Hiedanranta Abuzz: Brainstorming the Cultural Programme with Nearly a Hundred Participants

Hiedanranta Abuzz: Brainstorming the Cultural Programme with Nearly a Hundred Participants

Information on funding, a deeper knowledge on equality, ideas and refining them. This was the yield of the day, as nearly a hundred culture professionals and activists gathered at Kuivaamo in Hiedanranta on Wednesday, 18th September.

The overarching theme of the ECoC bid is The Capital of Equality. Artist and scholar Raisa Foster led the audience deeper into this theme with her presentation. Juha Hemanus, Creative Director of the ECoC bid, presented the themes of the bid.

Hanna Hietaluoma-Hanin, Head of EU’s Creative Europe Desk in Finland, presented a compact information package about funding opportunities offered by the EU. We wrote a separate story on Hietaluoma-Hanin’s tips, available through this link.

People in the culture sector have now truly taken notice of the fact that the programme for the Capital of Culture year is already being compiled. The open call for programme proposals is open until October 15th.

Project Manager Eija Oravuo presented the open call to the audience, reminding them that the proposal doesn’t have to be a ready-made production, but simply the idea is enough.

The following are some basic elements of the programme proposals:

– Varying in scale and length
– For example, a cultural event, a new form of collaboration, a development project spanning several years (such as developing current activities)
– Regionality, internationality
– At this stage, the idea may be just a draft; the selected programmes may and should be worked on after submitting the proposal
– What matters is a vision with initiative, courage and ambition – one of the goals of the open call is to challenge ourselves and each other to find new ways of creating and experiencing culture
– Inspiring examples of programmes in other ECoC cities:

The entire Wednesday afternoon was spent on discussions, brainstorming and refining various programme ideas in smaller groups.

The Capital of Culture bid project will continue to organize various events in the future, to be announced on our website.