Together we create an international city of culture

What is CIKE

We are a non-profit organization called Creative Industry Košice, which deals with the support and development of the cultural and creative industry (CCI). We increase the quality of life in the city by developing its creative potential. We seek out and support talented individuals, offer educational, networking, and job opportunities, and thus contribute to sustainable urban development. We believe that collaboration and decision-making, based on a creative approach, bring the best solutions.

CIKE Story

The history of CIKE begins in 2008 when the non-profit organization Košice 2013 – European Capital of Culture was founded to deliver one of the most important projects for the city of Košice and, after a successful candidacy, implement it. In September 2015, it was renamed Creative Industry Košice. The non-profit organization with a rich history in project management has taken on the agenda of developing international cooperation, professionalization programs, education, mobility, and artistic residencies.

Our activities

  • Mentoring and education

Mentoring and educational programs are focused on the professionalization of people working in the cultural and creative industry in Košice and Slovakia. The development of individuals takes place in various areas (design, project management, organizational development, business, community development, and others) based on the identification of the needs of the target group, especially through training, seminars, coaching, and mentoring.

  • Mobilities

Mobilities or residences represent an opportunity for both domestic and foreign applicants to work and create for a period of time in a new environment. International residency programs are intended for companies, entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives from Slovakia, while residences located in Košice are mainly for foreign artists. Mobilities support networking, the emergence of new collaborations and innovative solutions, the exchange of knowledge and experience, and incentives that can be used in other activities.

Home Residencies are for artists and creatives from Košice, who can participate directly from their homes as a response to the unexpected crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the cultural and creative industries.

  • Creativity for Business 

Cross-sectoral cooperation is the result of the intersection of art and common areas of business. Companies and artists work together to find solutions to problems that require a new perspective. The goal is that the innovation is created as a result of cooperation between the two sectors (co-creation), by involving the contracting authority itself in creating the final solution. Cross-sectoral projects have been implemented in healthcare, manufacturing, tourism, gastronomy, and the hotel industry.

  • Research

Thanks to international projects, we develop, test, and verify new methods for the professionalization of the cultural and creative industry. By applying these methods in practice, it is possible to learn how to streamline processes, collaboration, and encourage creativity. Activities that are part of the implemented projects involve not only individuals and entities operating in the CCI but also other stakeholders such as the local citizens. This kind of participation is essential for the sustainable development of Košice.

CIKE manages and coordinates all activities related to the city’s membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. We regularly represent Košice at meetings with foreign partners in the UNESCO cluster – Creative City of Media Arts. In cooperation with partners, it implements projects and raises awareness about innovations that arise at the intersection of digital technologies and art.

Every year, Creative Industry Košice organizes a week-long festival of media art, technology, and digital culture in Košice. The highlight of the festival is a conference that introduces top speakers from leading companies and organizations from all around the world. The festival is complemented by a rich educational and artistic program designed for all ages.

  • Grant call

Since 2014, the grant call has been an instrument of the city of Košice, through which the cultural and creative industry is supported and developed. CIKE is the administrator of this call.

The project of The Invisible Hotel consists of five design rooms at five different addresses in our partner hotels. The design of each room tells a story closely related to the history of the city of Košice and reveals invisible spots in the city. The goal of the project is to support experiential tourism in the city and give visibility to local entrepreneurs.

An online magazine that promotes the city among Slovak and foreign readers. Therefore, the stories are not only about Košice, they are a model for any city, anywhere in the world. This year, the book Invisible Stories was published – it contains stories of 73 people who make the east of Slovakia a better place to live. It is a printed collection of this project.

Success stories

Discussions about culture in Košice in focus groups

CIKE wants to constantly improve cultural services in Košice. To this end, we organised interviews about cultural life and opportunities in our city. We invited 24 people from Košice to tell us about their cultural life in the focus groups. Our goal was to learn about the observations and experiences of local residents so that we can take them into account, incorporate them and effectively improve the cultural offer in Košice. Thanks to them, we have identified the positive aspects as well as the shortcomings of our city. Simply put, we found out how cultural events are perceived by the visitors themselves and not by their organizers.

