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 representativesfrom 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 discoussion 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.