Accelerated digital shift during and after the crisis

Event date 05/11/2020 • 13:00  −  05/11/2020 • 14:30
Entry FeeFree of charge

Third online talk (5 Nov.) in a PLAN B series on the cultural policies of European cities in the current crisis and beyond will focus on the process of intensely accelerated digital shift that affected also the cultural and creative sectors.

The debate will host representatives of municipalities and cultural practitioners from different European cities, Coventry, Tartu and Ljubljana, and will be moderated by a renowned international expert on cultural policies and the development of creative cities, Ragnar Siil.

The event will be held in English.


CONVENTRY (UK): Tony Guillan, Digital Curator, Coventry City of Culture Trust
TARTU (EE): Kalle Paas, Communication & PR Manager, Tartu 2024 European Capital of Culture
LJUBLJANA (SI): Simon Kardum, general manager, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture

Moderated by Ragnar Siil, an international cultural policy expert.

Debate outlines: What are the main opportunities this sector can seize, and what are the key challenges of this forced digital shift during the pandemics? What it means for cultural diversity, accessibility, live art, the creative process, the audience? How to turn an increased digital presence for cultural institutions and cultural professionals into sustainable revenue streams? How is this related to investing in infrastructure and new skills of the cultural and creative sectors? What is the role for European cities and governments to support the cultural sectors in these times of major digital shift?

The purpose of this series of online discussions titled A Plan B for the Cultural Policies of European Cities is for representatives of various European cities to exchange their experiences in providing support to artists, cultural creators and organizations during the crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Examples of good practices can serve as a model and a stimulus for European cities at a time when cultural entities must find new ways to operate.

Online REGISTRATION is open until November 5, 12.00 CET HERE.

The event will be held in English.
Further information: Tanja Kos (tanja.kos[at]

The series of online discussions is organized by the City of Ljubljana and the Motovila Institute (CED Slovenia) in cooperation with members of the European network of Creative Europe Desks. Ljubljana is a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2025.

About the guests

Tony Guillan is Digital Curator at Coventry City of Culture Trust, leading the development of immersive and interactive programmes for UK City of Culture 2021. He is interested in the role of new technologies to change how and where we consume and participate in art and culture; previously he led Tate’s flagship digital innovation programme the IK Prize and has forged collaborations between artists, technologists, and communities at national museums including Tate and IWM and on behalf of The Space, Latitude Festival, Liverpool Biennial and the Canal & River Trust. Coventry’s City of Culture year will demonstrate new ways to co-create and share stories, enable mass-participation on and offline, and develop creative approaches to social change in areas such as health, wellbeing, and the environment.

Kalle Paas works as the Communication and PR Manager at the Tartu 2024 Foundation. The Foundation, established by the City of Tartu, is responsible for managing the preparations of the 2024 European Capital of Culture in Tartu and Southern Estonia. The Foundation’s activities include developing Tartu 2024’s cultural programme and financing as well as capacity building, communication and marketing where Kalle is involved.
Kalle has been with the Tartu 2024 cause since three years ago when a three-person core team started preparing the applications for the competition. For the bid books, he was the leading writer of the chapters on communication, marketing, management, budgets and impacts of the ECoC.
Having previously worked in sports management as the CEO of the football club Tartu JK Tammeka, he was part of a digital shift in the sector, as the club carried out the biggest digital crowdfunding campaign in Estonian sports.
In 2015-16 JK Tammeka sold 8000 virtual square metres of its proposed new football stadium and raised 160,000€ in only 71 days to support its construction. Over 3000 community members, Estonian sports fans and even people from elsewhere in Europe used the digital platform created for the campaign to participate and become virtual stadium builders.

Simon Kardum is a cultural policy strategist, critic, producer and feature writer. He graduated in Slovene and philosophy from the Faculty of Arts in 1988. Between 1988 and 1997 he worked as a dramaturg for independent contemporary theatre production. as artistic director (Exodos Festival 1994–1996), lecturer (GILŠ theatre and puppetry school in Ljubljana) and above all as one of the most prominent critics and writers on art, culture and cultural policy in Slovenia. Between 1997 and 2005 he worked at the Ministry of Culture as the advisor of the minister for performing arts, the Head of Department for Art and acting Director-General of the Directorate for Art. He participated in the development of Ministry’s major projects (e.g. Multimedia Centre Network) and strategic programmes (including the Act Regulating the Realisation of the Public Interest in the Field of Culture, 2002; National Programme for Culture, 2004–2007) and served as Secretary of the National Council for Culture. In disagreement with the cultural policy of the Janša cabinet, he resigned in 2005 and worked as a freelance journalist. In 2006 he became head of programme at Cerknica Cultural Centre, in 2008 acting director and from 2009 the director of Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture. He is member of Ljubljana Bid Team in competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025.

Ragnar SiilRagnar Siil is an international cultural policy expert, Founder and Director of Creativity Lab – leading cultural policy and creative industries think tank and consultancy in the Baltic Sea Region. Formerly, he has held positions of Estonian Undersecretary for the Arts, chairman of the European Union expert group on cultural and creative industries, key expert for the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture&Creativity Programme and expert at the European Creative Industries Alliance. Ragnar is a director of board at Cultural Policy Designers Network, he has advised many European cities with becoming European Capitals of Culture and members of UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Ragnar’s doctoral research at Estonian Business School focuses on developing creative cities.


Online discussion moderated by Ragnar Siil


Thursday, 5 November 2020, 13.00–14.30 CET

Online registration

by Thursday, 5 November 2020, 12.00 CET

Plan B series

Plan B #1

First online event titled Integrating a Plan B into Cultural Strategies of European Cities (22nd June 2020) in a series of online discussions on the cultural policies of European cities in the current crisis and beyond has focused on short-term measures and long-term considerations of culture strategies. We have hosted experts and officials from Novi Sad (Vuk Radulović)Lisbon (Alexandra Sabino) and Ljubljana (Mateja Demšič), sharing their insight into various aspects of the position of culture in urban development during and after the crisis. Ragnar Siil, an international cultural policy expert, has moderated the online discussion. Watch video here.


Plan B #2

The second online discussion within the PLAN B cycle, dedicated to the cultural policies of European cities in the context of ongoing crisis, has focused on the relation between culture and space (1 October 2020). We have hosted experts and officials from Kaunas (Ana Kočegarova)Rijeka (Irena Kregar Šegota) and Ljubljana (Nevenka Koprivšek) sharing their thoughts on unpredictable future, when cooperation is vital … also in using (public) space for culture. Ragnar Siil has moderated the online discussion. Watch video here.

The event was part of the IETM Multi-location Plenary Meeting 2020 taking place both online and physical activities from 1 to 2 October in more than twenty different locations in the world. The local Plenary meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, was hosted by Glej Theatre.

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