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Save the date!: Call for Participation – ADESTE+ Summer School and European Conference in Rijeka

We are very happy to announce the second ADESTE+ Summer School in Croatia: "Engaged Audiences: Strategies for Cultural Change”,  that will take place from 21st to 25th September 2020 in Rijeka.

In 2020 Rijeka is the European Capital of Culture and it will become the centre of significant and extensive events of culture and the Arts. It is a good opportunity to save the date. At the moment confirmed speakers include: Nico Carpentier, Teodor Celakoski, Maria Chiara Ciaccheri, Mafalda Damaso, Melissa Dibble, Richard Evans, Lise Korsgaard, Andreja Kulunčić, Davor Mišković, Raul Ramos, Goran Tomka, Daniel Wetzel and Ana Žuvela.

The Summer School and Conference in Rijeka will address the difficulties we face as cultural managers, when it comes to changing cultural institutions and practices. At the first summer school in Lisbon, it was widely agreed, that cultural institutions need to change their ways if they are serious about leading actual cultural democracy. But how? And to what?  To know all information about the Summer School please visit our website:

 Apply now for the Summer School or for the European Conference!

The deadline for submissions to the Public Call for the Summer School is 28th February 2020 and the deadline for the registration for participating at the European Conference is 10th September 2020.

As part of the European Capital of Culture project in 2020, Rijeka is offering over 600 cultural, art and other events that involve more than 250 cultural institutions and organisations from Croatia and 40 other countries from Europe and the rest of the world.
We leave you a small summary of our first summer school in Lisbon. You can find more in our website and our Vimeo channel. It is a opportunity to exchange knowledge about audience development.
If culture and cultural heritage intended to those who ‘’belong’’, what does that mean for the ideal of a multicultural society?
In his keynote, Wayne Modest questions the death of multiculturalism as well as the demise of inclusion and diversity as notions that we work with.
He asks if cultural institutions are ’’the baddies’’ when it comes to cultural democracy. It is imperative to look inwards and ask ourselves these uncomfortable questions, if we truly want to change. We need to talk about what we are doing wrong and how we can do better and thus challenge what seems to be ‘the natural order’ of the world.
Free and equal access to culture is the ideal that the EU was founded on, and it has ensured peace and harmony. But in recent years we see our European society changing. Giovinazzo argues that Arts and culture is critical in gaining individual and collective meaning-making, as well as it is the basis for the economic and political aspects to society
Here some visual maps about the talks and the masterclass that we had in Lisbon Summer School.
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