I’m finalising the wording for our brochure at the venue right now.
What follows is my suggested wording for that first iteration, as well as the conversation topic that i most want to consider at that time. It ties quite closely to @noemi’s Brussels conversation about ‘secure spaces for artists’ but with that added layer that is very local to Bedford about redefining civic spaces and town centres.
I’ve named it Culture culture until we have a better suggestion for a name. Personally, i’m not super offended by that idea as i think the 2 meanings of the word together do actually connote what the core area of this discussion series is aiming to achieve: to create a fertile environment for the growth and development of arts & cultural practices.
I have started to talk to local orgs and people who i’d like to have included in the conversation. The next big step for me will be to find a suitable image to use for this event.
WED 8 MAY 7PM
WordSetFree & Edgeryders present
Culture culture: A networked conversation about cultural growth and development
FREE 14+ Spoken Word
‘Culture culture’ is a curated deep inquiry into the most urgent challenges faced by cultural and art collectives across European cities. Culture culture offers participants a local/global platform for conversation and access to useful information and support which tends to be unavailable or expensive.
Over six months, one question per month will convene artists, activists, cultural workers to a local meetup in locations across Europe where they will engage in constructive conversation and draw points of action for mutual support and collaboration. The meetups are synchronized to address complementary issues across each location, so each event feeds into the wider conversation.
WordSetFree and Edgeryders Culture Squad will work with you, the participants, to produce and document the events, connecting our local stories into a bigger narrative, and connecting participants with resources from a network of thousands of people doing cultural and activist work across the world.
Opening topic will be:
How can arts and culture create a secure environment for artists and citizens to lead the ongoing renovation and redefinition of civic spaces?