The future of the city in the hands of local citizens thanks to Urban Exploration

Urban Exploration was a series of events within the Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities project, which brought together up to a hundred people willing to get involved and change the way things work from the bottom up. The goal was to bring important decisions closer to ordinary people and to connect citizens with the political representatives. The event started with a lecture by the renowned data analyst Karol Piekarski from Medialab Katowice, who shared his many years of experience in designing engaging online visualizations. We continued with four parallel workshops that clarified the ways in which the city can be changed for the better. We ended with a presentation of the work of our artistic resident Juraj Horňák in front of the Magistrate of Košice, which was connected with a workshop on activating public space with the help of a shopping cart.

Focus groups sparked a discussion about culture in Košice

CIKE is always trying to improve cultural services in Košice. Hence, we prepared a series of interviews about cultural life and opportunities in our city. We invited 24 people to participate in focus groups and tell us about their cultural life. Our goal was to learn about the observations and experiences of local residents so that we could take them into account, incorporate them, and effectively improve the cultural offer in Košice. We wanted to identify the positive aspects but also the shortcomings of our city. Simply put, we wanted to find out how cultural events are perceived by the visitors and not only by their organizers.


A conference that presented new trends in destination management

The New Trends in Destination Management Conference focused on presenting new trends in destination management with the participation of leading international speakers, who inspired project partners and the public with trends and innovations in tourism. The global objective of the program and the conference was to intensify and deepen cooperation in the field of sustainable social, environmental, and economic development between the Ukrainian regions of Zakarpatia, Ivano-Frankivska and Chernivetska and the eligible program areas of Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.

We welcomed three foreign bloggers in Košice

As part of the Transformative Tourism in European Capitals of Culture project, three experienced foreign bloggers came on a four-day trip to Košice. During their stay in the former ECoC, we took care of their transformative tourism experiences together with Visit Košice. They had the opportunity to try different age periods – they experienced everything from prehistory, through the Middle Ages, socialism, and the present.

Spanish artist Marc created an exhibition in Košice that allowed the visitors to see what they couldn’t hear

Marc Vilanova is an artist that works at the intersection of art and technology who came to Košice for a media art residency organized by CIKE in collaboration with K.A.I.R. – Košice Artists in Residence. He created a site-specific installation in the Synagogue on Zvonárska street that used a very common object of our everyday life – the fluorescent lamp. Besides light, the lamp produces a constant ultrasound. Using a special microphone he captured those ultrasounds and translated them into audible frequencies which the visitors could hear.

Language and communication as the basis of interaction between people

The Art & Tech Conference 2019 drew attention to the topic of language and communication, which are the basis of human interaction. This is exactly what individual speakers examined in their talks. Find out more here. We have shown that communication is not just about words, but also about the interaction between man and software, emotion and code, the human body and technology, but also about virtual reality and the physical world.

Design of non-traditional solutions

The 2017 conference hosted many foreign and domestic speakers who presented inspiring examples of good practice in the sphere of UX/UI, design, digital media, art, innovation, and some real-life connections between creativity and IT. Get an overview in this article.

Artificial intelligence as a revolutionary technology

In 2018, we shed light on one of the most revolutionary technologies humanity has ever had – artificial intelligence. Read more about this year’s topic and tips in this article. Intelligent systems can recognize faces and places, understand speech, write newspaper articles, and even create music, poems, or images. Can computers be truly creative, or will the ability to create remain a human privilege? Will it replace AI artists, or will it be a tool to take human creativity to a new level? How will it affect culture, education, or business? We answered (not only) these questions.

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.

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.

Once you incubate, you can become independent

Projects which are developed under the umbrella of a larger organisation have the potential to become independent and operate more efficiently even afterwards. For example, K.A.I.R.- Kosice Artist in Residence become independent as well as the festival White Night. They were both at one time one of the key projects of the ECoC – the European Capital of Culture. In order to fully exploit their potential, they now operate as independent local cultural entities with their own capacities.

