ENCATC Congress 2023

Artificial Intelligence Embraced: the future of the cultural and creative sector 11-13 October 2023, Helsinki, Finland

Day 1

11 Oct 2023

Day 2

12 Oct 2023

Day 3

13 Oct 2023
08:30 - 17:00


Venue: Musiikkitalo (Sibelius Academy)
Room: Black Box.
Address: Töölönlahdenkatu 16 C

09:00 - 09:30

Sound installation

Jonatan Snapir, Music Technology Department, Sibelius Academy

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome and official opening

Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

09:35 - 09:55

Opening speeches

GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General 
Emilie Gardberg, Dean of the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)
Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramírez, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO
Catherine Magnant, Head of Unit Cultural Policy at DG EAC, European Commission

10:00 - 10:15

A definition of Artificial Intelligence: main capabilities and scientific disciplines

Leonardo Espinosa Leal, Principal Lecturer in Technology at Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki (Finland)

10:15 - 10:18

Introduction to the opening Talk

by Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

10:20 - 10:35

Opening Talk

Stefan Lindström, Ambassador of Digitalization and New Technologies (Finland) 

10:40 - 10:55

Audiovisual live performance

Jonatan Snapir, Music Technology Department, Sibelius Academy

11:00 - 12:00

Panel session in response to the talk

Chair: Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

Vuk Ćosić, Experience strategist & social network designer / pioneer of net.art (Slovenia) 
Linden Walcott-Burton, Culture Policy Officer at Greater London Authority (UK)
María Iglesias, Team Leader, DG EAC, European Commission

12:00 - 12:15

Q&A session

Moderated by Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 -

Meeting point for the Study Visits at the info desk of Musiikkitalo

14:00 - 17:00

5 Study Visits in parallel

  1. Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma (Mannerheiminaukio 2)
  2. Helsinki Central Library, Oodi (Töölönlahdenkatu 4)
  3. National Museum of Finland (Mannerheimintie 34)
  4. Amos Rex (Mannerheimintie 22-24)
  5. National Opera (Helsinginkatu 28)

17:00 - 18:00

Free time

18:15 - 19:00

Registration to access the City Hall

Meeting point: In front of the restaurant Kappeli in the Esplanade park (Esplanadinpuisto) at the following address: Etelä esplanadi 1, 00130 Helsinki.

19:00 - 20:00

Helsinki City reception at the Helsinki City Hall

With a musical performance by Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala (Finnish folk fiddle music, Sibelius Academy alumni)

Address: Old Court House, Aleksanterinkatu 20, Helsinki

08:30 - 19:00


Venue: ARCADA University of Applied Sciences
Address: Jan-Magnus Janssonin aukio 1

09:00 - 09:25

Welcome and opening speeches

Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President
Mona Forsskåhl, Rector of Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Elena Borin, Associate Professor, Link Campus University (Italy)
GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General

09:25 - 09:30

Introduction to the Keynote

Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

09:30 - 09:50

Keynote: Navigating ethical issues in the intersection of creativity and technology

// Hybrid session //

Oonagh Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture & Society, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK) 

09:55 - 10:30

Panel response and conversation with the audience

// Hybrid session //

Moderated by: Violeta Simjanovska, Head of Arts Management Department and Lecturer in Arts Management at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)

Alfons Karabuda, President of the International Music Council
Emma Duester, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
Anna Mari Wallenberg, University Lecturer in Cognitive Science, University of Helsinki, Finnish Center for AI (Finland)

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Education and Research Session - part 1

// Hybrid session //

Read the E&RS programme here.

12:35 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Presentation by the finalists of the ENCATC Research Award

13:30 - 13:35

Introduction to the session and presentation of the two finalists of the ENCATC Research Award

Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President
Michal Lázňovský, Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Theatre Faculty (Czech Republic) 

13:35 - 13:40

Talk on transnational networks and policy harmonization in the cultural and creative sector

Carlotta Scioldo, Lecturer at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) 

13:40 - 13:45

Talk on cultural cooperation, cultural activism and the role of political emotions

Giuliana Ciancio, Researcher at the University of Antwerp and Co-founder of Liv.in.g. (Belgium) 

13:45 - 13:55

Q&A session moderated by ENCATC Jury members

Jaime Ruiz Gutiérrez, Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
Dan Green, Co-President of Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE); Director of the Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)

13:55 - 14:00

Closing of the session and invitation to join the Ceremony at 19:30

GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General

14:00 - 15:30

Education and Research Session - part 2

// Hybrid session //

Read the E&RS programme here.

