After a successful conference at Godsbanen in Aarhus, Denmark in May 2017 the final report on the RECcORD research project is now available for download at the site of European Network of Cultural Centres or use this link:

Final RECcORD Report 16.11.17

Drum Klub 3

Picture: Drum Klub is an example of a user-driven activity from the cultural center Waschaus in Potsdam – Germany where the participants are not only attending a concert as audience but are actively drumming and playing together with musicians on the stage. Drum Klub gave their first performance outside Germany when the RECcORD research results were presented at a conference in Aarhus in May 2017. (Link: Drum Klub)


We want to express our deep gratitude to all the Hosting Cultural Centres and all the Recorders involved in the project! This was a project about participation but without your active participation and strong commitment over a long periode this would never have been possible!


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The RECcORD Partners

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About the event

 Day 1, the 17th of May…

…we will focus on Participation in Arts and Culture in general starting with a short presentation of the people and the methodology used in the RECcORD project.

Then you will be introduced to the goals, methodologies and values of a series of projects and activities all dealing with different aspects of participation. During the presentations you will be able to choose which of the projects you want to join later for a more in-depth, hands-on participatory experience through workshops and guided Tours.

After dinner you will be able to relax and party a little at an informal networking event in the Godsbanen Bar and Foyer. Here you will find a small stage where you can present pictures or visual presentations or simply DJ by playing your favorite tune for everybody on the sound equipment directly from your smartphone.

Or… of course you can simply pick one of the many events happening in Aarhus as a part of the ECoC Aarhus 2017 extensive program

Day 2, the 18th of May…

we will concentrate on the results of the RECcORD Project. The three researchers from Aarhus University – who have been working on this experimental project since early 2016 investigating participatory forms in European cultural centres – will try to answer some of the questions asked like; what kind of citizen involvement takes place in the cultural centers, and what  are the potentials and effects of this citizen participation?

You can expect to be presented not only to new understandings of the concept of participation and to new descriptions of different participatory forms but also to the possible effects linked to the activities.  After the presentation you have the opportunity to relate directly to the results through a session of Questions & Answers with the researchers and the floor.

Since the RECcORD project is not only about participation but also using participation as a methodology it includes an important learning process.  It is important to understand how the theory and methods have been experienced in real life by the 20 Recorders who gathered all the information used by the researchers. Therefore the Recorders – all being professionals from cultural centres in Europe – facilitates Informal Conversations about specific participatory forms that they have experienced and related to. Here – in a smaller group – you will also have the possibility to present your own knowledge and experiences to both the Recorders and the other participants of the conference. It is up to you if you want join the conversations or maybe one of the other workshops or guided tours that you maybe missed the day before.

After lunch a Keynote Speech will be presented by a leading researcher in the area as an introduction to a larger Panel Debate on the subject of “Participation in Arts and Culture”. Facilitated by an experienced expert in European culture, representatives and stakeholders from different cultural institutions and organizations in Europe will debate the meaning and the possibilities of the new understandings of participation.

After the debate you will have a nice dinner in the Spiselauget Restaurant and Foyer and while you are dining the Rå Hal is being transformed into the venue for the amazing DRUM- KLUB event. This participatory co-creating music project, which is very successful in Potsdam, Berlin is now performing outside Germany for the very first time. Drum – Klub offers up to 180 drummers to play along with the 8 professional instructors on the stage in order to create fantastic energetic music with you.  To stay absolutely true to the participatory concept this event is organized together with the music venue RADAR so that it is also open to the general public, enabling you to meet and play together with people from Aarhus. If you don’t feel like actually drumming along you can also participate as a spectator.

And.. of course again you also have the opportunity to explore Aarhus by night visiting one of the many events taking place in Aarhus as a part of the ECoC Aarhus 2017 extensive program

Day 3, the 19th of May…

…we will focus on the future and in order to understand the reality and conditions of the European cultural centres an expert keynote speaker will introduce us to central Challenges and Possibilities for the European cultural centres.
Then we will dig a little deeper into real life situations by interviewing three representatives from the cultural centres who participated in the Reccord project as Hosting Centres for the Recorders. What’s actually up and What’s down? are some questions they will be asked.

