Nova Iskra and the consortium partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project announce a three-day international forum titled “How Work Works,” from 22 to 24 September, in Belgrade. The event will gather nearly 100 hub organizations from across Europe and the Balkan region, including Beta Bar. The program will also host lectures from some of the leading educational organizations from the field of creativity – Fabrica from Italy and Hyper Island from Sweden.
BAR (September 8, 2016) – The international forum “How Work Works” is part of the European Creative Hubs Network project initiated by the British Council and co-funded by the European Commission, while the “How Work Works” forum is realized with the support of Ministry of Culture and Media of Republic of Serbia and other local partners. More than 150 delegates, hub leaders and a number of European and regional stakeholders will come together in Belgrade, during the first of three planned forums, in order to map the European eco-system of hubs active in the fields of culture and creativity, education, and entrepreneurship and support their networking, knowledge exchange and capacity building.
The main part of the forum program will be held on the 23rd and 24th of September at the Yugoslav Film Archives and will showcase keynote lectures, study cases, panel discussions, networking activities and several side events. The three main sessions are dedicated to the questions of space, community and business models of creative hubs. As a part of each session, three organizations will be presented, and then take part in a short panel discussion. The program will also host a lecture by Professor Jovan Čekić (Faculty of Media & Communications Belgrade) while Theatre Director Paul Bourne (Cambridge Business School) will guide the participants through an interactive action that explores the nature of networking, communication and creative thinking. Ambassador of the Delegation of the EU to Serbia Michael Davenport will address attendees at the opening.
Through its central theme and question – How work works – the forum will investigate the shifting paradigm of work as seen through the prism of creative hubs, bearing in mind that these organisations have a key role in supporting young entrepreneurs and creative people across the continent and the development of local creative industries. A special publication produced for the occasion – How Work Works: An inventory of effects – will be presented at the conference. It gathers seven critical texts dealing with the ongoing changes in the field of labor, by authors from Serbia, United Kingdom and United States, including visual contributions by the Belgrade-based artist Dušan Rajić.