Young people wanting to work internationally and interdisciplinary, and have relevant experience with one or more artforms themselves
Arts students and students who want to become a teacher in one of the artforms as well as people who have recently finished one of these studies
Organisations focusing on art with children and/or young people
Network organisations and policymakers
Four days to:
See inspiring performances and artforms made/performed by young people
Participate in an inspiring conference with keynote speakers and discussions, share knowledge and have new experiences.
Meet and speak with inspiring colleagues, and young people from all over Europe
Explore the cultural field in Estonia
Get to know each other, find a potential partner and design a small project together and maybe get an Amateo grant of € 2.500,–!
Four days in good company, watching, talking about, talking with, designing projects and making art with young people. Everywhere in Europe it is happening, but each country/region has its own approach. CONNECT wants to be a platform where people can share their experiences, can be curious to each other and hopefully find each other and start international adventures together.
Amateo stimulates new and inspiring cross border and inter-disciplinary art projects. CONNECT gives you an opportunity to find a potential partner and design a small international project together. Amateo will reward the three most inspiring project plans developed after CONNECT with grants of € 2.500,– each!
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Participants fee for 3 day CONNECT programme (includes conference) = € 200,–
Young participants fee for 3 day CONNECT programme (young people and young professionals) = € 100,–
Participants fee is based on shared hotel rooms. If you prefer a single room for the whole period, there will be an extra charge of €100,– per person.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Besides a very good and inspiring time, the participation fee covers travelling from Tallinn to Narva on Friday evening and back to Tallinn on Sunday evening, hotel accommodation (based on shared rooms, 3 nights in Narva and 1 night in Tallinn), meals and free entrance to the conference, the CONNECT programme, all performances and presentations.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Meet CONNECT2018 outcome projects!
In March 2018 the first CONNECT took place in Deventer (NL)!
Fifteen young people joined a theatre workshop by DeGasten (Amsterdam, NL), and in total 44 people from 14 European countries joined the event. In 2018 the focus was mainly on meeting people, making inspiring plans and new connections.
Highlights of CONNECT2018
Boundless in Slovenia
The Dutch Theaterschip and the German Theater am Fluss have made several international projects together. In 2017 they made ‘Boundless’, an interdisciplinary project about feeling at home. In May 2018 they did a remake in Slovenia, together with Glej theatre. Three young professionals (a filmmaker, a choreographer and a theatre-maker) and five young participants (from Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia) worked for a week, and showed the outcomes during the annual Amateo conference in Ljubljana
During CONNECT2018, Strangetown (Scotland), Glej (Slovenia), Teaterskolan i Svenskfinland (Finland) and Theaterschip (the Netherlands) met each other. After some inspiring and intensive sessions, these four organisations (all making theatre with young people) decided to do some research to see if there are possibilities to organise an exchange programme in 2019.
At the end of 2018 the result was positive: Erasmus+ has accepted the application made by Glej, so in March 2019 the four artistic leaders will meet in Ljubljana, joined by four young professionals and four young participants.
This meeting in Ljubljana is to prepare a big project, planned in October 2019. In this project seven young participants from each country will take part in workshops, see performances and work together on one big performance in one week. A great example of exchange on the level of young participants, young professionals and organisations, born during CONNECT2018.
We are the memory
Tamara Pomoriški joined the full four days of CONNECT2018, as a young professional in the workshop. On Monday, she met Hanna Timmers, from the Dutch organisation Theater na de Dam. Theater na de Dam is a theatre company from Amsterdam that organises annual public performances with young people commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. An agreement was made to spread this concept to other European countries, so in January this year they together made a first theatre project of this kind in Prague, Czech Republic. And it was also agreed that this will become an annual event. Read more about the project.
The National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA), the Cultural Participation Fund (FCP), Keunstwurk (regional cultural organisation of Fryslân) and the ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands is organising the European conference on arts and heritage education and participation: Sharing Arts & Heritage. The conference will take place on 18 & 19 October 2018 in the city of Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018.
This international conference investigates how cultural education and cultural participation relate to challenges of access, social cohesion, heritage and cooperation. Arts and heritage are key factors for building a sustainable Europe, that is now facing growing diversity and polarisation. How can we best channel our research and policies to promote an open, inclusive, resilient European society?
Nick Wilson, Reader in Creativity, Arts & Cultural Management at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London will deliver the key note for the conference.
The target groups of the conference are: professionals working in the fields of policy and practice related to cultural education and participation.
** All Amateo network members can attend the conference for free. **
New members can join Amateo here. Amateo network members can sign up to the conference here.
In a session on Friday 19 October, Amateo wants to share and discuss our ideas about collecting new data and the way to initiate that.
