About the project
What are the spaces that young people need to be creative, to experiment, to develop their talents?
This was the key question of the project 'Creative Spaces' that 9 partners in Europe, with the Belgian network Vitamine C as coordinating partner, focused on, during 2015 and 2016.
Young people are creative, experimental and uniquely placed to invest in the evolution of our communities, the development of culture and the building of a sustainable society. In order to support and enable this investment, young people need space. Space to be creative, to experiment, to develop their talents. But what is this kind of Creative Space?
Our interest was spaces that seem to have creativity in their genetics and genesis. During two years, we visited spaces, we talked to young people, we researched and surveyed, we spoke with practitioners and with users.
We made several interviews, testimonials and video’s of young people and professionals.
We discussed, we argued and we initiated an online questionnaire that helped us to find some keywords and surprises, as well.
We concluded that there are some things that such spaces do share and we believe that such characteristics are also partly transferable. In our Manifesto, which is based on our own discussions but also and more importantly on the answers of young people via the online questionnaire, we present 1) what we found out are the needs of the young people and users of these creative spaces 2) our colleagues’ creative spaces all over Europe and 3) the approach of policy makers.
Also in this website, you will find a mapping of Creative Spaces all around Europe.
Although we are proud to be able to present you these conclusions and guidelines as the results of this European project Creative Spaces, all of this, of course, is a work in progress. Just as creativity and creative spaces cannot ever be fully defined, they don’t have to be final, they can’t be - that’s their true nature. That is why you’re very welcome to join the discussion and to contribute your observations and experiences, whether you’re a young person, a professional,
creator or running such a place or you’re responsible for decisions on policy level.