Congress 'active cultural participation in Europe - Ghent - 8th to 10th June 2011

From the 8th till 10th of June, the international congress about "active cultural participation in Europe" was held in Ghent. In arts centre "De Vooruit" we could welcome a hundred of guests from all over Europe. The compendium authors, as well as the Amateo network and other interested people grabbed their chance to learn more about active cultural participation and to enrich their network with most interesting people. On this page you can find all the reports and presentations of the congress, as well as some very nice pictures (see below) and the participants list.

The Ghent congress brought together the authors of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe as well as the Amateo network. At the occasion of their annual assemblies, the opportunity has been seized to join forces with scientific and cultural partners to explore issues around the active cultural participation of different groups of the population in all parts of Europe and related policies, including but not limited to arts education; socio-cultural programmes for different generations and other target groups; integration policies. As well, strategies regarding the collection and interpretation of comparative data were discussed with the aim of facilitating future pan-European research efforts in this domain and of improving the content of the Compendium information system.

On the right side of this webpage, all the reports, papers and presentations can be downloaded.

Since this congress mainly focused on research about active cultural participation, everybody is kindly invited to continue the attention on this topic. If any country wishes to share with us extra information or wishes to be involved in a platform for the preparation of a possible pan-European survey about active cultural participation (to which also can be referred to as "amateur arts"), please don't hesitate to contact

Following sessions where on the programme:

wednesday 8 June 2011

13.00 – 14.00    
Open Board Meeting of ECURES / European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.

14.00 – 18.00    
Annual Compendium conference of experts & editors. Guest Speaker: Sarah Gardner (IFACCA, Sydney)


13.30 – 14.30    
Meeting of the Amateo Board

General Meeting of Amateo

17.00 – 18.00    
Meeting of the new Board and internal elections


Welcoming drink by the Vice-Mayor Mrs De Regge

Akram Khan Company – Virtual Road

thursday 9 June 2011

9.00 – 9.15         Opening address
Robert Palmer (Director for Culture, Cultural and National Heritage, Council of Europe)

9.15 – 10.45        Active cultural participation throughout Europe in facts and figures
Under the guidance of Ghent University (John Lievens and Dries Vanherwegen) and SCP (Andries van den Broek).Discussants included Baiba Tjarve (Latvia), Aleksandar Brkic (Serbia) and Susanne Keuchel (Germany)

11.00 - 12.30      How is active cultural participation supported throughout Europe?
A Round Table, chaired by Anna Villarroya (University of Barcelona / Vice-President of ECURES). Discussants included Kaat Peeters (Belgium FL) and Aleksandr Protasevich, Deputy Minister of Culture, Perm Region / Russia

14.00 - 15.30      How can intercultural participation be enhanced?
Statementby Christine Merkel (German UNESCO Commission / Chair of the Culture Committee, Council of Europe)
Introduction to the working methods of “De Vieze Gasten”, a social-artistic organization - visiting the project ‘Brugse Poorten’


16.30 – 17.45     Guided visit to the city museum of Ghent (STAM)


18.30 – 19.30     How to support volunteers in the cultural sector throughout Europe
Keynote speaker:Eva Hambach (Chairperson of the European Network for Volunteers).

friday 10 June 2011

9.00 – 11.00        Minorities and artistic practices of the majority
Presentation of the new "Inter-KulturBarometer" in Germany by Susanne Keuchel (ZfKf). An interactive ‘estafette debate’ worked further on this topic. Speakers included Andries van den Broek (Dutch researcher SCP), An Van Dienderen (anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher KASK),  Anu Junnonen (Finnish jazz singer), Paola Marquez (Columbian singer) and Ivo Bultheel (intercultural centre ‘De Centrale’, Ghent)

11.30 – 13.00     The effect of generations
The workshop is opened by Ritva Mitchell (CUPORE) and Andreas Wiesand (ERICarts / ZfKf), comparing main results of the joint German / Finnish surveys "Cultural Participation and the 50+ Generation". Discussants were Andries Van den Broek (SCP) and John Lievens (UGent)

This congress was hosted by Forum voor Amateurkunsten and organised with the support of Amateo, the Council of Europe, the Flemish Government and the city of Ghent

Scientific Partners: European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES); Finnish Foundation for Cultural Research (CUPORE); Ghent University; Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP); Zentrum für Kulturforschung (ZfKf), Bonn/Berlin

Take a look at the slide show ...

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