Creative Capital United

Creative Forum Ljubljana is organised by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union for the Mediterranean. Our Forum is the only platform that links the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans through creativity. It provides capacity building, networking opportunities, room for debate and policy review. It is an advocate for and a catalyst of policy change that would create an enabling environment for the cultural and creative sector at the regional level.

While its first edition in April 2018 reviewed the regional state of affairs in the cultural and creative sector, this year’s Forum will set the ground for collective action. Under the title “Creative Capital United”, it is an invitation to unite our forces – regionally and sectorally from education to the economy and policy making.

Deep blue as a symbol of the Mediterranean Sea on whose shores we create, we impact, we make change. Nautical flags as a symbol of universal language to safely navigate our ideas to the desired ports. Join us! Start connecting with policy makers and creative communities from twenty countries!

Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Palestine, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

Creative Forum Ljubljana 2018 Report


DAY 1 / 12 November 2019

(All participants and general public)
Warming up! Two inspiring keynotes, followed by a networking dinner.

DAY 2 / 13 November 2019

(Creative hubs)
Tailor-made workshops for 20 selected creative hub managers to co-create innovative future projects.

(Creative entrepreneurs)
Field excursion to explore the most innovative local practices & exchange experience.

(All participants)
Evening tour of Ljubljana & reception at City Museum.

DAY 3 / 14 November 2019

(All participants)
High-level political conference: policy makers speeches & panels, creatives keynotes & insights.

(All participants and general public)
Official Launch Party of BIO26 – Common Knowledge (Biennial of Design) at Museum of Architecture & Design

DAY 4 / 15 November 2019

(All participants)
Creative tourism study trip.

The final version of the programme will be published on 30 September.

Speakers and Participants

Are you striving to unleash creativity’s potential for regional development? 

Creative Forum Ljubljana is a meeting point of policy makers, creatives, entrepreneurs, civil society and media. Join 150 participants from 20 countries and 3 different regions! 

Upcoming: bios of speakers, panelists and other active participants


The Venue: Poligon Creative Centre



The Poligon Creative Centre is a training ground for creative communities and freelancers working in CCI. Since 2014 this pioneering Slovenian creative hub has co-produced over 1,200+ creative and cultural events, and hosted more than 50,000 visitors. So far 780 professionals from 40 different countries have worked at Poligon and just recently it was named the 3rd best coworking platform in the World.
Poligon is also an active member of the European Creative Hubs Network.



Participant Registration

Please register by 31 October 2019.
(If you need a visa, please register as soon as possible.)

Media Registration

Please register by 8 November 2019.
(If you need a visa, please register as soon as possible.)


The high-level political forum on 14 November 2019 will be held in Slovenian, English and French. All other parts of the Forum will be held in English only.


Depending on the country you come from, Slovenia can easily be reached by air or land. The closest airports are Ljubljana, Trieste, Venice or Zagreb. We recommend booking an airport shuttle prior to your arrival. If you need more information, please contact the organisers.


If you need a visa, make sure to mark this in the registration form. If so, the organisers will send you all the necessary information.


Ljubljana offers a wide range of different hotels and you are welcome to book any of them. A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked at hotels Slon and Park for Forum participants. If you would like to take advantage of the early-bird price, please book by 30 September 2019 and specify that you are coming to the Forum.

Best Western Premier Hotel Slon
+386 1 470 11 00

B&B Hotel Park Ljubljana
+386 1 300 2 500


+386 1 478 67 65


Republic of Slovenia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs       Union for the Mediterranean      GIZ


       Republic of Slovenia - Ministry of Economic Development and Technology                      City of Ljubljana               European Crative Hubs Network                                              Bled Strategic Forum