Project K.A.I.R. has been undergoing an incubation phase over a number of years, during which the structure, objectives, network of partners, funding and the like have been set. In five years, we have managed to create a diverse and stable network of partners in the European Union, but also in Ukraine, Georgia and Japan. It is important for CIKE and the City of Košice to support and create a network of independent cultural entities and to separate from incubated projects.

How to find clients right after school

Mária Bujňáková was not afraid of a company with a long history and a focus, which at first glance may not be very appealing to a fresh design school graduate. She applied for the Creativity for Business program and once selected, she took part in an art residency at Ryba Košice or the Fish & Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market with a long history. Her work there was focused on the concept of visual communication. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Ryba Košice company, she created several gift items. The result of her work was, for example, a business card holder with a wooden base and a sliding aluminium part in the shape of a fishtail and a piece of jewellery – an aluminium fishtail on a silver-coloured cord.

Organic, random and spontaneous = Robin Street Food hotdogs

Young architect Danka Bodnárová has decided to start her own business in the gastro sector, as according to her, food improves mood and takes you away from reality. In addition, her goal was to connect and build the community. As part of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, she focused on marketing, branding and brand development as well as her relationship with new customers. During her Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange, she designed the concept of street food. Her host entrepreneur warned her about the regular operational and practical mistakes and advised her hotdogs are the best kind of street food to run.

Robin Street Food hotdogs – Danka’s company – don’t follow any stereotype. Instead of mustard and ketchup, you get a combination of honey and grapefruit and experience an unforgettable gastronomic experience thanks to seasonal ingredients. Over time, Danka managed to develop from an amateur company into a professional gastro company and today she takes part in big events and festivals. At the same time, she remains creative and has already had a vernissage with a limited edition of boxes with drawings from regular customers who are less than 140 cm tall.

Opening of the first artetherapeutic centre in Košice

Linda van Dalen had a goal. Meet important people from the sphere of artetherapy, learn about their work, introduce her project to them and build a network. All this to create her own artetherapy centre CHAT – Creative Healing Art Therapy. It is the first centre of its kind in the Košice region. It was opened in January 2015. Linda develops her own therapies and thanks to this, her ChillArt courses are booked in advance. She works with toddlers during BabyChat classes, deals with children in the Rubicon autistic centre and also does artetherapy for adults.

In addition to participating in Escalator, Linda also went on an exchange through Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme and took part in other CIKE training workshops. CHAT began to flourish even more since relocating to new and larger premises.

Košice IT Valley rebranded by 18-year old Adam Rybák

To find new talents, to provide them with new perspectives and to encourage them to come up with new solutions has proven to be very successful for CIKE. In 2017, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Košice IT Valley, we created an assignment to rebrand a brand for promising graphic designers. Together we chose student Adam Rybák to create a new visual identity. As a mentor, we have chosen experienced graphic designer Martin Jerkovič, who has worked on major international campaigns for companies such as Nike, VISA and UBER. The result of this cooperation was a new take on the Košice IT Valley brand which also brought it closer to the younger generation through a new design. In addition to the valuable experience and expanding his portfolio, the student also went on a trip to the world-renowned WebSummit conference in Lisbon thanks to Košice IT Valley.

SAC curates the biggest mural gallery in Slovakia

In the time of many street art projects, only a few are worth mentioning. There are many issues that come with them. Viktor Feher gained his experience in the field of visual arts in public space in Poland. Today, Košice is a dot on the world map of street art.

Viktor went to Łódź through our Mobility programme. The choice of this city was deliberate and essential for the development of the Street Art Communication project in Košice. Viktor was inspired by the Galeria Urban Forms project on the facades of local buildings and brought monumental paintings from the greats of contemporary world muralism to Košice. Follow in Viktor’s footsteps.

Go on a tour of Košice’s Open Mural Gallery (OMG).

Where can you find freedom and democracy?

