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Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities


Creativity, art and culture are key in transforming public spaces and cities. Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities project brings cultural and creative spaces and local policy-makers closer through participatory processes.  Together, we will tackle some of the challenges of sustainable creativity, participatory democracy and social cohesion. We develop, test and validate methods for civil society to engage local governments in the co-creative design of policies, as well as for governments to be open to bottom-up participation. The aim is for citizens and public authorities to co-design new policies to improve their cities.

In this project, we work with 9 other organizations under the leadership of Trans Europe Halles, a European network of non-governmental cultural centres.

Three main goals

  • Explore: bring together cultural and creative spaces and local governments to explore urban challenges from the perspective of the commons, co-creation practices, and policy development.
  • Learn: facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges and training of commoning practices for creative operators and policymakers.
  • Disseminate: research and document the processes to make the results available publicly.

Urban Labs

Seven Urban Labs are the core element of this project. They gather together cultural organisations, local authorities, cultural and creative spaces to explore urban challenges in collaboration with other stakeholders. Together, they commit to develop innovative solutions for bottom-up initiatives to become actors of policy-making in the sectors of art, culture and creativity.


Project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Success stories

People of a Creative City
This extraordinary meeting called People of a Creative City in Kunsthalle brought together about 100 representatives of the Košice cultural universe. Throughout the day, we discussed the most important topics in culture and looked for links where we had not seen them before.
Data and Design for Better Places
Data and Design for Better Places was a series of workshops throughout which the participants learned how to react to current urban challenges. Over the course of one week, they were led by experienced international experts. We had the pleasure to host the Design Lead at Data Place, Simon Gough and Lucy Knight who works with data.

If you are interested in this research project, read more about it on its official website.

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