Forum 2019 is a flagship project and a highlight in the programme of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019. It’s an educational platform that includes information workshops, lectures and meetings aimed at creating partnership networks in an effort to increase awareness, build and develop capacity and audiences in order to lay the foundations for the successful implementation of the ECC project. The themes of Forum 2019 focus on the main issues related to the implementation of the project and aim to provoke professional discussions, exchange of experience and knowledge, and feedback on various topics from the cultural sector.
The project started in 2015 with the idea of creating a legacy of the initiative to transfer skills, experiences and partnerships in the cultural sector. Since 2015 a number of workshops and training events have been held as part of the project, providing information on what the European Capital of Culture project is and teaching practical skills for the preparation of project proposals and project management.
STRATEGY AND CONTENT
Competence building and audience development activities are a key strategic goal for the period 2017-19. The platform clearly seeks to develop capacity in the field of international activity, management and community work and networking. Part of the project is dedicated to improving the skills related to how to manage large initiatives. The development strategy envisages:
Increasing the level of training events within the project.
Creating more practical opportunities for networking and direct cooperation of Bulgarian cultural institutions with similar operators in Europe.
Forum 2019 educational series is focused on:
Key projects and best practices in European Capital of Culture programmes with international lectures
Key projects in Plovdiv European Capital of culture like Kapana Creative District, Tobacco City, Kosmos Cinema, etc., Adata Air
Creative Europe Focus
Focus EU-Japan Fest
Focus Chitalishta – community culture centers in the Plovdiv region
Focus: Introduction to Contemporary Art
Focus Digital media and art
Focus Audience development
Focus Museum programme for children
Focus Interactive training
Focus International networking event ‘Citizens & Culture: Fuse. Transform. Revive!’.
Focus Looking Back & Thinking Forward International Meeting 2019 A recap of the results of the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019
More than 40 events and initiatives are part of the educational platform Forum 2019, a full list and details you can find here.