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Ready to change forum

British Council Slovenia is taking part in ‘Ready to Change’ forum, 2-4 December 2010 in Ljubljana. The event is organised by Bunker institute, in the framework of European project ‘Sostenuto’. Amongst other international speakers, there will be also two prominent guests from Britain: Franco Bianchini and Lucy Neal.

The aim of the forum is to promote culture as a factor for economic regeneration and social innovation in the area of Mediterranean countries. It is meant for individuals active in the areas of arts, culture and civic society, as well as managers, financers and decision makers in government structures, be it on state or local level. The event will explore topics encompassing culture rights, public goods and new criteria of wealth beyond monetary standards. The participants will contribute with their ideas and practices to the joint manifesto.

Franco Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University. From 1992-2007 he was Reader in Cultural Planning and Policy and Course Leader for the MA in European Cultural Planning at De Montfort University in Leicester. He collaborated with Comedia and is author and co-author of many books exploring creativity and urban innovation and regeneration. His current research interests include: the role of culture in urban regeneration (with a particular focus on port cities); cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for innovation in urban policy; the strategies used by different European Capitals of Culture, and the cultural impacts of globalisation in contemporary European cities.

Lucy Neal, independent arts producer and initiator of Tooting as a Transition Town, has a reputation worldwide as an innovative arts practitioner and educator with 30 years’ experience. Her international portfolio includes theatre festival production, social entrepreneurship, community activism, and cultural commentary. She was the co-founder and director of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) from 1981-2005. She is especially interested in participatory and celebratory events and how they act as a catalyst for change.

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