CULTURE IN

THE TIME OF

CORONA

When confronted with any crisis, the vital importance of culture and arts is revealed. Against the backdrop of the tragic economic and social catastrophe, we are witnessing the resilience and ability of the creative sector to adapt quickly. We have seen the world’s most powerful cultural institutions fall and the creators lose their jobs overnight. This did not prevent the emergence of numerous art projects uniting the international community, which inspired a spark of optimism and a sense of communion for those isolated at home. We have seen the value of digitisation of art and cultural treasures (this trend was given high priority in cultural policy in recent years), when the attendance of websites of cultural institutions has instantly increased hundreds of times. The pandemic which made the world stop has inspired cultural creators to look again at their mission, to create alternative strategies of action, educational and dissemination tools that have helped those isolated at home gather together for common discotheques and have brought culture directly to the courtyards of the quiet audience standing behind the apartment windows.

2020

 

What’s next?

It is predicted that the cultural sector, the habits of our participation in culture and our social life will inevitably change, but will it really happen and how? How can cultural and artistic creators prepare for the challenges of the future? What skills and innovations could be used to do so? How can international cultural cooperation be preserved when the European Union suffers from fragmentation caused by political battles?

Forum goes online

The organisers of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 transfer the annual forum of the European Capital of Culture to the virtual space and, together with the Creative Europe Desk in Lithuania, initiate a discussion bringing together European artists, cultural creators, private and public sectors, aimed at exchanging views on cultural innovations and the future.

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PROGRAM

May 20 Wednesday

Presentations and discussion

Today the future of many cultural creators is being jeopardised, yet progressive examples of cultural actions and adaptation provide hope that we are capable of getting over this critical time, also becoming stronger and more resilient. This session is about the experiences of the cultural sector developed in a critical situation and the opportunities that have emerged. What is the real significance of culture in an emergency situation – is it a high-priority public interest and why? What insights on culture were triggered by the confrontation with the present crisis? How do European cultural creators and organisers experience quarantine and its consequences?

Participants::

<spam>MODERATOR</spam><br>Ana Čižauskienė
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MODERATOR
Ana Čižauskienė

Head of programme, Kaunas 2022

Algirdas Ramaška
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Algirdas Ramaška

CEO, Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris”

Else Christensen-Redzepovic
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Else Christensen-Redzepovic

EU & ECoC Expert/Advisor, Manager of “Voices of Culture”

François Matarasso
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François Matarasso

Community artist, writer and researcher

Pete Kercher
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Pete Kercher

Ambassador, EIDD - Design for All Europe, consultant in strategic design

Pier Luigi Sacco
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Pier Luigi Sacco

Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan; Director, OECD Venice Office

Rytis Zemkauskas
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Rytis Zemkauskas

Journalist and television producer, curator at Kaunas 2022

May 21 Thursday

Presentations of funding programmes and discussion

This session will run in Lithuanian.
The rather stable and predictable funding measures were functioning in an understandable and consistent way. It was in March when cultural organisations in Lithuania experienced uncertainty and shock. To what extent will the global economic and social crisis become an opportunity? Do organisations involved in the funding of culture already see opportunities for shaping a new look of the services provided by the Lithuanian culture organisations? How have Lithuania’s key funding institutions adapted to the new environment? What concrete measures have been taken and how does this affect the normal financing model and context? These questions will be elaborated in the morning session on May 21 together with the representatives of the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Lithuanian municipalities.

Presented by Creative Europe Desk LT

Participants::

<spam>MODERATOR</spam><br>Dileta Nenėnė
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MODERATOR
Dileta Nenėnė

Head of Creative Europe Desk Lithuania

Agata Mankeliūnienė
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Agata Mankeliūnienė

Coordinator of the Project “Trakai – Lithuanian Capital of Culture 2020”

Eglė Deltuvaitė
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Eglė Deltuvaitė

Head of Culture Division, Klaipėda

Eugenijus Kaminskis
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Eugenijus Kaminskis

EEA programme, CPMA

Mindaugas Bundza
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Mindaugas Bundza

Lithuanian Council for Culture

Presentations and discussion

During the session, we will learn about the practice and opportunities offered by the special European Cultural Foundation, the perspectives of the Creative Europe programme, and what issues and choices are being considered by international mobility programmes – the Nordic Culture Point, ASEF, etc.? Generally speaking, how are we supposed to deal with and what can we expect from the internationalness of culture? How is the immediate and yonder future of the European culture seen by Barbara Gissler, Head of Culture and Education Division of EACEA?

