What is a creative hub?
Creative hub (space) – a place, offline or online, that brings together creative people. Creative hubs may differ in size and focus, but ultimately a hub is a hub when it helps organisations and individuals to cooperate, develops a creative economy ecosystem and forms professional/sectoral communities.
Creative hubs are one of the key elements of the creative industries ecosystem. Together with the House of Europe programme through 2019-2022, we worked to raise the capacity of the creative hubs in Ukraine. Also, our main goal was to support new links and partnerships between creative hubs in Ukraine, the EU and the UK.
The first study tour took place in February 2020. Eight creative hubs managers from Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mariupol visited the UK (Liverpool and Manchester). The study tour was organised in partnership with the Baltic Creative CIC.
The next study tours were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and then the war. During the pandemic as a replacement for the physical study tours, our team developed an online capacity-building programme Digital Lab: Creative Hubs Managers.