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Join us at the SPECTRA Catalyst Conference in Aberdeen

14 Feb 2020, 9:30AM - 15 Feb 2020, 5:00PM
Booking details:
Conference tickets £25.00

Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS

As part of Aberdeen's SPECTRA festival, Creative Europe beneficiary Curated Place brings together guests from the world of culture, tourism, heritage, music, diplomacy and business to ask ‘What is culture’s hidden contribution to a city’s sustainability?’. Taking place in the newly refurbished Music Hall, Spectra Catalyst Conference runs Friday 14 Feb at 9.30am to Saturday 15 Feb at 5pm and welcomes cultural leaders from across Scotland, the UK, and internationally.

Challenging the notion that investment in culture is a ‘nice to have’ speakers will explore what the negative impact to a city would be if there was no investment in the arts or opportunities to participate in culture, and will present on issues as diverse as the activation of archives to neuro-diversity, and the death of retail to surveillance capitalism. The conference will promote culture as a human right and take an asset-based approach to mapping out strategies to cement culture as a ‘must-have’ for Aberdeen.

Find out about two Creative Europe Cooperation Projects within the programme:

- On the Friday, Roman Sebastyanski will be speaking about the role of cultural heritage in the regeneration of the former Gdansk Shipyard, as part of the Creative Europe Cooperation Project Memory of Water. The SHIPYARD ANEW has been part of the Creative Europe Co-operation programme Memory of Water, with the main goal to create conditions for broad social participation in the processes of protecting the cultural heritage of the transformed post-industrial waterfronts.

- On the Saturday, hear from Nordic and Scottish artists and archivists from the Creative Europe Coopeation Project NATUR, led by Curated Place. The NATUR project was instigated as part of the European Union’s Year of Cultural Heritage to connect Nordic Artists with one another and to Scotland creatively exploring shared stories, culture and heritage. It has delivered a series of new artworks, across music, visual and performing arts to activate the archives and promote our shared culture through major festival presentations with the final 3 residencies currently taking place.

Kate Deans, Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland, is chairing a Q&A on Friday afternoon, and is available at various points throughout to discuss Creative Europe opportunities. 

Come and speak to Kate to find out more about Creative Europe opportunities for transnational working, and: