IETM Vilnius Plenary Meeting 2009
The IETM Autumn Plenary Meeting in Vilnius October 8-11 2009 put a new point on IETM meetings map. East was the direction. East, which became very sexy two decades ago, right after the Berlin Wall came down. East, which started losing its glamour as the iron curtain sank into history.
The meeting in Vilnius dealt with Eastern promises on one hand and Western expectations on the other. It explored new colonisation of all sorts, going from the East to the West and vice versa; and the territories culture and art have colonised in our own societies.
The meeting took place at Menu spaustuve (Arts Printing House), a performing arts centre and creative industries harbour, which “colonised” an abandoned printing house back in 2000.
And, yes, last but not least, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture that year.