Cultural Impact Now! 2021

European Conference on Cultural and Creative Spaces

In 2020 we launched a conference that was supposed to have been the biggest event on the topic to date. Then Covid-19 came and changed our plans. 

Today we are re-launching one of the first live events since over a year, and one that seems even more important to us this time around. We are longing for the world to open up, Covid-19 has changed our lives and the need to discuss the impact of arts and culture is more relevant than ever.

Presence, physical meeting and conversations will be crucial to our event CULTURAL IMPACT NOW! European Conference on Cultural and Creative Spaces on 3 – 6 June, 2021 at Maltfabrikken cultural centre in Ebeltoft, Denmark.

In order to be as inclusive as possible, we will also run an online programme. The programmes, though interconnected, will be independent from each other.


What does cultural impact look like, one year later? We now know, more than ever, how strong our hunger for culture and community is, and how vital cultural spaces are to individuals and societies. We also know that culture is not necessarily supported, in times of crisis, as an essential part of human life. In June we’ll be talking about how cultural centres and other cultural organisations, from across Europe and across networks, can come together to identify the ways they impact society, and stand up for their work and mission.

What can you expect?

  • An unconventional, engaging and inspiring conference that invites participants to explore and co-create.    
  • An open forum for discussion, dialogue and curious conversations.
  • A programme that combines knowledge, creative workshops and playful experiments.


To attend the physical event you will need to buy a ticket.

Ticket prices:

    • 150 EUR –  Regular ticket
    • 100 EUR –  TEH & ENCC members ticket *
    • 80 EUR –  TEH & ENCC Eastern Partnership & Balkans members ticket *


*Members can invite friends to participate for the same price as they pay. Choose members ticket or Eastern Partnership members ticket and mark the option ‘friend’ in the following step of the ordering process.

Refunds: Due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, tickets can be cancelled and will be fully refunded at all times until the conference opens on 3 June.


Speakers and workshops to be announced soon.

Considering the general urge to reboot our social and cultural life and communities, we are working on a programme that leaves room for improvised meetings between the scheduled events. 

Maltfabrikken is organising the artistic programme and the catering, and is working hard to combine the two as much as possible. Bring all your senses and a notebook 😉 

Who is inviting?

This event is created in collaboration between Trans Europe Halles, The European Network of Cultural Centres and the host, cultural centre Maltfabrikken. It is the first joint event between the two networks of cultural centres in Europe.

Covid-19 safety at the conference

The staff at Maltfabrikken is carefully monitoring the situation and working closely with the local health authorities to create a safe environment around the conference. Rapid tests will be provided on arrival. All meeting rooms and other facilities will be marked with maximum capacity and cleaned between events. 

Travel and Covid-19 regulations in Denmark

For the time being, people who travel into Denmark are required to isolate for ten days. However, the current restrictions are expected to change with the increasing numbers of vaccinations and hopefully a European Covid-19 passport solution.

Follow the current guidelines from The Danish Health Authority here.

Stay tuned

To stay updated, follow our FB event where we will publish all programme updates and important info.

Help us spread the word

We would appreciate it if you could help us promote the event as we think it is an important one, both in regards to topic and format. You can download our PRESS-KIT

If you share information about us on your social media, please use this hashtag #CulturalImpactNow2021

Thank you for your support!


Any questions, email us at or

A few words about the host 

Maltfabrikken in Ebeltoft is both very old and brand new. Founded as a malting house in 1861 and closed down in 1998, the old factory was falling apart and facing demolition when a group of local people decided to save its iconic red buildings and turn them into a centre for all kinds of cultural and creative activities. After a fundraising tour de force and extensive redesigning and reconstruction, Maltfabrikken is now ready to begin its new life as a cultural and creative powerhouse with a huge heart – also known as The Peoples Factory. Hospitality, openness, co-creation, “hygge”, community building and social inclusion via creative expression is Maltfabrikken’s DNA. Through international networks and projects, Maltfabrikken is working to learn from and contribute to the diversity of cultural and creative environments in Europe and the rest of the world. Full information about Maltfabrikken here.

June 3, 2021

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