Creative Europe panel and networking reception

20 Aug 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
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Free, booking essential via Eventbrite

St. Cecilia's Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG

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Join us at the heart of the Edinburgh festivals in August for our 4th annual Creative Europe panel and networking drinks to discuss European and international collaboration and partnerships across artforms. 

Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland invites you to take a moment during one of the largest international celebrations of culture to reflect on how and why we collaborate across borders, and to shine some light on success stories of European collaboration. Hear insights and reflections from speakers who are experienced in developing and running European and international projects, and continue the conversation over a glass of wine and nibbles.


18.00 - 18.30 Arrival and drinks

18.30 - 19.00 Welcome, and short panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of European collaboration

19.00 - 20.00 Networking with the speakers and other arts, creative and cultural professionals interested in European and international collaboration, including our Creative Europe Desk colleagues from Denmark and the Netherlands.


Chaired by Jim Hollington, Head of External Affairs at Edinburgh International Festival, confirmed panellists include:

  • Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create Ireland, which is lead partner in large-scale Cooperation Project Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), with partners in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Hungary, Finland and Spain. The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe, by enhancing mobility and exchange whilst at the same time engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices. Activities include professional development opportunities, artist residencies, commissioned works, public presentations, symposia and debates, and and a major showcase held in 2018.
  • Živilė Diawara, Director of arts incubator Loftas in Lithuania, who are a partner on Cooperation Project and long-term network Europavox. Since 2006, Europavox is a pan European collaborative music partnership entirely dedicated to the promotion of European cultural diversity. Extending over a 4-year-period, the most recent “Europavox” project is structured around three main activities, each contributing to promote European musical diversity, improvement and innovation in professional practices and public uses. 7 partners, including “Loftas”, will provide a selection of 400 European bands to bring together European youth around an international and interactive live music experience
  • Jenny Jamison, Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, lead partner on new Cooperation Project ‘The Bridge’, which aims to address long-standing issues faced by European classical music culture.  Scottish Ensemble (UK), Ensemble Resonanz (Germany), Trondheim Soloists (Norway) and the PLMF Music Trust (Estonia) collaborate to develop THE BRIDGE Network and Festival, using string orchestras and repertoire to develop and promote innovative practice in classical music presentation and audience development initiatives.
  • Ali Dunican, Executive Director at Quarantine in Manchester, lead partner on ‘Meet the Neighbours’, a cross-artform Cooperation Project, spanning almost 3 years, inviting artists to live side-by-side with members of the public in specific neighbourhoods in 5 cities across Europe and North Africa, with partners in Comédie de Béthune(France), Galeria Labirynt (Poland), Grand Theatre (Netherlands) and 18, derb el ferrane (Morocco). New artworks are produced in response to changing urban environments and the people who live there. Addressing the role of artists in changing cities, Meet The Neighbours aims to foster a true sense of neighbourhood on both a hyperlocal and an international level, by inviting artists to live and work side by side with local people.

Want to hear more about Creative Europe projects and opportunities?

The following day Scottish lead Imaginate are bringing together project partners and participating artists to discuss the results of their two-year Cooperation Project PUSH. PUSH explored three topics in work for young audiences: gender and sexual identity, (over)protection and migration. You can hear from partners and artists involved in the project and watch the PUSH documentary. Read more and book a place on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.