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2014 ENCATC Annual Conference

The 2014 ENCATC Annual Conference “New Challenges for the Arts and Culture: Is it just about money?” is meant to advance reflection and inspire innovative thinking about all aspects of the arts that impact our society and particularly the social, aesthetic and economic ones.

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AWARD Final Conference Summary

The AWARD project held its final conference on the 25th and 26th of June 2014 in Brussels bringing together a wide variety of participants. Held at De Markten (25/6) and the Belgian Comic Strip Museum (26/6), the AWARD project celebrated local authority's pursuit of integrating culture as a new paradigm in development and stressed the idea that culture is the external force that ultimately drives society. In addition to multiple expert discussion panels, research findings, and event reports, the participants took a cultural tour of Molenbeek, visited the Brussels Museum of Industry and Labor at La Fonderie, and were awed by the dynamic dances of Compagnie Zassi. Overall, what lessons can be taken away about the AWARD project? First, culture generates employment, secondly, culture generates innovation through art, enterprises, and technologies. Third, culture contributes to social cohesion, the well-being of citizens, and helps fight poverty. And finally, culture strengthens the image of territories. Through these discoveries it is clear that culture plays an imperative role in development and the AWARD final conference was a positive experience to highlight this fact! Read more on the final report available here

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