The DISCE Project, of which CUMEDIAE is a partner, keeps traveling around Europe to investigate the dynamics of cultural and creative economies in specific case study city-regions, providing in-depth understanding of issues of growth, inclusivity and sustainability.

On November 20th-21st DISCE and its Stockholm School of Economics in Riga reserachers, brought the Community Forum format to Liepāja, Latvia. These events give the possibility to CCIs professionals and stakeholders living in the same area to meet and confront, creating an environment that also enables potential collaboration.

“We were glad to greet people representing diverse relations to creative community and occupations–artists, representatives of arts and sports organisations, tourism agency, activists, local municipality representatives, creative entrepreneurs, researchers and teachers” comments Inga Gleidzane, lecturer in Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and researcher for DISCE.

“During the forum the participants shared the goals and mission of their activities and identified assets that support their effort. These aspects are interlinked more than we initially thought, and more could be achieved in terms of quality, quantity, creativity and satisfaction if they would cooperate, and create and execute activities together

Next week (2nd-5th December) DISCE will return to Enschede to build on the contacts and knowledge that it developed during the last visit in October.

Researchers will be conducting interviews with stakeholders including creative and cultural workers, policymakers, educators and audiences, and a Community Forum will be held on Tuesday 3rd, at the Assyrische Mesopotamische Vereniging Enschede (AMVE) Community Centre.

Tamsyn Dent, DISCE researcher from King’s College London: “This is a great opportunity to engage with more citizens of Enschede to talk about their participation in creative activity, and we’re looking forward to developing relationships and extending our knowledge of Enschede’s creative economy”

 

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On November 7th, the exhibition of Parallel Traces in Wroclaw, Poland, was inaugurated in the fantastic space of the White Stork synagogue, center of the Bente Kahan Foundation.

 

CUMEDIAE, as one of the Parallel Traces partners, was represented by Rosa Juanco, Artistic Director of the project. Alongside her, the artists Daniel Grunfeld and Agnieszka Traczewska (Guest Artists), Ewa Rossano and Witja Frank (winners of the Parallel Traces contest) took part in the roundtable discussion, presented before a large and enthusiastic audience by Bente Kahan, CEO of the Bente Kahan Foundation.

“The discussion covered different topics as the interpretation of heritage, the connection between Jewish heritage and audio-visual art, and above all, of the traces, here and there. A dialogue between artists, between cities, between different ways of working and understanding Jewish heritage today through a new lens. The artists have shared their approach in their work, creating a revealing and significant dialogue within the framework of Parallel Traces.” comments the Director of AEPJ, Project Leader of the project.


Thanks to the partner’s dedication, this project travels from city to city, with new forms, transforming itself, becoming a unique production, and above all, offering new content and reflections.

 

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On the 21st of November we were pleased to attend the presentation of the Pau Casals Foundation at the Embassy of Spain in Belgium, together with many representatives of international culture-related institutions.

The event was opened by Sergi Farré Salvá, Cultural Counsellor of the Chancellery of the Spanish Embassy in Brussels, who introduced Jordi Pardo, Director of the Foundation. Pardo presented the Foundation, its history and its many activities and initiatives in the field of solidarity and music. More importantly, during his speech we were able to discover more about who Pau Casals was and what he did to promote peace.

Pau Casals was one of the 20th century’s greatest cellists, internationally recognised as one of the finest performers and orchestra conductors of his times. He was always a staunch defender of peace and freedom. His numerous benefit concerts, his commitment to humanitarian actions and his various speeches at the United Nations characterised him clearly as a man of peace. His foundation now aims at implementing these values through the different actions carried out throughout the year.

Institutions as Pau Casals Foundation teach us the power we have through culture, in this case music, and the great positive impact that we can create in society to foster tolerance and education.

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The Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCEresearch project, of which CUMEDIAE is partner, was in full action this month!

On October 10th and 11th, DISCE traveled to Enschede, Netherlands, to hold two Community Forums aimed at exploring the creative networks of the city, and understand its challenges, opportunities and dynamics. The events have been a great occasion to meet with local stakeholders in the CCIs field, and share interesting insights and opinions on the creative economies of the area.

On October 16th, more than 30 stakeholders in the CCIs field got together in Timisoara, Romania, to take part in the second DISCE Co-Creation Lab
Policy makers, researchers and cultural practitioners reunited in the cultural center Ambasada to discuss the themes of Business Model Innovation and Working Conditions in the Cultural and Creative Sector.

The event was occasion to explore the driving questions of the DISCE project and the role of inclusivity and sustainability in creative development.

The day generated interesting data, raised thought-provoking questions and, through the co-creation format targeted at CCI stake, gave the possibility to bring together different perspectives to explore the DISCE project topics and add new elements to the research.

The DISCE project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Programme. Its lead coordinator is the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship within the Turku School of Economics (TSE) of the University of Turku (UTU) from Finland. The other research members of the consortium are the King’s College London (KCL) from the United Kingdom, the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) from Italy, and the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga Latvia. The consortium is completed the European network of non-governmental cultural centres based in Sweden Trans Europe Halles (TEH) and CUMEDIAE, who assume both the communications and the stakeholder engagement within the Cultural and Creative Industries.

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On October 28th, CUMEDIAE’s Chairman Ignasi Guardans will participate in the UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Creative Economy and Sustainable Development in Geneve, Switzerland.

Dr. Guardans will join leading experts from government, business, academia and international organizations to discuss the development opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving creative economy.

The day aims to raise awareness of the importance of the creative economy for sustainable development, advance the development agenda connected to creative economy, and create and strengthen networks and partnerships for the advancement of key related issues including those related to statistics related to creative economy, intellectual property, market access, entrepreneurship, digital economy and innovation.

The Horizon 2020 DISCE Project, of which CUMEDIAE is partner, also contributes to the event with the working paper Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies: Joining Up Cultural Democracy, Ecological Leadership, and Caring for Cultural Freedom developed by the King’s College London researchers Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross.

The expert meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges at hand, current developments related to creative economy and implications for developing countries, and to formulate recommendations.

 

 

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One of our main aim as CUMEDIAE is to promote culture in Europe in order to achieve more tolerance and better coexistence among citizens. For this reason we are very happy with the success of our project Parallel Traces: A new lens on Jewish Heritage and of its first event in Girona!

The exhibition was held on October 1st, 2019 at the Museum of Jewish History of Girona, and saw the participation of the Project’s Artistic Director Rosa Juanco, together with some of our Guest Artists.

We want to thank all the people and partners who made it possible for the event to be a success. Besides, we would like to recognize the fantastic works of our speakers and their contribution for an inspiring round table, where we were able to learn and discuss on this fascinating and huge issue that is Jewish heritage in Europe.

if you missed the exhibition, check out here the pictures of the event!

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