Conference Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities, La Tricoterie - Fabrique de liens, donderdag, 04. april 2019

This conference is not a regular one. It’s the launching event of a 2-year experimental project involving cultural and creative spaces and policymakers. Brought together by a consortium of ten forward-looking organisations, dozens of stakeholders across Europe will explore how participatory governance and commoning practices can devise a more sustainable future for Europe.
Participatory governance is a people-centred approach to deepen citizen engagement in governmental decision-making. Participatory processes facilitate communication and relations between public institutions and civil society, resulting in a better quality of democracy. Participatory governance is one of the top priorities in the EU’s cultural agenda for the upcoming years.
Commoning processes attempt to activate the power of social cooperation to make things happen. In this project, we think of commoning as a variety of collective actions enabling interaction between actors in the cultural sector. Their joint efforts intent to shape new institutional arrangements safeguarding the sustainability of creative work.
At this full-day conference, you will have the occasion to learn how both civil society and the European Commission are addressing these topics. You will also contribute your knowledge and experience to the development of the Urban Labs we are organising in seven European cities this year.
Join us to

Understand better how culture contributes to sustainable social and economic development.
Be inspired by real examples of how culture improves people’s lives.
Contribute to the debate about how public administration and the cultural and creative sectors can increase their cooperation.
Learn about the new EU Work Plan for Culture and how it addresses the increasing shift to digital technologies, globalisation and growing societal diversity.
Discover and get involved in the project Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities.
Meet like-minded professionals that are making an impact in Europe.

This conference is for
Anyone working at the intersection between culture, creativity, innovation, urbanism and social impact. In particular:

Professionals working in cultural and creative spaces
Policy makers at local, regional, national and international level
Public servants

Program Thursday 4 April
09.00 Registration.
09.30 Welcome by Mieke Renders, managing director of Trans Europe Halles, and Charles Picqué, mayor of Saint Gilles.
09.50 Keynote address by a representative of the European Commission. Speaker to be confirmed.
10.15 Presentation of Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities by project manager Asma Mansour.
10.30 Coffee break.
11.00 Session 1: The new EU Work Plan for Culture and its peer-to-peer approach. Speakers to be confirmed.
11.20 Presentation of the European Creative Hubs Network by Iván López Garrido and Atilim Sahim.
11.30 Session 2: Co-creation of cultural policies. Speaker to be confirmed.
12.30 Lunch break.
13.30 Session 3: The Creative Biotope by representatives of the University of Antwerp, European Cultural Foundation and the P2P Foundation.
14.30 Coffee break.
15.00 Workshops: The challenges of the Urban Labs.
17.00 Closing remarks by Barbara Stacher, policy officer of economy of culture, at DG for Education and Culture—European Commission.
17.30 Cocktail and networking
19.30 End
The event is free of charge. The number of seats is limited.

Event CoordinatorAsma Mansour -
Marketing CommunicationsJose Rodriguez -

More information:
Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Conference Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities

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