The European Creative Industries Summit (#ECIS) organised by CreativeFED and hosted by a local institution, is a carefully curated event that brings together practitioners, facilitators and researchers from different sectors with a shared interest in cross-industry innovation. This gathering of esteemed experts and practitioners comes together to deliberate on the current European landscape and explore the central role of European creatives in shaping our economic terrain. In recent years, the urgency and, in particular, the need for a triple transition that encompasses ecological, digital and social dimensions within our industries has been addressed.

The #ECIS was founded in 2011 by ECBN, the predecessor of Creative FED and has ever since been organised by partners. Since 2018 the #ECIS is held under the auspices of the respective EU Council Presidency.

The European Creative Economy Conference (#ECEC)

The European Conference on Creative Economy and Culture (#ECEC), is a localised collaborative event with the aim to discuss problems in the field of teritorial creative ecosystems and connects researcher, creative professionals and public administration to the European CCI frameworks. It is a collaborative event by CreativeFED and organised by a local host organisation. At this gathering, experts and practitioners convene to explore the profound impact of European Creatives on our territories and economic landscape, particularly addressing the imperatives of a triple transition—environmental, digital, and societal—within our industries.

Local Ecosystem Partnerships for Creative Placemaking

The challenges within the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) highlight significant gaps in entrepreneurship, transversal skills, and collaboration between research entities and businesses. Limited interaction among cultural and creative clusters, innovation actors, and the absence of creative expertise in social development efforts underscores the need for a cohesive CCI ecosystem. The European Creative Economy Conference 2024 aims to address these issues by leveraging Local Ecosystem Partnerships (LEPs). By advocating for partnerships across sectors, the conference seeks to build supportive environments where culture and creativity can flourish. These collaborations bridge existing gaps, encouraging interaction between sectors and enhancing skill sets, ultimately fostering a thriving cultural and creative sector contributing to societal sustainability.

The ECIS BILBAO Policy Forum took place in parallel with the CONTRAST Conference of the Basque Government and discussed the issue of "Decolonisation of Innovation, Decolonisation of the Mind". It focused on the relationship between Cultural Heritage and Creativity. Currently, the Heritage sector is mainly seen as being concerned with preservation and conservation and not todays culture and creativity. This forum aimed to bridge the gap to the creative economy, which provides the possibility of connecting cultural heritage to contemporary contexts.

This policy forum discussed the policy areas likely to be addressed during the upcoming legislative period of the European Parliament, as well as the mandate of the new commission. The Policy Forum 2023 covered the 2025-2030 legislative term of the Parliament, and the expected policy topics at the regional and member state level.

The European Year of Skills 2023 announced by EU President von der Leyen is about promoting the importance of creative skills for the renewal of our society and our planet. In addition, we all need to develop a shared understanding of what new skills are needed to tackle the complexity of cross-sector integration and drive the green transformation.

The #ECIS23 addressed the re-skilling and up-skilling of European talent and professionals and discussed the need for creative talent to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal, digitalization and mitigating multiple crises.

The #ECIS22 GREEN Conference was a reimagination, refocusing, and reframing of policies for the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI). Its aim was to address the necessary green transformation in our industry and creative sector. During #ECIS22, we discussed the contribution of CCIs to the Green Transition, guided by the following question for the next decade:

How can CCSI contribute to the race to zero emissions and make Europe the first climate-neutral continent?

#ECIS22 was comprised of four parts. It began with the ECIS Assembly on April 21st, which is the United Nations Day for Creativity and Innovation. The conference included four Breakout Sessions (BoS) on May 9th and June 12th, and culminated with the final #ECIS22 Conference in Prague from September 21st to 23rd.

The European Creative Industries Summit 21, themed "Future Unlocked," made significant contributions to unlocking the potential of the European creative economy and aiding in Europe's recovery. After enduring over a year of lockdown measures, the summit aimed to illuminate a promising future for Europe, with the support of cultural creatives spanning from local to global platforms and encompassing both live and digital realms.

The conference prioritized addressing the pressing challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, while also initiating forward-looking discussions concerning the Culture and Creative Sectors' potential contributions to a green transformation, in alignment with Europe's Green Deal initiative. Recognizing the importance of preparing for future crises, the conference emphasized the acquisition of new skills and lifelong learning support for creatives. Additionally, it underscored the significance of creative innovations, supported by the new EU Horizon Program and EU funding, as well as the role of creative administrations and bureaucracies in successfully implementing the Recovery Europe program for a stronger and more resilient Europe.

What a year! Even today we are unable to comprehend fully what the pandemic 2020 left us with: The pandemic hits everyone, either on a personal, economic or global level, we are all affected The fact we know so far is a drop in sales for the creative industries by a third or even 50% in some sectors. The event industry was the first to close and the last to reopen, and a steep personal learning curve for the means of digital communication. These are only few of the things that no one had foreseen at the beginning of 2020.

The #ECIS20 was all about how to cope the crisis and about “Solidarity not Charity”

Green paper #ECIS20 Landingpage

The ECBNetwork, in collaboration with Kaapeli, proudly presented the 9th European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) in Helsinki. The ECIS19 took place under the auspices of Finland's EU Presidency. Every year, the European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS2019) brought together professionals, intermediaries, and researchers from various fields who were interested in cross-industrial innovations. They gathered to discuss the significant role played by European Creatives in shaping our economic landscape.

The focus of ECIS 2019 was on the IMPACT of cross-innovations for the competitiveness of the wider economy, driven by the cultural and creative industries.

The conference tackled questions such as:
How could the cultural and creative sectors increase their impact on European competitiveness? What strategies could be employed to overcome obstacles and challenges in cross-innovations? How could cultural and creative entrepreneurs respond to the challenges facing European society and the economy over the next 25 years through cross-innovation actions?

"BEYOND: The Creative Economy as a Catalyst for Cross-Innovation in Europe" was the theme of this year's European Creative Industries Summit, held on October 4, 2018, at the Skylounge of the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ) in Vienna, as part of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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