Cultural Playing Field

Amateo Conference 2010 by Robin Simpson
June 18, 2010, 9:53 am
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On Monday and Tuesday Aled and I were at Slagelse in Denmark for the annual conference of Amateo – the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities. The conference programme included a presentation about the EU Culture Programme by Lisebt Tegllund from the Cultural Contact Point in Copenhagen, an interesting account of the experience of the European Jazz Orchestra, ‘Swinging Europe’, in accessing funding from the EU Culture Programme from Linda Stenholt Jensen and an academic look at the notion of European identity (‘Who will die for Europe?’) by Peter Dueland from the University of Copenhagen. Amateo has 18 member organisations in 12 European countries and almost all the members were present at the conference this year. It was great to see everyone again and to talk about the effects of the current financial situation and political changes across Europe on the amateur arts. We also focussed on developing a clear and more specific mission, vision, position and strategy for Amateo to guide the work of the Amateo Board over the coming year. Finally we said farewell and thank you to Tina Moller Jacobsen, the administrator of the Danish amateur arts organisation AKKS. Tina has been a key member of the group that worked to create and establish Amateo but is leaving AKKS (and therefore Amateo) to start a new job. Next year’s Amateo conference will be on 16 & 17 June in Antwerp, Belgium.

Robin Simpson.

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