This will lead us to the final facilitated Panel Debate and a discussion of the Challenges and Possibilities in European Cultural Centres. What do we know about the Cultural centres by now and what would we still like to know? What are the true obstacles for the development of participation in culture and arts, and how do we overcome them are some of the main issues to be talked about in the panel and in a Question & Answers session with you and the other participants.

Just before lunch we will try to sum up the event and the activities – and through your participation hopefully we will be able to sketch out new Visions for Cultural Centres in Europe.


Preliminary – (will be updated)


Wednesday the 17th of May





Check In – opens
Networking, coffee and tea

Rå Hal entrance


Official Welcoming
Peter Ørting – Chairman of Kulturhusene i Danmark

Ivo Peeters – Chairman of European Network of Cultural Centres

Ole G. Jørgensen – Godsbanen

Birgit Eriksson – Aarhus University

Representative of ECoC Aarhus 2017 (t.b.conf.)

Rå Hal – Stage area


Presentation of RECcORD methodology

– Recorders and Hosting Centres

Rå Hal – Stage area


Presentation of participatory workshops
Workshops, guided tours and activities

1. hello!earth workshop

We will introduce our approach to work with participatory art works and share some of the methods we developed for audience participation both in the process of making art works and the final events/participatory performances.

We share the approach to work with community participation in our current art work under development: “Dance your neighbour,” to be premiered in September 2017.

“Dance your neighbour” is acreated through a series of workshops with diverse groups of people in a community, as well as interventions and actions in the neighbourhood. It evolves around keywords such as gathering, assembly and meetings with the body as vehicle for empathy.

In this workshop you get a taste of the working process with the community and we will introduce our method of creating meetings through movement scores. The movement score is based on a story memory or experience of ones life. This score is given to another person, who is doing the movement. A meeting between people is evolving with base in the collective body that otherwise remains invisible.

You will experience and play with the method and try it for yourself. We will conclude with a joint meeting in movement, where we follow either written or instructions through sound, and experience moving in another persons footsteps and experiences.

Artistic leaders are Vera Maeder and Jacob Langaa Sennek.

2. Guidet tour  to Institut for (X) and Godsbanen

Institut for (X) is a culture, business and education platform founded in 2009. It is an independent and not-for-profit culture association arising from citizen initiatives. The (X) is continuously redefined by the members of the platform, which include  250 + active members, 90 studios & workshops, 50 businesses and 25 associations

The outdoor spaces and park areas are public and we invite everyone to use and co-produce them and the mission is to create best possible neighbourhood for all, to facilitate and enhance cultural activities, combining artistic creativity with business, public debate and public education.

The (X) is a dynamic organisation and a laboratory for urban experiments, where initiatives grow organically.

Your Guide will be Ole G. Jørgensen – from Godsbanen but  with close connections to the institute for (X)

Guidet tour at Godsbanen

With open workshops, studios, project rooms, theatre stages, auditoriums, dance halls and much more, Godsbanen provides every opportunity; whether you want to stage a week long theatre festival, practice your dance moves or perhaps host a meeting.

If you don’t have any interest in culture at all, you are also very welcome. We have an excellent and very affordable café/restaurant, which is open for everybody at all hours, and our roof has open access and provides an amazing view.

The buildings used to host one of Denmark’s largest train freight yards, and the old buildings are renovated with respect for their history and are worth a visit in themselves. Take a tour of our website – on all pages you’ll find a summary in English.

Your Guide will be Ole G. Jørgensen – from Godsbanen but with close connections to the institute for (X)

3. Between gastronomy and relational involvement

– Together stitching food memories from migrants’ Culinary Culture

The term gastronomy is often misinterpreted, if comprehended at all as more than the taste or idea of consumption. However, gastronomy involves much more than food. It is the study of the relationship between food and almost every aspect of the human condition, making it a subject limitless in scope.

