5 to 8 March 2014 – AlhóndigaBilbao

    The city as cultural ecosystem. What is a cultural ecosystem made of? Public and private actors, institutions, spaces, practices, citizens, visitors… In our western ‘cultural ecosystems’, the divide between public and private spheres was one of the key issues for cultural action. With the passing of time, this dichotomy became an outdated concept as the two sectors started cooperating with one another. We want to use real experiences to assess the relationship between the two.

    Bilbao is a cultural ecosystem with inspiring encounters and action for residents and visitors. Since the city’s urban and economic transformation, Bilbao has been linked with concepts such as excellence, economic activity, knowledge, art, technology, design and creativity.

    Culture is a driving force for development and welfare; it fosters innovation and creativity, and can create icons that contribute to increase global competitiveness.

    With this aim in mind, the 2014 Forum d’Avignon Bilbao is to explore the potential of cities as cultural ecosystems.

    Programme (PDF, 4 MB)

    • 5 March, 2014
      • 21:00 - 23:00Reception in Guggenheim Bilbao Museum

        Musical entertainment: DJ Makala.

    • 6 March, 2014
      • 9:00 - 9:45Registration of participants
      • 9:45 - 10:00Opening and welcome
      • 10:00 - 11:45Discussion 1: Dialogue between what is public and private in the field of creation

        Global analysis is necessary in a setting where the policies implemented by the public authorities and the actions of the private sector design the so-called cultural eco-systems of the city.

        In this context, we will consider some experiences of how to address this complexity that have been so successful for their respective cities. Ultimately, those experiences re-establish the link between the creative and artistic community and the general public, who are the ultimate recipients of a common asset: culture.

        José Luis Rebordinos, Director of San Sebastian Film Festival

        Jean Blaise, Director of "Le Voyage à Nantes: culture et tourisme"

        Katrín Jakobsdóttir, former Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland
        Maria Mur Dean, Director of Consonni, Bilbao
        Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources, Canada
        Joxean Muñoz, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport of the Basque Government

      • 11:45 - 12:15Coffee break
      • 12:15 - 14:00Discussion 2: Artists as promoters of cultural and social change in our cities

        Artists are one of the most active actors in cities, while cities are, in turn, among the best settings for the work of artists. The returns of the relationship between artists and cities go beyond the economy, for it has a positive impact on welfare, social integration, the maturity of society, conflict resolution and the intangible connections between individual and common networks.

        David Trueba, journalist and film director

        Vito Acconci, artist and architect

        Jochen Sandig, Artistic Director of Radialsystem, Berlin
        Txomin Badiola, artist
        Beatriz García, Director of Research in Cultural Policy, University of Liverpool
        Alfonso Santiago, Director of Last Tour International, Bilbao

      • 14:00 - 16:30Lunch at AlhóndigaBilbao

        Musical entertainment: DJ ON & ON.

      • 16:30 - 19:00Experiences in the city: visits to different spaces in Bilbao with cultural agents

        Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
        The Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry, represents an architectonic milestone due to its innovative design and is a backdrop for the art that is exhibited therein. Overall it creates a sculptural structure, perfectly integrated in the urban layout of Bilbao and its environment.

        The latest urban regeneration operation started up in Bilbao. It is a comprehensive and sustainable plan to recover a currently derelict site and turn it into a new neighbourhood in Bilbao that is well connected with the rest of the city, with affordable housing, environmentally-friendly business areas, numerous social and cultural facilities and large areas for citizens’ enjoyment.

        Bilbao La Vieja.
        Journey through the spaces, groups and structures of one of the neighbourhoods in the city with a high creative density. A social, economic and cultural environment which is constantly changing.

    • 7 March, 2014
      • 9:30 - 11:00Discussion 3: Cities as a driving force for cultural change in Europe

        Europe would be impossible to understand without the history of European cities. It is a network of cities that is also a cultural network, a complex fabric characterised by diversity.

        In an age with a global dynamics that also involves culture, Europe relies on and activates this cultural fabric. Urban spaces, cities and metropolises draw artists and creative people from all over the world. They map out new territories and shake cultural ideas and thoughts, from contemporary radicals to the quality of curators – the old tension between creation and conservation.

        This discussion is aimed at exploring the challenges faced by European cities in terms of cultural dualities: global vs. local, creation vs. conservation, simple vs. complex identities.

        Javier Gomá, Director of the Juan March Foundation, Madrid

        José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec, History Chair, Autonomous University of Barcelona

        Guadalupe Echevarria, Cultural director of Donostia 2016
        Patricia Brown, Director of Central, London
        Corinne Hermant-de Callataÿ, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy
        Evelyne Lehalle, Director of Nouveau Turisme Culturel, Nice

      • 11:00 - 11:30Coffee break
      • 11:30 - 13:15Discussion 4: The city in progress, a future ecosystem

        A dialogue between a renowned architect and an equally famous artist, who will share their perceptions on the evolution of cities and their relationships with art and culture.

        Pablo Guimón, Editor-in-chief of the weekend edition of El País, Madrid

        Saskia Sassen, sociologist at Columbia University, New York

        Tarek Cherkaoui, Chief Strategy Officer, Qatar Museums Authority
        Beatriz Colomina, Historian of architecture, Princeton University, New Jersey
        Juan Diego, Secretary General of the Bilbao Bizkaia Design & Creativity Council - BiDC
        Cristina Iglesias, artist

      • 13:00 - 14:30Clausure of AVIGNON-ESSEN-BILBAO

        Presentation of the conclusions of RAW (María Mur and María Ptqk).

        Presentation of the conclusions of Catalyse Project - Forum d'Avignon Bilbao.

      • 14:30 - 16:00Pintxo Experience in AlhóndigaBilbao

        Seven Bilbao establishments will be taking part, all prize-winners in the latest Bilbao Bizkaia pintxo competition.
        Musical entertainment: GZK.

    • 8 March, 2014
      • 9:00 - 19:00Visits to Santander, San Sebastián or Biarritz accompanied by local agents

        Timetable to be confirmed.
        Seats are offered by order of registration. Minimum number of attendees: 10. Maximum number: 80.

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    • 5 March, 2014
      • 21:00 - 23:00Reception in Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
    • 6 March, 2014
      • 9:00 - 9:45Registration of participants
      • 9:45 - 10:00Opening and welcome

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