European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)

Spanish hub seminar on European networking

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
A group of participants gathering
The Seminar focused on networking, sustainability, creativity, and catalysing the creation of a regional and Spanish network.

The meeting, organised in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on June 29-30, 2021, gathered 96 participants, mainly cultural operators from Spain and representatives of the ENCC's regional and national networks.

The seminar included:

  • keynotes by Piet Forger from the City of Leuven (Belgium) (see PowerPoint), Vittorio Bianco from ENCC member Rete delle Case del Quartiere (Italy) (see PowerPoint), and Cristina Ortega from the World Leisure Organization

  • roundtables with representatives of ENCC regional and national networks who shared knowledge and experience about the values and challenges of their contexts

  • an Open Space meeting, facilitated by Dagna Gmitrowicz (Poland/Germany), where all meeting participants were able to curate the discussion about cultural centres living through the current crisis

  • a training on preparing a transnational cooperation project and an application for European funding, by Nicolas Combes from La Saline Royale (France)

  • a dedicated meeting for Spanish operators to consider forming a regional or national network of cultural centres, facilitated by Santiago Arroyo Serrano from FIBICC (Spain).

  • a hybrid session with Barbara Gessler, head of the Creative Europe unit of the European Commission, who explained the programme's upcoming orientations and priorities.

  • study visits to cultural venues and initiatives in Las Palmas.

The meeting was organised by the ENCC in partnership with the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and with the support of FIBICC and Creative Europe.

  • Browse the photo album from the event here.

  • Watch the event's video here.