16 October 2014 to 19 October 2014

Working Group "Beyond the numbers"

The tendency to measure the impact of every aspect of public life also affects the sector of arts and culture. To justify spending the taxpayers’ money, we are asked to convince society and policy-makers of the value of our practices by presenting figures and statistics. Should we defend the arts’ case over and over again? Even if we don’t like it, it is in our interests to reflect on the measurable and immeasurable components of culture that go beyond the economic effects.


Papers of the speakers:

Your own space: Seize it. Run it. Sustain it 

Although the broad independent arts scene in Sofia has been developing intensively in the last decade, there are still not enough spaces for rehearsing and presenting productions. The first part of the working group offers you a guided tour to the potential future interdisciplinary arts spaces in Sofia: the heating plant of NDK, the industrial zone “Culture”, Undergara and TramDepo. During this 2-hour tour you will also discover other interesting sites in Sofia, and end up at the Central Bath; a newly created Museum in Sofia, and the location of the official opening of the meeting.


How to exchange in a context of economic inequality? 

Should we let money determine our decisions about whom to cooperate with internationally? Or is our willingness to explore new creative ways strong enough on its own? This meeting group invites you to discuss and brainstorm with your colleagues from different countries and regions about the new possibilities to collaborate in an overall situation of crisis and economic inequalities.



Space for change / Plenary Session

Change is not only about thinking and speaking, but also about acting – reaching out, reconnecting to our body, our neighbourhood, and the environment. Change means reviving the values that we lost and developing the landmarks that we need. Art has a special ability to encourage people to rethink the long standing patterns and behaviours and to look for new strategies and ideas.

Presentation - Henk Oosterling, director of Rotterdam Skill City and lector of Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, (Rotterdam, Netherlands).

Keynote speech: Video

Digital space: Part I - Digital Communication/ Creation/ Collaboration


Ivan Dimitrov: Ideas becoming alive - digital tools and structures

Venelin Shurelov: Mythos & Logos in the digital world

Carine Le Malet: Space for digital arts and collaboration


Digital space: Part 2 - Performing arts and the digital shift

The discussion will follow on conversations previously started in the frame of IETM meetings, which focus on the relation between performing arts and digital technologies. 


Training "What is financial sustainability and how to achieve it?"

Financial sustainability has become something of a buzzword in the NGO and culture sectors, but what does it really mean? In times of instability and transition our failures and best practices prove to be drastically dependent on the economic situation and political climate. To survive we are forced to be creative in convincing decision-makers and funders of the value of our work.  But is it the only way to be sustainable?

Paul Bogen - What is financial sustainability and how to achieve it? 

Training "Performing arts abroad & taxation"

Dick Molenaar provides information for performances abroad. The presentation is about tax rules for performing artists and groups. He explains what the national rules and exceptions in countries are, whether tax treaties between countries can give tax exemptions, how these options can be applied for and how tax credits in the home country can be obtained when foreign tax has been paid. 

Performing arts abroad & taxation - Dr. Dick Molenaar & Dr. Harald Grams

Dr. Dick Molenaar & Dr. Harald Grams Power Point presentation

Training "Performing abroad and social security"

The presentation is about social security rules for performing artists and groups. He explains in which country an artist falls under the social security, where contributions have to be paid, how double payments can be avoided en what forms need to be used to get this right in the official registers. The rules from the EU Directive 883/2004 and its later corrections will be discussed, together with A1 forms and the official addresses in EU countries. 

Performing abroad and social security Dr. Dick Molenaar & Dr. Harald Grams