Ildstedet (i.e.: ”The Fireplace”) or ”The Satellite Kitchen” works to establish to our newcomer community a platform of opportunities to engage in the society in a meaningful and most important; dignified way; moreover a platform for an equitable exchange that enriches both the givers and the receivers.

It is also space for cultural global celebration, leaving a forum for sharing recipes and narratives. The Kitchen and the cooking is a tool for intercultural integration and reunion, bridging the locals and the newcomers’ cultures; here mostly the Syrian. The meetings and the strong encounters with new cultures, leaves the newcomers with a confidence and optimism, which is of great value to the families as whole as well as community as a whole.

In this workshop you will prepare this evenings dinner for all the conference guests, guided by Anna Oline Laumark, Isabella Marschall and their crew of Syrian refugees.

Rå Hal – Stage area


Workshops, guided tours and activities begin

Godsbanen and surrounding areas


Dinner and events
With and around “The Fireplace”

Godsbanen and surrounding areas


bar, networking

Foyer, Restaurant and small stage area


Good night
… or activities in European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

Aarhus City


Thursday the 18th of May





Check in opens



Presentation of RECcORD research results
Birgit Eriksson, Assoc. Prof.
Carsten Stage, Assoc. Prof
Camilla Møhring Reestorff, Assoc. Prof.




Restaurant Spiselauget and Foyer


Conversations part, Workshops and Guided Tours
Informal conversations with Recorders about participatory forms, yours and theirs personal experiences.

1. Conversations about participation
In this part of the conference program you will have the opportunity to take part in ‘Conversations about participation’ with the ‘recorders’ from the RECcORD project; the 20 different cultural workers from across Europe who have engaged in the project by making field studies about citizen participation in different European cultural centers. The recorders are ready to share their thoughts and experiences and thereby add the fieldworker’s perspective on the research.

They will team up in groups of 3-4 and engage as initiating interlocutors in conversations with smaller groups of conference participants. Instead of talking about participation in general, they will add a stronger focus; every conversation will open with the recorders sharing understandings, fieldwork experiences and perspectives on one specific understanding of participation within the typology. Are you especially interested in education or co-creation? Now you will have the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the different types of participation.

During the conversation, the conference participants will have the opportunity to participate; ask questions, share thoughts and their own experiences with the particular category. There will be six different conversations simultaneously, six different groups in Rå Hal – one dedicated to each category within the typology. And every conversation will start over three times. In that way you will be able to participate in three different 40-minutes-conversations divided by two small breaks.

2. Guided tour to Institut for (X) and Godsbanen
A second chance to get an insight into the many activities of these two institutions (for a description please see the program for wednesday 17th)

3. Digital Dialogues: Exploring the role of digital interfaces and tools in co-creating our sense of identity, heritage, and visions for Europe’s future

In our workshop, participants will get to experience and play with creative installations and digital interfaces for discussion, negotiation and reflection about what it means to be European.

CIID Research will bring digital prototypes that participants will use to express their opinions and that will encourage and mediate their discussion of sensitive topics related to the European Union.

We will then facilitate a co-design session where participants create their own concepts for how they would like to encourage more open discussion and listening among their fellow workshop participants.

The workshop is led by Annelie Berner, who is an interaction designer, teacher and data artist. She is especially interested in bridging and connecting across disciplines, often working through the medium of interactive and playful data visualisation. She is currently a faculty member and researcher at CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) where she teaches programming and data visualization. She leads projects that span from researching and designing tools for dialogue on sensitive topics to tools for ethical decision-making among IOT developers
Annelie’s work has won notable honors in the Core77 Design Awards for Built Environments and Food Design, as well has having been exhibited at the World Health Organisation, Red Bull Studios NYC and the Georgia Museum of Art.
She is a founding member of NEWINC, the New Museum’s incubator for artists, technologists and designers. Previously, she taught at Rutger’s College of Art and Design and Columbia University’s School of Architecture. She has worked for the Spatial Information Design Lab, was a resident at IDEO’s Digital Lab and worked at the New York Times’ Research and Development Lab.
Annelie graduated from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and studied Government

Rå Hal, Godsbanen and surrounding areas


Coffee, tea and cake and swapping Conversation groups.



