Creative workshop sought links between New European Bauhaus and culture


2021 05 03


In late April, a creative workshop was held in which representatives of different cultural fields, culture practicians, policymakers and researchers sought links between the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative and the culture sector in Lithuania.

The participants examined the cultural fields that could contribute the most to the NEB’s goals and the best ways that could be done. During the interactive discussion, the most suitable intervention areas were identified, as well as possible solutions of the cultural sector’s challenges, the obstacles for the culture sector to be involved in the NEB as well as the methods to ensure as wide participation of cultural fields as possible. In separate working sessions, the participants not only shared the already existing cultural initiatives and practices that contribute to the implementation of the NEB priorities, but also developed new ones.

The identified most suitable intervention areas to which the cultural sector can contribute, or which it can create, were cultural education, research of locations, social inclusion and joint decision-making, art in public spaces, urban gardening, mobility of cultural services and products; conversion of post-industrial spaces, local tourist routes, adaptation and activation of heritage through communities, links between research and art; co-creation spaces, placemaking, initiatives for small towns as the future of the European Union, smart village development, familiarization with the living environment, links between art residences and local communities.

The NEB can also contribute to the solving of local cultural challenges. The main ones include diversification of funding sources, accessibility of culture, sustainability of initiatives, preservation of heritage, post-pandemic recovery of the cultural sector, cultural entrepreneurship, development of audiences.

During the event, the main obstacles were also identified that may impede the cultural sector’s involvement in the NEB. First, the bureaucratic mechanisms were specified, as well as segmentation of culture into sectors, isolated initiatives, shortage of artists capable of working with communities and lack of “green” skills, awareness and cooperation between science and art.

The creative workshop discussed the integration of the NEB and the cultural field, highlighting the horizontality of culture and its potential to combine different areas. The fields that are most relevant to the achievement of the NEB’s goals were identified: design of senses, urbanistics, community arts, memory institutions, joint creative work and storytelling, architecture, cultural heritage, food culture, and interdisciplinary art.

The European Commission has announced a call for applications for the NEB prizes.

More information about the competition and the NEB initiative