We’re celebrating the 100 000th fellow supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions over the past 20 years. To mark the occasion, 30 highly promising researchers have been selected to showcase the EU’s actions dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research.
“Celebrating the award of the 100 000th Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship is a great moment to recall the importance of this programme, which supports our brightest and best researchers in tackling the big societal challenges facing Europe. Marie Skłodowska-Curie paved the way for future generations of female researchers.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, I am especially proud that the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions pay particular attention to gender balance, and with more than 40% of fellowships awarded to female scientists, are the best performing part of Horizon 2020 with respect to gender”.
For the whole pressrelease follow the link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/news/20170307-msca-researchers-100-000_en
Let’s cooperate and build bridges between our cities:) – call to join the network
Baltic Audience Links is a small research that focuses on developing a Baltic network of cultural actors that apply participatory approach in developing urban spaces and contributing into development of the local communities. The result of the research will be an open growing data base (keeping technical solution as a future task) of cultural organisations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, a toolbox of methods and principles and a set of cases in developing and supporting local networks through cultural actions. The research is conducted by Lithuanian partner, laboratory for urban games and research Laimikis.lt . According to them one of side-effects of the research is the emerging topic about the capacity of cultural actors in the Baltic states and the conditions of working in cultural sector, which could bring a useful debate about the changes needed in the management of the cultural sector in Lithuania and Latvia to sustain positive change that cultural organisations bring to the local communities.
We see Baltic Audience Links as a small cluster of the bigger network of the cultural innovators, that apply culture as a tool of positive change in the Baltic Sea Region. The partners of the project — Intercult and River // Cities platform (with the Baltic Cultural Center in Gdanks as a member of the network) have already contributed into the growing regional networks of cultural actors. We have already started connecting these “parts” of the regional network through joint events (Audience Development Links in Stockholm, February; Co-urbanism: cultural action and urban regeneration in Vilnius, April; Meeting in Gdansk, May).
We will be happy to cooperate with existing networks and cultural actors. The call for Vilnius event is open (Laimikis is waiting for the abstracts till March 17, while the event will take place on April 7 in Vilnius). Also, there is an open call to register the cultural actors, active in participatory development by using this form (open till March 26): https://tinyurl.com/hcm8aku
The Audience Links Xchange conference offered a very good stage for our experts from the Baltic Sea Region to present the activities they are implementing to foster local participatory processes but also to network with other cultural professionals coming from all over Europe and to get in contact with good practices and constructive failures related to Audience Development. Also most of the co-partners from Europe in the project CORNERS, with Intercult as head partner, were present for internal meetings as well as taking part in the conference and works shop sessions. Both the sessions on the 22nd and on the 23rd of February were open to the public, especially to Swedish representatives of the cultural sector, meaning artists, cultural managers and policy makers.
We strongly believe in the strategic meaning of these open international kind of gatherings, since an event such as Audience Links Xchange enables cultural professionals to network with other key actors of the field but also to raise the awareness about very important topics as Audience Development among local, national and European policy makers. In particular, on Wednesday 22nd February, Jekaterina Lavrinec, Laimikis.lt, Lithuania delivered the findings from “Response and interim report Study on Audience Engagement in the Baltic Sea Region”.
Jekaterina evoked the image of Järnpojke, the sculpture of a little boy who looks at the moon by Liss Eriksson situated in Gamla Stan (Old Town of Stockholm), which is famous for being the smallest public monument of Stockholm (only 15 centimeters). Järnpojke is situated in a public space and many local people usually bring to the statue coins, candies, apples, knitted hats and scarfs. Jekaterina mentioned it as a symbol of the Baltic Audience Links approach, whose focus is about micro level social interconnection in public spaces.
Then Jekaterina presented the three principles upon which the “Study on Audience Engagement in the Baltic Sea Region” is built:
- Social practices are spatial practices, which implies that observing the space and the changes in the space, you can evaluate what kind of social relations take place in that space. Vice versa, by changing something in the space, you are able to evoke changes in the social interactions that happen there.
- Social micro practices are not stratified, namely social micro practices in public spaces are not pre-existing or pre-classified and they arise independently from social classes or groups.
- Cooperation itself is a craft to preserve, since we live in distilled modern societies where we are forgetting how to do things together.
