ArtLink & CEI Performing Arts Managers’ Conference
May 17 – 18, 2014
Promoting Artists and Organising Festivals on EU’s Doorstep at a time of Global Financial Crisis
ArtLink’s first Performing Arts Managers’ Conference was organized at the Kolarac Endowment on May 17 – 18, with the kind support of CEI (Central European Initiative).
The welcoming speech was given by H.E. Mr Johannes Eigner the Ambassador of Austria in Serbia, on behalf of the Austrian CEI Presidency, and by Ms Jovanka Višekruna Janković, Artistic and Managing Director of ArtLink. In their remarks, both speakers accentuated the importance of and benefits of regional cooperation for the promotion and advancement of the arts and culture.
The Performing Arts Managers’ Conference is conceived as an intellectual platform for Performing Art management themes, contact-making and exchange among performing arts managers from all over the CEI region, with sessions delivered by international experts as well as through participants’ own presentations. This conference brought together managers and experts from across the CEI region, and wider Europe, to present their analysis and practical experiences, for both dissemination of information and fuelling debate on critically important themes related to performing arts management.
Presentations by the speakers were given on the themes such as Cultural Diplomacy, Marketing and fundraising at a time of economic crisis, International Exchange and regional cooperation, Audience Development, etc.
The participants praised ArtLink’s initiative of organising the conference and agreed that it paved an important path for future joint projects among the participants in the CEI region as well as in the Western Balkans, and expressed their hopes that this conference would become an annual event.
The outlined activities helped foster an environment in which the shared assessments and knowledge was put together with the aim of producing competent projects aimed at tackling a wide variety of issues on the road of reinvigorating performing arts cooperation projects. Project priorities will be formulated based on the perceived needs of the performing arts sector, in particular within the societies in the transition leading to EU integration, and based on the identified needs of the respective areas of speciality of each participating organisation.