ReSTART: Amateo annual conference 2021

EUROPEAN CULTURE’S DEVELOPMENT (RE)STARTS FROM THE PERIPHERIES

AMATEO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2021
Milan, Italy & online
29–30 october 2021

Save the date for our thirteenth Amateo Annual Conference – reSTART – ‘European Culture’s Development (RE)STARTS from the PERIPHERIES’

As we approach the end of the fourth (and final) year of the Arts Take Part programme, we are pleased to let you know that we are proceeding with the Milan event as a ‘hybrid’ conference with both face to face and online access!

The conference on EUROPEAN CULTURE’S DEVELOPMENT (RE)STARTS FROM THE PERIPHERIES will take place from 29th-30th October 2021 in Milan, Italy and online.

Peripheries are not just a local, regional or national theme, but a global one and their creative industries do have the potential to thrive, contributing to the reshaping of the cities. Culture and amateur arts, for instance, can offer original approaches for tackling what are often referred to as social problems, developing positive relationships between people from different backgrounds, nationalities and neighborhoods and helping urban regeneration and social cohesion.

This will be the last conference before the end of our four-year “Arts Take Part” project, so it will be great if everyone can join and celebrate with us!


Conference locations:
DAY ONE: Palazzo Castiglioni (Orlando room), corso Venezia 47, Milano (Underground 1 Palestro)
DAY TWO: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via S. Agnese, 2 (Underground 1 Cadorna)

[Please note: as you may expect, any arrangements with venues are subject to change due to coronavirus restrictions. We will update attendees if there are any changes to venues.]

Arrival date: Thursday, 28th October

Friday 29th October
CONFERENCE DAY 1

10:00 – Opening & welcome

10:30 – Keynote speeches and discussion
Beate Kegler (Germany) – biography
Tamara Schoppert (Netherlands) – biography
Moderated by Jim Tough, Amateo

12:00 – Best practice examples of work from across Europe
– The common in community, Blaž Babnik Romaniuk (Slovenia)
– Project Oberhausen, KITEV (Germany)
– Towards a cultural system in the peripheries of Milan, CPM (Italy)

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Arts Take Part: Growing the Connections
– A presentation of the future plans of Amateo and opportunities to be involved in our work

15:00 – Cultural field trip in Milan

16:30 – Free time

18:00 – Amateo Award ceremony 2021 (special event)
– followed by dinner and social gathering

Saturday 30th October
CONFERENCE DAY 2

10:00 – Workshops (choose one)
See details of the workshops

13:00 – Lunch

14:30 – Dream session
– Presentation of good ideas and proposals for cooperation

15:30 – Speed dating
– Networking opportunity to develop potential international cooperation

16:30 – Close

Departure date: Sunday 31st October


REGISTRATION

  • To register to attend in Milan or join online, please press the registration button below and complete the short form
  • In order to book workshop accommodation and secure the hotel accommodation, we need your response as soon as possible

We are able to subsidise at least 15 places for Amateo member organizations to attend the event. We can offer up to 80% of your travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to a maximum of €450. Please indicate in your application whether you require this support. 


If you are planning to attend please ensure that you meet all the travel requirements that you require for entry to Italy and return to your home nation.

Event hosted by:
Amateo – The European Network for Active Participation in Culture
Consulta Periferie Milano


DIY – Do It Yourself

Check out our video!

Amateo as the European network for active participation in arts and culture recognizes the great creative potential of people across Europe and wants these talents to be seen.
DO IT YOURSELF
is a project, aimed at all of you, who want to present your artistic creativity and talent in a short video to help others learn new skills.
Summertime is a good time to try something new – after a long and difficult pandemic winter, now is a time to relax and find new inspiration!

Amateo invites you to try DIY – Do it Yourself videos!

It’s really easy to take part and show your artistic skills and creations:

  • Follow our instructions and make a short video (up to 2 minutes long).
  • Inspire people from all around Europe with your tips & tricks while practicing your artistic skills.
  • Fill in the google form and enclose the link to your video.

DIY project has different sections for music, dance, theatre and puppets, arts & craft and a lot more! So, whatever you are up to, you’ll find your space at DIY! All approved videos will be presented via Amateo communication channels.
The very best videos will also be presented at the Amateo conference in October in Milan, Italy!

