"Urban Transformation through Art and Culture'' - Conference in Kiel, Germany
R//C Members: Baltic Sea Cultural Center (Gdańsk) (also a partner of UrbCulturalPlanning project) and Laimikis.It from Lithuania took part in this 3 day gathering of urbanists, city planners, artists, researchers and academics, students, community organizers, politicians and activists - to explore main aspects of taking a culture and arts perspective in urban strategies and practice.
The key to this approach is the potential of art and culture that can act as a catalyst (by artistic and cultural actions) for creative communities, seeking to engage with the citizens in the process of sustainable urban transformation.
Part of the conference were nine breakout sessions and workshops which aim was to engage participants in different angles of cultural planning such as: including artistic action and transformation, participation, engagement and activism, as well as more policy and planning related strategies and models. Panel discussions were designed to provide new perspectives to trigger change.
Participants had a chance to take part in various specific city walks, through which they could experience a practical approach to cultural mapping.
The walks were designed and conducted in cooperation with the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (MKH), the City of Kiel as well as with other networks, working at the intersection of art and design and urban society.
There was also a chance to learn (and discuss) about eight cases of Art and Culture driven Social Innovation from neighbourhoods in the BSR Region.
The conference aimed to allow participants to experience, sense and feel how urban transformation can be triggered by artistic and cultural actions. Hence to promote the role for artists as agents for creative communities.
To find out more about the conference follow the link here.
The main objective of the Urban Cultural Planning project is to advance the capacity of public authorities in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and local NGOs and associations to collaborate on citizen driven cultural planning.
Learn more here.
Baltic Sea Cultural Center's role in the project is to organize workshops and other activities with the use of Minecraft, as well as other games. They are also responsible for coordinating the international residency and study visit program and for creating final strategic documents. In Gdansk, they focus on the revitalisation process of the Old Suburbs (Stare Przedmieście) and the New Port.
You can find out more about their activities here:
The UrbCulturalPlanning project is a cross border partnership of 14 Project Partners and 36 Associated Organizations in 8 countries. The Lead partner of project is Danish Cultural Institute.
About the project and its aims.
UrbCulturalPlanning FB page.