EUROPEAN CONFERENCE: Artistic Processes and Cultural Participation-New Perspectives for Rural Development

25 – 27 October 2017 in Hildesheim

In a context of globalisation, urbanisation and economic, political and social crisis, rural areas in Europe face specific and significant challenges.

Their vitality is nevertheless essential to the well-being and development of both rural and urban populations and regions. We need to re-think, at a local level, the models of sustainable development and resilience. Strengthening local stakeholders to connect, cooperate and imagine in a European perspective is at the heart of these challenges.

What role should cultural centers play in innovative, sustainable and place-based modes of development and local empowerment? How can we work towards a more a democratic and imaginative territorial governance, and contribute to interconnections between European territories?

ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres currently represents over 3 000 cultural centres in at least 15 countries with more than 15 000 employees, thousands of volunteers and 40 million visitors per year.