October 10 -16 Bucharest Industria Bumbacului
Creative Est
Eastern-European Creative Industries Festival


About us

A regional festival celebrating creative industries in Eastern-Europe. The ultimate destination for networking, learning and discovery.
The 2nd edition of Creative Est festival will unfold during October 10 – 16 in Bucharest, fostering a diverse learning and discovery space for Romanian and Eastern-European creative industries. This year’s festival is dedicated to exploring how design, fashion, art and technology can shape our cities and boost the quality of our urban life. Keen on helping creative people reach their goals, Creative Est will be the ultimate destination for networking and inspiration, hosting workshops, interactive talks and showcases. The main event, Creative Est Market, will take place in an industrial textiles factory located in central Bucharest and reinvented through creative means. Join us in supporting local creativity!


The first edition of Creative Est took place in autumn 2015, bringing together 25 international speakers, 70 Romanian start-ups working in fashion, technology, gastronomy and music, as well as over 3000 supporters of local creativity. A former textiles factory was turned into a large market celebrating creative and innovative products – a first step towards creating an alternative ecosystem of small producers tuning talent into economic value.
Bucharest and Romania can become the Eastern-European hub of creative industries, if we explore and grow its creative ecosystem.
Almost half of Bucharest’s workers belong to creative classes (technology, advertising, architecture, photography, design, fashion, gastronomy), generating 62,56% out of the national fiscal value. At the moment Bucharest has 16.398 firms running creative activities, meaning approximately 12.5 % out of the total number of economic traders.
With 67.515 people working in cultural and creative sectors, Bucharest is the 17th European city according to the total number of employees belonging to creatives classes, very close to Berlin. On the other hand, Bucharest is the 3rd European city when it comes to the percentage of people working in creative industries out of the total number of employees – 12,34% of Bucharest workers have jobs in creative industries.


Market Participants


Festival Agenda

Designing the future - Romanian Design Council - Monday Oct 10

A full day bringing together designers, academia and innovators to tackle the subjects of design education, design in business/policy.

Full programme and tickets here -

Workshops - Tuesday Oct 11, Wednesday Oct 12, Thursday Oct 13

Dedicated to present and future entrepreneurs, this is the place to learn and debate daily challenges and opportunities, best local and international practices in business planning within creative industries.

Aperitiv Creativ - Friday Oct 14

One-day conference build as a marathon of inspiring speeches and debates. Book your ticket in advance.

Pitching session - Friday Oct 14

``Get in The Ring`` is a competition challenging creative start-ups to their maximum potential, organised by GEA Strategy & Consulting during the festival. 5 start-ups have to argue their idea in front of the jury to win the big prize and take the next step in their business.

Market - Saturday Oct 15 & Sunday Oct 16

Bringing together the best artisans, artists and designers in Eastern Europe, Creative Est market celebrates ideas made possible. Over 50 stands of design, art, technology, fashion, gastronomy and urban development will revive a post-communist textiles factory brought to life with the occasion of Creative Est Festival. Audience will get the chance to discover and buy Eastern-European genuine design products, supporting local talent and creativity, while contributing to growing Bucharest's creative ecosystem. Food market included.

Market - Family Day - Sunday Oct 16

Playfulness and creativity come together in a day dedicated to the whole family. Special workshops and stands fostering curiosity and discovery will fuel the imagination of the little ones.


The Team

We are a diverse team of excited people about creative industries
Sabina Baciu

Sabina Baciu

Festival Director

Andra Rotaru

Andra Rotaru

Communication officer

Iulia Cojocaru

Iulia Cojocaru

Educational Program Manager

Răzvan Crișan

Răzvan Crișan

ORICUM Association President

Octavian Todiruț

Octavian Todiruț


Mihai Mija

Mihai Mija

Sponsorship Collaborator

Daniela Ștefănescu

Daniela Ștefănescu

Communication Manager

Gabriela Coteț

Gabriela Coteț

Project Assistant



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