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Conference Programme 2018

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Monday, 22nd October 2018​

13:45-14:45 Registration

14:45 Welcome and housekeeping by the conference moderator

15:00-15:30 Keynote speech titled "The Boundless" by Efva Lilja (Director, Dansehallerne - SE/DK)

15:30- 17:00 Group discussions on topics from the Keynote

17:00-17:30 Coffee & Chat

18:00-19:30 Official opening speeches & performance by Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre
Venue: St. John's Centre, street Swiętojanska 50, Gdansk

20:00 Opening dinner at Rada Miasta 

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

9:30-10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00-10:45 International & regional funding session "How to avoid wasting time and money on (bad) ideas" by Bradley Allen (Administrative Manager of Tivoli Theatres, former head of culture at the Creative Europe Desk Denmark and manager of Hotel Pro Forma - DK)

10:45-11:00 Presentation of EFFE (Europe for Festivals/Festivals for Europe)

11:00-11:20 Introduction to the winners of the NBFP Fellowship Programme

11:20-11:50 Coffee & Chat

11:50-12:00  Introduction to panel by Airan Berg

12:00-13:30 PANEL “Relevance and political realities” moderated by Airan Berg (Artistic Director, Festival of Regions - AT) with panellists:

  1. Zuzana Ernst-Moncayo (Associate Art Director of ArtSocialSpace Brunnenpassage)

  2. Jurek Owsiak (Production Manager, POLandRock Festival, formerly Woodstock Festival Poland & The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation - PL)

  3. Gian Maria Greco (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - ES)

13:40-15:00 Lunch

15:10-16:40 Presentations of the winners of the NBFP 2018 Call for Projects

16:40-17:30 Coffee & discussions around the projects

18.00-19:30         Evening Showcases (Venue: St. John's Centre, street Swiętojanska 50, Gdansk)

18.00 -18.30     Immortal Onion 
18.30 -19.00     Kacprzak & Sokołowski Duo
19.00-19.30     441 Hz Choir

20:00 Food & wine at MONOKitchen


Wednesday, 24th October 2018

09:30-9:50   Introduction to panel by Efva Lilja

9:50 -11:20  PANEL: “Can we have the arts for art's sake any more?” 

We in the arts know the value of our work but it is coming constantly more complex to be relevant
in society today. Is education providing the type of artists and audiences that can carry the arts forward? What role does cultural heritage play?

Moderated by Efva Lilja with panellists:

  1. Pascal Keiser (Board Member, Vertigo Starts - FR)

  2. Agata Etmanowicz (Vice-President, Impact Foundation - PL)

  3. Aká Hansen (Director of the Nuuk Nordic Culture festival 2019)

  4. Vigdís Jakobsdóttir (Artistic Director and CEO, Reykjavik Arts Festival / NBFP Working Group member - IS)

11:20 - 11:50 Coffee break

11:50 - 12:10 Presentation on the NBFP Web Platform by Andrew Doe (Founder, Proper Discord - UK)

12:10 -13:10 Short presentations by attending Nordic-Baltic festivals  - possibility for all participating festivals FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED - register via

13:10-13:30 Wrap-up and highlights of the conference theme “Relevance” 

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