Lights ON! is the ENCC’s flagship staff exchange, training and mentoring programme for young professionals working in cultural organisations. It offers participants international work experience and a European perspective, and helps them acquire new competences and skills that are crucial for their work with their audience and the broader community.
The Lights ON! programme is one of the ways the ENCC supports cultural centres’ staff, by building their capacities to face new professional and social challenges, reinforcing European cooperation and working communities, and reflecting and exchanging in a European and global context.
Since 2008, the programme has supported the mobility of 116 participants from 80 different cultural centres in 17 European countries.
The focus of The 2022 edition of LIGHTS ON is Change for Innovation and Community Development
We made a call for those who feel the urge to bring new qualities and values to their communities, so affected by the consequences of Covid-19. We asked to hear from junior cultural operators to whom culture matters.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi.
We believe cultural centres can be drivers for community change and territorial development and the role of cultural operators is crucial.
This year, LIGHTS ON will offer 11 selected young professionals a funded training and mobility experience around the topic of Change for Innovation and Community Development.
The multilayered programme will be focused on tools that can support our fellows in these challenges, with a view to finding solutions that will resonate within their organisations and communities.
We will experiment with creative ways for community development and rethink together the role of each organisation. On an individual level, the fellows will learn how to take themselves and their needs into account in difficult professional situations, and how to best translate their talents and competencies into satisfying results as cultural operators in a challenging context. The cultural management training will be enriched with soft skills coaching.
LIGHTS ON 2022 will experiment with many formats, both digital and live: experiential learning, self-directed learning, study visits, discussions, group and individual work, theory vs. practice, and democratic moderation.
Beyond the cultural management and soft skills training, the fundamental aim of the programme is for its alumni to become part of a supportive community of European cultural practitioners who exchange experiences, learn together and establish friendships and cooperation.
This edition offers preparatory online training; an individual preparatory work; a 5-day live meeting in Irun (Basque Country, Spain), a minimum 7-day exchange with another cultural organisation, and an online evaluation meeting.
The programme is developed by the ENCC, in close collaboration with experienced trainers.
WELCOME & THANKS FOR JOINING US!
For this 2022 edition, thanks to the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the ENCC was able to invite 11 colleagues from 10 European countries.