Week of Amateur Arts discussion

Week of Amateur Arts

Week of Amateur Arts: the present and future of promoting amateur arts & participation

Discussion event / Zoom / Thursday 6 May 2021, 3pm – 4:30pm CET

Come and share with us your experience with the promotion of amateur arts! 

One of the most popular and effective ways to encourage greater participation is the ‘Week of Amateur Arts’, an international event usually held in the months of May/June, wherein several countries work together and promote on a large scale different art forms, places, and events. The incredible power of art and cultural participation in different corners of Europe is revealed by festivals, workshops, events, conferences.

Our discussion will consider some of the issues facing organisers now and in the near future. 

  • How do we coordinate participatory festivals in times of pandemic? 
  • How have we dealt with getting online? 
  • What have we learned that we will keep for the future? 

Representatives from the UK, Slovenia, Slovakia, Netherlands and Czech Republic will introduce their festivals, methods and current challenges of the Week of Amateur Arts. How was it before the pandemic? What challenges do we see for the model for the future? In which ways can we give visibility and promote amateur arts? 

Answers (and new questions) will arise in the following discussion and sharing of experiences. Come and join us! 

Register below, it’s for free! 

CONNECT2021 Programme: Keynotes and Workshops

CONNECT2021 Connect to the unexpected

CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.

In 2020 we had planned a live event in Brussels, but due to the pandemic we decided to reform the concept to an online version. Now, in 2021 we keep both options open. We keep our fingers crossed that it can be a live event in Maribor (Slovenia), but we also prepare the online version on the same dates. On April 30th, we’ll decide which version it will become, but you can subscribe to the event now, because there will be limited places!

In both versions the theme is ‘CONNECT to the unexpected’, and the focus will be on all sorts of community arts. Join us 4th – 6th of June to explore these themes, develop collaborative Pioneer Projects and apply for one of three grants of €2500 to develop these with partners.

Parallel with this organisers’ programme, there is an active workshop programme for enthusiastic non-professional artists from all disciplines, all age groups and all kind of communities. This year we offer two workshops:

Double dolls – Tamás Bakó and Márton Debreczeni

We’ll be dipping ourselves in the work with our bodies, focusing on partnering ways of communication through touch, attention and openness, exploring consensual movement, and get a taste of performance practice bound to the keyword “Home” of CONNECT2021. We’ll be mainly using contact techniques mixed with elements of Hungarian folklore dance.
Tamás Bakó, dancer, teacher, choreographer. Member of numerous companies, Ismael Ivo, Marco Santi, Hodworks, Artus, freelance dancer and choreographer of many productions. Winner of Stuttgart Solo dance festival. Leading teacher of contemporary dance and contact dance improvisation in Budapest Dance Academy, teacher of professional contemporary dance schools, like SEAD / Salzburg, P.A.R.T.S. / Brussels, Manufacture HES-SO / Lausanne.
Márton Debreczeni director, teacher. Member and director of Kompania and Artus Contemporary Arts Studio. Cross-field artist working with dance, fine arts, film, augmented reality. Choreographer for Budapest Philharmonic, composer of music for theatre performances and sound installations. Drama, and theatre in education teacher.

Postcards from home Maribor – Photini Papahatzi

What is HOME? Where do you feel like HOME and why? How does it feel in your new home? What do you miss? Is there an object that makes you feel HOME? A gesture, a movement, something abstract? Where is home? What does home mean? What does it symbolize and how is it defined? What is the role that the home can play in people’s lives? Ηome as an origin, as a natural environment, as the body itself, as the neighbourhood, the place, the country, the nation…

The concept of home provides a framework for a wide variety of photographic studies. At a time when migration is a daily event globally, we are returning to the concept of home, and in particular of the Hestia (Mythology).

‘Postcards from home’ is an international art community that reflects and creates on the theme of home. Postcards from home brings together local communities, refugees, immigrants and artists to reflect, create and send a postcard on the idea of HOME. Each postcard has on one side the picture taken from the participant and on the back side of the postcard the story of the photo, along with the details of the participant, if he/she want to share them. Visit www.postcardsfromhome.eu to see what home is for other people on this planet!

The overall vision with this workshop: To reflect, create and share your stories and photos of what home means for you and become a part of this international community. The workshop is addressed to everyone who wants to bring their experience, their thoughts and creativity on the concept of home: anything from the home tradition and customs that was left behind or brought forward, the family archive, the new home; a person that feels like home, an idea, an object or a memory.

