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Kick off meeting for cooperation projects in Culture + Europe Culture Forum
The coordinators of the different Culture Programme projects were invited to a kick off meeting organised by the EACEA which took place in the Management Centre Europe in Brussels on 19 October. Manel Gómez on behalf of the lead partner (Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell, CAT) and Boris Meggiorin from the financial management were attending as OpenArch representatives.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide project coordinators with the most efficient tools to manage their projects. It also was an excellent opportunity to meet our project officer, Jolien Willemsens with whom we could talk about the progress of OpenArch and particularly about the Borger meetings which took place two weeks before.
The meeting programme was divided in two sections. In the morning, a plenary session with welcome statements by Barbara Gessler, new Head of Unit Culture Programme, EACEA and Ann Branch, Head of Unit D2 Culture EAC. After that, we had a session devoted to main principles and best practices on management by Katerina Xethali and Silvana Verdiani from EACEA.
After lunch, it was time for thematic workshops in which coordinators were separated per strands. Our session (Strand 1.1 Multiannual Cooperation Projects) was chaired by Fiona Deuss-Frandi and Jens Blazek (EACEA) and the aim was to provide practical guidelines on project management. On the whole, it was an interesting workshop in which doubts and questions were raised and a good chance to learn more about project management.
On the other hand, the next two days we were also invited to attend the Europe Culture Forum which gathered together over 800 participants from all over Europe and the world to Flagey.
It had a wide range of participation with experts and stakeholders from the cultural sector. In the different panels there were presentations about management and several debates about cultural issues such as digitisation or regional investment in culture.
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