International Conference Culture in the post-pandemic period – a chance for growth and new opportunities
The City of Rijeka and the University of Rijeka hosted the International Conference “Culture in the post-pandemic period – a chance for growth and new opportunities”.
As one of the MESOC crossover themes of the New European Agenda for Culture is Urban and Territorial Renovation, Conference was organised at two separate locations in Rijeka that were revitalized with the help of EU funds and within the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture program:
- Day 1 of the Conference (Wednesday, 30th of November, 2022) was held at The Children’s House, at Rikard Benčić cultural complex
- Day 2 of the Conference (Thursday, 1st of December, 2022) was held at The RiHub venue.
The event was also available online.
During the Conference, we tackled some contemporary issues connected with culture and present some of the results and planned activities of MESOC project partners. Within the Conference, 2 panel discussions were organized:
1. “New and/or shared spaces in culture”, where we heard international and regional testimonials about the topics of managing shared spaces in culture, participation, citizens’ involvement and democratization of culture. Additionally, we heard first impressions from the Children’s House which is programmatically embodied by the following city institutions: the Rijeka City Library, the Rijeka City Puppet Theatre, Art Kino Croatia and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
2. “Traditional vs digital approach – different perspectives for culture”, where we confronted representatives from a digital and traditional approach to culture. We aimed to answer the questions does culture needs a physical space and what the future holds. Additionally, we heard how can MESOC University of Rijeka team help with that and how can we measure the societal dimension of Culture, as defined by one of the strategic objectives of the European Agenda.
Additionally, we organized examples of good practices from the cities involved in the project.