2016 ENCATC Congress - Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies - Towards a Paradigm and Policy Shift?!

Valencia, Spain

"Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies - Towards a Paradigm and Policy Shift?!”

The 24th ENCATC Annual Conference "Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies - Towards a Paradigm and Policy Shift?!” took place in Valencia, Spain, from 5-7 October 2016. This major international event brought together more than 160 academics, researchers, professionals from the cultural sector, policy makers, artists, students and media from over 30 countries to debate about the new paradigm and policy shift needed on cultural management and policy to face today’s risk societies.

The three-day programme included: a keynote on “Cultural Risks in Digital Society” delivered by Antonio Ariño Villarroya, Vice Chancellor of Culture and Equality at the University of Valencia; a one-day Members’ Forum aimed at exchanging pedagogical methods; five parallel sessions covering a variety of topics including audience development, heritage, cultural leadership, music management, cultural governance; four study visits to the Valencia’s most celebrated cultural institutions; and one best practices platform, the Knowledge Transfer Session, to share innovative projects and tap into their potential to widely influence the sector.

 The 7th edition of the ENCATC Annual Research Session organised alongside this event also offered  the delegates a range of over 40 presentations on the current state of art in research on cultural policy related topics, as elaborated in university communities and research centres around the world. Once more, this annual gathering was the best barometer of recent trends in academic and professional work in the cultural sector. 

Globalisation, technology, climate change, financial instability, and social inequality were among the challenges and uncertainties analysed and debated by the delegates during the conference and thus from a cultural policy and management perspective. To address and react to our risk realities, it is crucial to bridge influencers in policy, economics, the environment, culture and society. Creators, cultural managers, producers, entrepreneurs and leaders have the imagination to envision creative synergies among the different sectors and key players. Threats also means that within the cultural sector there must be a continual reinvention and new ways to operate. In education and training, universities need to evaluate how and what is taught to tomorrow’s cultural managers to equip them with the skills and attitude to take on the tough questions and obstacles they will surely encounter. The research community should also be highly attuned to the trends and questions needing their attention and analytic eye.

Reflecting on the three days of discussions and expertise delivered, ENCATC President, Annick Schramme said: “It is undeniable that collaboration and a more entrepreneurial approach are the ways forward if the arts and cultural sector wants to be sustainable in the face of uncertainty and risk environments. A pooled wealth of knowledge, innovative ideas, and resources are more powerful than any one individual or institution. I am positive for the future. Together our members and stakeholders can tackle challenges and be the inspiring creative problem solvers with our teaching, training, research, projects, and partnerships.”

In her closing words, she was joined by Antonio Ariño Villarroya, Vice Chancellor of Culture and Equality at the University of Valencia, and Vicent Marzà, Conseller of Education, Research, Culture and Sport at the Generalitat Valenciana who shared their gratitude and enthusiasm for the conference’s results that will certainly “impact the future discussions and decisions taking place at university, city, and regional level and thus for the benefit of the local academic and cultural community as well as of the citizens of Valencia and Spain.
The gathering in Valencia was also a unique occasion for all participants to experience local culture, from the dance of “Moma and the Momos”, a concert by Capella Ministers, a performance of “Tornejants d’Algemesi”, and the “Muixerange d’Algemesi” which is recognised as UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The future is bright when we see a rich diversity within the cultural sector represented – from heritage, museums, performing arts, creative industries, arts and health, cultural diplomacy, and more –  coming together in Valencia to respond to common challenges and see how their knowledge can be shared, new ideas ignited, and collaborations fostered inside and outside our network,” said GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General.
To conclude this very successful conference, ENCATC President, Annick Schramme, also announced the two finalists of the 3rd ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management: Elena Borin, from Italy and Jonathan Price from the United Kingdom. Their research has been earmarked to make important contributions to comparative research and policy making and have captivated the jury with their work: Elena Borin for her PhD thesis at the University of Ferrara, “Public-Private Partnership in the Cultural Sector: A Comparative Analysis of European Models” and Jonathan Price from Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University with his PhD thesis “The Discourse of Cultural Leadership”.
The 24th ENCATC Annual Conference was organised by ENCATC in partnership with its member, the University of Valencia and its La Nau Cultural Centre. The conference was also made possible thanks to the support from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and contributions from the Generalitat Valenciana and Valencia Turisme.