Looking back on DutchCulture on Tour: Edition Limburg
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On Wednesday, 17 May in Maastricht, Studio Europa Maastricht and DutchCulture brought together a diverse group of creatives from various cities in Limburg to explore both national and international opportunities for creative professionals and entrepreneurs, cultural institutions and policy officers. DutchCulture on Tour: Edition Limburg offered an inspiring afternoon full of informative presentations, personal advice and valuable networking opportunities.
The first part of the afternoon was dominated by informative presentations from experts in front of a full house at the Jan van Eyck Academy. Among others, CreativeEurope Desk NL, Overbruggen and DutchCulture itself shared insights on international cultural cooperation, residencies and available subsidies. In addition, The Artist and the Others presented how they support young artists in their careers in the cultural field, and the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (CERV) shared information about funding opportunities within their European programme. These presentations provided participants with valuable knowledge to kick-start their projects and further develop their careers in the cultural sector.
Besides the informative presentations, DutchCulture on Tour: Edition Limburg was all about connecting. During a lively panel discussion moderated by Studio Europa, Wouter Huis, artist and director of Greylight Projects; Raenys Martis, curator and initiator of the murals in Heerlen; and artist Sanne Vaassen shared their experiences in applying for grants, their insights on working as an artist from the Limburg Euregion and the importance of networking, not only within the creative sector but also at the level of governmental organisations. A valuable exchange of ideas and perspectives with the audience followed.
During the panel discussion, as many as 40 personal talks between artists and cultural entrepreneurs took place. During these talks, participants received personal advice and guidance on how to further develop and realise their ideas. It was a unique opportunity to take concrete steps and make valuable connections.
Policy meeting and networking drinks
The afternoon also included a roundtable discussion between Studio Europa Maastricht, DutchCulture and policymakers from the Province of Limburg, the Municipality of Maastricht and Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg. This provided a platform to discuss key issues and challenges in the cultural sector. During the meeting, feedback that was collected from Limburg creatives during an inspiration session on 12 April was also shared. One of the things mentioned during that inspiration session was that creatives in Limburg would like to meet more of their peers. Luckily there was plenty of opportunity for this during the networking drinks.
Were you unable to attend the event, but are you interested in learning more about international cultural policy, grant opportunities or artist-in-residence programmes? Go to www.dutchculture.nl (or click on the links below – some are only available in Dutch) and schedule a consultation with one of the advisers.