European Network of Cultural Centres > 2020 Training / Staff Exchange Programme (Italy)

Applications are now open for the 2020 Bridge between European Cultural Centres scheme (BECC), the ENCC’s flagship capacity building programme for young culture professionals. BECC combines training, a staff exchange, and mentoring, and is open to ENCC members as well as non-members. This year they will take 12 selected participants to Turin, Italy in March 2020 for a four-day kick-off seminar in preparation for staff exchanges of a week or more in another cultural organisation in Europe (or beyond).

The topic of BECC 2020 is ‘Working with Hyperdiverse Audiences: Needs, Challenges and Opportunities’. It's targeted at young professionals, from cultural centres and other organisations, working with communities gathering many different nationalities, languages, cultures, age groups, gender settings, and social-economic backgrounds.

Some questions the programme will attempt to address: What kind of cultural centre is needed for hyperdiverse communities today? How can organisations empower active participation of the different members of their community? How to contribute to building societies that are more open and democratic? How to react to the dynamics of change? How to build and manage teams working inside these community centres?

The four-day seminar will include experiential learning, self-directed learning, study visits, discussions, group and individual work, theory vs. practice, and democratic moderation. The programme is designed by ENCC in collaboration with trainers Dagna Gmitrowicz (artist, trainer and coach, PO-DE) and Matteo Negrin (author, musician and cultural manager, IT).

The seven-day staff exchange will be an opportunity to put the training into practice and get further perspectives.

Applications are sought from junior professionals under 35, working in a cultural centre or another type of cultural organisation inside or outside the European Union. You must be involved in decision-making about your organisation’s programme, and have at least one year of experience working with a diverse community. You should also be strongly motivated to develop new models of local cooperation and community development, and be fluent in English.

BECC overs the costs of travel (up to 250€), as well as accommodation, meals and training for the kick-off seminar. They also contribute to each participant's exchange with an 800€ grant. Non-members pay a small registration fee if they are selected.

Deadline: 31 December 2019

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