Co-Creation Lab 2 in Timisoara

What is the DISCE project

Last year Trans Europe Halles has joined a consortium, led by the University of Turku (Finland), in a three-year-long research project intended to reshape the economic and social perception of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). The DISCE Project (an acronym for Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies), funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Programme, aims to reassess the role of CCIs as contributors to growth, quality employment, competitiveness, and to the attractiveness and social cohesion of cities and regions across the EU. You can read more about the project here.

What is DISCE Co-Creation Lab? 

Within the framework of the DISCE project, we are organising participatory workshops during TEH Meetings in Dresden, Timisoara and Nicosia that focus on strategic development in the cultural sector. For doing so, we are exploring our meeting hosts’ current situation in relation to Creative Workforce and Skills, Business Models and Earning Logics and Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. The workshops are to bring together TEH members from different countries with local stakeholders (staff members of hosting centre, local cultural and creative workers, policymakers, researchers) with the aim of sharing and exchanging our knowledge in strategic planning and cultural policy. You can learn more about Co-Creation labs from the interview with Burak Sayin. The DISCE Co-Creation Lab 1 took place during TEH Conference 87 in Dresden this spring.

What is DISCE Co-Creation Lab in Timisoara about?

It is going to be about connecting research and practice in our sector. The DISCE research team will present the project’s research and Ambasada will present its current challenges. We will explore the boundaries of synthesizing different types of knowledge about our sector around the topics of inclusion, equality and entrepreneurship in our sector.

Who are the facilitators in Timisoara? 

Sandy Fitzgerald (Olivearte) and Jose Rodriguez(TEH)

How do the practicalities work?

Co-Creation Lab 2 takes place on 16 October, Wednesday, 10.00-17.00. The workshop aims to bring together cultural practitioners, researchers and local policymakers. TEH is supporting staff members of 20 member organisations to cover travel and accommodation costs for joining the Co-Creation Lab in TEH Camp Meeting 88.

What is the support about? 

Travel and accommodation (max. 2 nights) costs of staff members from 20 TEH member organisations will be covered up to €500.

How does the support work?

We have organised participating organisations according to 2 different regions of the EU. Travel and accommodation support will be available to staff members of 10 organisations from each region

  • Region 1: Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Cyprus, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia. 
  • Region 2: Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia, Kosovo, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Romania.

* If you attended the Co-creation Lab-1, you will be prioritized for the selection. First 6 spots are reserved for the previous Co-creation participants.

Am I automatically registered for this Co-creation Lab if I joined the first one? 

No. You still need to apply.

Why organisations not individuals?

The project will also support staff members of TEH members for the meeting in Nicosia (October 2020). So we need to keep some level of organisational continuity to make sure that we can reach the impact of the project at a policy level.

What is expected of you? 

  • At least 3 years of experience in the field as a staff member of a TEH member
  • Participating DISCE Co-creation Lab-2 (16 October Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00) 
  • Filling in evaluation form after the lab 
  • Critical mass, fun, joy, harmony.

Selection and Deadline 

You can apply before 15 August. Prof. Jarna Heinonen(Project leader, University of Turku), Prof. Roberta Comunian(King’s College), Jose Rodriguez (TEH), Sandy Fitzgerald (Olivearte), Burak Sayin (TEH) will select the participants. You will be notified by 6 September if you are selected to participate in the Co-creation lab and for this travel grant.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Olga Rudak at or Burak Sayin at (after 1 September).

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

Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 18 May 2018
Version: 1.0 GDPR

About the GDPR
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. It is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The new regulation comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

About Trans Europe Halles
We at Trans Europe Halles (TEH) might sound a bit informal sometimes, but we take our work very seriously. Especially when it comes to personal privacy. Our privacy policy is adapted to the GDPR and is intended to inform you about how we collect, store, process and disclosure data about you.

How can I access, change or delete my data?
If you have questions or comments on this privacy policy, or if you want to update, delete, or change any personal data we hold, contact us by email at

What data is TEH collecting about its users?
Data that you voluntarily provide to us:
When you send us an email, sign up for one of our events or subscribe for one of our email lists, you are voluntarily giving us information. This may include either your name, email address, IP address, phone number, physical address, or details regarding the organisation you work for, your title or occupation, location, etc. By giving us this information, you consent to this information being collected, stored and used by us.

Data that we collect automatically:
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Through cookies, we collect data such as 1) the browser types and versions used; 2) the operating system used by the accessing system; 3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers); 4) the sub-websites; 5) the date and time of access to the Internet site; 6) an Internet protocol address (IP address); 7) the internet service provider of the accessing system; and 8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

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If you are subscribed to one of our email lists and no longer want to be contacted by us, please unsubscribe directly from our newsletter or contact us at to update or delete your data.

