The Future Is Not What It Used To Be

​Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg and P60 organize from 2 to 4 April the interdisciplinary working conference on new culture strategies The Future Is Not What It Used To Be. The conference provocatively questions what the prospects are for cultural organizations and organizers operating in a future of reduced resources and a changing European society. European cultural workers and artists from over 20 countries take part in this international conference.

Thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops, in-depth master classes and think tanks discuss developing future scenarios, low-fi architecture, environmental sustainability, audience development, cultural campaigning, informal professional development opportunities, new economic models and strategic marketing.

What are the current and developing organizational structures and to what extent will they meet the needs of the future? How can we increase knowledge exchange between the cultural, commercial and social sectors? These and other key issues will form the basis for in-depth discussions, workshops and presentations.

The conference takes place in a creative surrounding and has an informal atmosphere which allows for ample networking opportunities between European cultural professionals.

Next to the conference, The Future Is Not What It Used To Be features a diverse artistic programme in the evenings – one night features the Contemporary Art Tour Amstelveen, and another one a European edition of Totally Melkweg (Helemaal Melkweg).

Who is it for?
The Conference is aimed at people who work within, or have affinity with, the cultural sector. In addition, policy makers will be invited to discuss the future of the cultural sector.
The early-bird admission fee is available until 7 February 2014: € 95,00. Catering is included in the fee.

​​​Engine Room Europe is a three-year programme (April 2011-May 2014) of activities dedicated to independent cultural workers and their creative processes. It is initiated by Trans Europe Halles (TEH) and co-ordinated by Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in association with 10 co-organizing TEH members. Engine Room Europe has been funded with the support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.