Sharing Arts & Heritage

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.

Sharing Arts & Heritage

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.

Free tickets for Amateo members

** 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!

Highlights: Conference & Award, Ljubljana

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).

Slovenia’s national broadcaster, RTV Slovenija, featured the announcement of the inaugural Amateo Award in their news broadcasts. Watch the clip and read the news article here.

As well as this, Susan Fazakerley, President of Amateo, was interviewed on Slovenian radio about the importance of participation in culture. Listen to the interview here.

See photos below and on the Amateo Facebook page. You can also view the presentations of Réka Bálog (Europa Cantat) and Akademska folklorna skupina France Marolt.

During the annual General Assembly 2018 of Amateo, held on 10 May in Ljubljana, we were delighted that four new members joined our growing European network:

  • Fèisean nan Gàidheal, UK
  • Making Music, UK
  • House of Children and Youth of the capital city Prague, Czech Republic
  • Consulta Periferie Milano, Italy
'Before you say YES', Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
‘Before you say YES’, Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Réka Bálog, Europa Cantat, keynote presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Réka Bálog, Europa Cantat, keynote presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Vuk Cosic, presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Vuk Cosic, presentation at Amateo Annual Conference, Ljubljana, May 2018
Pioneer project presentation at Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, May 2018
Pioneer project presentation at Glej Theatre, Ljubljana, May 2018
First ever Amateo Award winners, EdvanHoornFucktheSystem from the Netherlands.
First ever Amateo Award winners, EdvanHoornFucktheSystem from the Netherlands.

Before you say YES

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.

Check out the full program [PDF]and register your place. (see registration form for details).

Sign up until 5 May 2018.

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, marjeta.turk@jskd.si
Jan Pirnat, JSKD, +38612410528, jan.pirnat@jskd.si

CONNECT: Workshop & Conference

CONNECT – Arts for everyone!

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 organised by PLATFORM THEATER (NL), Kunstbaken Festival (Theaterschip, NL) and Amateo.

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


Arrangements:

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 (info@theaterschip.nl).

All prices are VAT inclusive. There are four different options:

  1. 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,–
  2. 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,–
  3. 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,–
  4. 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.

CONNECT: Arts For Everyone

European conference: Sharing Arts & Heritage

Call for sessions

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 &
  • European co-operation.

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.

Highlights: Annual Conference, Pécs

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”.

Keynote speech by Katy Spicer, English Folk Dance & Song Society
Keynote speech by Katy Spicer, English Folk Dance & Song Society at Cella Septichora, Pécs

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.

Hungarian folk dance workshop led by Zengö at Kodály Központ.
Hungarian folk dance workshop led by Zengö at Kodály Központ.

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.

Villy Dall, President of AKKS (Denmark) has written a commentary on the Pécs conference.