European Conference of Cultural and Creative Spaces



Cultural Impact Now! European Conference of Cultural and Creative Spaces, initially planned for June 2020, has been rescheduled to June 2021. The location and topic will remain unchanged.

Together we will learn about, discuss and evaluate the impact of arts and culture from a critical and holistic perspective – a topic which in the current crisis is taking on a new urgency.

Who is inviting?

Created by Trans Europe Halles (TEH), The European Network of Cultural Centres* (ENCC), and a TEH-member Maltfabrikken, this conference is the first joint event of its kind for both independent and public European cultural and creative spaces.

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, and other professionals from the cultural and creative sector.  

What to 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.

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.


Registration for the event has been paused for now. All registered participants will be refunded. We will let you know when we re-open the registration. 

Practical information


As for now it is not clear how the current COVID-19 situation will effect travel within Europe, we suggest you refrain from booking travel for now. We will updated about the travel possibilities as soon as we know more.


If you have booked accommodation through us, you will be refunded in the next few weeks. You will receive an email with a detailed information regarding refunding process. Don’t worry, you don’t need to do anything – all the heavy work will be on us.

About ENCC

  • The European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) 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. They align on values of cultural equality, active citizenship, intercultural diversity and sustainability. The ENCC’s main action lines are capacity building, networking and advocacy. They organise meetings, conferences, trainings and staff exchanges, participate in research and data-gathering, create tools and publications, and connect their members with other actors from the cultural sector. They also support social and cultural innovation by mentoring international cooperation projects. Empowering cultural centres’ communities is their priority. More about ENCC. 


  • Regarding the programme or the venue, please email Tone at 
  • For questions about travel and accommodation, contact Georg at
  • For questions about accommodation or anything related to TEH network, write to