It was founded in 2014 by the Azimut civic society led by Mirka Rybárová and Slavo Stankovič, who, while living most of their lives in a democracy, refuse to forget about the times of non-freedom. They decided to join forces in defending the principles of democracy and freedom and joined the Escalator programme with the motto Do not let absurdity destroy humanity. The Matrioshka Festival is a multi-genre event taking place over one week, aimed at bringing the absurdity, crime and realities of the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia 1948-1989 closer to us.

From an idea to a six-day festival

In the beginning, there was the question of what if, a few months from now, there was a week-long celebration of media arts, technology and digital culture. The Art & Tech Days has since expanded to seven different locations, thanks to the collaboration with DAAVS. Together, we introduced a progressive generation of multimedia artists who portrayed contemporary media art in the V4 context.

In Košice, we played the tunes of Nenada Branković and Boris Sirka while Gábor Kristóf, Boris Vitázek, Michal Mitro and Ľuboš Zbranek exhibited their work. We also had the opportunity to watch VJ Symposium with VJ London and HRTL line-up and seven live choreographic installations from the Ziggurat Project along with Nano VJs visualisations. Panáčik (SK) and the newcomer Fjordmos (CZ) went on stage in Tabačka.

International representatives of digital culture in Košice

Prezi, Ubisoft, Porto Design Factory, Ars Electronica and many others in Košice as part of the Art & Tech Conference 2017 to experience the mix of art, technology and digital culture. As the main organiser, together with Košice IT Valley, we carefully select and introduce people who are continuously developing the creative industry.

Joshua Newnham (UK), the director of design technology at Method, UX expert Zsuzsi Kovács (HU), Claudia Schnugg (AT), the creative process facilitator in the Sparks Residential Programme at Ars Electronica, gaming consultant Stephan Assadourian (CA) or Canal180 executive producer Luis Fernandes (PT) shared their valuable know-how in the sphere of machine learning. More about the current year on

How to gain 20-years of experience in a few months

In early 2018, in collaboration with the Woont production studio, we launched a series of workshops for young talented photographers to get them to a professional level. It was a valuable practical course unparalleled in the Slovak academic environment. Mentors have shared their 20-year experience with the Photo Academy’s participants to accelerate and streamline their professional growth. The participants learned how to work with light, communicate with clients, and consult their work with professionals. They had access to a studio, professional technology and they worked with professional models and make-up artists. Photo Academy teaught them how to better understand the client’s needs and deliver quality results to their customers. This successful program has given new photographers, in many cases, still students, an experience that they could only get through long-term practice.

Escalator’s participants are hard-workers

They work hard, learn how to think innovatively, look at things from a different perspective, accept criticism, and get to know amazing people. Escalator is an annual educational program for individuals and organizations from the cultural and creative sectors. You can watch the video from Onomatopoje and see how (difficult) it is to do culture in Slovakia and how people thrive during Escalator.

Opre’ cider is a great quality product from Košice

Gabriel Oprendek first imported cider home from his travels around the world. Later he began experimenting with his own production. Over time, the Oprendek brothers came up with the right formula and founded Opre’ cider, which by crafting quality products contributed to the emergence of cider culture in Slovakia. Gabi went on an exchange through our EXCITE – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. His host was a family business which connects tradition with cider innovation in Spain where the cider has its own 2000-year tradition and distinctive sour style. The cider culture in Slovakia was the exact opposite of the Spanish one. Not only was the cider not produced here, but there was also no demand for it, and people barely knew what it was. That is why Gabi faced complex challenges. He travelled to learn more about the cider culture. His cider has become very successful in Slovakia and its distribution roots reach Prague.

Later, he expanded his offer to include other premium products – honey and herb-based Mellos lemonades, which began to overtake the original cider product market. Now he owns 2 successful local products that not only enjoy popularity, but their range is constantly expanding with new flavours.

