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Thursday the 28th of January:

Focus: Independence in collaboration with the public sector. Examining the value of independent culture and why the key relationships between the state, private enterprise and independent culture is important.

11.00 – 15.30          Registration

15.30 - 16.00           Welcome/Opening

Welcome speech: Minister of culture Majda Širca

16.00 – 16.30          Introduction: Where do we come from and where are we going?

Moderator: Sandy Fitzgerald
Presenters: Fazette Bordage (Institut des Villes); Eric Chevance (ArtFactories AutrespArts)  ; Emina Višnić (Alliance for Center for Independent Culture and Youth); Emma Ernsth (TEH), Marko Brumen (Pekarna magdalenske mreže)

16.30 – 18.15           Panel debate: WHY INDPENDENCE?

Examining the value of independent culture and why the key relationship between the state, private enterprise and independent culture is important.

What does independence mean? What does independent culture mean for society and community? What are the responsibilities of both public authorities and non-profit actors? Why and how should/could these two sectors collaborate and how to protect independence from compromise in such relations? Why should public support be given to independent groups/organisations? How can the relationships in these partnerships be improved?

Moderator: Sandy Fitzgerald
Panelists: Gregor Kosi (Pekarna magdalenske mreže), Teodor Celakoski (Alliance for Center for Independent Culture and Youth),  Mikko Fritze (Tallinn 2011 Foundation), Chris Torch (Culture Action Europe / Intercult),  Aleš Novak (Office for Culture and Youth, City of Maribor).

18.45 – 20.00          Key Note:

"A New Creative Ecology" by PHIL WOOD (Comedia)
Q&A moderated by Sandy Fitzgerald

21.30-                     Welcome clubbing:  Gustaf Hall as place to meet & greet.

*Visit of Mr.Wood is kindly supported by British Council Slovenia.

Programme Friday the 29th of January:

Focus: Review of governance models of independent cultural centres in the West Balkans and in the EU.

09.30 – 10.00          Morning coffee

10.00 – 10.30          Summary and personal reflections from Day 1.

By Sandy Fitzgerald and Emma Ernsth

10.30 – 12.30           Panel: IN STRUGGLE FOR SPACE(S) -
Diverse solutions/stories in similar contexts

Independent cultural centers are very often engaged in long struggles with their local authorities. In some cases, for instance in former Yugoslavia, the biggest obstacle is the expensive, inefficient and underdeveloped sector of public institutions that are governing almost all cultural infrastructure. On the other hand, in so-called post-socialist countries, and maybe even more so in so-called old democracies, the neoliberal pressure on public space became very dominant. Developers, market-oriented entertainment and tourism industries are threatening to overtake urban spaces of independent, free, progressive, open  (no matter how you call it) cultural and social practices. Nevertheless, different organisations, artists and activists introduced new solutions for which they fought for in various ways. What are these solutions and how are they proven in practice? What are the main obstacles in the context? Are independent actors willing and able to change that? How did they organise them-selves? What did they do to get public (and political) interest? How did they fight before and what are their future fights?

Moderator: Emina Višnić

Panelists: Bratko Bibič, Tomislav Medak, Anabela Angelovska, Javier Pérez

14.00-15.30             Governance in action - part One

Case Studies presented :

  1. Sigrid Niemer: ufaFabrik (DE)
  2. Stuba Nikula: Kaapelithedas (FI)
  3. Klaus Schafler: WUK (AUT)
  4. Nataša Serec: Metelkova (SI)
  5. Dušica Radojčić: Rojc (CRO)

Moderator: Emma Ernsth

15.45-16.45 Breakout groups

The task for these breakout groups, based on people's own experience and informed by the previous speakers and discussions, will be to identify the important issues and questions regarding governance models and the relationship between the state and independent culture.

Examples: What are pros and cons of having public representatives on the board of governance? What are the sustainable models of active participation?  Can decision making be both democratic and practical?

16.45-17.45               Feedback from the breakout groups and discussion

Moderator: Sandy Fitzgerald

18.00 -19.00             Flash Info: Governance & network(s)

10-15' each, then Q&A
Moderator: Marko Brumen

21.30 onwards         Evening programme

A different Time
Author: Ana Lagator, 2006, 49 min
Production: AAC kulturanova, Novi Sad

Through the memory of once-living spaces film speaks about the current lack of them for the creative engagement of youth. It is a journey in the aftermath of the most important premises for the entertainment of young people in Novi Sad. Premises which at the end of the 60s and until the first half of 90s allowed young people to develop their own creativity, learning, exchange of experiences, ideas and friendship. The film shows what this spaces meant to the youth of Novi Sad and why they now no longer exist.

Intro by Ana Lagator and Milan Vračar

After:                            Clubbing/Concert

Programme Saturday the 30th of January:

Models based on participation of independent actors and the institutionalisation of their relationship with local authorities. How can we ensure participation of all stakeholders in decision making, while maintaining stability? How are internal relationships managed? Can they ensure the involvement of the artistic community and/or interested citizens? How about keeping a variety of programmes and services? Why and how should local or regional authorities be involved? What are the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid models of public-private/civil partnerships? Can the free market model ensure what it takes to support cultural development?

09.30 – 09.45          Morning cofee

09.45-10.00             Summary and personal reflections from Day 2.

By Sandy Fitzgerald and Emma Ernsth.

10.00 - 11.30            Governance in action - part Two

Case Studies presented:

  1. Sonja Soldo & Emina Višnić : Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth (CRO)
  2. Anna Czapski: Fructose (FR)
  3. Auro Foxcroft: Village Underground (UK)
  4. Marko Gaić: CK13 (SRB)
  5. Dudley Stewart: Quest Charleville Castle (IE)
  6. Marin Lukanović: Molekula (CRO)

Moderator: Emma Ernsth (TEH)

11.50-13.00              Breakout groups

The task for the second day of breakout groups is to find solutions to the issues and questions arising from presented case studies and participants experience.

14.30-15.30              Feedback from breakout groups and discussion

Moderator: Sandy Fitzgerald

15.30- 16.45             Plenary session “Good governance – what are its foundations?”

Good governance and relationships – what have we learnt from the conference?
Presentation by observers Emma Ernsth and Sandy Fitzgerald.
Discussion and reactions.

Moderator: Emina Višnić

16.45 – 17.00           Closing the conference

21.30+                         Survival party Concert DANCE MAMBLITA 🙂