Conversations 2.nd part

Workshops and Guided tours Continued

Rå Hal, Godsbanen and surrounding areas


Keynote – Dr Leila Jancovich

Why participation matters – in cultural centers, institutions and capitals

Dr Leila Jancovich will share her thoughts on the way participation is used to mean very different things to different cultural institutions and consider her findings from Aarhus 2017 with particular reference to the role of cultural centres and other community infrastructure.

Dr Leila Jancovich worked for many years in the cultural sector as a producer, researcher and policy maker before undertaking a PhD into participation, power and decision making.  She is now an academic at University of Leeds, UK and has been working with Aarhus University on research into how “participation” if defined and implemented within Aarhus 2017 and also manages an international network on participation and engagement in the arts (

Rå Hal – Stage area


Participation in Culture and Arts – Panel Debate
Across Europe there is a great demand for civic engagement. Cultural institutions, politicians and researchers are looking for ways to engage and support civic participation in arts and culture as well as in democratic processes in society. But how do we practice participation in cultural centres, cultural institutions and cultural capitals? Is it possible to rethink traditional positions through a deeper understanding of what participation really is, and what the effects of participation really are?

Panel moderator: Trevor Davies

Trevor Davies, educated in the UK as an urban planner, is the founder and currently co-director of Copenhagen International Theatre. For the past  35 years, CIT has  produced more than 60 international festivals with various themes. Currently, the focus is Metropolis, site specific art/performance in the city.  Davies was also the director of Copenhagen 96, Cultural Capital of Europe, and he led the bid for Aarhus to be European Capital of Culture in 2017. His first cultural position was as program manager for Huset, Aarhus,  one of the first community arts centres in Scandinavia. He has also been director of The Aarhus Festival and The Salisbury Festival, UK and he set up the New Writing Center I Norwich, UK, now the UNESCO  City of Literature.


Rå Hal – Stage area




Dinner with Spiselauget
Presentation of the honorary award “ The Golden Shovel”

Restaurant Spiselauget and Foyer


Drum – Klub event
Participate as a drummer or spectator in this amazing co-creation concept from Potsdam- Germany visiting Denmark for the first time!

The RADAR music venue



…or Aarhus Capital of Culture by night


Friday the 19th of may





Check in
Coffee, tea and bread

Restaurant Spiselauget and Foyer


Keynote Speech
Challenges and Possibilities for participatory culture in Europe

Rå Hal – Stage area


Whats up? Whats down?
Three representatives from Cultural Centres participating in RECcORD as Hosting Centres are being interviewed by Mette Dalby who – besides being a Recorder in the project – is the manager of Cultural Complex Nicolai in Kolding, Denmark.

Rå Hal – Stage area


Challenges and Possibilities for European Cultural Centres – Panel Debate.

Cultural centres in Europe are diverse and you can find them in all forms, sizes and shapes. The diversity of the cultural centres reflects not only the local cultural heritage but also the local, national and European political conditions. Despite these outer differences the Cultural Centres share the important inner quality of being able to facilitate the cultural and artistic initiatives and activities of the citizens. Could it be that this diversity represents both the major challenges and possibilities or should we look elsewhere to shape the future?

Panel moderator: Trevor Davies

Den Rå Hal – Eating Area


Closing words

Rå Hal – Stage area



Restaurant Spiselauget and Foyer


General Assembly – Kulturhusene i Danmark (KHiD)
Only for KHiD members



Goodbye and take care!

Practical information

Location – Godsbanen

The venue for the conference acitivites is the Cultural Production Center GODSBANEN in the city of Aarhhus.

With open workshops, studios, project rooms, theatre stages, auditoriums, dance halls and much more, Godsbanen provides every opportunity; whether you want to stage a week long theatre festival, practice your dance moves or perhaps host a meeting.

The buildings used to host one of Denmark’s largest train freight yards, and the old buildings are renovated with respect for their history and are worth a visit in themselves.