Gastronomy is also part of the creative industries

Martin Jakub from KubBo Select decided to get to know local production in Bilbao through our Mobilities program. He focused his attention on working with craft products. Bilbao caught his attention thanks to the quality and viability of local production. At KubBo Select, they demonstrate how local products are made, why they are unique, and how they are different from other products. They organize tasting sessions, festivals, and media campaigns. All this in order to spread awareness about the benefits of buying local craft products. Bilbao was an ideal place for Martin, as it is now known for its small family production, as well as for the gastronomy sector and food festivals. Moreover, Bilbao is also a city with quite a few Michelin-star restaurants per capita and they know how to promote and sell local products abroad. Thanks to CIKE, Martin has been inspired to further develop KubBo Select.


A space for career development

Thanks to the programme EXCITE – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, a young entrepreneur from Sweden came to Slovakia. Through CIKE, the Swede Malte Leifsson and Ján Sudzin from Hevhetia, a publishing house in Košice, were brought together. Aside from publishing books and releasing music, this house also organizes festivals for artists whose works they publish. Over the past 15 years, they have released more than 170 music titles and now they want to expand their field of activity behind the borders.

Hevhetia is a low-cost publishing house, so Malte could see first-hand how a business with non-commercial music works in its naked form. Malte dreams of becoming a composer, musician, or music teacher. As he himself says, he could draw on the experience he gained in the Košice studio even if he became a musician, event manager, or publisher. However, he first wanted to build on this experience during his studies.

MusicLab makes the music scene in Košice better

There was no public place in Košice for musical improvisation before the foundation of MusicLab. They signed up for Escalator to decide what’s next. Thanks to the program, their visit to Berlin, and one-on-one meetings, they started to understand how to approach the issue of finance, marketing, and the important role played by internal processes. For several years now, Fabricafe regularly hosts its public jams. Together with the rehearsals, music experiments, community, and various educational activities, this has defined what MusicLab is. Some musicians, such as Chris Ellys, Wandererove segry, Yektal, or Kurkus, who started or trained at MusicLab, have become popular also outside of Košice and started to perform independently. MusicLab not only helps create new music but also improves the local environment and creates a network of musicians.

A hotel that does not exist but still has regular customers

The Invisible Hotel is a brand new concept of accommodation, only to be found in Košice. It consists of 5 design rooms designed by local artists and located at several different locations in partner hotels. The idea behind this project is to uncover the hidden places in the city through the design of the rooms itself, The Invisible Mag online magazine or the local City Cracker book guide.

Part of the accommodation experience is the unique Welcome Pack that awaits every guest in their room. Its content is a curatorial selection of handicraft products from local manufacturers and free tickets to traditional and more “hip” institutions. The guest has a tailor-made programme and a local guide available on phone. The Invisible Hotel is a selection of the best things the city has to offer. It introduces people, places, experiences and supports the local economy.

The foundations of the new circus in Košice were laid by Ariadna Vendelová

Rough hands, bruises, scorched skin, dislocated shoulder, jumped rib versus lightness, beauty, femininity and poetics. A single photo was enough to inspire the imagination of Ariadna Vendel during her study stay in America. Dancing on some equipment in the air seemed like a crazy thing to do. For her, it was a completely new kind of creative movement.

She joined Escalator on the recommendation of other participants and with an important question of her own time management or limit of activities which did not help her to complete her vision. In Košice, she started from scratch because there was no platform for aerial acrobatics or modern circus. She didn’t join our CIKE programme with a very clear project, but she did have a strong desire to further develop the activities of Ariadnina Niť. Today she has at least a hundred followers and makes at least another hundred very proud of her! She is currently in charge of the La Lyra Company performance group and her vision is to create a centre of aerobatics.

Ariadne gives a platform, experience, know-how to girls and inspires them that if a person works with passion, sincerely and unselfishly, it will change the world.

