ENCATC Digital Congress


On 22 October, in the session “Voices from the cultural management and policy community”, Congress participants will have the opportunity to learn about these interesting projects!

Understanding and Supporting Creative Economies in Africa is an AHRC funded international research network. The project involved three cities in Africa: Nairobi, Lagos and Cape Town. The project outcomes focus on the role of creative intermediaries, focusing specifically on their contribution to the development of creative economies in Africa. Eight case studies of creative intermediaries at work are presented under four headings: Creative intermediaries and the role of higher education; creative intermediaries and creative workforce development in action; creative intermediaries, co-working, finance and networks and finally creative intermediaries, communities and development agendas. The report concludes by highlighting the key role those creative intermediaries can play in connecting development agendas (cultural, social and economic) in Africa. It also presents five cornerstones for policy considerations to enable creative economies to thrive. This includes (1) recognising the value that creative economies bring to communities, society and the economy; (2) recognise the role of creative intermediaries in bringing together policymakers, communities and entrepreneurs; (3) investment in higher education collaborations and partnerships; (4) strengthening continental and international collaborations through research and network building to support knowledge sharing and (5) creating accessible and inclusive infrastructure to support creative economies that are open to everyone.

Playlines is a London-based immersive AR design studio made up of pioneers, industry veterans and immersive experience evangelists. The studio brings together decades of experience in AR/VR experience design, interactive narrative, broadcast + 360, and theatre, and was recently named “one of the most innovative immersive audio companies in the UK” by Digital Catapult. Playlines’ work combines cutting-edge AR technology development and multi-award-winning immersive storytelling insight with real-world performance. Its hybrid mixed reality installations transform venues, festivals and public places into playable spaces with location-based layers of interactive information, gameplay and adventure.

Music production in European context: mapping of similar degree programmes aims to discover more possibilities for international cooperation with similar degree programmes or universities which have courses related to music or part of other study programme (e.g., arts management). The Faculty of Music of Janáček Academy of Perfroming Arts is one of the few universities that offers specialised degree programme in music management (BA studies) and music production (MA studies). Thus number of possible partners for international exchange study programmes are very limited. Through desk research of websites of EU universities and information about their degree programmes, the project will evaluate the level of similarity with music management and music production study programme at Faculty of Music. the criteria are for example: university has to be member of international organizations; offered study language is English; and study programme has to be for BA and MA students. At this stage of the project, the list of institutions in Europe which have programmes in music management, music production, arts management, or related courses to the topics is being completed. After the evaluation, the project will select 10 institutions based on criteria for future possible cooperation in student mobility exchange programme.

The Cuban-European Youth Academy (CuE) is an innovative exchange and training programme for young musicians from Europe and Cuba. They continuously work together in transatlantic orchestra projects and workshops and are taught by renowned lecturers. As a complement to training in their own country, they learn about a new culture of music and work. CuE was launched in 2014 by Thomas Hengelbrock and the Akademie Balthasar Neumann. Since then, cooperation between the Akademie Balthasar Neumann and cultural institutions in Cuba has been gradually established. CuE does not receive institutional funding; all projects are financed by project partners and project grants from foundations and private individuals. CuE stands for cross-border transatlantic cultural exchange, for cooperation and youth development, for give and take, for hospitality, sustainability and continuity in education. Making music together sets impulses: the rehearsed works present the musical culture of the participants, the interplay promotes listening, acceptance, sensitivity and openness.

EU Heritage is exploring skills gaps of professionals and future professionals of European Cultural Heritage by working on the dimension of management (entrepreneurial skills), audience engagement and visitors experiences (in connection with tourism), sustainability and links with other sectors through technologies and digital competences. The project has launched a MOOC with over 1000 learners and will soon have national training phases focused on experience design for cultural heritage professionals. Funded by EU Erasmus + program.

EDUCRO – EDU Creating Customer Value Through Cross-Border Cooperation has been initiated to increase the level of practical business education in the culture and tourism sectors through cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration and employing new models of educational co-creation. EDUCRO-project is a joint effort of LAB University of Applied Sciences, Saint-Petersburg Institute of Cultural Programs and Humak University of Applied Sciences. The project is implemented within the frames of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme and funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland. EDUCRO project brings together 3 actors: educational institutions, cultural organizations and students. The aim of the project is to benefit from cooperation in various ways. Educational institutions develop a relevant educational program based on the needs in the culture and tourism industries. Regional companies benefit from networking & cooperation across the borders and the industries, influence the educational process to produce relevant future workforce and solve challenges and develop opportunities. Students benefit from direct communication with the potential employers and learn by doing. During the first two years of the project, an international online training programme for culture and tourism professionals has been implemented. The programme included 6 educational modules mimicking new product development process. Various innovative pedagogical methods of collaborative and experiential learning were tested: hackathons, interactive online workshops, networking sessions, panel discussions, 1-on-1 mentoring, and other. Participants from both Finland and Russia exchanged ideas, collaborated on the tasks, and developed joint ideas on digital services for museums, cross-border festivals and other. The third year of the project will focus on enhancing innovation capabilities of the companies and collaboration.