Lectures and debate

Follow the leader?

Groningen, the Netherlands

Lectures and debate | Follow the leader?

What is ‘cultural leadership’? The last couple of years there is a lot of talk about this term, referring not only to the ways museums, concert halls, festivals and theaters are managed, but also to the ways in which culture and the arts could offer alternative forms of leadership now that our political leaders are so often failing us. During this afternoon, we will discuss how the arts could have an actual (social/political) influence: could a festival be a political arena? In what way can artists and curators address social and political issues, mobilize an audience, and approach them as more then mere consumers? Do we even want them to? With o.a. Pascal Gielen (University of Antwerp), Julian Hetzel (theater maker), Mark Yeoman (artistic director Noorderzon).


In collaboration with | Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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