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:30 - 19:00

Young and Emerging Researchers' Forum (YERF)

// Hybrid session //

Co-chaired by Richard Maloney, ENCATC Vice President and Leticia Labaronne, Head of the Center for Arts Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Read the YERF programme here

16:15 - 17:15

Policy Debate: Global perspectives in current and future trends on cultural policy

Introduction and moderation of the debate by: Marjo Mäenpää, Director of the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore (Finland)


Rod Fisher, Associate Lecturer at Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)
Wu Chieh-Hsiang, President of TACPS and Professor at the National Changhua University of Education (Taipei)
Constance DeVereaux, Director of the Arts Management Programme at the University at Buffalo (USA) 
Carmen Croitoru, General Manager at NIRCT - National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (Romania) 
Marcin Poprawski, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland) 

17:30 - 19:00

Members Forum

Chaired by 6 different ENCATC Members.

  • MEMBERS TALK 1: How to use ChatGPT in Cultural Marketing. ROOM D4107
  • MEMBERS TALK 2: Being fit for the job: emerging curricula for the cultural and creative sector. ROOM A309
  • MEMBERS TALK 3: What are the challenges and opportunities in shaping the future workplace? ROOM B328
  • MEMBERS TALK 4: International Cultural relations and communities of practice. ROOM D4106
  • MEMBERS TALK 5: Innovative and emerging curricula for Cultural Heritage professions, the latest findings from the CHARTER projects. ROOM A311
  • MEMBERS TALK 6: Skills for the green transition in the CCIs: sharing tools and approaches across Europe. ROOM D4109

Read the Members Forum programme here

19:30 - 20:00

ENCATC Research Awards ceremony

19:30 - 19:40

Welcome and Opening Speeches

Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President
Annick Schramme, Full Professor and Academic Director of the Master in Cultural Management at the University of Antwerp (Belgium)

19:40 - 19:45

Presentation of the assessment by the Jury

Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

19:45 - 19:50

Announcement of the winner

Mona Forsskåhl, Rector of Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

19:50 - 20:00

Best Research Paper announcement

GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General 

20:00 - 21:30

Networking dinner with dances and music

With a musical performance by Osmo Palonen, Finnish pianist

08:30 -

Registration and morning coffee

Venue: Musiikkitalo (Sibelius Academy)
Room: Black Box
Address: Töölönlahdenkatu 16 C

09:30 - 10:00

Morning concert to open the Award ceremony

Pajuh’s Electro-Acoustic Trio at Blackbox (a performance by the Arts Management and Music Technology students)

10:05 - 11:00

ENCATC Outstanding Award ceremony

10:05 - 10:10

Opening remarks

By Dea Vidović, ENCATC Vice President

10:10 - 10:15

Announcement of the Laureate

By Gerald Lidstone, ENCATC President

10:15 - 10:24

Acceptance Speeches

By Lluís Bonet, Laureate of the Award

10:24 - 10:25

Announcement of the Keynote

By Dea Vidović, ENCATC Vice President

10:25 - 10:45

Keynote by the Laureate of the Award

Lluís Bonet, Professor of Applied economy and Director of the Cultural Management Programme at the University of Barcelona (Spain)

10:45 - 11:00

Conversations between Lluís Bonet and the audience

Moderated by Dea Vidović, ENCATC Vice President

11:00 - 11:05


By Dea Vidović, ENCATC Vice President

11:05 - 11:25

Networking break

11:30 - 12:45

Global Conversation: How AI is redefining the boundaries of film and music industries

Introduction and moderation by: Alan Salzenstein, Professor/Director, Performing Arts Management/Arts Leadership, DePaul University (USA) 

Emma Duester, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 
Daniel Nordgård, Professor in Music Business and Management and Leader PhD Program Specialization in Popular Music Performance at University of Agder (Norway)
Dan Green, Co-President of Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE); Director of the Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
Javier Hernández Acosta, Dean of the School of Arts, Design and Creative Industries, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Puerto Rico)

12:50 - 13:00

Conference sum up and closing remarks

GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC General Secretary (Belgium) 

13:00 - 13:30

Music concert

Wanne (Quartet composed of students and alumni from the Sibelius Academy's Global music department)

13:40 - 15:00

Networking drinks and snacks

Served in the foyer in front of the room.