How to transition from a hub to a node? How to build, in partnership with stakeholders on your territory, a network that will allow your organisation to better understand and tackle local challenges?
BUILD YOUR LOCAL NETWORK [AND KEEP IT ALIVE]!
Local networks can bring to member organisations (1) greater resilience for their organisation, (2) greater impact on their community, (3) new perspectives on artistic work, and even (4) improved well-being of cultural practitioners. The list is open and we want to complete it with you during our next Travelling Academy.
Register for Travelling Academy 2018
This year we are going East/West (to the East of Europe and the West of Romania) to share best practices and new models of local cultural networks. Professionals from all over Europe will gather in Ambasada, an exceptional space in Timisoara, for 2 days of keynotes, thematic working groups, sharing experiences and exploring the rich cultural environment of Timisoara. The event is organised in the framework of ECoC Timisoara 2021, and Simona Neumann, Executive director of the project, will be with us to discuss its vision.
Who should attend?
Cultural managers, researchers, trainers and educators, artists and artist collectives, policy makers, academics and students from all over Europe. As well as all operators from arts and culture organisations, culture/education/ social city services and social NGOs looking to create or strengthen your impact on your community, multiply your resources and diversify your audience. This event can be particularly interesting for participants from public and independent cultural centres, museums, theatres, schools and creative start-ups.
The meeting will kick off with two keynotes on local networks, from the point of view of a ECoC (with Chris Torch from Timisoara 2021), and of one of the cultural organisations in an ECoC (Milan Vracar from Kulturanova, Novi Sad). A debate will follow these two very different perspectives.
Best practice presentations will include Helga Massetani from MUGAKIDE, a French/Spanish network grouping arts organisations around the Bidasoa river, on the border between Spain and France. Rete delle Case del Quartiere, from Turin, will discuss their network of neighbourhood houses and their "commons-based urban welfare" project. We'll also have a presentation from a Belgian network, which we'll confirm in the coming days. And our hosts at Ambasada will tell us about their own network model.
After the presentations, small thematic working groups will form around the topics from each presentation. This will be a moment for exchanging, learning and collaborating.
On the second day of the meeting, a networking brunch will be followed by study visits in the city (more details to come).
Please check the programme tab below for the full schedule, and stay tuned in the coming days for more practical information.
What do we mean by "local network"?
We'll be looking at fluid types of cooperation in which local organisations go beyond the centrifugal model of the cultural "hub" to become "nodes" in a tentacular cluster at the scale of a city or a territory. The networks that we'll be presenting are radically different in structure, from a string of activist "community houses" in Turin to a transborder French/Spanish network focused on art, geography and anthropology.
About the hosting venue
Ambasada, an independent cultural centre in an industrial heritage building, will be our host and our guide to the city. Read more about this cultural resource centre and co-working space which was born from a music festival and is becoming the home of a network of NGOs and creative communities. Or you could watch a short video in English about it.
Free entrance to Culture Action Europe "Beyond the Obvious" conference for participants of our meeting
This Travelling Academy is organised in advance of the Culture Action Europe "Beyond the Obvious" conference "Ctrl+Shift Human: Arts, Sciences and Technologies in Coded Societies", on 25-27 October. You are warmly invited to join this inspiring European conference (free of charge for participants of Travelling Academy) and learn more about algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and code, and how they affect our life, our environment and our work as cultural operators. Read more here and please indicate on your registration form if you wish to attend this second event.