The 2018 Shortcut Europe meeting will focus on 'Exploring Cultural Spaces' - those new and unexpected spaces that cultural centres are creating by interacting with and transforming their environment.
In 2018, the ENCC celebrates its 25th year of representing cultural centres in Europe and worldwide. The start of the 1990s was a time when many of the European cultural networks were formalised, in the aftermath of the fall of the Iron Curtain, when energies started to flow freely. A sense of community and solidarity, a renewed will to promote cooperation and exchange both within the cultural field and the European governments fostered their establishment. The Council of Europe gave an impulse by the creation of a European Forum of Cultural Networks, and with the Maastricht Treaty, culture entered the sphere of European policies. This year we'll be both looking back at the changes networks and cultural centres have experienced over the last quarter of a century, and looking forward to new forms to come.
The conference will offer two days filled with presentations on best practices, on evolutions of organisational and economic paradigms; with testimonies on the impact of going European or joining a network. Two days to learn how the EU (Commission, Parliament, Creative Europe Desks) sees and projects the development of local cultural actors; to join open space sessions to explore the future; to imagine new models of organisation, activity design, participation and communication.
The event will be hosted by our member Cultuurhuis de Warande, regional arts centre in Turnhout - a small Belgian town with a huge cultural offer, including a film festival, a visual art exhibition and a dance performance during our two-day meeting. All interested are welcome to register, and in particular cultural professionals and stakeholders from local, regional and European levels, fellow networks, cultural centres, museums, theatres and NGOS; researchers and students; and artists.
Follow this page to find out more about the programme and the speakers in the coming weeks.