Culture Action Europe

08 October 2014

The North East has been successful in attracting the annual conference for Culture Action Europe which will take place from 9-11 October.  The conference will attract over 350 delegates from across Europe including government cultural representatives and directors of theatres, galleries, museums and arts organisations.

The outcome is a real coup for the region as the conference is usually hosted by major capital cities, including Rome and Brussels over the last two years.

ISIS Arts has worked with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network and other representatives from the culture sector in the North East to bid to host the annual conference on Tyneside. The bid was backed by the North East Culture Partnership, NGI, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Gateshead Council, Newcastle Council and all the major venues.

The conference has been arranged to showcase as many of the area’s cultural assets as possible, with sessions taking place at Baltic, the Sage Gateshead, Northern Stage, Great North Museum and Newcastle Civic Centre, among others.
Speakers will include Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Sadler’s Wells theatre in London, philosopher Renata Salecl from Slovenia, and Prof Chris Csikszentmihalyi of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.

John Mowbray, Co-chair of the North East Culture Partnership, said: “The fact that the event has come to the North East is testament to the strong working relationship that cultural partners have in the region. We recognise that culture has been a key factor in the economic and creative growth of the North East and we are all committed to raising the national and international profile of the area.”

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