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! 

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.

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

Culture Cares conference: Programme

CULTURE CARES
Cultural Participation and Wellbeing

AMATEO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020
On-line Zoom conference: 14–15 May 2020

Amateo annual conferences are usually hosted in one of our member countries. Due to the development of pandemic events across Europe, we have decided to offer virtual conference content for the first time this year. The conference on health and wellness will take place on May 14 and 15, 2020, via the Zoom platform.

The importance of cultural engagement on health and well-being is often overlooked by the general public as well as the professional public. That’s why the conference aims to show through lectures, debates and roundtables and examples of good practice how culture is changing the lives of individuals and society. This is even more important in the current situation, as we recognize the many artistic initiatives by which artists and amateur artists alleviate the stress of quarantine, and give to people inspiration to join the creative work themselves. As such, arts interventions are often low-risk, highly cost-effective, integrated and holistic treatment options for complex health challenges to which there are no current solutions.

More collaboration between culture and health sectors can also enrich cultural capital by ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the arts in community and wellbeing settings across the European region.

Through inspiring keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and workshops we challenge you to explore the striking impact of creative and cultural activities and the opportunities for collaboration between the participatory arts and health & wellbeing sectors.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1: Thursday 14th May

10:00 – 11:30 (CET)
PRESENTATION AND DEBATE
  • Victoria Hume – The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement can transform our health and wellbeing. Victoria will discuss work in culture, health and wellbeing across England, as it was immediately prior to the covid crisis – and discuss how cultural organisations and creative individuals working with health and wellbeing are adapting their skills and experience on a daily basis to support their communities. More info…
  • Evelyne Van Hecke – Grounder/director of the Belgium arts group Moving Ground (awarded the 2019 Amateo Award), improving children’s lives (struggling with poverty and cultural division). More info…
15:00 – 16:30 (CET)
PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP
  • Katerina Klementova – NIPOS, Czech Republic: What’s up in the EC? Culture and Health & Wellbeing. Reporting on the work of the International OMC sub-Group on Health & Wellbeing, established by the European Commission in 2017, the contribution will give an outline of current trends and practices in the field of Arts, Health & Wellbeing in Europe, how they were gathered by more than 20 Member States. As well as presenting the recommendations of the OMC group in this specific area, the session will direct participants to a range of resources and further reading that are available on this topic. More info…
  • Anke Coumans – Workshop on tools and measurement about the impact of culture on wellbeing and how to improve culture projects and be more effective. More info…

DAY 2: Friday 15th May

10:00 – 11:30 (CET)
PRESENTATION OF GOOD PRACTICES
  • Jelle Roeper – Slag & Vlag, Netherlands, Inclusion in Music Associations; about music and exercise for people with a (mental) disability. More info…
  • Franziska Cordes – Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Campus Lingen (Germany). The interdisciplinary research project TiP.De – Theatre in Dementia Health Care aims at identifying the effects of theatre pedagogy on quality of life of people with dementia in two German nursing homes. More info…
  • Margot Hoiting / Philip Curtis – EMBRACE Nederland develops innovative music programmes with the aim of improving the lives and well-being of vulnerable people. More info…
  • Claudia Schnugg – Researcher and curator with an interdisciplinary background in social sciences, business administration, cultural sciences, and the arts (Austria). Did you know that art can reduce your risk of illness and increase life expectancy? So: ATTENTION, contemporary art and culture can change your life! Claudia was a member of the editorial group for ‘Kultur als Rezept’ (Culture as a recipe), the January 2020 issue of the IG Kultur magazine. More info…
  • Veronika Kořínková – EDUdrama, Slovakia is the first centre in Slovakia to organise interactive experience programmes for all ages (children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors). The EDUdrama platform aims to introduce drama education and its methods into the educational system, as well as to the wider public awareness, to humanise the society through drama education and to cultivate its social and artistic potential and abilities. More info…
15:00 – 16:30 (CET)
WORKSHOP
  • Merel Martens – Vocal online inspiration – In a time of social distancing, the sense of community and connection is very important for people. Therefore, this workshop is set up with the purpose of providing you with inspiration in maintaining continuity with your culture participation practise. More info…
Moderation:
Jan-Willem van Kruyssen, OMF/Amateo Courses & Conference Team
Please note that the programme may be subject to minor changes.

registration

  • To register, please press the registration button and complete the short form.
  • This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.
  • There is a € 15 participation fee, all sessions included. The participation fee for individual session is € 10. It will be collected following registration. Amateo members can register for free – become a member here. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.

