Conference: Creativity delivers…

creativity deliversCreativity delivers…

There will be more than £6bn of EU Structural Funds available to the UK from the new round of funds, 2014-2020.  These funds (ERDF, ESF, EAFRD) and their various strands (including Interreg) have provided millions of pounds to the arts, culture and creative industries since 2000.  But not everyone understands the opportunities these new funds provide, or the ways the arts, culture and creative industries can deliver the desired outcomes, or the practical steps involved in understanding the calls and the application procedures.

This conference brings together the key players – the European Commission, the UK government departments responsible for these funds; the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and WEFO who will allocate these funds at the local level; the relevant creative industries and arts & culture agencies, and examples of successful projects that have benefitted from these funds in the past.   In summary, the programme is as follows:

  • Introduction from DG Regio at the European Commission
  • Speakers from key UK government departments: BIS, DCLG, DEFRA
  • A range of case studies of successful projects in receipt of EU Structural Funds, including examples from another European country (Austria) – and delegates will receive a detailed dossier of a broad range of examples of successful projects
  •  Representatives from some of the agencies responsible for allocating these funds – 4 of the LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships) in England, WEFO (Wales European Funding Organisation) in Wales, and one of the Interreg secretariats
  • Speakers from the various arts, culture and creative industries funding and resource agenciesArts Council England, BFI, Creative & Cultural Skills, Creative England & the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Concluding remarks from one of the co-chairs of the EU OMC on the CCI Export and Internationalisation Strategies

If you are in the arts, culture or creative industries, you will learn about these opportunities and how you can apply.

If you are in one of the agencies responsible for disseminating these funds, you will learn more about the ways the arts, culture and creative industries can help you achieve the EU and UK goals for these funds.

Click to view the detailed conference programme.

The standard rate for the seminar is £150.  However, the cost can be as low as £80 as there are several discounts available, including an early bird discount and a discount for Connexus members:

  • Book and pay before 31 August and the cost is just £120 – a discount of £30;
  • Connexus members (see for info on Connexus membership benefits) receive a further £40 discount – Connexus members will be emailed a discount code to receive this discount when booking.

Click to book a place.

The event with be at the Level 5 Function Room in the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, London, UK.  The Southbank Centre is on the south side of the River Thames, and the closest mainline rail station and tube station is Waterloo – though the Southbank can also be accessed by getting off the tube at Embankment or Charing Cross and walking across the Hungerford Bridge over the Thames – which also provides fantastic views of London!

If you need accommodation in London, you can visit any of the generic hotel room websites (e.g. or the sites of individual hotel chains – there are some more modestly priced hotels near the Southbank – search for Travelodge, Premier Inn, Ibis, Holiday Inn Express, etc.

This conference has been organised by Geoffrey Brown & Carole Bemant on behalf of Euclid.

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