By GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens
ENCATC Secretary General and editor of the /encatcSCHOLAR
Further learning about the sustainability of cultural networks
Dear /encatcSCHOLAR readers,
Issue nr. 9 of the /encatcSCHOLAR is part of the legacy of the 25th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy ”Click, Connect and Collaborate! New directions in sustaining cultural networks”. With this new publication, we want to further explore this topic and make a contribution for its study in cultural management and policy classrooms.
Therefore, this issue is devoted to the topic of the sustainability of networks, understood as the common effort to enhance the relationship between cultural projects and sustainability through cooperation. This issue includes two Case Analyses. On the one hand, Olga Kolokythia (University of Vienna) discusses the evolution of the European Opera Centre in relation to the cultural landscape and how networks and synergies have changed its course. On the other hand, Zuzana Timcikova (Slovak Academy of Science) outlines the principles in the management of independent theatres and how they challenge the current cultural and legislative context in the Slovak Republic. Moreover, in the Angles section of the issue, two articles stand out. Nina Loustarinen (Humak University of Applied Sciences) narrates the creation of the Lights on! Project, which attempted to create a joint network of historical tourist attractions in Finland and Estonia. Irma de Jong (Cicerone Music & Art) highlights the importance of understanding intergenerational differences to enhance communication within the arts and music industry. By focusing on the evolution of the Dwie Ole collective, Aleksandra Tatarczuk exemplifies in her Case Analysis the possibility of transforming an unutilized greenery belt into a public neighbourhood garden for collective use. In her article on network governance, Anna Steinkamp (independent consultant) provides a Context on how to make international networks of cultural cooperation more effective and sustainable. Furthermore, in this issue the section Teaching Experience by Rui A. S. Esteves (Portugal) deals with the importance of cybersecurity education for children to protect their privacy and keep their networks safe. Last but not least, an Interview by Ginevra Addis (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) with Lucy Latham (Julie’s Bicycle) will help to understand how cultural networks can favour sustainability given the development of necessary leading skills.
We want to thank all authors for their valuable contribution and cooperation along the editing process.
Enjoy the reading!
ENCATC Secretary General