The modern bistro Pán Ryba has been refurbished by artists

Ryba Košice is a result of a lot of creative work. Two residents, graphic designer Mária Bujňáková and artist Viktor Fehér have completed their projects there. Viktor is known for his SAC and Pyecka Gallery projects. He also happens to be an experienced chef and during this challenge, he wanted to bridge his experience in art and gastronomy. His vision was to create a bistro with an open kitchen where you can eat fast and well. Viktor has developed a concept of a modern bistro with a store that sells fresh fish and seafood with educational function focused on healthy eating. To this end, Viktor has visited several similar establishments in Budapest, Hungary. After his residency at Ryba Košice, they started to remodel it according to his design proposal and today you can visit this modern bistro on Mlynská Street.

Kino Úsmev is the first art house cinema in Košice

Cinefil, a civic association, worked hard for many years in order to reopen the famous Košice cinema Kino Úsmev. Its new look is a nostalgic trip for many and it is a new space for both art cinema and new movies. Cinefil has managed to create a city cinema and a centre for audiovisual culture. They were part of our Escalator programme for several years which helped them with setting clear goals. The director of the cinema, Lukáš Berberich, also took part in our residency program in Bilbao, during which he also attended the San Sebastián Film Festival, where he collected some inspiration for the first art-house cinema in Košice.

We support art on an international level

KAIR – Košice Artist in Residence is an international programme for artists from all over the world and from different artistic disciplines. It was established in 2011 as one of the key activities of the European Capital of Culture, and in 2016 it became independent. Today it operates internationally. KAIR gives artists the opportunity to work in Košice’s inspiring environment with a unique cultural background to realize their art projects, work with an active local art scene and present themselves to the local and national public. KAIR is located in Šopa Gallery.



A platform for cultural operators has also been developed in Košice

The mission of the Creative Lenses project was to find ways in which artistic and cultural organizations can become more resilient and financially independent through the innovation of their business models and capacity building in strategic planning. Part of it was the development of a practical tool that would help with achieving this ambitious goal – the Benchmarking System platform – which allows for a professional comparison of one’s own local capabilities with international organizations, thanks to some relevant data.


We made some great matches at CIKE

Košice IT Valley has assisted us with the international programme EXCITE – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, through which CIKE has brought together several creatives with experienced entrepreneurs. It was they who facilitated the cooperation of the international company focused on the development of games and software MATSUKO with a young entrepreneur from Sweden – Ossian Veronese. Its founder Matúš Kirchmayer was fascinated by Ossian, who had completed several successful projects and demonstrated huge talent. He also saw in him a man who looks to the future, has ambitions, and works on himself.

Pay tribute to media arts by staying in a hotel room

The latest addition to The Invisible Hotel – five rooms at five different addresses – is a room dedicated to media arts and digital technology in response to the current direction the art in Košice is taking. It is located in an area of Košice where media arts and creative industry concentrates. In the vicinity of Strojárenská Street, right across from the Tabačka Kulturfabrik in Hotel Yasmin. The authors of the room are Boris Vaitovič and Štefan Pacák. The interior of the room consists of several new media elements such as a sound wall, an interactive laser for sound control, a hologram of the St. Elisabeth’s Cathedral, or mechanical animation, which is connected to the opening of the door. An essential part of the experience is a custom-made application on a tablet that changes your view from the room.

Košice has become member of Creative Cities Network

Košice is the first Slovak city to hold the title of UNESCO Creative City (part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network) in the sphere of media art. They joined the club together with other 64 cities from around the world. Thanks to this, we now have a great opportunity to become more visible on a global level, develop international cooperation, and create opportunities for creative people not only from Košice but also from all over Slovakia.

The application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network was prepared by CIKE which ultimately convinced the UNESCO Committee that Košice deserved the title of a Creative City. We also mentioned several key activities such as the creation of an urban game, the appreciation of young artists from partner cities, and the new open media art gallery in Košice. As a result of this title, CIKE has been organizing the Art & Tech Days festival every autumn for the past few years.

When a city becomes a metropolis of art for one night

Thanks to Zuzana Pacáková, in 2010 Košice became one of the cities, which for one night become the metropolis of art. White Night is a walk through the city at night to see some interesting art and experience something new. In addition, it consists of education, community projects, activities for children, and last but not least, it helps to spread information about cultural and visual events around the world.

