An international conference on cultural participation and engagement in schools.
On 5 and 6 October, Cultural Education for Tomorrow, an international event organised by BAM! Strategie Culturali together with the Embassy and Consulate of the Netherlands in Italy, the Dutch Cultural Participation Fund and the Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara, took place at the Teatro Sociale in Trento.
Dewi van de Weerd (Dutch Ambassador for Cultural Cooperation), Massimo Ongaro (Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara) and Hedwig Verhoeven (Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie) kicked off the proceedings, welcoming participants in the opening plenary session, which was open to all, either in person or via live streaming.
During the second part of the morning, after the keynote speech by Jan Baanstra (de Stilte), the first speakers presented their organisation and shared their experience with cultural projects involving schools and the younger generation.
Watch the video to hear the talks by: Chiara Boschiero (Biografilm Festival), Patrizia Famà (Muse – Museo della Scienza di Trento), Stefania Logiudice (Romaeuropa Festival), Suzan Lutke (Stichting Kopa), and Astrid Rass (Vereniging CultuurProfielScholen).
Thursday afternoon and Friday morning were entirely dedicated to the Italian and Dutch guests, who occupied the spaces of the Teatro Sociale taking part in workshops, listening to presentations of each other’s projects and getting to know each other better in the expo area, a space dedicated to networking and pecha-kucha sessions.
On the second day, the conference concluded with a plenary session focusing on the reflections that had emerged from the workshops, with some of the participants being asked to present their own personal considerations on the topics addressed during the two days: Marginality and Social inclusion, Early Childhood, Diversity and Representation, Co-design with school, Sustainability and European Dimension.
As well as an opportunity to share best practices and networking among more than a hundred national and international guests, the event was also a chance to learn about the opportunities available for implementing new projects. Thanks to the closing speeches by Bruno Zambardino (Ministry of Culture – Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual), Bas Ernst (Embassy of the Netherlands in Italy), Natasja Kraft (Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie), Eugenio Giordano Orsini (Caritro Foundation), Arianna Spigolon (Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation) and Alessandra Valerio (Cariplo Foundation), the audience was able to learn more about the current calls for proposals for funding cultural participation and education projects.