PHOTINI PAPAHATZI
Photini Papahatzi born in Athens, Greece is a cultural manager, certified non-formal learning adult trainer and a visual artist. Since 2016 she organizes the project “Postcards from home”, which she created during her fellow shop at START Create Cultural Change program (2016) and since then she organises the homonymous interdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with photographers, curators and organisations in various parts of the world.
In 2021 she implements the research project “Postcards from home: Geography of feelings” with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. In 2020-2021, as a founding member of NGO Artifactory, she is working on the implementation of the project “Art + Culture vs Xenophobia” in the framework of Active Citizens Fund, of the EEA grants. She is a partner of AMAKA with which they implement the topos: Lefkada in 2020-2021.
She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018, and The Provinces , TAF Athens 2019) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in
private collections in Greece and abroad. Her book “Elevador” is in the collection of the New York & Beinecke International Book Collection & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. Website: http://www.photinipapahatzi.com



*Workshop participants are asked to follow the parts of the program marked in red

DAY 1: Friday 4th June, 18.00 – 21.00 (all together)

Welcome dinner and an evening programme with local performances.
An evening to get to know each other and to get a good impression of Maribor’s cultural life.

DAY 2: Saturday 5th June

09.00 – 12.30 Workshop programme: 1st round
09.15 – 10.00 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Beate Kegler

Dr. Beate Kegler

Dr. Beate Kegler researches and teaches to the topic of cultural work in rural areas, especially to the political aspects and meaning, chances and challenges of community arts for rural development. She is asked as cultural consultant by political bodies, cultural associations and networks and contributes to several juries of grant programs and scientific advisory boards. Before starting her academic career at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Beate Kegler studied cultural sciences in Lüneburg (D) and London (GB) and ruled socio cultural organisations in remote territories. In the last years she has written a wide range of articles and contributed to publications like the European anthology “Vital Villages. Development of Rural Areas as a Challenge for Cultural Policy” (Vital Village bei transcript Verlag (transcript-verlag.de)). Together with her family she lives in a small village at the German North Sea coast.

Dr. Beate Kegler

10.00 – 11.00 Speed dating
All participants of the organizers programme are set up in a series of short, intensive one-to-one meetings, to see if there are inspiring and unexpected possibilities for a small scale, international and/or interdisciplinary project.

11.15 – 12.30 World Café – aspects of community arts
The World Cafe is a method which makes use of an informal cafe setting for participants to explore an issue by discussing it in small table groups. Discussion is held in multiple rounds of 20 minutes, with the cafe ambiance intended to allow for more relaxed and open conversations to take place.

12.30 -13.30 Lunch (all together)

13.45 – 15.45 Workshop programme: 2nd round
13.45 – 15.15 Organizers programme: Best practices
Three organizations working in the field of community arts zoom in on one of their projects:

ANASA (Winner of the Amateo Award 2020):

Anasa Cultural Center is a nonprofit, grassroots, civil society organisation working to eliminate racism, exclusion and discrimination, and promote multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue among peoples, while focusing greatly on the art forms of the African continent and its diaspora. Anasa started operating in 2010 and acquired legal status as a non-profit organisation in 2012 based in Athens, Greece. Since the beginning of our actions we have been working on empowering and integrating, through arts and culture, Greeks and young people of migrant descent who were either born in Greece or came as immigrants or refugees. ANASA offers a wide range of arts, such as circus, music, dance, singing, literature, narration, theatre, painting and gastronomy, and implements pedagogical programs and solidarity actions throughout the school year. The founders of Anasa are youth of African descent who have been born and raised in Greece and who are constantly working towards racial equality in Greece, always through the powerful tools of performing and fine arts. Nowadays Anasa has built a wide audience from different cultural backgrounds and collaborates with young professionals of Greek and migrant descent regarding administration, social media, and artistic events. The Social Circus Project is an arts and culture initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to youth locals of Greek, migrant or refugee backgrounds. Trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, stilt technique, and rhythm games have come together to share their knowledge with youth aged 12-18 who were born and/or grew up in Greece or who arrived in the country recently. Conceptualized in 2014 and trying out some local circus meetings with Roma youth, the social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centres, and camps around Athens, Greece. This led to a weekly 3-hour training in 2019 open to all kids of migrant or Greek origin in Kerameikos area. In the summer of 2020 the Social Circus Project of Anasa won the Amateo Award for its voluntary aspects on amateur arts for youth. At the moment the project is trying to launch an online version with tutorials and virtual meetings.