Zuzana decided to live her dream, which is why she signed up for our program – Escalator. After she managed to solve some of the pressing issues such as product setup, strategic planning, and PR in 2015, she expanded the project to Bratislava for the first time, and so White Night became a nationwide festival of visual art.


CIKE is made out of people who want to get Košice to the level of other progressive European cities. They create space for new opportunities and write successful stories.

Strategy for the city

Since 2008, CIKE has been the initiator of many changes. We have been involved in building a creative infrastructure, development of individuals, strengthening international contacts and making the city more visible. We have become a bridge between the public and private sector, the creators of vision. Thanks to CIKE, the number of organisations and companies that are able to operate on a professional level has increased significantly and has significantly contributed to the cultural transformation that the city has undergone in recent years. However, without strategic planning, this would not have been possible.

Creative Economy Master Plan has become our guide in this regard. This programme plan for a better city is deliberately ambitious, it looks ahead, identifies opportunities and clarifies how to remain the capital of culture for a long time.

Master plan 2013 - 2018

We have completed:
  • Escalator - intense mentorship educational programme
  • Creativity for Business - creative residency of an artists in a business sector
  • Art & Tech Days - festival or art, technology and digital culture
  • Conferences about creative and cultural industries
  • Audience Development - research and toold for audience development
  • UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts - membership in prestigious international network
We stood behind the birth and opening of:

A 10-year overview of creative and cultural industries, projects, challenges, finance and investments can be found in this strategic document created in 2013 for Košice.

Master plan 2019 - 2023

In progress

We are here for everyone who wants to improve our city

“For three years, I took part in Escalator, thanks to which I have now opened CHAT, a successful and recognized art therapy center. CIKE is not just for people from the creative industry, but for everyone, because we can be creative in different ways. Nor is it just for the daredevils, because when I signed up, I was not courageous. I have gained courage and strength during Escalator ❤️.”

Linda van Dalen

riaditeľka CHAT

“Thanks to the Escalator program, we have learned the difference between the work of an independent artist, the grant support, and the realization of the client’s needs. As a company, we had no cash flow, planning, strategy, mission, or vision. With help from mentors, we have learned the systematic steps that we gradually implemented into our practice. Later we started to professionally collaborate on projects like Carat or Photo Academy. We want to stay in Košice and help people.”

Ján Varchola


“We were one of the first participants in the Escalator program, which helped us with developing a business model and successfully opening the new Tabačka. We regularly participate in CIKE educational activities and conferences which help us with the development of our organization. I would recommend working with CIKE to anyone who wants to learn and is not afraid to innovate. I think that even the representatives of municipalities and state-established cultural or social institutions could benefit from CIKE programs.”

Peter Radkoff

riaditeľ Tabačky Kulturfabrik

We recommend CIKE to anyone who wants to learn something new and to those, who are interested in events in Košice and in the region. We work together on organizing various events, training sessions, and workshops. We have also been involved in the UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts initiative and we are co-organize the unique Art & Tech Days Conference. At the same time, we are networking and knowledge-sharing partners.”


Pavol Mirossay

výkonný riaditeľ IT Valley

“I have been working with CIKE since 2012 on projects such as Creative Industry Toolkit, Generation 2020, CO.Create, but also as an educational expert. Thanks to CIKE, I went on a month-long residency to Belgrade which inspired me to start my own business. My collaboration with CIKE has always brought me benefits, whether in the form of valuable knowledge or new contacts. CIKE has a great advantage mainly due to its contacts within Europe and so, cooperation with it can be a great starter for your career.”

Braňo Frk


“CIKE helps Košice by promoting it on an international level. We worked together on creating a cultural strategy, as well as key presentations and training events to support the media art zone. Thanks to this, we received the title of Košice – UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts and started preparing a new concept for Kunsthalle. They have a strong potential to influence the local climate of “creative industrialization”. I recommend CIKE to the young generation of entrepreneurs and creative communities.”

Richard Kitta

riaditeľ DIG Gallery