Online Surveys and Event Registrations: We use Google Forms as registration channel for our events and projects, as well as for collecting information from our stakeholders and conducting satisfaction surveys. For more information about Google’s services, read their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Social media: We use Facebook and Twitter to communicate and interact with our audiences. For more information about their terms of service and privacy policies, check Facebook’s Data Policy and Twitter’s Privacy Policy.

Links: Our websites may include links to websites operated by third parties over which we have no control. Once you leave our websites, our Privacy Policy will not apply.

How does TEH use my data?
The data that we collect via our services and channels are used to:

• Provide, operate, maintain and support our services, including membership activities, event production and coordination, project management, etc.
• Market and disseminate our services, products, projects and activities.
• Process and complete transactions and send related information including invoicing and transaction confirmations.
• Set up and manage the organisation’s contact database in our CRM system and other database systems.
• Improve our services, communications and communication channels through surveys and questionnaires.
• Analyse audiences use of our website and other communication channels for dissemination and marketing purposes.
• Collect information about cultural and creative industries, as well as more specifically about non-governmental cultural centres to statistically analyse and improve our understanding of the sector.

Where does TEH store my data?
All that data that we collect is stored in databases in third-party platforms: Google Drive, MailChimp and Freedcamp CRM. For further information on these services’ privacy policies and terms of service, we provide links below:

• Google: Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
• MailChimp: Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
• Freedcamp: Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

How long does TEH store my data?
We don’t retain your personal data for longer than is necessary for our organisational purposes or legal requirements. If you are a user of our services or a partner, we keep your information until you decide to revoke the permission to contact you.

Regarding general dissemination of information about our activities, we retain your personal data for as long as you remain subscribed to our email lists and communication channels. Sometimes, we might also clean-up our databases and remove those users who are not active based on the suggestions of our tracking systems.

What are my rights regarding the data that TEH has collected about me?
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) empowers EU citizens with certain rights that we are committed to guarantee:

1) Right to information: You may ask us for information about what personal data we are collecting and how we are processing it.

2) Right to access: You are entitled to view and request copies of your personal data that we have collected and processed.

3) Right to rectification: You may ask for modifications in your personal data, including incomplete data to be completed or incorrect data to be corrected.

4) Right to withdraw consent: You may change your mind regarding your data, and withdraw a previously given consent for processing your personal data for a specific purpose. Should you request it, we would stop the processing of the personal data that was based on the consent provided earlier.

5) Right to object: you may prohibit certain uses for your data.

6) Right to object to automated processing: You may object to automated processing. Using this right, you may ask for your requests to be reviewed manually.

7) Right to be forgotten: you may request that we delete all your personal data without undue delay. It is important to note that this is not an absolute right and depends on the retention schedule and retention period of some data in line with other applicable laws.

8) Right for data portability: You may ask us to transfer your personal data. As part of such request, you may ask for your personal data to be provided back or transferred to another organisation. When doing so, your personal data must be provided or transferred in a machine-readable electronic format.

Will this Privacy Policy change in the future?
Unfortunately, we cannot foresee the future. We may change this Privacy Policy at any time to adapt to future legislation, changes in our website, the type of data that we are collecting or the way that we are collecting it.

Should we make changes in our Privacy Policy, this online document will be updated. You will be notified via email if significant changes are made. In the case of minor changes, you can always see when this policy was last updated on top of the page.

What would happen with my data if Trans Europe Halles’ databases are transferred to another organisation?
If Trans Europe Halles is involved in a reorganisation or merger, we might need to transfer or share some or all of our assets, including personal information databases. In this event, we will notify you before your data is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

How can I raise a complaint?
We are a non-profit organisation registered in Sweden. If you would like to make a complaint about the way that we are handling your personal data, you should contact the Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA). Its duty is to protect the individual’s privacy in the information society. You can find their contact details here, and they surely speak English!

In case that you need them, our registration details are:

Trans Europe Halles
Registration Nr. 802434-3769
c/o Mejeriet
Stora Södergatan 64
SE – 222 23 Lund


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Branding & Data

5-6 July 2018
Lund, Sweden
Free registration. Only through personal invitation
Register below


Welcome to Lund, Communicators!

Located in Scania, Lund is one of the main cities of the so-called Öresund Region. A major social, cultural and economic hub bringing together Sweden and Denmark. Rated by the European Union as one of the most innovative regions in Europe, it is home of companies from all around the world and a fertile land for startups.

For this meeting, apart from the regular exchange with our fellow communication managers from the European cultural networks, we want you to get a glimpse of what is happening here business wise. Hence we have invited a few local communicators to share their work with us.

