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    The University of Ulster Cultural Regeneration Project: The role of a university in facilitating a professional, creative dialogue in the cultural field within N. Ireland & our European neighborhood

    A presentation delivered by Nollaig FionghileUU Northern Ireland Centre for European Cooperation Department of Cultural Development

  • A question of vision a response to needCulture & creativity, a dialogueA regeneration model, a network of people, an industry of creative entrepreneurscontributing to nurturing a professional, confident, creative community within our neighbourhood, the EU, and in the context of international affairs?

  • Aims and Objectives

    To create sustainable long-term networks across Europe and within NITo promote cross sectoral and trans-national learning and co-operationTo influence policy making through engagement with the core policy network; andTo identify and share models of good practice for practitioners.

  • Cultural Regeneration ThemesCultural projects emerging 'The Role of Culture in the Regeneration of Cities; Toledo & Cuenca as a Regeneration Model for the City of Derry in Northern Ireland Observing Culture: How an Observatory Might Contribute to a Professional, Confident, and Outward Looking Cultural Environment in the Region? Creative Industries: Innovative Models for Growing the Economy

  • Summary Inputs & Outputs 05Inputs

    2 Study Visits1 Policy Briefing1 Best Practice Colloquia1 Think-tank Group Meeting1Attendance at EU/NI Conferences11 Position Papers*1 Policy Paper*2 Practitioner Papers** Paper numbers to be split between Cultural and Social Regeneration+ 4 Commissioned Works across 2005 and 2006Outputs

    2 Study Visits1 Policy Briefing1 Best Practice Colloquia1 Think-tank Meeting3 Conference Attendances8 Position Papers2 Policy Papers1 Practitioner Paper

  • Summary Inputs & Outputs 06+ 5 Commissioned Works across 2005 and 2006Outputs2 Study Visits1 Policy Briefing1 Best Practice Colloquia1 NI Conference 3-day event1 Think-tank Group Meeting3 Conference Attendances8 Position Papers2 Policy Papers2 Practitioner Papers

    Inputs2 Study Visits1 Policy Briefing1 Best Practice Colloquia1 NI Conference1 Think Tank Meeting1 Conference Attendance12 Position Papers*1 Policy Paper*2 Practitioner Papers*

  • Geographical RepresentationNetworked partners from over 14 countries covering broad range of N-S-E European countriesEaster Europe including Hungary, Croatia, LatviaN. Europe including Nordic Countries, Iceland, Germany, Austria, S. Europe including Spain, Italy, W. Europe, including France, Belgium, Ireland, International access through NICEC seminars and conference fora

  • Impacts - SummaryParticipants total over 900 policymakers, practitioners and researchers from a range of 14 countries in Europe through 33 activities. NICEC culture project has been featured in the print and web based media, and has published over 31 reports. 5 Commissioned works carried out to support sustainability of the project work.

  • Impacts, The modelTo harness the energy & resources of the cultural sector A Catalyst for Co-operation?

    Foster a greater understanding of the different facets of cultural activities Think Tank?

    Seek solutions for contemporary challenges Standard Setter?

  • Impacts - The processThemes: The creative city & urban development, public policy, the knowledge economy, Range: local, national & European, practical, conceptual,Fora: political, policy, practitioner, debate-driven, solutions-driven, pragmatic,Outputs: networking / exchange of ideas & practice/ models of best practice / information dissemination / research, developing initiatives, raising awareness, frameworks for co-operation

  • Impacts The feedback

    By year three, cultural programme events over subscribed to triple the required figuresEvaluations recorded highly complimentary comments such as This was a unique and well-planned fact-finding delegation with some excellent presentations and worthwhile meetings rich content, useful exchange of experience, dialogue spanning the broad range of cultural and creative industries. N. L.Representation from wide variety of lead agencies in cultural, arts sector, political representatives, practitioners from influential organisations in the region.