Cultural society Stična

Cultural society Stična has over 100 members in its groups. It involves theatre, music, folklore and instrumental activity and Festival Stična, which is the society’s overall project. The theatre section has three groups: adult, youth and children group Drzne in lepi, in the last years each group does one theatre production and hosts with it throughout the year in the wider area. Since 2004 the Folklore group Stična has been extremely successful, which attracted a lot of youth; besides numerous performances in Slovenia and abroad the group also prepares an annual independent evening concert. In 2010 was formed also youth group. The singing section is increasingly re-developing. For several years a male vocal cast Boys Octet and mixed choir Zborallica are also a big part of the Cultural society Stična. In 2012 the String orchestra of Cultural society Stična was established which brings together musicians from the Ivančna Gorica municipality. The big band was established in 2017 and is led by the Slovenian musician Mr. Braco Doblekar. He played in well-known bands in Slovenia as are September, Hazard, The Generals and others. Two years later joined to society also etno folk group Gross upi. All members and all the sections of Cultural society Stična have Festival Stična in common. Festival Stična should marked its twentieth anniversary in 2019, but because of virus COVID-19 it was not possible. Since 2006 festival became international. More than 250 native and foreign artistic groups performed on the stages of Stična. Through theatre, music, art and other events Festival Stična educates and promotes creativity, innovation, multiculturalism and unrecognized local artists.

The Yoram Loewenstein acting school

is located in the most neglected neighbourhood in Tel- Aviv, “the neighbourhood of hope”. The uniqueness of the school is in the combination between the highest level of professional acting studies with community work in the neighbourhood where the school is located. Few such institutions exist around the world. As part of the training to become professional actors, the acting students are committed to lead 300 participants in 19 drama groups within the community such as: children and youth at-risk, children with special needs and emotional problems, youth with mental problems, youth at risk youth from the religious sector, elementary schools in the neighbourhood, blinds and partly blinds, senior homeless youngsters, prisoners’ children and many more. Our youth at risk groups represented Israel in an international festival around the world. Our community works empower the neighbourhood residents and gives them tools for individual growth and development. Furthermore, the studio operates subscription project for the residents of our neighbourhood, who can attend the shows which are produced in our theatre hall. For most of the people in the community it is the first time in their lives to see theatre. By attending our shows (which are played by the third year acting students) they are exposed to the best classic and modern
theatre repertoire. Halil Itzhak graduated at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio in 2000. He has featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He has performed in various theatres: Habima national theatre, Herzliya Theater, Tzavta Theater, Tmoona Theater and in various children’s theatres. Since 2003 he has been working at Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio as a Community Program Coordinator (working with children at risk, elderly, people with disabilities, youth at risk, migrants, homeless youngsters and more). Halil led international workshops – “from imagination to improvisation” (Thailand, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria and more).

15.15 – 15.45 Slow dates
The first opportunity to reconnect with other participants with shared or complementary interests to identify potential areas of collaboration.

16.00 – 19.30 Local safari and dinner at location (all together)
Several local cultural initiatives (of whom we might have seen a few performing on Friday evening) take us to their location, present their organisation, their successes and the problems they are facing. Inspiration in two directions, through discussion and brainstorms, all ended with a good joined meal.

19.30 – 21.00 (all together)
Performance/concert

DAY 3: Sunday 6th of June

09.00 – 12.30 Workshop programme: 3rd round
09.15 – 10.00 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Branka Cvjetičanin

Branka Cvjetičanin

Branka Cvjetičanin, General Artistic Programme Manager of „27 Neighbourhoods“, a flagship program within Rijeka 2020 EcoC. She is an intermedia artist, curator and cultural worker. She is working on a different artistic and cultural programs in rural and post-industrial areas in Croatia and internationaly where she brings together artists and communities in creative practice, where dialogue and art practice meets social visibility. In 1999 she initiated the idea of the Polygon – an organisation as a format of experimenting the organisation structure and setting up the space for artistic-antropological research – http://www.polygon.hr. Branka Cvjetičanin studied various forms of performing arts, site-specific theater direction and art production (MAPA Amsterdam, Internship @Oerol Festival Terschelling). She holds the PhD on UN Urbanism from the Bauhaus Kollege Dessau.