During this 24-hour meeting we will:

==> Learn how we can better brand our networks and use data in more efficient ways to understand and communicate with our communities
==> Be inspired by some comms professionals from Sweden and their projects
==> Discuss issues that we all are concerned about, such as GDPR
==> Share our own experiences working with branding and data
==> develop our practice group and plan for its future development
==> And, not less important, spend some time together enjoying the – hopefully – good summer weather in Sweden.



In October 2017, a group of communication managers of ten European cultural networks gathered together for the first time in Berlin, hosted by our fellow network NEMO. We were seeking to exchange knowledge, experiences and increase our cooperation. We shared our professional challenges, concerns, and enjoyed a bit of “group therapy”. We all know that managing communications in an international network is not an easy job.

Now it is Trans Europe Halles’ turn! From 5 to 6 July 2018, we are inviting this group of courageous communication professionals – fifteen to twenty participants – to join us in the Öresund Region for a journey through branding and data.

As of today, the following networks have confirmed their participation: Circostrada, Culture Action Europe, ENCATC, European Concert Hall Organisation, European Festivals Association, European Music Council, International Music Council, On the Move, Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies, The Network of European Museum Organisations and Trans Europe Halles.



Thursday 5 July
13.00 – 13.30 Welcome and introduction of participants
13.30 – 14.00 Keynote on branding by Claes Foxérus
14.00 – 15.00 Case presentations: Future by Lund and MySocial
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.30 Branding workshop facilitated by Claes Foxérus. Let’s brand our group!
17.30 – 18.00 A walk to Skissernas Museum through a historical centre of the city
18.00 – 20.00 “Networking Cocktail” at Skissernas Museum
20.00 – 22.00 Dinner at restaurant VED

Friday 6 July
09.30 – 10.00 Culture Action Europe: 1% Campaign
10.00 – 10.30 Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe: Audience-oriented website
10.30 – 11.00 Trans Europe Halles: CRM and challenges of its implementation
11.00 – 11.30 International Music Council: GDPR
11.30 – 12.00 Break
12.00 – 13.30 Evaluation and future development of the group
13.30 – Lunch at Mejeriet Restaurant
14.30 – Guided tour of cultural centre Mejeriet
16.00 – Beers and open programme for those staying



=== Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator ===

Educated at Copenhagen Business School, Claes Foxérus is a seasoned brand and market communications consultant. He has freelanced for companies such as Absolut, Sony Ericsson, Medicon Village and Hyperisland. Claes has also been responsible for the marketing communications of a number of Swedish start-up companies. He is the man behind the successful PR strategy of the Museum of Failure Innovation.

=== Case Presenters ===

Hossein Lavi, Strategic Communicator at Future by Lund, will introduce the innovation platform of the city. With its focus on Smart Cities & Smart Citizens, this local network brings together research institutions, innovation agencies, multinational corporations and local organisations. Hossein will present how he developed the platform’s brand and communications strategy, as well as how he is building its community.

Allisa Lindo, Communications Manager at the Malmö-based startup MySocial, will talk about the growing importance of social persuasion and how this trend is influencing branding. She will present the influencer marketing online platform developed by her company to help organisations manage, measure and scale up their communication campaigns.

How to get to Lund

The closest international airport to Lund is Copenhagen Airport, also known as “Kastrup”, in Denmark. The journey time by train from the airport to Lund is about 35 minutes. The journey takes you over the Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden and via Malmö central station. Every hour, there are 3 trains going from the airport to Lund. Normally leave every twenty minutes, at 00.02, 00.22 and 00.46. You can check the timetable at the Skånetrafiken website (it can be translated to English in the right up corner).

Train tickets can be purchased from the Skånetrafiken ticket machines in the arrivals hall at Copenhagen Airport, near the escalators going down to the train platform. You can pay using a debit/credit card, and if you buy a ticket all the way to Lund. Watch how the experience looks like, and see detailed instructions to buy your ticket.

Please note that there is a passport control at the first stop (Hyllie) on the Swedish side. Make sure to always bring a valid passport or ID-card when travelling between Denmark and Sweden.

Alternative destination: The closest LOCAL airport us is Malmö Sturup, 25 km South to Lund. It has some international flights from destinations within Europe. So this can be a good option for some people. There are bus connections, look for the Flygbuss, between Malmö Sturup airport and Lund. Although closer than Copenhagen Airport, the duration of the trip is a bit longer (45 minutes instead of 35).



The meeting will take place at TEH Associate cultural centre Stenkrossen. Stenkrossen is a workspace for art, culture and innovation projects. It has been run by Lund’s municipality since 2012. Stenkrossen offers offices, space for rehearsals and performances, art studios and workshops. Every year, the centre offers a number of events ranging from urban culture, performing arts, street art and virtual reality to open bike workshop and solar cell construction.

