La Concertation is actively engaged in reflection on cultural outreach, its practices and the issues that affect it. Find out about its work here.


Cultural outreach study

La Concertation is actively engaged in reflection on cultural outreach, its practices and the issues that affect it. This work is situated within the dynamic of the Cultural Plan for Brussels developed by the French Community Commission, with a view to applying the Decree on Cultural Centres.
With the help of researchers at the ULB, we intended to highlight the different cultural outreach practices at cultural centres and their links with the specific areas of activity in which they operate.

Now that the study phase is complete, La Concertation presented the first conclusions at a consultation and reflection day organised on 16 December 2014 at Escale du Nord cultural centre in Anderlecht.

The [FR] research report can be downloaded here.


Training

In order to support and formalise greater collaboration between the Brussels Cultural Centres on cultural mediation practices, the Concertation initiated a training course on this notion in 2015.

This training was envisaged as a space for dialogue, with and between the Cultural Centres, where the transmission of content, the emergence of representations and the exchange of experiences are articulated. It aims at a co-construction of knowledge, both theoretical and practical. This is why it has been organised in partnership with Article 27 Brussels, a reference partner on the subject and which, like La Concertation, is developing its networking on a regional scale and using participatory methods.

Led by two cultural mediators from Article 27 and a project and cultural mediation officer from La Concertation, this first training day took place on 15 December 2015.

In connection with the questions and issues raised by the new decree on cultural centres, it was entitled: “Cultural mediation in cultural centres: contemporary injunction or original mission? Everybody’s business? ». Defending the idea that the notion should be considered in a transversal way, the Concertation addressed this day to any interested cultural centre worker (facilitator, project manager, receptionist, programmer, stage manager, administrator, etc.). A total of 20 workers representing 8 Cultural Centres took part in this training course, which also brought together a wide variety of profiles.

This day was very positively experienced by the facilitators and participants who affirmed that having a space dedicated to exchanges between Cultural Centres and the sharing of experiences was a real plus. Similarly, taking part in activities and being set in motion was highly appreciated. On the other hand, defining cultural mediation in a common and concrete way remains an expectation that was partially met: a challenge for the continuation of this training.