Future DiverCities - Creativity in an Urban Context
Future DiverCities - Creativity in an Urban Context is an initiative of 9 cultural partners in Europe and Canada funded by Creative Europe (European Union programme for the cultural and creative sectors). From the summer 2016, this 4 years experimentation will aim at exploring new models of creation and dissemination that support, for the future, cultural diversity and alternative ecosystems.
The project will centre around the artistic domains of music, digital art and urban art, and it deeply believes in and aims to reinforce social bonds through the arts.
Savonia University of Applied Sciences (coordinator) | Kuopio, Finland
ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival | Kuopio, Finland
1D Lab | Saint Etienne, Lyon & Paris, France
Public Art Lab | Berlin, Germany
Seconde Nature | Aix en Provence, France
BEK | Bergen, Norway
Kontejner | Zagreb, Croatia
Liepaja City Council | Latvia
La Chambre Blanche | Québec, Canada
Future DiverCities acts as an incubator for innovation and new creative practices. The project stimulates risk-taking through creation of art in the challenging urban environment.
We aim at creating a new digital platform to develop innovative art and a new business model for art professionals, building and developing new audiences across the world, both as art consumers and co-creators of art works, and increasing artists’ and creative professionals’ mobility to internationalise their careers.
These aims we will reached through experimental Artist Labs, audience events, conferences and think tanks between the project partners and their collaborators.
The aims of the project will be explored and developed through co-curated Artist Labs that are based on curatorial starting points from Future DiverCitizens, Future DiverSocieties, Future DiverStructures to Future DiverSystems. In Kuopio, the first Lab took place in October 2016 and the second in September 2017, and Labs will be organised annually. The Labs are based on co-curation processes between the partners.