Take a tour of our website – on all pages you’ll find a summary in English.
Adress: Godsbanen, Skovgaardsgade 3, 8000 Aarhus C



You have different opportunities going to Aarhus by airplane but both airports are in some distance from the city and you must expect going by Bus also for between approx. 1,0 to 1,5 hours

Aarhus Airport

Billund Airport

Alternatively you can go by plane to Copenhagen Airport and directly from there it is easy to go by train to Aarhus which will take about 3 hours.


Cabbinn – Aarhus

Guldsmeden – Aarhus

Hotel La Tour

Hostels and Bed and Breakfast

Simpelbed hotel


City Sleep In

AB centrum

Who are we?

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European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)
ENCC currently comprises 14 national networks from 12 countries (included three sub national networks Belgium) plus 10 associated members (local networks and individual cultural centres). Together they represent 3000 cultural centres with more than 15.000 employees, thousands of volunteers and 40 million visitors per year. The ENCC was founded in 1994 and has its administrative office in Brussels and are supported by the EU Creative Europe Program. ENCC takes a unique position in the global field of European networks: Representing a large range of local cultural institutes, in rural, urban and metropolitan areas; Supporting networking between cultural centres on all levels and build bridges between cultural workers. What all members have in common is the commitment to arts and culture as a possibility for individual and communal development in society and the belief that networking in support of this development brings strength and solidarity to organisations across borders – be they local, regional or national.

Association of Cultural Centres in Denmark (Kulturhusene i Danmark – KHiD)
The national association of Danish cultural centres “Kulturhusene i Danmark” is an NGO with 90 cultural centres as members. The society was established in 1987 with all activities funded by the members and since 1999 partly funded by the Danish Ministry of Culture. The general aim of the society is to strengthen and develop local artistic and cultural activity based on democratic and participatory qualities. Kulturhusene i Danmark distributes relevant information to and between the members, politicians, civil servants, experts and others with an interest in the area. This is mainly done by organizing public meetings and conferences of current interest. Kulturhusene i Danmark furthermore provides consultancy to members of the society as well as to local authorities regarding all sorts of problems in connection with management or establishing of cultural centres.

Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus University (AU) is a Top 100 university with more than 11000 full time employees and 38.000 students contributing to the development of national and global welfare via outstanding research and world-class degree programmes. AU is organized into 26 interdisciplinary schools/departments including The School of Communication and Culture (CC). With about 150 researchers and 50 PhD-students, CC is a strong and fruitful base for internationally wellknown research in arts and humanities. The Reccord-project will be carried out by researchers from CC’s interdisciplinary research programme in Cultural Transformations. Cultural Transformations is a highly dynamic and advanced research programme hosting several international projects and networks for junior and senior scholars. It further plays a leading role in AU’s cooperation with the European Capital of Culture in Aarhus (2017), exploring cultural participation and art as a transformative generator for cultural, social and democratic innovation.

Cultural Production Center Godsbanen (GB)
With open workshops, studios, project rooms, theatre stages, auditoriums, dance halls and much more, Godsbanen provides every opportunity; whether you want to stage a week long theatre festival, practice your dance moves or perhaps host a meeting. If you don’t have any interest in culture at all, you are also very welcome. We have an excellent and very affordable café/restaurant, which is open for everybody at all hours, and our roof is open access and provides an amazing view. The buildings used to host one of Denmark’s largest train freight yards, and the old buildings are renovated with respect for their history. In GB you will also find artist residencies for up to approx. 30 persons at the same time.


Registration and participation fee

When you register you can choose between participating in the full program (3 days, 17-19/5) or either the first 2 days (17-18/5) or the last 2 days (18-19/5).

If you are a member of Kulturhusene i Danmark (KHiD) or European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) you can register for a reduced price.

For members of KHiD and ENCC the fee is approximately 120 EUR for 2 days and 165 EUR for 3 days.

For non-members the fee is approximately 165 EUR for 2 days and 225 EUR for 3 days.

The registration form requires online payment by credit card. If you are unable to pay by credit card please contact us at


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