Study Visits and Members Talks

Congress Day 3 - Sessions details

Study visits are meant to unite to the theoretical teachings of the Congress with a practical side, made of concrete examples and best practices that participants can get to know in first person. From museums pushing to decolonize themselves to efforts to make transnational cooperation among artists possible, here are details of the different realities you can visit on Day 3 of the Congress.


Study Visit 1 Royal Museum for Central Africa

About the AfricaMuseum: The AfricaMuseum is a centre for knowledge and resources on Africa, in particular Central Africa, in an historical, contemporary, and global context. The museum exhibits unique collections. It is a place of memory on the colonial past and strives to be a dynamic platform for exchanges and dialogues between cultures and generations.


ENCATC Members Talk 1: Removing the colonial lens: the push to decolonize museums

Introduction to the topic by:

  • Louise Haxthausen, UNESCO Representative to the European Union and Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium

Conversations animated by:

  • Chair: Anne Krebs, Head of the Socio-Economic Studies and Research Division, Louvre Museum’s Research and Collection Department, France


  • Julien Volper, Scholar and Curator at AfricaMuseum (MRAC), Belgium
  • Katia Segers, Member of the Flemish Parliament and the Belgian Senate. Professor at the department of Media Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Frédéric Jacquemin, Director at Fondation Marcel Hicter, Belgium


Study Visit 2 – MMM, MigratieMuseumMigration

About the MMM: Brussels, over 180 nationalities, and as many stories to share.
The museum does not only tell the story of migration in Brussels.
The museum pays tribute to all those who build Brussels. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
By discovering the objects and stories in the display cabinets, words are opened up, empathy is created and visitors can start to share their own journey.


Welcome to the museum and short visit by

  • Johan Leman, Professor, President at IMM Brussels, Belgium


ENCATC Members Talk 2: International cultural relations in challenging times

Introduction to the topic

  • Liliana Țuroiu, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels, Belgium – Encatc member

Conversations animated by:

  • Carla Figueira, Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and of the MA in Tourism and Cultural Policy, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom


  • Allegra Iafrate,Cultural Attaché at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Brussels, Belgium
  • Andrew Manning, Director at EUNIC, Belgium
  • Monica Urian, Policy officer at the European Commission
  • Silke Pillinger, Director Arts EU, British Council, United Kingdom



  • Tetiana Biletska, Deputy Director at the Reform Support Team of the Ministry of Education and Science, Ukraine
  • Vladyslav Berkovski, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Ukraine


Study Visit 3 – Holland House in Brussels (Orange Art House)

About the Orange Art House: Orange Art House is not a gallery space, not a white cube. As a physical space, it is used by the members and guests of Holland House Brussels. They move in the different corners and halls, act and leave traces. The concept of ‘new space(s)’ is also a symbol of the interlude created by the corona crisis, in which artists, entrepreneurs, employees, politicians and lobbyists are forced to take a step back. Redefinition of priorities and positions, and the abandonment of well-defined frameworks has become a new reality, taking place at various levels; on a personal and family level, as well as within organisations and companies that focus on social, economic and political themes within the immediate community, as well as on national, European and global contexts.


ENCATC Members Talk 3: Artists and Transnational Cooperation: Sustainable Practices and Policy

Welcome to the Orange House and short visit by

  • Yelena Kharitonova, Founder of Caravan Cultura CreArt Agency and Consultancy, Belgium and The Netherlands

Introduction to the topic by:

  • Claire Giraud Labalte, Art and cultural heritage historian, France

Conversation animated by:

  • Anne-Sophie V. Radermecker, Research Associate and Lecturer, FNRS/Université libre de Bruxelles , Cultural Management (Department of History, Arts and Archaeology), Belgium


  • Catalina Jitaru-Potorac, Fashion Designer and Owner of Catalina J, Belgium
  • Yelena Kharitonova, Founder of Caravan Cultura CreArt Agency and Consultancy, Belgium
  • Joop de Jong, Professor at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands


Workshop Archive and Museum of Flemish Life in Brussels (AMVB)

About the AMVB: The museum gathers numerous posters, letters, books, brochures, annual reports, printed photographs, documents, printing plates, pictures, slides, written testimonies, newspapers, songs, menus, obituaries, reports, programs, invitations, projects, flags and so on. The aim of the museum is to conserve and educate the visitor about Flemish culture in Brussels. The AMFLB also hosts temporary exhibitions.


ENCATC Members Talk 4: Professional skills and Training curricula design. Learnings from the CHARTER project and the digital strategy of the AMVB museum.

The Members Talk 4 will propose a framework to discuss the adaptation of the training offer to the current and future demands of profiles, competences and professional skills in the field of cultural and heritage management. The framework has been created by the CHARTER project, focused on cultural heritage, but it could be used as well in other cultural fields.

This Members Talk will have several steps. We will start with a site visit at the Archive and Museum of Flemish Life in Brussels, where we will learn about its structure, team, projects and activities. Afterward, we will start the workshop with an introduction and the presentation of the results of an ongoing study on job vacancies to reflect on the new demands for professional profiles. In the second part of the workshop participants will use the CHARTER tools to analyse team competences. Finally we’ll focus on how training programs could adapt to the challenges previously presented.

Discussion animated by:

  • Lluís Bonet, Coordinator of the EU project CHARTER, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Jacqueline van Leeuwen, Facilitator and designer of learning environments, Flemish Institution for Cultural Heritage (FARO), Belgium
  • Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, CHARTER Project Manager, University of Barcelona, Spain