Zagreb Forum 2015 – Creative Cities & Europe brings an upgrade of the previous two conferences and wants to introduce new governance models, smart city concepts and financial instruments for developing creative cities of the future industries, that will enable further prosperity of European Union and the region of South East Europe.

The forum debate will be an opportunity to exchange experience in managing cities in the light of EU 2020 Agenda with the emphasis on inclusion principle of good governance and citizens participation. Zagreb Forum will connect and enable co-operation between key stakeholders and present financial and business models for Smart City developments.

The objective of Zagreb Forum is to connect, enable and encourage good practice cases and concrete cooperation among different stakeholders, which influence and develop projects for creative cities & Europe. For that purpose, invited participants will share their views on the future of Europe and the role of cities, with emphasis on Zagreb as innovative and creative hub.


  • City of Zagreb
  • Development Agency Zagreb
  • GFS (GoForeSight) Institute
  • HISB (Croatian institute for futures studies)

Contact details:

Organizing committee Zagreb Forum 2015
E zagrebforum@raza.hr
T +385 1 3667 147

Creativity concept of Zagreb Forum

In todays’ global competition and co-operation, being creative is a sociocultural need of every nation. Creativity should be largely directed towards the strengthening of the culture of deepening of the innovative capacities aiming to develop the quality of life, regardless of the level of involvement.

Creativity potentially represents the most valuable mean of communication and understanding in the European Union, of which Croatia is a member. This is also true in the context of the EU’s vision for the next decade to build a sustainable, inclusive and smart union of the peoples of Europe.

A city is an important locus where the creative process is happening. For this reason, co-operation represents an indispensable tool used by various groups of stakeholders in order to respond to challenges and opportunities, as well as to create new perspectives.

Creativity is a vital force that provides an answer to the challenges of the current time. In cities, these are centred around an increasing need for efficient use of resources such as energy, knowledge and technology. Besides the participation of the citizens and good performance of businesses, strategies for strengthening the innovativeness of the public sector are crucial in tackling these challenges.