Opening Conference with Eleonora Belfiore, Giuliana Ciancio, Niels Righolt & Pierluigi Sacco

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June 2020

Adeste+ Pre-conference: “Culture and public at a turning point” Opening Conference with Eleonora Belfiore, Giuliana Ciancio, Niels Righolt & Pierluigi Sacco. 

Adeste+ invites you to watch an interesting online conference that focuses on the current challenges for arts- and cultural institutions and their audiences. We explored the latest perspectives on concepts of cultural democracy and audience development and looked at its relevance for organizations. Niels Righolt moderated the conversation with Eleonora Belfiore, Giuliana Ciancio and Pier Luigi Sacco.

In this first session, we previewed some of the key themes to be discussed during the online conference sessions. Prompted by our present crisis, we turn to some fundamental questions related to the place of audience (public, visitor, participant, user) in the future of the cultural sector. We explore the latest perspectives on concepts of cultural democracy and audience development and look at its relevance for organizations. At a wider level, these sessions investigate what has or has not changed as a result of the crisis in terms of public engagement. Has it affected democratic norms? Or revealed their deeper structural fragilities? Who is / is not involved / engaged and what relevance does culture have for our world today? What needs to change and what is our responsibility as cultural professionals?

You can see the panel debate in our Vimeo channel.

Keywords: Audience research, Covid-19, Online European Conference, accessibility, adaptation, participation

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