European Conference of Cultural and Creative Spaces

What kinds of impact are cultural organisations making? How are they contributing to a more diverse, just and inclusive society? How can they co-create positive societal change? How are they monitoring their own footprint? And what are the most effective ways to communicate these impacts?

This is the essence of what we will be exploring together on 4-7 June in Ebeltoft, Denmark.  Cultural Impact Now! is the biggest event of its kind in Europe, bringing together 400+ professionals from independent and public cultural centres and policymakers. Together we will learn about, discuss and evaluate the impact of arts and culture from a critical and holistic perspective. If you work at a cultural and creative space — no matter what type — this is the most important event for you this year!

Who is inviting?

Created in collaboration between Trans Europe Halles (TEH), The European Network of Cultural Centres* (ENCC), and a TEH-member Maltfabrikken, this conference is the first joint event of its kind for both independent and public European cultural and creative spaces.

Who can participate?

The conference is open to members of the ENCC and TEH networks as well as other actors and stakeholders, such as policymakers, researchers, and other professionals from the cultural and creative sector.  

What to expect?

  • An unconventional, engaging and inspiring conference that invites participants to explore and co-create.
  • A program offering a variety of keynote speeches, workshops, debate and dialogue in an artistic and creative setting.
  • A unique opportunity to meet peers and policymakers from all across Europe, to share knowledge and debate on the impact of arts and culture on people’s lives, communities, cities and societies.

Btw, the PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME is already here.

What is Maltfabrikken?

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. As part of the developmental process, Maltfabrikken joined the network of Trans Europe Halles (TEH), thereby becoming a regional cultural player with a strong European dimension.  From 2020 Maltfabrikken will host a microbrewery, creative workspaces, festival facilities, a concert hall, a youth culture club, visual arts/exhibitions/crafts, artists in residence, a public library, a museum, archives and much more in its five buildings. 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. 

About Ebeltoft

Ebeltoft (Population: 7200) is an old harbour town on the attractive east coast of Denmark. It is located in Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region) on the green and hilly Djursland peninsula. Ebeltoft is popular for its beautiful old town centre with romantic cobbled streets and centuries-old half-timbered houses. Apart from its old-world charm, Ebeltoft has several notable cultural venues such as the internationally renowned Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, the Frigate „Jutland“ – the longest wooden warship in the world, The European Film College, offering international courses in filmmaking and last, but not least, Maltfabrikken.  The town is popular with artisans such as glassblowers, potters, painters and designers. In 2009 the scenic National Park Mols Bjerge („Mols Mountains“), which includes the town of Ebeltoft,  was inaugurated. In recent years the town has also become renowned for its vibrant culinary culture and for the Institute of Meals. In 2017, as part of „Rethink Aarhus – European Capital of Culture“, Ebeltoft and the developing Maltfabrikken hosted several cultural projects. When discussing cultural impact, the conference venue and its surroundings are an interesting case in point, with Maltfabrikken, the town of Ebeltoft and Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region) as living examples of how cultural organisations play an important role in developing the society they are a part of.


Early Bird Registration is open now. Please go ahead and buy your ticket! 


Practical information


We have listed several recommended routes for travelling to Ebeltoft. You can read more about them HERE. Please, note that the Conference starts on Thursday morning but you are welcome to arrive a bit earlier. 

We would recommend booking your flight tickets through Copenhagen as it might be cheaper. And, of course, the earlier you do it, the better.

If you are from outside of the EU, please make sure you have a visa. Here are a few tips on what you might need to do to get one. 


We recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible as the Conference takes place during the main holiday season in Denmark. We have prepared a list of recommended hotels for you. IMPORTANT! TEH members have special accommodation arrangements that allow you to live together with other members of the network. It doesn’t mean that you cannot book other hotels. Our suggestions are optional. Still, we think they might be the cheapest. How it works:  When registering for the Conference, you can book accommodation right away with the promo code that we’ll send you in a confirmation email. Mind, that the dates for this accommodation are pre-set and cannot be negotiated.   To do that, you will need to go back to Attendify and use the promo code to access the reservation. You will be able to book a shared or non-shared room at either European Film College (See the images) or Salling Group Academy (See the images). Please, keep in mind that you cannot pick the facility. We will allocate you ourselves, depending on your arrival date and the amount of days you are staying in Ebeltoft. Still not clear how to book accommodation if you are a TEH member? Check out the guide that we have made for you.


Eleonora is Professor of Communication and Media Studiesand Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Communication & Culture at Loughborough University. She is also the  Co-Director of Women in Academia Support Networkand Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Cultural Trends. She tweets at @elebelfiore.

Her research work focuses on the social impact of the arts and on cultural value. In Ebeltoft, she’ll be speaking about what has changed in cultural impact studies over the past 25 years… and what mistakes to avoid when assessing cultural impact.

Sally Hammound is a youth activist, researcher and communication specialist. She is a member of the “Arab Association for Communication and Media Studies Research”. She is also a Strategic Communication Consultant and Trainer for local and international organisations in profit and non-profit sectors. 

She advocates for rethinking collective values through educational institutions. In Ebeltoft, she will talk about how media, education and civil societies can reshape our cultures and make them more sustainable. 

Sara is the artistic director of Carte Blanche, the regional theatre in Viborg, Denmark.

In her keynote she’ll share ​​concrete examples from 15+ years of experience of engaging citizens in poetic enquiries and exploration of what it means to be a human being. Using that experience as a foundation, she will question how we build and share meaningful culture. What does it mean and feel like when something is deeply meaningful? How do we create impact that has deep quality and meaning for humans, and is not just yet another ‘cultural activity’? How do we measure and evaluate this without over-simplifying it?

Professor Pier Luigi Sacco is one of the world’s leading experts on Cultural Economics. His extensive research shows that culture not only increase economic growth and create jobs but above all create cohesion among citizens and increase capacity building in the society.

He works and consults globally and has authored 200+ papers and edited books with major international publishers. 


About ENCC 

The European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) was founded in 1994 to promote dialogue and cooperation between social-oriented cultural centres throughout Europe. It is both a network of direct members and a “network of networks”. Today, the ENCC gathers about 5000 cultural organisations in 24 countries, with very diverse structures, practices and audiences. They align on values of cultural equality, active citizenship, intercultural diversity and sustainability. The ENCC’s main action lines are capacity building, networking and advocacy. They organise meetings, conferences, trainings and staff exchanges, participate in research and data-gathering, create tools and publications, and connect their members with other actors from the cultural sector. They also support social and cultural innovation by mentoring international cooperation projects. Empowering cultural centres’ communities is their priority. More about ENCC. 


June 4, 2020
Early Bird Registration


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