Creative Europe Roundtable and Networking

"It fired my imagination": Creative Europe Edinburgh event

On 26 August 2016 – at the heart of the Edinburgh festivals – we were joined by over 100 people for an event about European collaboration. Delegates heard inspirational discussions about personal experiences of European projects and partnerships.

Chaired by Leonie Bell, Head of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland, the panel included Judith Knight from Artsadmin, Una Nic Eoin from Prime Cut Productions, Nuno Sacremento, Director of Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and Fiona Ferguson from Imaginate

The evening continued into the night over wine, nibbles and networking. 

So what did the delegates think about the evening? We asked them a few questions.

What did you find useful about the event?

Hannah Ayre,  Curated Place: 

"Hearing positive news on Europe. The case studies were very useful and good networking - I met two people who had nothing to do with dance but could be very useful in future."

Anonymous delegate: 

"Great to meet people from other parts of the UK and Europe and inspiring to hear the speakers talking about working with other countries."

Anonymous delegate: 

"The networking. I met some lovely, interesting people who are in the same geographical area as I am for a project (Aberdeenshire). It will hopefully lead to future working relationships." 

Did it make you feel more positive about European cooperation? 

Anita Clark, The Work Room:

"The panellists were honest but incredibly positive about what their organisations and the artists that they had worked with had gained through these projects."

Anonymous delegate:

"Yes. I could better understand how relationships develop, the kind of benefits and the challenges of European cooperation."

Are you more confident about considering Creative Europe as an opportunity for your organisation?

Anita Clark, The Work Room:

"It fired my imagination to be thinking about potential partners and projects. We are really interested in developing an EU project."

Anonymous delegate:

"Yes because of the positive funding stories.  No because it sounds as if it's lots of admin... but I was definitely encouraged to do more research!"

Anonymous delegate: 

"Yes. It helped me visualise how it could work and gave me ideas for projects we could do."

Ken Gordon, Enterprise Europe Network Scotland:

"Creative Europe is a great opportunity for the right people." 

Take a look at the Storify to see how the evening went on Twitter.

Image by Kat Gollock