10.00 – 12.30 Working on the project plans
Time to put the ideas on paper, helped by the inspiration canvas, which will be introduced here.

12.30 -13.30 Lunch (all together)

13.30 – 16.00 Presentations & Wrap up
Final presentation of Pioneer Project ideas and discussion to share and refine proposals, and the presentations of the outcomes of the two workshops that has been running parallel. Then time for some reflection on the weekend, and a wrap up.

*Amateo can make changes to the programme in the future due to practical and logistic reasons

REGISTRATION

To register, please complete this short form. This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.

Participation fees:
Option A: for the live event in Maribor;
€ 200,– for the organisers’ programme, and € 100,– for workshop participants, based on shared rooms. All meals are provided. If you like a room for yourself, please contact the organisation at pioneers@amateo.org)

Option B: for the online event (if we cannot go live)
There is a €35 participation fee, that will be collected following registration. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.

We recognise that many organisations and individuals are struggling financially at this time, so we can offer a limited number of sponsored places.
If you would like to apply, please email: pioneers@amateo.org

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the Culture of Solidarity fund

Postcards from Home Workshop – April

CUT-OUT ANIMATION WORKSHOP

18.00-20.00 CET (17.00 GMT/ 19.00 EET), FRIDAY 23rd APRIL

Cut-out animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or photographs.

In this workshop, we will learn how to use cut-out objects to bring our Postcards from Home to life, manipulating characters’ movements to walk, jump, crawl and fly. To celebrate all the things we’ve done – or missed – during the pandemic.

You will need a smart phone (or a tablet) for this workshop, and a free version of Stop Motion Studio – the rest will be taught step-by-step during the session. If you are really eager, you can take a peek at tutorials on Stop Motion Studio’s website or user examples on YouTube.

ANDREJA GOETZ is a Slovenian pedagogue and film animator. In 2014 she was a part of the National Film Education Program of the Art Cinema Network of Slovenia delivering over 252 workshops for children throughout Slovenia. She is a co-author of the book “Let’s Animate!”, the first manual for animated film in Slovenia, published by the National Education Institute Slovenia in 2016.

She is an author of several short animated films and the curator of Animetika’s Elephant Programme.

Inspiration

Amateo Award 2021 – open for entries!

Are you making an impact through your creative group?



Dance, theatre, street art and more – all participatory arts projects run by amateur groups across Europe are welcome to enter!

If your creative group could inspire others to try something different, this is the best way to spotlight your achievement!

Get the chance to win 1,000 euros and a trip to the beautiful city of Milan in October 2021. Help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity far and wide!

AMATEO AWARD 2021 open for entries until 31 May 2021!

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Inspiring creative projects that are having a powerful, positive impact on their community!

The culture and creative sector has been severely challenged in recent times. In the year 2020 a lot of projects had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative sector has innovated rapidly, notably with accelerated digitization. We are even more determined now to put the spotlight on all the projects (both live and online) that have found solutions to give participants the chance to be creative, show off what they do and encourage others to take part.

Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups have been shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.

Read full Terms & Conditions for Amateo Award.

WHY GET INVOLVED

Completing the short Application Form will not take much time. If you know of other inspiring projects, please share this invitation or encourage them to apply.

The Amateo Award 2021 is an opportunity for you to profile your amateur arts group or creative project to an international audience and, in turn, to make connections with participants, policy makers and funders from across Europe. Previous applicants have also found the Amateo Award gave increased recognition and support at a local level.


Throwback to 2020 Winners

The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020 Amateo Award in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. Read more about last year winner.

Amateo – the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities

CONNECT 2021 – Save the date!

CONNECT the unexpected
MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, 4TH-6TH JUNE 2021


CONNECT to find a partner for your next international project or to create a pan-European, interdisciplinary creative work with other amateur artists.

CONNECT2021 is a two strand programme, running parallel, with some moments together.

One part of the programme is for professional and amateur arts organisations, networks and policy makers. CONNECT offers three days of inspirational presentations, sharing and visits to local initiatives, during which you identify partners and work with them to develop a proposal for a transnational, interdisciplinary pilot project. Three of these project ideas will be granted with an Amateo grant of € 2,500 each.