Considering that the most frequently used word during the Audience Links Xchange conference had been “audience”, Jekaterina underlined that professionals working in the Baltic Sea Region, in the neighborhoods and in little communities, do not use the term “audience” but rather “people”, and they prefer “cooperation” and “togetherness” to “participation” or “engagement”. They ask to themselves “how do we cooperate with people?” instead of “how do we build the audience?”, being convinced that informal activation of local people is the key to cultural participation. The main challenge that these professionals working to build local ecosystems of participation have to face daily is related to sustainable development.
First, this is because NGOs are usually small and their budget is usually project based. As a consequence, they tend to scale down their activities and to implement very cheap solutions, which are not sustainable. One possible solution here is empowering local people so that they invest directly and develop themselves solutions to make the initiatives go on.
Second, sustainable development is very difficult when there is no strategic vision for cultural activities at a municipal and national level. Third, networking is a facilitator to scale up and develop sustainably, however very few actors understand the importance of building local networks in the Countries analyzed (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland). Finally, Jekaterina gave an insight about the process of Mapping that Baltic Audience Links is implementing as a tool for audience engagement in the Baltic Sea Region. The idea is to collect the profiles of organizations active in urban development and to draw the interconnections between them. In particular, the interest is on connections which are based on the common urban issues that organizations address, more than on their similar structure.
On Thursday 23rd February, we had the opportunity to learn about the experiences of some of the Baltic Sea Region professionals involved in fostering local participatory processes, coming from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. You can read a short presentation of the participants here: http://www.intercult.se/baltic-audience-links-konferens/
Jekaterina, who moderated this session, asked the presenters to highlight which are the tools they are using when developing their initiatives.
The central questions that this session addressed were:
- How to involve people and to cooperate with them within our initiatives?
- How to consider our initiatives as a tool to bring people together and to bring some changes to the neighborhood, the city and the culturescape of our Countries?
The presentations offered a valuable insight about the Baltic Sea Region reality both to the other presenters and, especially, to the Swedish cultural professionals who joined the session, providing thorough description of the audience engagement tools currently used in the Baltic Sea Region and of their results.
You can watch the Baltic perspective – Neighborhoods session in Intercult’s Youtube channel
Written by Intercult intern, Sofia Calzavara.
Välkommen till EU-Shake!
EU är, tillsammans med sina medlemsländer, världens största biståndsgivare men endast fem länder når upp till det överenskomna målet på 0,7 % av BNI. Är det realistiskt att alla EU-länder kommer dit? Och vad exakt gör EU och hur fördelas bidragen? Gör EU rätt insatser eller finns det konkreta förbättringsmöjligheter? Kan svenska ideella aktörer, inte minst kyrkan, påverka biståndspolitiken?
Om detta samtalar Annika Korzinek, chef för avdelningen för politisk rapportering på EU-kommissionen; Jessica Poh-Janrell, policysamordnare på Concord Sverige samt Gunnel Axelsson Nycander, enhetschef på Svenska kyrkans internationella avdelning. Samtalet involverar dock även i högsta grad deltagarna!
Plats: Sensus Möte, Klara Södra Kyrkogata 1, Stockholm
Datum: 23 mars 2017
Tid: 08.30-09.30. Från kl. 08.00 serveras smoothies från Juiceverket samt kaffe.
Max 25 personer kan delta, anmälan via länk nedan och först till kvarn gäller.
Sista anmälningsdag 21 mars.
Culture Action Europe (CAE) has carried out an analysis of the two first years of operation of the Creative Europe programme’s Culture sub-program. The analysis and ensuing recommendations are based on a survey launched by CAE. They offer a preliminary appraisal of how the cultural sector has adapted to Creative Europe. As well as the programme’s adjustment to the needs of the sector.
The survey offers a comprehensive, cross-sectoral, trans-European assessment of the current programme and points to critical aspects that should be taken in consideration for a more effective consideration and, in particular, when designing the following post 2020-cycle of the programme.
You will find the analysis here
Organisations all over Europe are preparing for activities to mark the European Action Week Against Racism. Organised by UNITED for Intercultural Action, a European network of antiracist NGOs, this annual campaign sees civil society groups, educational institutions and city governments come together to protest against racism and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies.
From 18-26 march, hundreds of activities will take place all over Europe to protest against racism and advocate for open, inclusive and UNITED societies.
In light of the divisive political rhetoric that has gripped Europe in recent years, the message of the 2017 Action Week campaign is simple: Don’t be divide, Stay United!
