European Conference of Cultural and Creative Spaces
4-7 June 2020 inEbeltoft, Denmark

What kinds of impact are cultural organisations making? How are they contributing to a more diverse, just and inclusive society? How can they co-create positive societal change?How are they monitoring their own footprint? And what are the most effective ways to communicate these impacts? This is the essence of what we will be exploring together in Ebeltoft, Denmark in June 2020.

Cultural Impact Now! is the biggest event of its kind in Europe, bringing together 400+ professionals from non-governmental and public cultural centres, and policy makers. Together we will learn about, discuss and evaluate the impact of arts and culture from a critical and holistic perspective. If you work at a cultural centre — no matter what type — this is the most important event for you this year!

Who is inviting?

Created in collaboration between The European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) (, Trans Europe Halles (TEH) (link?) and the host and a TEH-member Maltfabrikken (link?), this conference is the first joint event of its kind for both non-governmental and public European cultural centres.

Who can participate?

The conference is open to members of the ENCC and TEH networks as well as other actors and stakeholders, such as policymakers, researchers, managers and staff of organisations or projects in the cultural and creative sector.

What can they expect?

An unconventional, engaging and inspiring conference that invites participants to explore and co-create.

A program offering a variety of keynote speeches, workshops, debate and dialogue in an artistic and creative setting.

A unique opportunity to meet peers and policymakers from all across Europe, to share knowledge and debate on the impact of arts and culture on people’s lives, communities, cities and societies.

Why Ebeltoft?

When discussing cultural impact, the conference venue and its surroundings are an interesting case. Maltfabrikken, the town of Ebeltoft and Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region)are  living examples of how cultural organisations play an important role in the development of  the communities they are a part of.

What is Maltfabrikken?

Maltfabrikken in Ebeltoft is both very old and brand new. Founded as a malting house in 1861 and closed down in 1998, the old factory was falling apart and facing demolition when a group of local people decided to save its iconic red buildings and turn them into a centre for all kinds of cultural and creative activities. After a fundraising tour de force and extensive redesigning and reconstruction, Maltfabrikken is now ready to begin its new life as a cultural and creative powerhouse with a huge heart – also known as The Peoples Factory.

As part of the developmental process Maltfabrikken joined the network of Trans Europe Halles (TEH), thereby becoming a regional cultural player with a strong European dimension.

From 2020 Maltfabrikken will host a microbrewery, creative workspaces, festival facilities, a concert hall, a youth culture club, visual arts/exhibitions/crafts, artists in residence, a public library, a museum, archives and much more in its five buildings.

Hospitality, openness, co-creation, “hygge”, community building and social inclusion via creative expression is Maltfabrikken’s DNA. Through international networks and projects Maltfabrikken is working to learn from and contribute to the diversity of cultural and creative environments in Europe and the rest of the world.

About Ebeltoft

Ebeltoft (Population: 7200) is an old harbour town on the attractive east coast of Denmark. It is located in Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region) on the green and hilly Djursland peninsula.

Ebeltoft is popular for its beautiful old town centre with romantic cobbled streets and centuries-old half-timbered houses. Apart from its old-world charm, Ebeltoft has several notable cultural venues such as the internationally renowned Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, the Frigate „Jutland“ – the longest wooden warship in the world, The European Film College, offering international courses in filmmaking and last, but not least, Maltfabrikken.

The town is popular with artisans such as glassblowers, potters, painters and designers.

In 2009 the scenic National Park Mols Bjerge („Mols Mountains“), which includes the town of Ebeltoft,  was inaugurated. In recent years the town has also become renowned for its vibrant culinary culture and for the Institute of Meals. In 2017, as part of „Rethink Aarhus – European Capital of Culture“, Ebeltoft and the developing Maltfabrikken hosted several cultural projects.

When discussing cultural impact, the conference venue and its surroundings are an interesting case in point, with Maltfabrikken, the town of Ebeltoft and Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region) as living examples of how cultural organisations play an important role in developing the society they are a part of.

Practical information

Ebeltoft is situated  on the east coast of Jutland in Central Denmark Region.

We have listed several recommended routes for travelling to Ebeltoft. You can read more about them HERE (link to the PDF travel document). Mind that the Conference starts on Thursday morning but you are welcome to arrive a bit earlier.

If you are from outside of the EU, please, take care of getting visa in advance. Here are a few tips on what you might need to do to get one (link to the visa pdf).

We recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible, as the conference takes place during  the main holiday season in Ebeltoft and Denmark. Here you can find a list of hotels and hostels in the area that we recommend (link to the pdf).

Please, mind that we have special accommodation arrangements for ENCC and TEH members. When registering for the Conference, we urge you to book accommodation right away with the promo code that we’ll send you in the confirmation email. The spaces are limited so do it as early as possible.

About TEH

Trans Europe Halles is one of the oldest and most dynamic cultural networks in Europe. It has been at the forefront of repurposing abandoned buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. The network is based in Sweden and has 127 members in 36 different countries across Europe – from Spain to Ukraine.

TEH members differ in organisational structure, size, background and range of activities they organise. The network is strong in its diversity. Each of the members has unique expertise and experience.

About ENCC

The European Network of Cultural Centres was founded in 1994 to promote dialogue and cooperation between social-oriented cultural centres throughout Europe. It is both a network of direct members and a “network of networks”. Today, the ENCC gathers about 5000 cultural organisations in 24 countries, with very diverse structures, practices and audiences. We align on values of cultural equality, active citizenship, intercultural diversity and sustainability.

The ENCC’s main action lines are capacity building, networking and advocacy. We organise meetings, conferences, trainings and staff exchanges, participate in research and data-gathering, create tools and publications, and connect our members with other actors from the cultural sector. We also support social and cultural innovation by mentoring international cooperation projects. Empowering cultural centres’ communities is our priority.

Tickets and pricing

Early Bird Registration
Closes on 30 March, 2020

TEH & ENCC members – 98 Euros

Non-members – 138 Euros

Balkans and EaP countries*
(TEH & ENCC members) – 80 Euros


Regular registration
Opens on 1 April until 17 May