Presented by Creative Europe Desk LT

Participants::

<spam>MODERATOR</spam><br>Dileta Nenėnė
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MODERATOR
Dileta Nenėnė

Head of Creative Europe Desk Lithuania

Alfiero Zanotto
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Alfiero Zanotto

Adviser, Nordic Culture Point

Anupama Sekhar
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Anupama Sekhar

Asia–Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Barbara Gessler
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Barbara Gessler

Head of Culture Unit at EACEA

Philipp Dietachmair
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Philipp Dietachmair

Head of programmes, European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

May 22 Friday

Discussion
When a pandemic closes the borders and no consensus can be found among states, the idea of a globalised world is beginning to fade. When faced with these circumstances, how does the global culture look? Does the digitisation of culture and the higher than ever scale of its accessibility make it possible to talk about the flourishing of the global culture? Or, on the contrary, the restricted freedom of movement of artists and the rise of political peripeteias in different states will destroy the idea of transnationality of culture and culture without borders?

Presented by 15min.lt

Participants::

<spam>MODERATOR</spam><br>Monika Gimbutaitė
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MODERATOR
Monika Gimbutaitė

Culture Editor at 15min

Ana Čižauskienė
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Ana Čižauskienė

Head of programme, Kaunas 2022

Aušrinė Žilinskienė
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Aušrinė Žilinskienė

Philologist, director of the Lithuanian Culture Institute

Giuseppe Porcaro
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Giuseppe Porcaro

Head of outreach and governance at Bruegel

Mick ter Reehorst
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Mick ter Reehorst

Founder of Are We Europe

Paulina Maloy
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Paulina Maloy

International Relations Manager, Culture Zone Wrocł

Keynote

Anne Boysen: From Boomers to Zoomers – How Generation Z May Influence our Future After Covid 19

Covid 19 is transforming how people interact and hastening digitalization. Which role does a generation of digital natives play here and how are they coping in this new reality? Is life lived through Zoom and TikTok truly as good as the real thing?

Discussion

In times when it is hard to think about anything else but the crisis, let us focus on the future. Life has changed. Everything is changing. Most agree – nothing will be the same as before. Or will it? What changes will last? What will the post-pandemic world look like? What is and will be the New Normal? Artists have always been the super sensitive predictors of worlds of the future, envisioning new realities, spaces, and cosmoses which traverse the past, the present and the future – the omnivirtual, the post-apocalyptic, the surreal… Or is it all real?
What is next? Textile factories are making masks, automobile plants are producing respirators, perfumeries are making disinfectants. Will we all need to adopt new models to survive? What are the possible retooling scenarios for arts and culture?

Participants:

<spam>MODERATOR</spam><br>Jūratė Tutlytė
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MODERATOR
Jūratė Tutlytė

Kaunas 2022, Design programme curator

Aideen Barry
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Aideen Barry

Interdisciplinary Artist

Anne Boysen
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Anne Boysen

Futurist, Trend Scout

Giuseppe Porcaro
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Giuseppe Porcaro

Head of outreach and governance at Bruegel

Julijonas Urbonas
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Julijonas Urbonas

Artist, founder of Lithuanian Space Agency

Pier Luigi Sacco
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Pier Luigi Sacco

Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan; Director, OECD Venice Office

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
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Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Film / Theatre Director, top prize winner at the Venice Biennale

European Capital
of Culture
Forum

The European Capital of Culture Forum is an annual event initiated by the team of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, where leaders representing various creative fields from all around Europe come together for gaining and sharing knowledge, getting inspiration, networking and discussing the opportunities for cooperation. One of the main objectives of this initiative is to encourage the culture of collaboration with other sectors, such as business, science or politics.

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