The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

Published on April 6th, 2014


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A three-day, interdisciplinary working conference on new culture strategies. The programme offers thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops, in depth masterclasses and think tanks, all with an international character. The conference provocatively questions what the prospects are for cultural organizations and organizers operating in a future of reduced resources and a changing European society.

2-4 April 2014, Melkweg and P60, Amsterdam and Amstelveen. The conference will be followed by: TEH Meeting 77, 5-6 April 2014, Melkweg and P60.

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be is a three-day, interdisciplinary working conference on new culture strategies. The programme offers thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops, in depth masterclasses and think tanks, all with an international character.

The conference provocatively questions what the prospects are for cultural organizations and organizers operating in a future of reduced resources and a changing European society. European cultural workers and artists from over 20 countries will discuss innovative solutions for issues such as:

These and other key issues will form the basis for in-depth discussions, workshops and presentations. An artistic programme will complement the conference.

What to expect?

Artistic programme in Melkweg & P60. The Future Is Not What It Used To Be is organised by Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg & P60 in partnership with a.o. VNPF, Live DMA, On the Move and ACMC. It is powered by Engine Room Europe, a three-year project dedicated to independent cultural workers and their creative processes, and financed by the Culture Programme of the European Commission. More information about our partners can be found here. The brochure of the conference can be downloaded here and the schedule here.

For more info, please visit: http://www.tehfuture.net/

Workshops

The eleven thematic routes (in the form of workshops, masterclasses and discussions) form the core of the working conference. Participants sign up for one route (consisting of three sessions over two days) and follow it throughout the conference. More details about each workshop here.

Moving Europe – a joint effort for the arts
Organise, communicate, change! Route: Coordination Meeting #1 of European cultural networks and organisations advocating for the arts. Aimed at: Secretary generals, directors, managers, coordinators and board members of European cultural networks and organisations.

Creative Business Models – The Art of Earning Money
How to design a financially viable business model without compromising vision, mission and values? Aimed at: Senior managers in arts, cultural or business organisations with responsibility for and / or a thorough knowledge of its economic strategy and planning.

The Resurrection of the Local
A journey and a workshop that explores sustainable models for cultural initiatives. We live in a time when we cannot rely on funding for culture, and in which we are becoming more and more convinced that initiatives have to be driven from a local perspective and with local resources.

Campaigning for your life
How to survive and grow as a cultural center with creative low budget campaigns? Route: This is a workshop. Lots of advice and examples, and lots of do it yourself! Aimed at: Ambitious people who believe they can make their cultural center grow in cultural significance, number of visitors and budget.

Strategic Marketing Through Audience Development
How to promote your cultural centre by knowing your audience and getting your audience involved with your cultural centre and artistic product? Route: A combination of inspiring keynote speeches, best practices and practical workshops. Aimed at: Cultural professionals and marketeers who want to promote their centre and increase their number of visitors threw a vision-led, audience-focused approach.

Informal Professional Development
A workshop introducing you in-depth to the new Erasmus+ programme. Aimed at: Organisations that work with volunteers and/or the European Voluntary Service (EVS), that want to have more volunteer participation, and/or that want to use Erasmus+ with at least two other European partners. This workshop is also suitable for students/volunteers.

A Culture For A Sustainable Change
A workshop on how to incorporate sustainability into your daily routine. Aimed at: Anyone working in a culture centre or organisation and interested in ecological sustainability issues relating to their organisation.

Reclaiming Public Space
How to secure, protect and develop public space for and by citizens, as a cultural necessity? Route: A facilitated think-tank with challenging interventions from invited guests (Spain, Turkey, Iran, Croatia) to stimulate a debate and to identify possible future actions around this timely issue. Aimed at: Cultural activists and interested parties who see a role for culture in the civil space.

Community And Audience Development
More information to follow.

Prepare for the future with scenario planning
What does the future of the cultural sector in Europe look like? Route: This is a workshop. We’ll teach you how to make scenarios, but you have to do the work yourself! Aimed at: Leaders with vision who want to prepare themselves for a turbulent future.

Creative Collaboration And Structured Idea Development
This workshop embeds the fundamental principles of creative leadership and teamwork in the hearts, minds and bodies of the participants. Route: Along with a number of highly effective innovation tools and methods, the participants will be introduced to an overall framework and mind-set for working with new ideas.

Co-organized by: Trans Europe Halles, Engine Room Europe, Melkweg, P60

Funded by: European Culture Programme

Engine Room Europe is a three-year programme (April 2011-May 2014) of activities dedicated to independent cultural workers and their creative processes. It is initiated by Trans Europe Halles (TEH) and co-ordinated by Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in association with 10 co-organizing TEH members. Engine Room Europe has been funded with the support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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