In Europe, data on numbers of people involved in amateur arts are scarce, while the importance of evidence-based policy is increasing. There is a growing urge for valid figures for advocacy purposes, both to influence strategies of the European Commission as well as cultural policies of individual states.
Regrettably, neither Eurostat nor any other source gives us the detailed, compatible and validated information on the amateur arts we need. It is therefore of vital importance to develop a methodology and a questionnaire which can be used in all European countries.
John Lievens (Ghent University, Belgium) and Hamish Fyfe (University of South Wales) present the report ‘Considerations regarding Comparative European Research into Amateur Arts Participation’. This session is initiated by the team for Research and Documentation from the European network Amateo.
Do you know researchers or cultural professionals who have been working on or have a big interest in collecting data on amateur arts? Please share this information with them! In addition, Amateo can offer 10 sponsored places for taking part in this research session during the conference! Need more information? Email us!
Amateo celebrated its tenth birthday in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the network was originally founded in 2008. The annual conference was held in Ljubljana at Cankarjev dom, while the first ever Amateo Award was presented at a special ceremony in Kranj as part of the launch of the Slovenian Week of Amateur Arts (Teden ljubiteljske kulture).
The programme for our Amateo Annual Conference in Ljlubljana – Before You Say YES, Management Challenges in Active Participation in Culture is now online!
Speakers will include Réka Bálog (HU), Chief programme manager & international executive of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra in Pécs, Vuk Ćosić (CRO), internet veteran and internationally acclaimed classic of internet art, who si also an author of the communications strategy for Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture, MSc. Livija Rojc Štremfelj (SLO), Certified Fund Raising Executive and Master of Non-profit Organisations.
How to deal with the management of cultural projects is the main topic of this year’s Amateo conference organised for the tenth consecutive year by the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities (Amateo). The program of the conference answers questions that all organisers of cultural events are asking: as creators we are constantly faced with organisational challenges – how to organise a successful and rewarding cultural event? On the 10th anniversary of Amateo we would like to focus on you, cultural organisers, who are doing your best so that artistic achievements can be appropriately presented. The management of cultural projects is multifaceted. The knowledge of leadership, management, promotion and acquisition of resources are challenging tasks, which are often neglected in amateur culture and therefore we are constantly discovering how to deal with those tasks.
The participation fee for the two-day Amateo conference is € 80.00. For participants from Slovenia a half of the fee is covered by the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities. For participants from Croatia a half of the fee is covered by the Croatian Culture Council.
For more information, please contact:
Marjeta Turk, JSKD, +38612410524, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Pirnat, JSKD, +38612410528, email@example.com
A four-day workshop and conference for young creatives, organisations and festivals working in the field of performing arts created and performed by children and young people, based in Europe and neighbouring countries.
16 – 19 March 2018
Huis voor de Amateurkunst – Deventer (Netherlands)
All over Europe, and beyond, there are people and organisations making performing arts with children and young people. During CONNECT, we are offering time and space to meet many of these people, see some inspiring examples of practice, take part in a workshop and try to develop new European collaborations.
Performing Arts for everyone!
During CONNECT we are focusing on one theme: how to reach the young people that are hard to reach. How can we progress the idea that art is for everyone and performing arts should be open for all? How do we include the young people living in the rural areas, those young people now struggling with war trauma, displacement and languages, LGBT young people and also disabled young people. How can we ensure that what we do is open to all of them, giving them space to express themselves, being recognised by the rest of the society.
CONNECT is a flexible programme, in which we ask you to pick the format that suits you best.
CONNECT is a four day programme, but you can also choose to follow a part of the programme
There is a three day workshop for young creatives. In this workshop you will be working with an inspiring artistic leader, specialising in making multi-disciplinary performing arts productions, performed by young people from a variety of backgrounds.
For Dutch attendees; you can also attend just for the Monday. Monday is now designed as a moment to be informed about many possibilities for European collaboration and exchanges, and time for networking with peers.
Friday 16 March
18.00 – 20.00 hrs welcome dinner
20.00 – 21.00 hrs see a performance; ‘We, the people’ – Theater DeGasten, Amsterdam
21.00 – 22.00 hrs social time
Saturday 17 March
09.30 – 10.00 hrs welcome, kick off; what are we going to do?
10.00 – 10.30 hrs keynote speaker
10.30 – 11.00 hrs discussion
11.00 – 11.30 hrs coffee break
11.30 – 13.30 hrs young creatives; workshop round 1
11.30 – 12.30 hrs Organisations: Who are we? What are we looking for? What do we have to offer?
12.30 – 13.30 hrs Organisations; worldcafé; conversations in smaller groups: what are our experiences in working with targeted groups?
