Non-governmental cultural centres are started by artists, activists and, in general, civil society to nurture creativity and imagination. They spring from communities to address their cultural needs. As they develop, they adopt different organisational models to respond best to their environment. However, civic engagement and participation usually remains one of their main priorities. In this session, the participants will hear about the civic engagement models of four very different European cultural spaces and we will debate about learnings for citizens engagement and how to take things forward also in the context of the New European Bauhaus.
15.30 Introductory session
EU Policies for citizens‘ engagement and culture
Catherine Magnant, Head of Unit, Cultural Policies, European Commission DG EAC (3-5 min.)
What can Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities and Trans Europe Halles bring to citizens’ engagement?
Mieke Renders, Trans Europe Halles (TEH) and Francesco Campagnari, TEH and University of Venice (10 min.)
15.45 Citizen engagement in non-governmental cultural centres
Introduction and Moderator: Jose Rodriguez, Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities
15.45 Case 1 – L’asilo: A participatory model and its impact in public policies
Gabriella Riccio, L’asilo, Naples (10 min)
15.55 Case 2 – P60: Engaging youth through art and culture
Gerard Lohuis, P60, Netherlands (10 min.)
16.05 Case 3 – Hablarenarte: Urban labs in schools
Sofía de Juan, Hablarenarte, Spain (10 min.)
16.15 Case 4 – Beat Carnival: Cross-community communication in the city
David Boyd, Beat Carnival, Northern Ireland (10 min.)
16.30 Questions and discussion
Questions and comments via the Chat function, taken up by the moderator also between the interventions (José)
16:35 Impulses and debate
Short impulse speech: the “Home of Commons”
Maria Francesca De Tullio, University of Antwerp and Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities (2-3 min)
Short impulse speech: The New European Bauhaus
Representative from the European Commission (2-3 min)
Debate: What have we learned about citizens’ engagement? How to take things forward also in the context of the New European Bauhaus?
17.00 Closing remarks
Barbara Stacher, European Commission and Mieke Renders, Trans Europe Halles.