History: NEWNet & Stadt Nach Acht

The first NIGHTS conference was held 2013 in Padua, Italy. It was the dissemination conference of the NEWIP project, founded by the European Union. The main objectives in Padua were related to health and safety within nightlife and music-festivals. Around 200 european experts participated.

Thanks to the cooperation with the Clubcommission Berlin, the second edition was organized in 2016. Following the overwhelming involvement of over 500 participants, the Clubcommission and NEWNet were highly motivated to organize, in 2017, the third conference in Berlin again.

Since 2016 the event started to be organized around four thematic pillars: City Development, Culture, Economy and Safe Night Out. This means the conference now gathers professionals from various sectors, and leads to exchanges on a broader range of issues going from (illegal) substances, health, consumption-patterns and mobile drug-checking, to updated night-time statistics, night majors, ambassadors, city councils developments, urban spaces management, the integration of refugees and a closer look at rave “awareness”. More than 600 nightlife experts from more than 20 countries were reason enough to continue with this successful story.

After Padua and Berlin, the NIGHTS conference movement now picked Brussels as the location for the fourth edition of this international and interdisciplinary nightlife conference.

Why Brussels?

Belgium has a very diverse and rich nightlife culture. It is famous for its world class festivals, its amazing club scene, and its wide variety of bars and restaurants. Brussels, being the home of many international organisations and EU institutions, is hosting an ever growing number of citizens and tourists. The City/Region is increasingly becoming cosmopolitan, and its nightlife is evolving accordingly.

Researchers, nightlife experts, EU networkers, public institutions professionals, politicians, city managers, street workers and visionary project developers will share their expertise, specific knowledge, theories and good practice to exchange on the future of nightlife. The cross-sectoral discussions and perspectives will also lead to an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary networking on a European scale.

And, of course, you will have plenty of opportunities to discover the city and the diversity of its nightlife offer: