Seminar in Gdansk, Poland
Rivers of Opportunities - what art can do for public and spaces?
From 13 till 15 of March 2014 the Baltic See Cultural Centre in Gdansk Poland hosted international and local cultural managers interested in developing engagement strategies on waterfronts.
The Seminar in Gdańsk was partially open to the public including presentations, debates and workshops. One of the topics was the case of Young City Gdańsk, which is being developed in post-shipyard area. We discussed the role of cultural events on waterfronts and their impact on the development of the new district as well as the possibility of implementing there participatory planning facilitated by artists.
Chris Torch (Intercult, Sweden): “Arts interventions are being practised all over Europe, often in connection to rivers, harbours and parks. We need to understand how they work, what makes people feel vitalized and engaged. The moment of a cultural experience is most often strengthened by the element of surprise, accessibility and in a context. Our conventional cultural consumption is exclusive and predictable. Re-vitalizing public space and public time is essential to a sense of participation.”
You will find reviews from the Seminar under pictures at the bottom of this site.
Organiser: River//Cities Platform Foundation
Co-organiser: The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk www.nck.org.pl
Rivers of Opportunities Learning Partnership is supported by the Grundtvig Programme of the European Commission.