13.30 – 14.30 hrs lunch break
14.30 – 18.30 hrs young creatives; workshop round 2
14.30 – 19.00 hrs Organisations; local safari; go to different projects in Deventer, neighbouring cities and the rural area. See some interesting projects, and meet up with the performers and makers. Key words; international/interdisciplinairy/targeted young people.
19.00 – 20.00 hrs see a performance
20.00 – 21.30 hrs dinner
Sunday 18 March
09.30 – 10.00 hrs starting together; what are the expectations of the day?
10.00 – 13.00 hrs young creatives; workshop round 3
10.00 – 11.00 hrs organisations; workshop
11.00 – 11.30 hrs coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 hrs Organisations; workshop; Work in smaller groups, design a European project, and think how you will work with volunteers and/or engage with the targeted groups.
12.30 – 13.00 hrs short presentation of the projects, commented by the other groups.
13.00 – 14.00 hrs lunch
14.00 – 15.30 hrs young creatives; workhsop; preparation of the presentation
Organisations: speed dating; just two minutes to speak each organisations; what would you like to do?
15.30 – 16.00 hrs break
16.00 – 16.30 hrs presentation of the young creatives workshop
16.30 – 17.30 hrs round table conversation; what do the young creatives need from the organisations, festivals and networks to work in a European context?
17.30 – 19.00 hrs time to meet and speak with the organisations/each other
19.00 – 20.30 hrs dinner
Monday 19 March
– conference day; focusing on international working
08.00 – 09.00 hrs breakfast
09.30 – 10.00 hrs start together; what do we expect of today?
10.00 – 10.30 hrs best practice; one good and inspiring example, to get inspiration.
10.30 – 11.30 hrs presentation of some European funders and organisations like TANDEM, ECP, FCP, SocioKultur, Dutch Culture, Erasmus+, Creative Europe, etc.
11.30 – 11.45 hrs coffee break
11.45 – 12.00 hrs short introduction of the organisations that joined today
12.00 – 13.00 hrs work in small groups; design your super European project
13.00 – 14.00 hrs lunch
14.00 – 15.30 hrs presentation of these project proposals, comments by the funders, to see how they can be financed
15.30 – 16.00 hrs wrapping up and closing down
How to book your place? Visit the Theatreschip website and click the green button, then fill in the form.
Please note: hotels are not included; you have to arrange your own accommodation. If you like, Theaterschip can make some suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All prices are VAT inclusive. There are four different options:
You book on behalf of an organisation as a pair. One of you is representing your organisation, the other one is a young creative, and joining the young creative workshop. You are joining for four days. This arrangement includes 3 lunches, 3 dinners, coffee, tea and a drink during dinners. Total price: €150,–
You subscibe on behalf of an organisation, and you will be representing your organisation. You are joining for four days. This arrangement includes 3 lunches, 3 diners, coffee, tea and a drink during dinners. Total price: € 90,–
You book on behalf of an organisation as a pair. One of you is representing your organisation, the other one is a young creative, and joining the young creative workshop. You are joining for three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This arrangement includes 2 lunches, 2 dinners, coffee, tea and a drink during dinners. Total price: €130,–
You book on behalf of an organisation, and you will be representing your organisation. You are joining for three days. This arrangement includes 2 lunches, 2 dinners, coffee, tea and a drink during dinners. Total price: € 75,–
Please, specify your arrangement in the ‘comments’ field in the booking form. For students, we can offer a 25% discount on all options. If you are a student, please also specify this in the ‘comments’ field.
European Conference on cultural education and participation
17 – 20 October 2018, Leeuwarden-Friesland, NL (European Capital of Culture 2018)
Arts and culture are key factors for building a sustainable Europe, that is now facing growing diversity and polarisation. This international conference investigates how cultural education and cultural participation relate to challenges of access, social cohesion, heritage and cooperation. How can we best channel our research and policies to promote an open, inclusive, resilient European society?
The conference organisers ask researchers, practitioners, educators and policy-makers to submit topics for sessions on one of the four themes chosen for the conference. The basis for each session is research, policy and / or practice.
The themes are:
Access for everyone in a diverse Europe,
Arts & culture for social challenges,
Arts, culture, heritage and identity &
Through these themes, together with the key note speeches, the conference will explore the role of cultural education and participation in a changing Europe.
Deadline: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Visit the LKCA website to see full conference themes and submit a session proposal.
The Amateo annual conference for 2017 took place from 28-30 November in the city of Pécs in Hungary.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Traditional artforms as a foundation for modern European culture”.
The opening reception and keynote speech took place in Cella Septichora in the centre of Pécs. After the speeches, guests were treated to a performance by local a capella group Vivat Bacchus and a tour of the 4th century ruins.
The main conference was hosted at the Kodály Központ conference centre and featured talks and presentations by speakers from across Europe and another performance by a local folk group Zengö, who also invited the conference participants to join in an impromptu folk dance workshop.