You can find more information about the campaign, including an interactive map showing the hundreds of activities taking place across Europe, and the city governments who have joined the campaign, at www.weekagainstracism.eu
Uppmana dina elever att göra en kort film om EU och delta i EU-minuten 2017 på Instagram. Ni kan vinna 10 000 kronor. De 100 första klasserna som deltar får glasscheckar inför firandet av Europadagen den 9 maj.
Hur ser dina elever på EU? Vad vet de? Vad betyder EU för dem i vardagen?
För att uppmärksamma Europadagen den 9 maj anordnar vi nu EU-minuten – en filmtävling för elever i grundskolans årskurs 1-9 och i gymnasieskolan. Tävlingen går ut på att eleverna – individuellt eller i grupp – gör mobilfilmer på max en minut på temat “Det här betyder EU för mig.”
Tävlingen genomförs i två kategorier:
- Kategori 1: Elever i grundskolans årskurs 1-6.
- Kategori 2: Elever i grundskolans årskurs 7-9 och gymnasieskolan.
Baltic Audience Links: cultural innovations for participatory urban regeneration is a study that focuses on participatory approach in cultural regeneration of urban spaces and in contributing into development of the local communities. The research is conducted by Lithuanian partner, laboratory for urban games and research Laimikis . According to them one of side-effects of the research is the emerging topic about the capacity of cultural actors in the Baltic states and the conditions of working in cultural sector, which could bring a useful debate about the changes needed in the management of the cultural sector in Lithuania and Latvia to sustain positive change that cultural organisations bring to the local communities.
The result of the research will be an open growing data base (keeping technical solution for a future task) of cultural organisations in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonian, including some Poland organisations, a toolbox of methods and principles and a set of cases in developing and supporting local networks through cultural actions. We see Baltic Audience Links as a small cluster of the bigger network of the cultural innovators, that apply culture as a tool of positive change in the Baltic Sea Region.
We will be happy to cooperate with existing networks and cultural actors. We invite cultural actors, active in participatory development to register for the database by using this form (open till March 26): https://tinyurl.com/hcm8aku
The partners of the Baltic Audience Links project — Intercult, River // Cities platform and Laimikis Lab — have already contributed in the growing regional networks of cultural actors. We have already started connecting these “parts” of the regional network through joint events (Audience Development Links in Stockholm, February; Co-urbanism: cultural action and urban regeneration in Vilnius, April; Meeting in Gdansk, May).
Co-urbanism 2017 event will take place in Vilnius on April 7.
The annual event brings together active residents, urban artivists, designers and architects, municipal workers, representatives of NGO sector and govermental organisations to share the methods and cases of cooperative development of city spaces. We are interested in placemaking cases and non-formal education methods, co-design initiatives, citizens media platforms and many more. We are seeking forward to discuss real challenges and working processes!
The call for contributing to Co-urbanism event in Vilnius event is open.
The organisers, Laimikis.lt, is waiting for the abstracts till March 18.
Contact person for sending topic proposal, summaries and short info on organisation is: Jekaterina.Lavrinec@gmail.com
An information on the upcoming Co-urbanism event: http://laimikis.lt/co-urbanism-2017/
Facebook event for Co-urbanism: https://www.facebook.com/events/513958108992800/
Vi vill rikta ett stort tack till alla medverkande gäster samt alla ni som kom och lyssnade på intressanta samtal!
Plattformen ACCESS EUROPA är ett forum för internationell omvärldsbevakning, nätverkande och erfarenhetsutbyte i skapandet av internationella projekt. Projektägare och initiativtagare är INTERCULT. Plattformen ger sina medlemmar möjlighet att vara mer aktiva i europeiska sammanhang och att skapa fler framgångsrika projekt genom ansökningar till EUs kulturprogram och andra europeiska och internationella stödformer.
Under våren 2017 organiserar ACCESS EUROPA två plattformsmöten för sina medlemmar och vänner, hos oss på Intercult, Nytorgsgatan 15, ingång Sandbacksgatan 8. Den 16 mars mellan klockan 14.00 – 17.00 anordnar vi vårens första möte med temat Konstnärernas villkor i Europa och deras relation med kulturinstitutioner.
Moderator kommer att vara Erik Krikortz och Iwona Preis (Intercult). Övriga deltagare kommer vara Andreas Ribbung, Pontus Raud och Alice Maselnikova från Supermarket art fair. Niklas Hellberg från SMartSe. Dritero Kasapi (Kulturhuset Stadsteatern), Bettina Pehrsson (Marabouparken), Daniel Werkmäster (Uppsala konstmuseum) m.fl!
Läs HÄR för mer information!