Cultural Centre Stenkrossen
Kastanjegatan 13
223 59 Lund


Recommended hotels

Staying in Lund

The More Hotel
Price range (per night): 995 kr – 1995 kr (€96 – €193)
Distance to meeting venue: 1 min walk
Booking: Website

Explorers Club
Price range (per night): 676 kr – 803 kr (€66 – €78)
Distance to meeting venue: 8 min walk
Booking: Website

Hotell Nordic Lund
Price range (per night): 745 kr – 1445 kr (€72 – €140)
Distance to meeting venue: 15 min walk
Booking: Website

Lilla Hotellet
Price range (per night): 850 kr – 1050 kr (€82 – €101)
Distance to meeting venue: 15 min walk
Booking: Website

Grand Hotel Lund
Price range (per night): 845 kr – 1612 kr (€82 – €156)
Distance to meeting venue: 20 min walk
Booking: Website

Staying outside Lund? Malmö and Copenhagen

You might have friends in Malmö or Copenhagen and prefer to stay at their place. Or you just simply want to visit those cities. The duration of the trip from Malmo to Lund Central Station is around 15 minutes. And from Copenhagen, it might take up to one hour. Check Airbnb and for accommodation in those cities. The distance from Lund Central Station to meeting venue is 20 min walking.


Jose Rodriguez
+46 737 630 662


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).


Startup Support Programme 2018 – CALL CLOSED


What is the Startup Support Programme?

Trans Europe Halles has been connecting and supporting non-governmental cultural centres for 35 years. During this time, we and our dozens of members have gathered very valuable knowledge and expertise on how to transform abandoned industrial buildings and areas into vibrant cultural hubs. In the last few years we have made this expertise available through different projects and services.

In the framework of our project Factories of Imagination (2017-2021), we are addressing a growing demand: to support civil society initiatives in repurposing post-industrial buildings for cultural and social uses. This demand is exceptionally strong in certain areas of Europe, such as the Balkans, Eastern Partnership and Southern Mediterranean countries.

Being true to our mission to strengthen the sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centres and encourage new initiatives, we are launching our new Startup Support Programme. The programme aims to assist leaders of civil society organisations in their endeavour to set up cultural centres in repurposed buildings.

What does the Startup Support Programme do?
From 2017 to 2021, the Startup Support Programme will invest in bringing emergent cultural centres to their next level of development through:

  • – Expert consultation and coaching for the centres’ leaders.
  • – Study visits to our most iconic and relevant member centres.
  • – Peer-to-peer learning activities involving other emerging centres.
  • – Special networking activities during our Conferences and Meetings.
  • – Inspirational case studies of centres in the startup phase.

In its first edition, February to August 2018, we are looking for three emergent cultural centres from the Balkans region – focus region of this first edition – to take part in the programme.

Eligible countries are Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

Who can apply for the Startup Support Programme?
You can apply for this programme if:

  • – You are not a TEH Member or Associate yet.
  • – You are located in the Balkans region (see above the list of eligible countries).
  • – You are legally established as an organisation.
  • – You are repurposing a building for 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 operate in it in 2018.

What is Trans Europe Halles offering?
We are offering the following:

  • – A scoping visit of two international experts to your centre. The aim of this visit is to determine the scope of the consulting collaboration with Trans Europe Halles. After the scoping visit, a group of selected consultants will work with you to address your main challenges. These may include developing a strategic plan, redefining your governance model, renovating your building, writing a viability plan, etc.
  • – A situation analysis and organisational diagnosis.
  • – Matchmaking and visit to other Trans Europe Halles centres.
  • – Coaching from TEH consultants until August 2018.
  • – 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 2 years.

How does the selection process work?
Your application will be evaluated at the beginning of February 2018 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. The results of the call will be announced mid-February 2018.

What do we commit to if we are selected?
If your cultural centre is one of the three lucky ones selected for this first edition of the programme, you commit to:

  • – Pay a participation fee of 300€.
  • – Report about your process during TEH Conference in Bilbao (24-27 May 2018) and TEH Camp Meeting in Paris (27-30 September 2018).
  • – Deliver a written report about the process, including visual documentation.

How can we apply?
If you wish to apply on behalf of your organisation, submit your online application before Sunday 28 January 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.

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,

Creative Lenses Forum Lund

Forum Lund eu web

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Political Statement by European Alliance for Culture and the Arts

TEH is among the 33 signatories of the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts’ statement calling on European institutions and Member States to include culture and the arts in the strategic goals of the EU. In the statement we call on European institutions and Member States to include culture and the arts in the strategic goals of the Union.

“Culture and the arts are the basis of the European project and moreover the essence of every civilizational development. They are substantially important to our identity, give meaning to human existence and reflect our shared history”.

Read the whole statement:
European Alliance for Culture and The Arts – Political Statement Jan 2017




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