Who are our speakers and experts?
Our moderator & expert:
Geoffrey Brown is one of the UK’s leading independent experts in helping the sector understand and access funding from the European Union. He is the director of EUCLID, which managed the UK Cultural Contact Point (CCP – promoting the EU’s Culture programme) from 1999 to 2009, and which now also manages OffWestEnd network of independent, alternative and fringe theatres in London.
Our keynote speaker:
Rosa Pérez Monclús, from Culture Action Europe, is a policy analyst specialised in the cultural field. Her background combines experience in the private sector as a strategy consultant, in the public management of culture in the UK and as a cultural policy assistant in the Ministry of Culture of Spain. She holds a BA in Humanities, a double degree in Economics and Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Cultural and Creative Industries. Her deep commitment to the cultural field has led her to pursue an on-going PhD in cultural policy at King’s College London.
Find out more about the organisations who have registered to participate in the event and who will be open to meeting cooperation partners.
Our speakers from the SILO project:
Helena Bijnens is teacher trainer at the Teacher Training Department of UCLL and project manager of several Erasmus+ and Creative Europe projects dealing with: “education of the future” and “art of teaching”. Currently, Helena is managing the project SILO, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. The aim of SILO is to bridge the distance between elite and everyday culture. SILO works on making accessible foreign European literature for everyone, especially for groups that do not normally come into contact with literature.
Katrine Solvang Larsen works at Aarhus University as special advisor. She is the cofounder, with with Lise Kloster Gram from Aarhus Libraries, of the international author scene ‘Authors in Aarhus’. The scene has presented authors like A.S. Byatt, Siri Hustvedt and Jon Kalman Stefansson.
Tobias Frenssen is an artist educator at UCLL (BE) and ArtEZ in Zwolle (NL), and a researcher in the expertise centre “Art of Teaching”. He manages several local and international projects focussed on, among others, artin public spaces and the artistic-educational complexity.
Uxío Novoneyra currently works as a funding expert and project manager for several cultural and educational organisations throughout Spain. He is also a consultant for several policy organisations. Before that, he was a government advisor to the Environment and Youth departments of the Ourense city council. As the promoter of the Fundacion Uxio Novoneyra, a poetry foundation named after his father, the famous Galician poet Uxío Novoneyra, he works on promoting and developing the Galician region in the fields of culture and culturaltourism (especially linked to literature), and supporting education through social and youth policies linked to cultural management, ICT, the environment and rural development.
Anna Gács is a literary critic and translator. She is an associate professor at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In 2015-2018 she was the president of the Hungarian Society of Writers, Critics and Literary Translators.
Ana Pejović is from Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology and has worked as a literary editor in several publishing houses in Belgrade. She is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the association KROKODIL, where she is in charge of the Writers-in-residence programme. She is also the co-founder of the KROKODIL festival.
Our experts in European projects (for the expert speed-dating sessions and the presentation on Erasmus+ and Europe Creative):
Maïa Sert works as a project manager for On the Move network. She is a specialist in international cultural cooperation and in particular EU-funded projects, thanks to her hands-on experience (Creative Europe, INTERREG, Erasmus+).
Nicolas Combes, vice-general director at the World Heritage site Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans (EPCC), is specialised in European projects and funding. He has been interim director of the EPCC, former general administrator of the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, and co-coordinator of Jordi Savall's triannual residency and the ORPHEUS XXI project.
Raluca Iacob is a cultural manager and policy researcher involved in cultural planning, research about the misuse of European funds, evolution of the independent cultural sector and public administration skills in culture. She has managed projects that supported culture+education partnerships in schools, and worked as a grant-evaluator and trainer. She manages m3 culture in Bucarest, an organisation dedicated to improving cultural management practices and policy-making.
