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The most important European congress on cultural policy and management, on the theme "Diversity and sustainability in action. Cultural and educational policies and practices"


From 2 to 5 October, BSB is hosting the 2019 edition of the International Congress of ENCATC (The European network on cultural management and policy), one of the most important events in Europe for the artistic and cultural management and policy sector. 200 specialists from all over the world, including the distinguished Australian professor David Throsby, are expected to discuss diversity in the cultural and creative sector and education. Hosting this Congress for the first time, BSB sees this trust as a true recognition of its expertise in cultural management.

200 experts in Dijon for a major event on cultural policies

The ENCATC Congress is a meeting place for academics, trainers and researchers in the fields of cultural management and political education, with interdisciplinary interests with professionals, decision-makers and artists. 200 participants from Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia will present compelling publications and discuss the theme "Diversity and Sustainability in Action. Cultural and educational policies and practices". Among them, BSB will welcome David Throsby, one of the leading economists in the cultural sector and a professor in the Department of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, as a keynote speaker.

What are the practical meanings of diversity in the cultural and creative sector? How are its different connotations implemented and how do they contribute to the discourse on sustainability in this area? The Congress will examine these issues with contributions from leading experts, taking the subject from different angles: diversity of cultural and artistic production, artists, business models, audiences, creative spaces, governance and management models.

BSB, a key player in cultural management

Over the years, BSB has developed significant expertise in arts and culture management and policy. The School offers international and French programmes: the MSc ACM (Arts & Cultural Management), in Dijon, and the MS MECIC-Paris, launched 30 years ago and a reference in its field in France.

In 2016, BSB teacher-researcher Elena Borin won the ENCATC "Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management", one of the most important awards for research in the field of cultural management. In 2017, BSB inaugurated the Centre for Arts and Cultural Management (CACM), one of BSB's centres of excellence built around three pillars: higher education (more than 150 students per year in culture programmes), research (50 academic publications in 2018) and cultural entrepreneurship. Since 2018, BSB has been issuing an innovative joint certificate with ISBA Besançon on the contemporary art markets. The organization of the 27th ENCATC Congress this year is a real recognition for BSB.

About ENCATC: Founded in 1992, ENCATC is the only network in Europe on cultural policy and management, and one of the leading cultural and creative NGOs in the world. Its mission is to stimulate the development of cultural management and policy in Europe and beyond, by engaging and responding to new political, economic, social and technological developments. The network has more than 130 members in 41 countries around the world.

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