Registration is now closed.

Places are limited, early registration is recommended!

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: info@amateo.org.

Culture Cares: Annual Zoom Conference

CULTURE CARES

Cultural Participation and Wellbeing

AMATEO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020
On-line Zoom conference: 14–15 May 2020

Save the date for our twelfth Amateo Annual Conference – CULTURE CARES – Cultural Participation and Wellbeing!

Amateo annual conferences are usually hosted in one of our member countries. Due to the development of pandemic events across Europe, we have decided to offer virtual conference content for the first time this year. The conference on health and wellness will take place on May 14 and 15, 2020, via the Zoom platform.

The importance of cultural engagement on health and well-being is often overlooked by the general public as well as the professional public. That’s why the conference aims to show through lectures, debates and roundtables and examples of good practice how culture is changing the lives of individuals and society. This is even more important in the current situation, as we recognize the many artistic initiatives by which artists and amateur artists alleviate the stress of quarantine, and give to people inspiration to join the creative work themselves. As such, arts interventions are often low-risk, highly cost-effective, integrated and holistic treatment options for complex health challenges to which there are no current solutions.

More collaboration between culture and health sectors can also enrich cultural capital by ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the arts in community and wellbeing settings across the European region.

Through inspiring keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and workshops we challenge you to explore the striking impact of creative and cultural activities and the opportunities for collaboration between the participatory arts and health & wellbeing sectors.

Further information about the program follows by the end of April 2020.

Event hosted by:
Amateo – European Network for Active Participation in Culture

Arts Take Part: Courses & Conferences Team

Courses & Conferences Team is one of the implementing teams of Arts Take Part, a unique and exciting four-year Amateo network project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Let see what the team members say about their recent work!

Tell us about your Team?

Our team is international, but it has a Slavic soul, since the team members
are from Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The last team member from the
Netherlands joined us just recently. I think we share a common vision with all the other teams within Arts Take Part and also with other people who work in the field of amateur culture. We try to encourage people to recognize the value of their work in this field, trying to gain visibility of the Amateo network, involve new partners and members in Amateo activities, to provide the paid and voluntary staff in participatory arts associations in European countries with new opportunities. In order to do that we promote and provide trans-national courses and conferences where good practices and experiences from different European countries can be shared.

What has the team been doing recently?

Lately, we have been communicating a lot with our partners from Austria
and Italy for the organisation of the conferences next year. Now we are
in the middle of program preparations for our next conference in June 2020, which will take place in Vienna, Austria. We are also planning promotional campaigns and trying to get as close as possible to potential participants and members. At the same time, it was also necessary to design a work program for the coming year, with collaboration between teams that differentiate the quality and diversity of our events as a key element. The Amateo Conference is also a place where the annual Amateo Award and CONNECT project has its part. The Amateo Award is aiming to highlight and support the individuals and groups whose projects are recognized as outstanding on a European level.

Workshop, Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2019
What are you working on for the future?

We have been working for a long time to find ways and methods which can
help to share knowledge and skills with as many interested people as possible. In the future, we will endeavour to use modern information channels to display our events and to implement e-learning. It is sometimes difficult to choose the right form for a specific target audience among many forms and communication channels, and we will continue to pay much attention to this in the future. We also work with various organisations to participate in the implementation of events in the future, including a one-day conference in Galway, Ireland and in a conference in Milan, Italy.

What are your recent highlights?

Meeting interesting new people, seeing happiness on the faces of award winners, facilitating new transnational exchange of knowledge and collaborations, feeling positive energy and, at the end, satisfaction when plans become reality!

CONNECT 2019, Tallinn, Estonia
How can other Amateo members or non-members get involved with this work?

