Valencia, June 28 - July 1, 2016

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Eurasian Creaspace Networking

Application open only to cultural managers/actors from small-and-medium-scale creative spaces located in Asian member countries of ASEM*.
The date and location: June 28 – July 1, 2016, in Valencia (Spain)
Submission deadline: March 30, 2016
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The establishment of small-and-medium-scale formal and informal local creative spaces is an emerging approach of cultural planning in many European and Asian countries. Different from the “shock-and-awe” approach that requires enormous investments on huge cultural facilities, the new approach focuses on formal and informal spaces for local artists and offers involves repurposing obsolete industrial and commercial facilities. Further, small scale may be more economically sustainable and can complement the growth of the knowledge industries.

The Project of Eurasian Creaspace Networking (ECN), funded by the ASEF Creative Networks 3th Edition, focuses on local formal and informal, small and mid-size spaces in the cultural and creative industries as cultural planning approach, and aims to tackle this change of local cultural planning approach and the emergence of small creative spaces as a consequence.

What is ECN?

ECN is a programme-based platform for dialogue and exchange among cultural professionals, scholars and policy makers from Asian and Europe and for best practices for social and economic innovation of creative spaces, so as to

  • Strengthen the international networks of small and mid-size creative spaces between Asian and Europe;
  • Identify common tools and methodology of autonomy of creative space;
  • Identify key questions such as financing, access credit, access to market, mobility, entrepreneur incubation, innovation, in order to share governance capability and experience, especially from European and Asian perspectives, and enhance the effects of smart local cultural planning.

In order to fulfill these objectives, ECN will organize two sessions of activities including study visit and round-table workshop in Valencia (Spain) and Kunming (China) this June and July respectively. Participants from Asia and Europe will be selected to join activities for sharing experience and exchange ideas about managerial practice of small-and-medium-scale creative space that they serve, which will form our case studies to contribute to the best practice guidance for local cultural and creative space for social and economic innovation as the outcome of project.

Whom is ECN seeking?

ECN is seeking qualified Asian participants to join the European session in Valencia (Spain) during June 28 – July 1, 2016. Participants will participate in a two-day study visit to local creative spaces in Valencia city, and a full-day workshop; they will give a 30 minutes presentation about innovation and governance of local creative space that they serve as case study; they will also have many chances to establish networks with their European peers through the visits, social events and other programmes that ECN offers.

The space should be:

  1. any geographical space, except virtual digital space, which holds and incubates any kinds of creative activities and/or enterprises, creative activities are referred by UNCTAD’s classification of creative economy;
  2. any creative space, in broad sense, should be small and medium scaled (not a park or cluster, but it can be a hub); it can take both formal and informal organizational form and infrastructure;
  3. any creative space should locate at the Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM); countries from Greater Mekong region and Southeast Asian are preferred;
  4. any creative space, which has willingness to establishing networks with European counterparts and to sharing its managerial experience and practice.

The participants should be:

  1. any manager, cultural actor, residential artist, entrepreneur, who works for or from above creative spaces;
  2. have sufficient knowledge of English to communicate;
  3. nationals of one of 51 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEF)*.

What does ECN offer?

ECN will offer necessary assistance to the selected participants to join the Valencia session, including:

  • maximum 1000 euros for International travel costs and visa fees;
  • Free four nights hotel during activities;
  • Working meals and welcome / farewell dinners;
  • Local transportation.

Please note that ECN does not cover insurance costs required for visa application.

How to submit an application?

Applicants can submit PDF-format documents through application system at project website:, with

  1. a 500-word abstract written in English, the abstract should be a brief introduction of a certain Asian small and medium creative space, including its location, activities, members, governance form, financial structure and innovation highlight.
  2. short curriculum vitae of applicant with complete e-mail, phone, mailing address and nationality.

How to select participants?

All abstracts will be double blind peer-reviewed by a minimum of two internal experts in the expert panel. All subscriptions will be reviewed for representativeness, clarity, diversity and innovation mode. The five applicants of subscriptions with the top five highest points will be selected. The selected participants will be informed by e-mails.

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*  all project participants should be nationals of one of 51 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an intergovernmental platform of dialogue and co-operation between Asia and Europe. ASEF is the only permanent institution of ASEM and works with public funding from ASEM governments. ASEM now includes: Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Lao P.D.R., Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and Viet Nam.


Established by 25 European and Asian countries, together with the European Commission, in 1997, ASEF is the only permanently established institution of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and is funded by voluntary contributions from its member governments and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.

ASEF Creative Networks

ASEF Creative Networks supports collaborative projects that favour the building of cultural/artistic networks in Asia and Europe. Through this programme ASEF seeks to strengthen its role as a connector between cultural networks in Asian and Europe since the past 15 years.

Eurasian Creaspace Networking

Eurasian Creaspace Networking (ECN) is an ASEF-funded programme organized by Econcult of the University of Valencia and Cultural Industry Institute of Yunnan University. ECN aims to bridge cultural actors between Asia and Europe and formulate best practice guidance of small and mid-size cultural and creative spaces for social and economic innovation through study visits and workshops.