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Since its beginnings in Dublin City’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020, Dublin’s Culture Connects has been developing connections and partnerships beyond Ireland’s shores as well as within our capital city.

Two Dublin’s Culture Connects programmes – the EU LAB and the DUBLIN CITY CULTURAL AUDIT & MAP – are generating international interest due to their ambitions and potential impacts here at home. So we’re heading to Rome next week to talk about them at a Culture Action Europe Conference: ‘Beyond the Obvious – Belonging & Becoming: Culture, Heritage and our Future’.

About the conference:

In a world that is rapidly changing, a sense of Belonging to communities and cultures offers a much needed anchor and allows us to remain active players in our environments. Landscapes of belonging, however, are nuanced – we ‘belong’ and are perceived to belong in many different ways at many different scales. This enables us to engage in the active, perpetual process of Becoming citizens, societies and living up to our own potential.

Contemporary cultural creation can be a driving force to develop new stories and new images for possible futures. A strong cultural Europe needs informed and involved citizens and calls for social innovation and inspiring political models. This informed engagement is rooted in education in the large sense of the term, allowing for the development of creativity and curiosity, and reaching out to people of all ages in an evolving society. Such an active ‘becoming’ must be co-created by all citizens.

Our cultural heritage – both tangible and intangible – links us in Europe. This Beyond the Obvious conference offers a concrete arena for productive interaction between artists, cultural operators, policy makers and political visionaries, economic and social stakeholders across Europe. The conference will highlight policy issues at stake, developing a present and future of culture in Europe. It also celebrates the launch of the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018.

These are the kinds of discussions we hope to get Dublin involved in:

  • What is the impact of civic participation on social cohesion?
  • How can we, on all levels – local, national and European – create an understanding of belonging based on diversity and inclusion?
  • How can we, as artists, cultural operators, engaged citizens and policy makers, rationalists and visionaries, develop an inclusive belonging in our city?

We look forward to reporting back after many Roman teas & chats!

To find out more about the EU LAB programme, visit HERE

To find out more about the CULTURAL AUDIT & MAP visit HERE

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