17/01/2017 Jennifer

PRESS RELEASE: Beta Bar Will Participate with European Creative Hubs Forum in Athens

The partners of the European Creative Hubs Network project (co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe program) are pleased to announce the second European Creative Hubs Forum, Syn-, in Athens. The event organized by the first hub for creative industries in Greece – Bios Romantso – will take place at two venues in Athens, Bios Romantso and Gazarte, from January 26 to 28, 2017. It will bring together 100+ managers and representatives of European hubs and creative and entrepreneurial communities from more than 20 countries, as well as all relevant organisations and stakeholders from Greece and the region of Southeastern Europe, including Beta Bar.

Following the first successful Forum on How Work Works in Belgrade, we continue to explore creative hubs as new models of growth and innovation. The Cultural and Creative Industries are recognized as one of the new and emerging sources of the European economy and their future sustainability and growth is becoming a priority. These industries have an impact on us as individuals, and our shared culture – they shape our arts, contribute to our view of the world, influence our consumer choices and improve the enjoyment of environments in which we live and work. They also shape the way in which we are perceived by others around the world.

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The Syn- forum will be examining the concept of growth in the context of the creative hub model and the particularities that are implied in this process. Through a wide program of plenary meetings, workshops and showcases, it aims to explore ideas such as growth through the development of new business models, re-adjustment of terms by establishing new, more fluid and creative ideas of economic mechanisms, and the expansion of the industry boundaries. The individual which is at the same time the local artist or entrepreneur, but also the local economy, is being incorporated into a larger spectrum: the group and the international economy, to enhance it with its unique features whilst preserving them.

Syn-, as a prefix, inspires the thinking process of this forum. The compound words
synthesis, synchrony, synergy and synaesthesia incorporate the ideas behind each of the four sessions that form the main structure of the forum: new business models, investment in education & skills, international and local cooperation, and hub stories.

This forum provides the opportunity for networking and sharing experiences between hub managers, setting the basis to envision the future of the creative hubs. The main forum events will take place from 26th to 28th of January 2017 at the venues of Athenian cultural and creative hubs Bios Romantso and Gazarte. It will feature a number of speeches, panel discussions including our own Jennifer Buxton from Beta Bar, who will be sharing about our experience at HUB385 in the P2P program, networking sessions, workshops and other side activities under the main theme of the forum: GROWTH.

The forum is closed for the public, but interested audience will have a chance to follow the soft opening of the forum on Thursday, January 26th at 7 PM at Bios Romantso. The opening event will include two keynote sessions by renowned representatives of the creative entrepreneurship sector. One of the sessions will be held by Sarah Filley, CEO & Co-Founder of Popuphood and will concern creative entrepreneurs and the emerging future of the cities.

More information can be found at www.creativehubs.eu and www.romantso.gr.

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