23rd ENCATC Annual Conference
ENCATC is a European network on cultural management and cultural policy education. Academics, researchers, professionals from the cultural sector, policy makers, artists, students and media from Europe and beyond gathered for the 23rd ENCATC Annual Conference “The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-creation, Cross Fertilisation” that was held from 21-23 October 2015 in Lecce, Italy.
“How does a cultural system work as a whole? What are the relationships and links between publicly funded, homemade and commercial culture? Seeing culture as ecology, rather than only an economy, is helpful to stimulate discussion on the multiple values culture creates, rather than focusing only on financial or social ones.
By applying ecological metaphors such as emergence, interdependence, networks, and convergence to culture, we can gain new understandings about how culture works, and these understandings in turn help with policy formulation and implementation.” ENCATC 2015 conference website.
Creative processes are at the heart of development and culture is a cross-cutting dimension of sustainable development. This is the culture-development nexus. ECDPM has growing body of work on how culture and development interact and you can read more at our Dossier ‘Culture and international cooperation‘.