Alongside this programme, a three day creative workshop programme for amateur arts practitioners (all art-form and ages; 18+). Collaborating with arts practitioners with a range of specialisms, participants will create an interdisciplinary work responding to the theme ‘Home’.

Read more…

WHAT?

CONNECT2021 looks at the theme of ‘Home’ through the lens of Community Arts practice. We will look at ways that ‘professional’ arts organizers and networks work with non-professionals to develop interventions using shared knowledge, skills and experience to actively make a change in society.

  • How do we work with communities that are different from our own?
  • How do we build bridges between different communities?
  • And how do we make these projects and changes sustainable?

Parallel workshops, led by professional artists, will deal with the same theme in a practical way, using materials, created during Amateo’s ‘Postcards from Home’ project (running since November 2020) as inspiration. 

WHEN?

04/05/06 June 2021

WHERE?

MARIBOR, Slovenia (and online*)

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • People of all ages who want to work internationally and interdisciplinary and have experience with one or more artform
  • Students interested in community arts facilitation, as well as people who have recently finished their studies.
  • Organisations/artists who are working in community based art projects and want to develop their practice and network.
  • Network organisations and policy makers

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

Three days to:

  • Enjoy art initiatives and performances
  • Hear inspiring keynote speakers, share knowledge and experience
  • Meet colleagues and creative citizens from all over Europe
  • Explore the cultural field in Maribor and its surroundings
  • Get to know each other, find a potential partner and design a small project together.
    Amateo awards three project proposals with a € 2,500 grant to develop the idea

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We set aside three days to be immersed in good company; watching, listening, talking, designing and making art with non-professional artists. Approaches and contexts vary hugely across Europe, CONNECT is a platform where people can share, be curious and test ideas together, which has resulted in successful long term collaboration.

*CONNECT2021 will be a hybrid physical event and will make it possible for people who cannot travel to join live events virtually. If Europe is still in lockdown the event will be completely virtual (final decision at the end of April 2021)

WHAT NEXT?

The full programme will be published before the end of April. Want to know more?
Email us at pioneers[]amateo.org.

The cost will be € 200 per person for the organization’s programme / € 100,– per person for the creative workshop (this participation fee includes food and shared accommodation in Maribor, a small number of bursaries will be available for those unable to pay).
Online participation is €35

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the  Culture of Solidarity fund


Community Arts practice

SOCIETY

A large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society*

If we consider Europe as a society, we also conclude that within that society there is a wide variety of communities, along and across national borders, defined by geography,  religion, language, traditions, age, social structures, sexual orientation, physical conditions and personal interests. 

COMMUNITY

The people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group, or nationality*

As individuals, we may be part of several communities. But how do we discover in which communities we can feel at home? How do we develop our identities as part of these communities? And how does our personal identity relate to these different communities and our wider society?

IDENTITY

Who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others*

HOME

Someone’s or something’s place of origin, or the place where a person feels they belong*

Amateo sees active participation in the arts as a core value for a free and open society. Active participation in arts and cultural activities empowers individuals to freely express themselves and can promote cultural cohesion, social inclusion and active citizenship.

* Cambridge Dictionary

COMMUNITY ART

Community art is artistic activity that is based in a community setting, characterized by interaction or dialogue with the community and often involving a professional artist collaborating with people who may not otherwise engage in the arts.’ – Tate Modern

Despite – and in some cases because of – our modern connectivity, we are witnessing a period of rising polarisation, populism and nationalism. Often the focus is on the difference between ‘us’ and the ‘others’ rather than our shared democratic endeavors.

With the uncertainty and insecurity of austerity following the financial crisis, climate crisis, Brexit and the Covid-pandemic, it seems that we retreat to our smaller communities, are less open to other opinions and less tolerant towards other groups in society.

We think making art projects together might help to change this. But how and where to start? 

CONNECT the unexpected

Amateo’s Pioneer Projects three day event, CONNECT2021 looks at the theme of ‘Home’ through the lens of Community Arts practice. We will look at ways that ‘professional’ arts organisers and networks work with non-professionals to develop interventions using shared knowledge, skills and experience to actively make a change in society and how this related to the arts and cultural activity that is already embedded in the fabric of communities to ask:
How do we work with communities that are different from our own?
How do we build bridges between different communities?
And how do we make these projects and changes sustainable?

Join us!

