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Art of Scene Changing
24-26 January 2011 in Copenhagen

Three-day conference about Nordic film, tv
and performing arts in a European perspective

In a time of change, where intercultural agendas call for scene changes and cast replacements, this conference explores the intercultural challenges and potentials in Nordic film, tv and performing art.

New knowledge about internationalisation, diversity and interculture on the screen, on canvasses and on stage – research experience and results, discussion and criticism, and production of policy documents.

About scheduling, money, staff, audience, policy, politics, priorities, production conditions, and new partnerships.

About mental and structural changes that could stimulate increased diversity and increased intercultural competence in these branches.

Listen to lectures, panel discussions and a hearing; receive coaching, participate in auditions and workshops; and take tools home. Test your own and your boss’ intercultural competence.

Who participates?
Nordic cultural policymakers and opinion makers, people from the Nordic theatre arts and film environments, theatre managers, producers, members of the actors’ union, representatives of theatrical and film unions and performing arts and film schools; municipal and regional cultural managers and consultants, presidents of national Art and Culture Councils, the Danish chairs of relevant municipality committees, and European players in the field.

The conference aims to find answers to such questions as:

Representation and equal treatment
• Do the performing arts have a responsibility in relation to creating equality and a more representative reflection of the population's cultural diversity? How do we develop an institutional, local or national identity that seems inclusive rather than exclusive?

Democratisation and public service responsibility
• What does democratisation have to do with cultural life – including the performing arts and film making? A US-study has shown that the direct reason why the great white middle class in America could vote for Barack Obama was that they had already experienced, week after week, a black president who was charming, intelligent and fair – in the tv series, 24 Hours.

• How well does democracy function, considering the more than 16 billion DKK (not including sports) that the Danish state and the municipalities spend annually for culture? Wouldn’t it be reasonable if everyone who pays taxes were able to participate to a greater extent in the 'cultural festival' they help to finance?

Public cultural policy and regulation
• What opportunities and obligations are inherent in the responsibility of being a publicly funded cultural institution or the recipient of considerable public support? Should the politicans formulate a cultural policy where aspects of identity, cultural diversity, representation, accessibility and openness in this new world should be given the same weight as artistic criterias such as quality, professionalism and professional development?

Identity and interculture
• What actually prevents the performing arts and filmmaking from developing an expression that reflects and stimulates fellow citizens’ diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives to a greater extent?

Diversity strategy
• How do we best exploit and develop diversity’s potential, so that the performing arts and film – artistically, performatively and organisationally – become attractive to new audiences and include artists, actors and others with intercultural background and identity?

Innovation and bottom-line results
• Global competition and globalisation increase the importance of being able to embrace and stimulate a greater cultural diversity in production environments. Research shows that diversity increases opportunities for innovation and new user groups. But where do we find the necessary willingness to take risks and to change?

Development of the growth layer
• How do we increase the recruitment field and how do we create prerequisites for a broader growth layer and production environment, where new skills and stories can be allowed to come into play?

Producing documents
Before the conference, participants will be divided into working groups across disciplines: directors, producers, theatre managers and dramatists. These groups will remain together until the end of the conference and contribute to answering the above questions.
To facilitate this process, participants will attend two workshops during the conference, where specific guidelines, rules, tips and strategies for institutions will be written down – partly in the form of a draft for a 'Culture Branch CSR' (an idea catalogue for cultural enterprises’ Corporate Social Responsibility), partly in the form of guidelines for daily practices. At the conclusion of the conference, a document will be presented, and if possible adopted, which summarises the results and assembles recommendations to be delivered to politicians involved with culture in the Nordic countries.

Sessions and elements
During the conference, the groups will be coached, attend lectures, and participate in auditions. Participants will meet different opportunities for here-and-now changes.
For example:
• Hearing on “The intercultural crime scene 2011”
• The arts and culture branch’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
• Test your boss’ intercultural competence
• “Hire an artist”
• Intercultural management tools
• Auditions for theatre managers
• Present your project to an intercultural artist
• Create the film and performing arts environment of the future

A number of free commentators will take the conference’s pulse underway and come with status reports to plenum. The conference will also be interrupted occasionally with cultural spots.

Proposed speakers, lecturers, moderators
Among the speakers who are currently being contacted and invited are diversity consultants, experts on audience development, and representatives for the European Commissioner for Culture, Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts (New York), Culture Action Europe (Belgium),
European Cultural Foundation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany), La Fondation Culture et Diversite (France), national and local theatres and theatre schools, film schools, artists unions, and many others.
The Danish Minister of Culture, the President of the Nordic Council, and the Nordic Council’s Culture Committee are invited to attend the conference. Leading politicians in the five Nordic countries are also invited in order to achieve a nuanced cultural debate.

Day 1 will primarily be held in Danish/Norwegian/Swedish.
Day 2 and 3 will primarily be held in English, following this general principle: In sessions with only Scandinavian participants, the language is Scandinavian. Sessions with participants from Finland, Iceland or non-Nordic countries are held in English.

Initiators and co-organisers
• Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture
• Danish Actors’ Union
• Nordic Culture Fund
• EUNIC Copenhagen, which includes the Danish Cultural Institute, British Council and the French, German and Italian cultural institutes in Copenhagen
• Audiences Europe Network, a knowledge exchange network consisting of actors from, among others, Audiences Central in England, Rotterdam Festivals in Holland, Nederlands Uitburo in Holland, Cultuurnet Vlaanderen in Belgium, Norsk Publikumsutvikling in Norway, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) in Spain, Centro Europeo per l'Organizzazione e il Management Culturale (ECCOM) in Italy, and Centre for Arts and Interculture.

Potential co-organizers (final answer pending)
• Norwegian Actors Union
• Swedish Actors' Union
• Swedish Scenkonst

Supported by
• Nordic Culture Fund
• Nordic Film and TV Fund

Knowledge partners
• European Cultural Foundation
• Culture Action Europe
• Intercultural City
• Platform for Intercultural Europe (PIE)
• Nordic Forum for Interculture (NFI)
• Cultures
• BRUN Movement
• Agenda 009

Registration fee
One day: DKK 600 (equivalent to 480 DKK excluding VAT)
Two days: DKK 1,000 (equivalent to 800 DKK excluding VAT)
Three days: 1,200 DKK (equivalent to 960 DKK excluding VAT)

a) Send an email with your name, position or function, your organisation, and your mailing address or that of your organisation to: 1

b) Pay the registration fee (including VAT) to the account number below, with your name in the message field. Your participation is confirmed when the fee is registered in the account, and it is binding.

IBAN-no: DK1530 0000 1040 7818

(Information for payment within Denmark: Danske Bank registration no: 4180 account no: 10407818)
To be paid by Friday, 17 December 2010, at 4 PM GMT.

Practical registration information
The amount covers coffee/tea and cake during breaks, and luncheon.

If you need an invoice or receipt, please let us know.
If you need an 'electronic invoice', give us notice and send your EAN number to: 1

Conference economy is administered by Cultures (CVR-no: DK20709839)
If you pay by check, it should be made payable to Cultures.

The address of both DCAI and Cultures is:
Nytorv 3, (3rd floor), 1450 Copenhagen K

This document was edited on 1 November 2010. Subject to change.

DCAI / CKI • Nytorv 3, 3rd floor • DK-1450 Copenhagen K, Denmark
conference@dcai.dk • Tel: (+45) 2343 8009 • www.dcai.dk

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