Like Leeds, 22-23 June – (Draft) Programme


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DAY 0 – 21 June

18:00: Opening Reception at The Tetley, a centre for contemporary art at the heart of Leeds’ South Bank.

The South Bank is a landmark regeneration project which will double the size of Leeds city centre, transforming South Bank into a distinctive European destination for investment, living, learning, creativity and leisure.

20:00: event ends – delegates can go on to eat / drink – a list of restaurants & bars will be in the delegate pack


DAY 1 – 22 June – CarriageWorks Theatre

09:00: Introduction and Welcome

  • Geoffrey Brown, Director, Euclid – CONFERENCE CHAIR
  • Michael Moglia, President of LIKE
  • Andrew Dixon, External Bid Adviser for Leeds 2023
  • Marie-Pierre Bresson, Deputy-Mayor, City of Lille

09:15: Keynote 1 – Bringing culture and economy together in local politics

  • Jim Beirne, Chief Executive, Live Theatre, Newcastle (TBC)
  • Arjo Klamer, professor of the Economics of Art and Culture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and holds the world’s only chair in the field of cultural economics. He is also involved in politics, as Deputy Mayor of the City of Hilversum, Netherlands.

10:00: Panel Session 1: Can we even talk of a “European” way to fund culture?

Are there “European” models or trends for the way culture is funded?  The experiences of the LIKE network members (110 LRAs present in 23 EU countries) would seem to indicate a varied approach. But are there some general models or trends that are replicated across a number of cities, regions or countries?  Which organisations or individuals are the main beneficiaries of public funds and private sponsorship? Has the 2008 economic crisis impacted on all players in Europe in the same (negative) way?

  • Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General, European Festivals Association
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

11:15: BREAK

11:30: Panel Session 2 – Public constraints vs private censorship: which is worse for the independence of culture ?

The public/private debate has been around for decades, although the economic crisis has perhaps focused the mind on the core question of the independence of culture. From examples of sponsors interfering with artistic programming to elected representatives vetoing artworks, alongside examples of an increased political use of culture and the arts – what is the best approach to maximise the independence of culture?

  • Mladen Banjac, Deputy Curator of the Pavilion of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Venice Biennial 2017
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

12:45: LUNCH

14:00: Networking – Speed Dating Session

Opportunities for interested delegates to make brief presentations, prior to a speed dating session, where other delegates can have a short conversation with these delegates (or others) to find out more, to explore potential links or partnerships, etc.

15:15: BREAK

15:30: Institutional Visits – choice of:

  • The UK’s first Art Hostel run by East Street Arts
  • Phoenix/ Northern School of Ballet visit and information on the city’s Dance Partnership work – meet Sharon Watson, Mark Skipper and others.

17:30: Return to hotel(s)

19.00: Evening Dinner (included in conference fee for delegates attending both days)

DAY 2 – 23 June – Banquet Hall, Leeds Civic Hall

09:00: Introduction and Welcome

  • Cllr Judith Blake, Leeds City Council
  • Marie-Pierre Bresson, Deputy-Mayor, City of Lille

09:15: Keynote 2 – From a fundraiser’s point of view

  • Speakers TBC

10:00: Panel Session 3 – Defending the interests of the cultural & artistic sector: a political or an economic exercise?

This session will explore the concept of the Creative and Cultural Industries, an umbrella phrase which can encompass a varying range of operators within the cultural sector, and which has become a useful way of persuading arts-sceptical politicians that this is a sector with economic (and therefore political) relevance. However, it seems that the arts sector has become frustrated with this approach and are now seeking to argue that the cultural and arts sector is more than an economic player, and to advocate for a wider range of creative and social benefits.

  • Paying Artists campaign, UK
  • Carole Tongue, European Coalition for Diversity
  • Dominic Gray, Opera North
  • Further speakers TBC

11:15: BREAK

11:30: Panel Session 4 – Are culture and the arts an alternative economy?

Let us explore this question in the presence of those who have been working towards new economic models of culture and the arts. Is there anything the culture and arts sector can teach that will help support or develop current economic models?  Can the sector collectively make culture and the arts a sustainable ecosystem within current economic realities?

  • Speakers to be confirmed

12:45: LUNCH

14:00: Round Table Networking

Initial presentations from:

  • Public Funds (national): Arts Council England
  • Public Funds (municipal): Cluny McPherson, Leeds City Council
  • Sponsor: The Big Word
  • EU Funds: Geoffrey Brown, EUCLID

15:15: BREAK

15:30: Institutional Visits – choice of:

  • Leeds Art Gallery with Sarah Brown and Henry Moore Institute for Sculpture
  • Another TBC

17:30: Return to hotel(s)

Institutional Visits

There is one of these sessions each afternoon, from 1530 to 1800 with two options from which delegates can choose.  Each visit will some brief presentations and/or a Q&A session.

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