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New directions in sustaining cultural networks

New directions in sustaining cultural networks

On 29 September in Brussels, during the 25th ENCATC Congress, participants are invited to attend the session "The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe: strategies for a new multi-stakeholder network". 

This event is one of the highlights of the 2017 ENCATC Congress, “Click, Connect and Collaborate! New directions in sustaining cultural networks”. As the Internet database and research network Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe verges on its 20th anniversary, this is an essential example to nourish the Congress' discussions on the sustainability of networks.

Compendium so far been run in partnership between the Council of Europe and ERICarts. In times as these, which seem to move from evidence-based policy towards post truth politics, there is a dire need for reliable data sources, data analysis and data comparisons, as provided by the Compendium database. At the same time, technical developments have a profound cultural impact and provide us with new possibilities for the sharing and development of knowledge and interaction and exchange with a globalising cultural policy community.

The new Compendium, which will be converted into a multi-stakeholder association, is being launched at a time when established approaches to cultural policy are under pressure from radical political change. Hard won rights of freedom of expression are under threat, sometimes in countries that have, until recently, been their defender. Those of us that believe in the value of transnational exchange and intercultural dialogue are now having to fight to make our voices heard. 

The session will be opened by Andreas Wiesand, Director of the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (Germany). Next, the keynote speaker, Andrew Ormston, Director of the Drew Wylie Projects (United Kingdom) will present an analysis of  global developments that influence cultural policies and will explore future-proof scenario’s for the Compendium researchers community and its database. 

Afterwards, cultural policy experts, Lluís Bonet, Professor of Applied Economy at the University of Barcelona (Spain), Marjo Mäenpää, Director of the Cupore Foundation for cultural policy research (Finland), and Anupama Sekhar, Director of the Culture Department Asia-Europe Foundation, will give their response on the key note, followed by a dialogue with the audience. The session will be co-chaired by Marielle Hendriks, Director Boekman Foundation (the Netherlands) and Joris Janssens, Head of Research and Development at Flanders Arts Institute (Belgium). 

>>> REGISTER HERE to attend this session and the ENCATC Congress.

>>> SEE THE FULL CONGRESS PROGRAMME HERE

* Registration closes 10 September.



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