Resetting the Stage: Programme

Amateo online Conference

Friday 22 January 2021
🎟 FREE

10:30 – 12:00 CET: Keynote speakers/interviews
13:30 – 14:00 CET: ‘Your Stage’
14:00 – 15:00 CET: Workshop

Amateo invites you to join this special online conference where we will discuss how participatory arts can help to tackle the big issues in our world. We will hear from experts from across Europe, share our past experiences and think positively and ambitiously about the future.

By means of best practices we want to explore new opportunities and inspire practitioners and organisers of participatory arts, politicians, and others. Together with inspiring experts, we’ll assess ways to collaborate and Reset the Stage by means of some examples that go beyond art for art’s sake, they make art for our sake.

During some engaging and interactive sessions we’ll try to find answers to these questions: How to stimulate collaboration between the participatory arts and other sectors/domains (like health & wellbeing / Sustainable Development Goals / biodiversity / agriculture / shrinkage areas / children’s rights / gender equality). And how can local/regional government authorities become cooperation partners of organisations in the voluntary and amateur arts?

How do we tackle global problems with imagination, beauty and creativity?

As well as an inspiring session in the morning, you will also have the chance to present your own ideas or proposals on creative community art projects that aim for broader societal impact in the afternoon programme. No slides, no sales pitches – just inspiring ideas! The stage is yours…

Merlijn Twaalfhoven will send us into the weekend with an inspiring workshop: Long-term thinking for a short-term world.

PROGRAMME

10:30 – 12:00 (CET)
Keynote speakers & interviews
  • Tania Banotti (IE), Director of Creative Ireland: ‘Engaging the Public on Climate Change through the Cultural and Creative Sectors. More about Tania….
  • Andreas Ceska (AT), Art Director, Theatre for Education: ‘Using performing art with children and young people in India, for children’s rights, education, health care, gender equality and against poverty and climate change’. More about Andreas….
  • Sjoerd Feitsma (NL), Director of Platform ACCT (Platform Labor Market Cultural and Creative Future) and former councilor of the city of Leeuwarden (European Capital of Culture 2018): ‘Opportunities for governments in collaboration with the cultural and creative sector’. More about Sjoerd…
  • Merlijn Twaalfhoven (NL), Director, The Turn Club, musician, composer and organiser of (music) events: ‘Tackling world problems with imagination, beauty and creativity’. More about Merlijn…
  • Juraj Čarný (SK), Director of WANDERING GALLERY nomadSpace: ‘Artistic Activism with mobile art projects and exhibitions and mobilizing art to reach all walks of life’. More about Juraj….
  • Q&A

13:30 – 14:00 (CET)
‘Your Stage’

Do you have an idea worth spreading?
Have you thought of a project or are you currently bringing a project to life?
Do you have an inspiring idea you want to share, or are you looking for tips/European partners?
We are looking for 2-3 minute talks about ideas or proposals on creative community art projects that aim for broader societal impact. No slides, no sales pitches – just inspiring ideas! The stage is yours…

14:00 – 15:00 (CET) Workshop
Merlijn Twaalfhoven: Long-term thinking for a short-term world

Underneath all the major problems the world is grappling with is one crystal clear cause; we only think of the short term.
In this workshop, Merlijn Twaalfhoven takes us out of this time bubble. He takes us on a tour of how we can see beyond our own generation.
A new way to stand in time so that we can ultimately be a good ancestor to our grandchildren’s children. How can we give voice to future generations? And how can creativity help us to realize that we can do things ourselves?

Moderation:
Jan-Willem van Kruyssen & Francesca Robson

registration

Registration is closed.
This event took place on 22 January 2021.

New Amateo Research Publication: Slovenia

ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION, IDENTIFICATION OF NEEDS, DEFINITION OF PRIORITIES IN NETWORKING, ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AMATEUR CULTURE IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND CULTURE OF LIVING IN SLOVENIA

In 2020, as part of the “Arts Take Part” project, our team managed to translate into English and publish another research publication (this time it is a Slovenian publication) and we are excited to share it with you!

The purpose of this research is to identify the needs and priorities for networking and advocacy in amateur cultural activities by analyzing the financing, human resources and spatial capacities of cultural societies, mentorships, advocacy, consulting, informing, networking and cooperation with related organizations. It was led by The Union of Cultural Societies of Slovenia in cooperation with the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD).

