interfaces conference

Contemporary culture is shaped through discussions, encounters, exchanges. Four years after its official launch, the interfaces program culminates in an international conference that brings together creative Europe in its entirety.

The Interfaces Final Conference “Cultural synergies, creativity & innovation” is a two-day international event that explores how cultural synergies could contribute to innovation and creativity in the field of Culture.

The conference will bring together representatives from projects funded by Creative Europe program, cultural practitioners and policymakers to discuss, re-think and re-use strategies on strengthening audience development as a means of improving access to European cultural and creative works, promoting the transnational mobility of artists and professionals and fostering capacity building through innovative approaches to creation, management and marketing for the cultural sectors.

The Conference includes insights, perspectives and tools developed during the Interfaces project and connects these with other initiatives, projects and collaborations in Europe and beyond.

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DAY 1: 5/03/20
17.00-18.00_Arrival & Registration

18.00-19.00_Official Welcome
Christos Carras, Executive Director and Music Program Curator, Onassis Stegi, (GR)

19.00-20.00_ “European collaboration as a means to further explore the possibilities of arts and science interactions”
Paul Dujardin, CEO and Artistic Director, Center for Fine Arts Brussels (BE)

20.00-20.30_ Interfaces – Under the spotlight
Christos Carras, Executive Director and Music Program Curator, Onassis Stegi, (GR)
Dora Vougiouka, EU Networks & Outreach Coordinator, Onassis Stegi (GR)

20.30-21.00_ Documentary Screening: “Interfaces – A Network of Sonic Arts”


DAY 2: 6/03/20
09.00-10.00_Networking Breakfast

10.00-11.00_ “European Networks as Cultural Entrepreneurs in the Public Realm”
Dr. Milena Dragićević Šešić, Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation,Professor of Cultural Policy & Management at University of Arts, Belgrade (RS)

11.00-12.00_panel discussion 1: Inclusion, Diversity, Access, and Equity in the Arts and Culture Sector.
Moderated by Prof. Dr. Leigh Landy, Director –Music, Technology and Innovation-Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2), De Montfort University Leicester (UK)
>Ana Fabíola Maurício, Project Manager 4Cs, Faculdade de Ciências Humanas-Universidade Católica Portuguesa | FCH-UCP (PT), EU Project: 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture
>Ben Evans, Head of Arts & Disability, European Union Region, British Council (UK), EU Project: Europe Beyond Access
>Esther Ursem, General Director, MUSICA (BE), EU Project: Sounds Now
>Wouter Van Looy, Artistic Director, Zonzo Compagnie (BE), EU Project: Big Bang Festival- Adventurous Music Festival for Young Audiences

12.00-12.30_ Coffee Break

12.30-13.30_panel discussion 2: “Art, Space and the Public Sphere”.
Moderated by Julia Eckhardt, musician / curator & Artistic Director, Q-O2 (BE)
>Laëtitia Manach, Project Director of EU Project: Future DiverCities
>Luca Ricci, Artistic Director, Associazione Culturale CapoTrave / Kilowatt (IT) EU Project: Be SpectACTive!
>Nadia Aguir, Head of European and International Relations - IN SITU General manager, Lieux publics - National centre for artistic creation in public space (FR), EU Project: IN SITU- European platform for artistic creation in public space

13.30-14.30_LUNCH BREAK

14.30-15.30_“How to bring contemporary music to new audiences”- Sharing insights and good practices from the Interfaces project.
Moderated by: Christos Carras, Executive Director and Music Program Curator, Onassis Stegi (EL)

15.30-16.00_Creative Europe


16.30-17.30_panel discussion 3: “Networking, Cooperation & Professionalization in the Culture Sector”
Moderated by Evis Sammoutis, Assistant Professor of Composition at Ithaca College, NY and Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Pharos Arts Foundation International Contemporary Music Festival (CY)
>Anne Becker, European Project Coordination, IRCAM (FR), EU Project: ULYSSES NETWORK
>Cécile Moroux, We are Europe project manager, Arty Farty (FR), EU Project: WE ARE EUROPE
>Michaela Buriánková, Executive Director PQ, Arts and Theatre Institute / Prague Quadrennial (CZ), EU Project: EMERGENCE- From shared experience to new creativity. Living Heritage/Reframing Memory
>Milica Ilic, RESHAPE Coordinator and International Adviser, Onda- Office national de diffusion artistique (FR) EU Project: RESHAPE-Reflect, Share, Practice, Experiment

17.30-18.30_panel discussion 4: “Arts, Innovation & Digital Media”
Moderated by Andrew Gerszo, European Projects Manager, IRCAM (FR)
>Christophe De Jaeger, Programme Manager BOZAR Art & Research, Founder of GLUON (BE), EU Project: Studiotopia
>Ludger Brümmer, Head of the Hertz-Lab, ZKM | Karlsruhe, Center for Art and Media (DE)
>Moritz Lobeck, Programme Director of Music and Media, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (DE), EU Project: Moving Borders
>Veronika Liebl, Director of European Cooperation, Organisation and Finance at the Festival/Prix/Exhibitions department of Ars Electronica (AT), EU Project: European ARTificial Intelligence Lab

18.30-19.30_Closing Note, Q&A


5-6 March 2020
Athens, Greece

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Free Admission


The conference will be held in English with free simultaneous translation into Greek and simultaneous interpretation into Greek Sign Language.



organised by:
Onassis Stegi