia.

Trans Europe Halles | Stora Södergatan 64, 222 23 Lund, Sweden |

Pdf version of the open letter

Read Leeds 2023 press statement

Photo Credit: Leeds 2023 Website

European Cultural Forum 7-8 December 2017, Milan

The European Culture Forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, to bring together cultural sectors’ key players and to debate on EU culture policy and initiatives. Its 2017 edition will also mark the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the thematic EU year devoted to our common cultural assets and all their aspects.

The event, for the first time outside of Brussels, will take place at Superstudio in the booming creative neighbourhood of Tortona in Milan on 7-8 December. This extraordinary event venue, once a bicycle factory and then a place for fashion publishing and art created by a renowned Italian art director Flavio Lucchini in the 1980s, will provide an inspiring and thought-provoking decorum for lively discussions, unexpected meetings and fruitful exchange.

  • Can culture help to tackle European and global challenges?
  • Does cultural heritage matter to Europeans?
  • How can culture in cities and regions help to shape more cohesive and inclusive societies?

Come to Milan to discuss, listen, think and get inspired.

Trans Europe Halles will join the discussions over the two days of the Forum. On Day 2 of the Forum, Trans Europe Halles will run a parallel working session titled Creative spaces – reinventing tomorrow’s shared heritage, together with The European Creative Hubs Network project

Creative spaces – reinventing tomorrow’s shared heritage – session overview
Friday 8 December – 14:15-15:15
Creative spaces might vary in size, scope or financing model, but they play a key role to bring communities together, create economic and creative value. This session will present lessons learned and current trends in the sector as well as main recommendations to enable a wide variety of models for creative spaces in the dawn of the 21st century. The session will draw on practical examples from the Creative Europe co-funded projects Creative Lenses and the Trans Europe Halles network, and the European Creative Hubs Network.

Download the programme (pdf)

Become a member of TEH Selection Committees | Start-up and Leadership

Trans Europe Halles needs 6 representatives from TEH members for two selection committees in the framework of Factories of Imagination. Two committees (3 people for each committee) will be responsible for the selection process of applicants in Start-Up and Leadership programmes. Along with one Executive Committee member and one TEH Coordination Office staff, committee members will design and initiate the selection process.  This selection process will take place end January / early February. It will launch the programmes consisting of coaching, study visits and other capacity building schemes to selected cultural centres.

1) Start-up Programme

Responding to a growing need of support regarding the re-purposing of buildings (industrial, commercial, etc.) into cultural centres managed by civil society organisations, Trans Europe Halles is launching a programme to support three emerging centres. The programme prioritises geographical areas where the development of civil society and the creative economy are most needed: Balkans, Eastern Partnership and South Mediterranean countries. First year’s focus will be on the Balkans. Start-up support programme consists of scoping visits by two experts, consultancy and coaching.

Selection process for the Start-up: End January – Early February 2018

Be part of the Start-up Selection Committee by sending your application not later than Friday 15th December.

Number of TEH representatives needed: 3

2) Leadership Programme

The Leadership programme engages with the real needs and circumstances of cultural leaders: how to work internationally and inter-culturally, understanding the role of power, purpose, risk and conflict, initiating and leading change processes, organisational development and supporting creative teams. The call will be for cultural operators in small and medium-sized TEH centres. Leadership programme consists of the peer to peer learning, mentoring and coaching. The first meeting will take place in June or July 2018 at UFA Fabrik, Berlin.

Selection process for the Leadership programme: February 2018

Be part of the Leadership programme Selection Committee by sending your application not later than Friday 15th December.

Number of TEH representatives needed: 3

(Note: You want to apply for this program yourself you cannot be in this committee)

Fill out this  form if you are interested in becoming a member of TEH selection committees

If you need more information, contact Michel Quéré,

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