AMATEUR ART IN FIGURES

Amateur culture in Slovenia is a wide-ranging sector compared to other cultural sectors, which is why it is difficult to precisely delimit or define its area of activity. There are around 5.000 cultural societies and groups active on the field of amateur art and culture in Slovenia, with more than 100.000 actively involved adults. They showcase approximately 25.000 cultural events per year, which are viewed by 4.000.000 visitors.

THE STATE OF AMATEUR CULTURE AT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS AND EXPOSED ISSUES

Generally, cultural societies find the situation in amateur culture good locally and nationally. Only a few respondents (5.6% for the local level and 3.9% for the national level) believe that the general state of amateur culture is insufficient, which shows that both the state and local communities take good care of amateur culture and creativity. The respondents identified several reasons for low scores (sufficient and insufficient) for amateur culture in local communities (26.4%) and in general (21.3%). The most common reasons are related to financing, but other reasons are: insufficient engagement and presence in devising local cultural policies, insufficient interest of municipal authorities in the development of cultural activities, spatial problems, disinterest in amateur culture, especially among young people, insufficient programme cooperation and interaction between different activities of societies, vast bureaucracy, small audiences, lack of adequate staff, lack of young people to carry on work, ageing members of cultural societies, poor regulation of remuneration to mentors, lack of local education and training, insufficient promotion of amateur culture, lack of concrete instructions for monitoring and adapting to amendments to legislation, inadequate national cultural policy, lack of concrete guidelines for societies’ operation, poor links between culture and tourism, lack of time for proper preparation of cultural programmes, activities and events.

Conference: Resetting the Stage

Amateo Online Conference | Friday January 22nd 2021 

Cultural budgets are coming under more and more pressure. On top of that, the cultural and creative sectors themselves are among the most seriously damaged by the effects of the pandemic. Many cultural activities are being halted, millions of jobs are frozen or wiped out, micro and small businesses are on the brink of bankruptcy and many talents are forced to leave the sector altogether.

In response to the current pandemic situation, a pan-European community of 110 networks and associations called on the European Commission to encourage Member States to fully integrate culture in their national recovery and resilience plans, allocating at the very least 2% of the RRF budgets to the culture and creative sectors, as called for by the European Parliament in its recent resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”. Now it is of course important to support the cultural and creative sectors in these difficult times, it is perhaps even more important to give this sector an active role in the national recovery and resilience plans of their respective countries.

Coronavirus is not the only crisis we find ourselves in, but also the decline in biodiversity, the climate crisis and the energy transition. These are major issues that we now have to tackle! It takes imagination, and a creative process to change things. The culture and creative sectors can do that. It is increasingly recognized that art and culture have a special function as accelerators of change – through the ability to reach people at the level of emotions and beliefs, provide new ways to see problems and develop creative solutions.

How can we stimulate collaboration between the participatory arts and other sectors/domains (like health & wellbeing / Sustainable Development Goals / biodiversity / agriculture / shrinkage areas)? And how can local/regional government authorities become cooperation partners of organisations in the voluntary and amateur arts?

By means of Best Practices, we want to explore new opportunities and inspire practitioners and organisers of participatory arts, politicians, etc. Together we will assess ways to collaborate and Reset the Stage by means of some examples that go beyond art for art’s sake, they make art for our sake.

Contact: Jan-Willem van Kruyssen, jw@vankruyssen.eu, +31 (0)631665582

Postcards from Home Workshop – March

Indo-Persian Miniatures WORKSHOP

18.00-20.30 GMT (19.00 CET/ 20.00 EET), MONDAY 1sT MARCH

We celebrate Spring and change in this workshop.

As plants and flowers begin to grow and our environments change, London-based artist Yasmin Hayat guides us through the traditional art-form of Indo-persian miniature painting to create a flowering shrub.

Europe’s culture and creativity has been shaped over centuries by the people and cultures throughout the world, including those for whom it is home: From migratory and trade routes across Eurasia, throughout the middle-east and Africa, to the diasporas of America and Australasia that have joined in the Postcards from Home exchange and workshops. While we’ve been less mobile over the last year, this history of global movement and exchange surrounds us, shaping our lives and local environments.

Yasmin’s work blends traditional and modern forms, which we hope can inspire your reflections on home, as we move from past to future with this new season.

Having shared postcard one ‘Home is…’, and postcard two ‘Home was…’ looking at the different memories or sensations that evoke home. Now is the time to look forward and create your postcard ‘Home will be…‘. Visit the Postcards from Home project page.

Yasmin Hayat