Ilona Asare leads a non-governmental think tank organisation CultureLab (Latvia), is member of the ENCC board and her doctoral research interest concentrates on culture's role in sustainable community development. She has a considerable experience in European project management funded by Erasmus+, Interreg, Creative Europe and other programmes, while working in the Culture department of Cesis municipality in Latvia. She hold a MA degree in Culture management and has studied European cultural planning at the Montfort University (UK).
Ivo Peeters is the Director of the cultural centre De Zeyp in Brussels. Born in 1954 with a master’s degree in Political and Social science, he has 30 years of experience working at the local and international level, and is one of the founders of the ENCC. He has been involved in conceiving and facilitating many European cooperation projects, with a special focus on arts and disabilities. Today he is chairman of the ENCC board.
Study visits (June 5th)
Museu do Oriente: The idea of opening in Lisbon a museum dedicated to the Orient coincides with the establishment of the Fundação Oriente, in 1988. Following a Portuguese tradition, the Foundation allowed itself to be guided by its vocation to build links between civilizations in the West and in the East that have become indispensable to guarantee a peaceful future in the 21st century. Its legacy is the spirit of the bygone Portuguese, the navigators who invented the union of the world. Its collections of Portuguese and Asian art are an important demonstration of the historical encounters between the West and East. With the same purpose, the collections that assemble traditional cultures of Asia are a demonstration of its richness, of its plurality and its genius, that we want better known in Portugal and in Europe.
Centro Nacional de Cultura Centro Nacional de Cultura (CNC) was founded in 1945 as an “intellectuals’ club” in which to exchange ideas. It was the brainchild of a group of monarchists who wished to defend a free culture. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s it developed to become a democratic forum, and by the late 1970s, after the 25 April 1974 revolution, it began a new phase under the team leadership of Helena Vaz da Silva. It now includes a range of activities addressed to a broad spectrum of the public: Sunday Walks, travel, training courses, international meetings and seminars, exhibitions, publications, literary and artistic competitions, prizes and grants, children’s activities, providing cultural services for schools, corporations and foreign groups visiting Portugal. Currently the CNC’s main objectives are to promote, defend, disseminate, and document Portuguese cultural heritage, to promote “cultural tourism” based on an integrated idea of tourism, environment, heritage, and cultural itineraries, and to educate the younger generations about global citizenship. Its action can be summarized as a policy of “establishing contacts,” “articulating,” and “making things happen.” A branch was opened in 2006 in the city of Oporto.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo:The Museu Nacional do Azulejo is one of the most important national museums, for its unique collection -theAzulejo (tile), an artistic expression which differentiates the Portuguese culture, and for the building where it is located - the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus (Mother of God), founded in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor (1458- 1525), and a former cloistered convent for the Order of Saint Clare, the female version of the Order of Saint Francis. The National Tile Museum has a unique tile collection which illustrates the history of the Portuguese azulejo from 15th century to the present day. The brightness and vibrancy of the Islamic motifs combines with the richness of the 17th patterns, the freshness of the Baroque blue and white and the delicacy of the neoclassical subjects. By presenting the work of contemporary artists, the museum shows how this quintessentially Portuguese expression on the decorative arts is still thriving today. The splendid and beautiful building of Madre de Deus with its church, gilded woodcarvings and paintings, its cloisters and gardens, makes a visit to the National Tile Museum a truly memorable experience. It will hopefully inspire visitors to discover more about Lisbon and Portugal.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga: Created in 1884, the MNAA-Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is the home to the most important Portuguese public collection of art, ranging from paintings to sculpture, and gold and silverware, as well as decorative arts from Europe, Africa and the Far East. With over 40,000 items, the MNAA collection has the largest number of works classified by the State as “national treasures”. In its various sections, it also has a number of major works of art in the context of the world artistic heritage. Resulting from the incorporations of both the country’s ecclesiastical property and the contents of its royal palaces,the MNAA collection has been further enhanced over the years through generous donations and important purchases, illustrating some of the best artistic work produced or accumulated in Portugal between the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Contemporary Era.