We would like to involve as many members and non-members as possible into our activities. The main aim of our team is to give people the opportunity for sharing experience and knowledge, for international collaboration to participate actively at Amateo events (seminars, conferences), give ideas for future events, be a host of the events, share positive energy… In short – to place active participation in culture under the spotlight.


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Arts Take Part is a four-year network project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Find out more about Arts Take Part on the project page.

ATP and EU emblem banner

Highlights: CONNECT+, Edinburgh

Speakers at Don't Look Back seminar in Edinburgh (l-r: Ingrid Smit, Sylvia Dow, Anne Gallacher, Janine Husch)

People from across Europe came together last week in Edinburgh to share thoughts and ideas on creativity in an ageing population. The programme of events was organised by Amateo in partnership with Voluntary Arts and Luminate, with support from Creative Scotland as well as Creative Europe. The week included creative workshops for older people from across Europe and a seminar for those working on developing creative projects with the annual Epic Awards ceremony organised by Voluntary Arts bringing an inspiring few days to a close.


Opening Reception

Amateo and our partners were honoured to be guests at the beautiful Institut Français d’Ecosse on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Guests were welcomed by the Deputy French Consul, Marie Vassallo; Amateo President, Susan Fazakerley; Bailie Lezley Marion Cameron of Edinburgh City Council; Luminate Director, Anne Gallacher and Amateo’s Arts Take Part coordinator, Jim Tough. As well as being treated to some fine Scottish produce throughout the evening, the guests were then treated to a performance by Edinburgh-based choir Forget Me Notes.


CONNECT+

Participants were invited from many European countries to come together, exchange ideas and build new relationships. One strand of the programme brought together those working in the field and amateur and participatory arts with an interest in engaging older people in creative activities. There were exercises to get to know each other and even some speed-dating sessions! There were also presentations from funding bodies, including Creative Europe, to inform people of the opportunities available to support international collaboration. Staff from organisations across Europe discussed potential new projects and collaborations which we hope to see realised in the very near future.

In the Creative Workshops programme, a group of 12 older people from Belgium, Netherlands, Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic and Scotland came together with artists Janice Parker and Luke Pell and film maker Tao-Anas Le Thanh to explore the Don’t Look Back theme through movement and words. The process resulted in a remarkable filmed exploration on the theme. This was a powerful process of sharing, learning, reflection, and cooperation amongst this group from across Europe that will live long in the hearts and minds of those involved.


Seminar: Don’t Look Back

Taking inspiration from Bob Dylan and challenging the preconception that almost all creative work with older people needs to be about reminiscence, this one-day seminar at the University of Edinburgh’s InSpace sought to recognise that we all have a creative future. Each of the speakers gave a short presentation which led to a provocation to be discussed and debated by the participants. The event was chaired by playwright Sylvia Dow.

Throughout the day, we heard from Ingrid Smit (LKCA, Netherlands) about the Lang Leve Kunst project (Long Live Art), Janine Husch (Kubia, Germany) about the work the organisation delivers and the challenges they face in reaching a diverse range of participants, and Anne Gallacher (Luminate, Scotland) about partnership working to improve creative opportunities for older people in Scotland.


Epic Awards ceremony

The annual Epic Awards celebrate the achievements of voluntary-led creative groups and projects across the UK and Ireland. This year’s awards ceremony was held in Edinburgh to close our week of events in Scotland’s capital city. Awards were presented to winners for Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales as well as the Peer Award (voted for by the nominated groups), the People’s Choice Award (voted for by thousands of members of the public) and the Celebrating Diversity Award which this year went to Kirrie Connections, a community dementia support hub in the rural Scottish town of Kirriemuir.

The evening was hosted by BBC Scotland’s Janice Forsyth and included an opening speech by Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development in the Scottish Government. The ceremony was opened with a performance from Scotland award runners-up, 24 Carat Gold, a dance group of women aged 60 – 87 years old, while the closing performance by Scotland award winners, Musicians in Exile, had the audience up dancing in Edinburgh’s Central Hall.

It was a really enjoyable and very moving finale to a week of connection, collaboration and inspiration in Edinburgh. We’re now looking forward to upcoming Amateo events during 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to receive invitations.