Culture Next conferences take place twice a year or, on special occasions, three times a year.

Agendas include workshops, working sessions, networking activities for members, connections with other European network and platforms, as well as a programme dedicated to exploring the local context.


Conferences are organised twice a year, hosted by rotation in members cities;

  • The network coversĀ organisational costs of the event (venue, guest speakers, meals and networking), including and accommodation and travel for full member cities’ representatives (accommodation: 2 hotel nights per person, maximum 2 persons per city; travel: reimbursement of 150 euro per person, maximum 2 persons). Full members do not pay the conference fee;
  • Observing members cover their own travel and accommodation expenses, but are excepted from being the conference fee (250 euro per person);
  • Full Member Cities and Observing Member Cities can take part in all Culture Next conferences during their membership term;
  • Cities interested to join the network may attend one conference (one time only). They have to cover their own expenses and pay a conference fee of 250 euro per person. After attending a Culture Next Cities, cities can choose to apply for membership (Observing Member status) if interested in joining the network and in returning to future Culture Next conferences.


The 12th Culture Next Conference will take place in Oulu, Finland, between February 28 and March 01, 2024. Read the details here.