  • Themed Interventions

    N. Ireland senior sectoral representatives meet with CI experts, Turku Science Park, Finland, June 2006

    Creative Industries: Innovative Models for Growing the EconomyThe Geographical Network:Austria, IcelandFinland, UK

  • Animation Studio LazyTown, Marketing Director from Iceland, CI Policy Specialist from departure in Austria share a panel with NI DCAL & NESTA leading representativesCreative IndustriesSuite of EventsEU conferenceSeminarsPeer to PeerStrategic Planning

    Belfast 2006

    Representation from Lead Agencies

  • Delegate Profiles

    disseminated invitations directly to over 1875 contacts 50 creative industry contactsarts officers from 49 councils118 contact data base of academic professionals, 27 social enterprise officers30 arts managers in N. Ireland NESTA database of 97 creative industry contacts Belfast City Council database of over 1000 contacts.

  • Observing Culture: How an Observatory Might Contribute to a Professional, Confident, and Outward Looking Cultural Environment in the Region?Themed Interventions IIThemes

  • Themes

    'The Role of Culture in the Regeneration of Cities; Toledo & Cuenca, Regeneration Models for the City of Derry, N. Ireland

  • The field of influenceInterface & proactive profilingInfluencing policy & pragmatic outputDemonstrating models of good practisePragmatic, tangible ambitionsClearly definable outputs

  • From priorities to outputsTheme based prioritiesCultural regeneration & the creative cityPublic policy & decision making, Creative Industries & models for interventionProcess priorities Promote best practice, transmission of learning, collaborative actions

  • Adherence to Peace II Horizontal Principles: Key ExamplesBottom Up Approach/Local Decision-makingEquity and Balance/Equal OpportunitiesNew Targeting Social Need/Impact on PovertyEconomic and Social Sustainability

  • Sustainability Project DevelopmentsUU/NICEC involvement in the development of an application process for Heritage Status for Derry in 2006. University of Ulster Cultural Development Department (UUCD) to facilitate the ongoing development of a cultural observatory in Northern Ireland. The UUCD / NICEC 2006 programme as a timely intervention to progress the debate addressing the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

  • Sustainability - NetworksNetworks : EFAH, Heritur, European Cultural Foundation, AVECPartnerships: EUCLID, Creative Clusters, Toledo Foundation, Budapest Observatory..Multi-agency approachesPolicy Development: DCAL, ACNI, DETI, INVEST NI, NESTA, Noribic, DCC, Arts & Business NI, CAF,

  • The core questionsHow does culture/arts/creativity/ heritage sectors engage with development/ business/ corporate / political leadership?How connected are we to understanding the potential of our place, our people?How do we communicate?

    Abstract: how a university can contribute to current policy debate in the cultural sector and specifically how best to professionalize and extend itThe UUCD NICEC cultural regeneration project is part of a larger programme within the Faculty of Arts addressing cultural heritages and the cultural and creative industries. The models, the activities, the learning and the outcomes of this project are presented as a mechanism for development and the potential role that a university can play in the regeneration of a region. The initiative also demonstrates the universitys particular contribution and approach to the dissemination and development of culture, by its promotion of cultural reflection, research, experimentation, creation and innovation. The Culture Regeneration project of the Northern Ireland Centre for European Co-operation (NICEC) is based at the Cultural Development Department (UUCD) at the University of Ulsters Magee campus. Under measure 4.1 of the EU Peace II programme, UUCD/NICEC has carried out an intensive programme of events from 2004-2006 under the theme Shared Learning from the local to the Global and Back Again. This project was to engage a wide representation of arts and cultural sectoral experts by hosting policy briefings, study visits, specialist sectoral focused seminars, funding briefings, networking, think-tank meetings and conference events. Through our activity lines, we have worked closely with high level sectoral representatives, political representatives, policy makers, senior arts and creative industry experts and practitioners from Europe and N. Ireland. The project has facilitated opportunities for multi-agency cooperation, it has led to the formation of new joint initiatives that will develop after the life of the project, it has made a significant contribution towards highlighting regional issues and development needs and we hope it has also contributed in part to indicating potential points of resolution. During the course of the NICEC project, discussions with participants explored the degree to which this activity was adding value over and above existing provision. It has been acknowledged throughout the process as it had also been recorded in the PWC Review that no other organisations were fulfilling the role of the NICEC cultural regeneration programme in Northern Ireland. There is a dearth of information on good practice with respect to cultural regeneration. This factor has resulted in

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