LA CONCERTATION — A cultural and artistic cooperation to make the territory of Brussels and its inhabitants live and thrive
La Concertation - Network for Cultural Action in Brussels is a non-profit organisation gathering several members that are involved in the sociocultural and artistic sector in the Brussels’ Region*. They are actively committed to establishing links and building bridges between various actors working with local communities while aiming at establishing themselves as a regional structure*, a federative network which is also uniquely representative of the Brussels way of life. La Concertation strongly believes that all the organisations of the Brussels sociocultural and artistic sector share values and common goals, which are specific to the urban environment that is surrounding them. This network is currently composed of 20 members: 13 cultural centres and 7 associations, representing over 150 professionals working in the sector. The cultural centres represent the founding members of the organisation. As a platform, their aims are the following: Network-strengthening and capacity building through several working groups on specific topics or issues — Advocacy and policy recommendations through collective mobilisation — Project implementation and campaigning — Communication.
Staff members: 1-5
Target groups: They reach the community in its diversity.
Areas of work: Sociocultural activities & cultural mediation — Artistic activities — Community & civic activities — Local / regional / national projects — International projects (EU and beyond) / managing EU funds — Artistic creation / production — Capacity building activities / Courses / Trainings / Lifelong learning activities — Dissemination of information / awareness raising activities — Cultural distribution and promotion — Coordination of a network — Networking / cooperation
Fields of work: Theatre — Music — Circus art / Clowning — Street art — Amateur art — Development of alternative / non-conventional / innovative art practices — Folk culture, traditions, etc. (intangible culture heritage) — Painting, drawing — Photography — Digital arts — Graphic arts — Sculpture — Film, video
Topics of work: Diversity, minorities, interculturalities & identities / migration & refugees — Fighting discrimination / stereotypes, inclusion, social cohesion & community development — Intergenerational relations & ageing — Disabilities & inclusion — Gender & sexual orientation equality — Participation / audience engagement — Impact of cultural activities — Good governance — Cultural rights — Human rights & Democracy — Conditions of cultural workers, labor right & human resources — Territorial development on local and regional levels — Revitalisation / activation of public space — European citizenship and identity — International(isation) and mobility — European capitals of culture — Digitalisation — Sustainability — Climate change & environment — Voluntary art / work
EU/International cooperation: Human Library Online (Erasmus+ KA1, 5 partners, topic: empower participants in developing competencies - skills, knowledge, and attitudes - related to promoting respect for diversity through online-methods "Human library and related")
Priorities for the network: Getting methodological approaches in defining, creating and evaluating new projects —Defining and finding appropriate indicators for cultural/artistic/social projects — Learning about past experiences and finding new approaches for co-built projects — Exchange of practices — Cooperating on these topics in particular: diversity, migration, any form of isolation (digital, age or gender related, socio-economic, ...), gender equality, sustainability, how physical or psychological frontiers can be experienced in a territory either as barriers but also as meeting points — Contributing to a broader cultural network of professionals and playing their part in breaking down barriers
* NB: Belgium is divided into three linguistic communities: the Flemish, the French and the German-speaking ones. They are responsible for the cultural policy in their own region (Wallonia for the French and German-speaking communities; Flanders for the Flemish community). Brussels is a city-region (with 19 municipalities), but its cultural policy is a shared competence between the Flemish and the French-communities on its city-region territory.