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Creative Europe in a time of austerity


Manchester UK – 9 May 2013

Euclid is pleased to announce a key event on the UK arts and culture calendar for 2013.  It is a time of financial austerity inthe UK and across the rest of Europe.  This unique event will provide arts and cultural organisations with a range of ideas to help them decrease their reliance on public subsidy by offering examples of strategies, examples, collaborative opportunities and alliances.    The event will provide attendees with a suite of possible solutions and opportunities offered to the conference by over 15 speakers over three main sessions, followed by a round table session where delegates can meet in small groups with individual speakers.  Sometimes contradictory, and often controversial, these presentations reflect on practitioner’s own experiences.

Presenters and speakers include Arlene McCarthy, MEP for the North West (and Vice Chair of the European Parliament’s Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee), David Fishel from Positive Solutions consultancy (Australia),Peter Inkei, Director of the Budapest Cultural Observatory, Araf Ahmadali, Department of Art & Culture, City of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Anneke Jansen, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Roy Cremers, Voordekunst (a crowdfunding platform for the arts in the Netherlands), Dimitris Kalavros, and TedX Athens (Greece), Mary McCarthy, National Sculpture Factory (Ireland), and Ott Karulin, Estonian Theatre Agency (Estonia),

UK speakers and presenters will include Dan Eastmond, Firestation Arts (which has just published “Fireworks: Exploding Culture”), Alison Clark-Jenkins, Arts Council England, Jim Beirne, Live Theatre, Newcastle; John Nicholls, Arts Quarter; Mark Robinson, Thinking Practice; Sarah Thelwall, MyCake, Caroline Langabeer, Julie’s Bicycle, Christoph Jankowski, UK Contact Point for the EU Culture Programme, and Keith Hackett, freelance consultant.  The event will be chaired by Geoffrey Brown from Euclid.

The conference will be at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester on 9 May 2013 – 9 May being, of course, Europe Day!   On the previous evening, delegates are invited to attend a reception at the Royal Exchange – and delegates can also purchase a discounted ticket to attend the 8 May evening performance of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, which is being performed at the Royal Exchange at the time.

Registration is from £75.  For arts and cultural organisations, the full price for the conference is £135 – for local authorities, universities, funding bodies, etc., the full price is £195.  There is a £20 early bird discount for bookings on or before 1 April 2013, and a further £40 discount (to 1 April, £30 from 1 April) for Connexus members (see below and at for details).   For those wishing to attend “A Doll’s House”, the cost per ticket is just £12, a substantial discount on the standard full-price ticket.

Bookings now open at  This gives more info on the conference, and a link to the Eventbrite booking form.


Connexus members can share and receive information & news with a specific European and international focus – members can post their news and requests, read the posts of others, receive a weekly Digest of posts in the previous week, download ConDos (reports, factsheets, etc), participate in online Forums, and get discounts to events organised by Euclid and others.   Current specific benefits include the £40 discount for the above conference and a number of ConDos to download – recent ConDo topics include the dire situation of the arts in Hungary; opportunities from crowdfunding; a directory of EU funded projects from strand 1.3.5 of the Culture programme; an analysis of the mismatch in the regional priorities of the UK Heritage Lottery Fund; and a summary of the recent World Cities Culture report.  Connexus membership isfree to people and organisations based in countries outside the EU, US, Canada, Australia and NZ, and we will be actively encouraging new members from across all these countries over the next few months.  Annual Connexus subscription is just £18.  Visit for more info and to subscribe.

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