In the framework of the project Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture (ECOCs) program, Interarts organized the second Academy Camp for Chemnitz 2025 on “Digital approaches to European Capitals of Culture (ECOCs)”.
The rapid acceleration of the adoption of digital practices brought about by Covid-19 has highlighted how digital must be considered as a core part of our work, lives and experiences. This is no different for ECOCs. In this second Academy Camp, we delved into a set of core topics where digital is revolutionising how ECOCs are planned and delivered: in communications, evaluation, artistic programming, project management and building communities. The presence of the ECOC family members Novi Sad 2022, Bad Ischl – Salzkammergut 2024, Oulu 2026, Plovdiv 2019, Matera 2019, Tartu 2024, Veszprém-Balaton 2023, Eleusis 2023 and Esch 2022 in the sessions depict how relevant the delivery teams consider digital approaches in the planning for ECOCs. The learnings to be taken from the Academy Camp will be published in an article on the Capacity Building project website later in 2021.
The 18 hours training program, coordinated by Nicole McNeilly and Interarts in straight cooperation with Chemnitz 2025, has counted with the partaking of more than 90 participants and 15 trainers, namely: Sarah Buser (transmedia storytelling strategies and theater practitioner); Aleks Strzelichowska (on-line marketing, Europeana Foundation); Pau García (Domestic Data Streamers); Matteo Moretti (Sheldon.Studio); Rossella Tarantino (Executive Director, Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation); Prof. Mayerl (Methodenkompetenzzentrum of Chemnitz University of Technology); Steve Manthorp (ADEPT and programmer for Leeds 2023); Christiane Hütter (Future With Play/Invisible Playground); Štěpán Kleníkof (founder and CEO of Brainz Disruptive); Sam Lindley (Director of Programmes at Threshold Studios); Maren Satke and Franziska Steffen (project manager and consultant at Creative Change project / die Berater); Ela Kagel (founder, programme coordinator and digital strategist at SUPERMARKT Berlin) and Calum Bowden (visual artist and founder of Trust community). The sessions were held online from the end of May 2021 until the beginning of October, also with participative encounters between experts, the Chemnitz 2025 delivery team and other ECoCs.