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Management Challenges in Active Participation in Culture
AMATEO CONFERENCE LJUBLJANA, 10–11 May 2018, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

How to deal with the management of cultural projects is the main topic of this year’s Amateo conference organized for the tenth consecutive year by the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities (Amateo). The program of the conference answers questions that all organizers of cultural events are asking: as creators we are constantly faced with organisational challenges – how to organise a successful and rewarding cultural event?On the 10th anniversary of Amateo we would like to focus on you, cultural organisers, who are doing your best so that artistic achievements can be appropriately presented. The management of cultural projects is multifaceted. The knowledge of leadership, management, promotion and acquisition of resources are challenging tasks, which are often neglected in amateur culture and therefore we are constantly discovering how to deal with those tasks.


Are you organising a concert, exhibition, theatre performance or anniversary of your cultural society?

The Before You Say YES! – Management Challenges in Amateur Culture Conference is for those of you involved in the organisation of cultural events and who would like their creative achievements be acknowledged.


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Before you say YES – program


The program is designed to help you get to know the different traps you to be avoided and the tricks that make it easy for you to work. Above all, you will get acquainted with the key tasks without which any outstanding performance will remain unnoticed. The organisational topic will be led by Réka Bálog, Chief programme manager & international executive of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra in Pécs.

A presentation of numerous successful cultural projects will be held at Glej Theatre, organised by Amateo as Pioneer projects.

After completing the first day’s program, we invite you to join us at the opening of the Week of Amateur Culture, which will be held on 10 May 2018 at 19.00 at the Prešeren Theatre Kranj. On this occasion, the European Amateo Award will be handed out for the first time. The Amateo Award is dedicated to promote innovative cultural projects in amateur culture.

The program of the second day is focused more narrowly. The morning part will provide insight into the strategies of online communication; it will be led by Vuk Ćosić, internet veteran and internationally acclaimed classic of internet art. Author of the communications strategy for Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture, until very recently director of communications, currently working as full range consultant on the project. This will be followed by a presentation of practical examples of successful online communication.

In the final part of the program we will focus on the pressing issues of all cultural organizers, such as: how to obtain funding for a cultural project? How to attract people who are willing to financially support culture and artistic efforts in our midst? MSc. Livija Rojc Štremfelj, Certified Fund Raising Executive, is Master of Non-profit Organizations Management that has been raising funds for several non-profits for the last 20 years. Livija Rojc Štremfelj will highlight the field of obtaining funds for cultural projects.

Participation at the conference is also an opportunity to get to know and share experiences with people from more than 30 organisations in amateur culture from all over Europe.

We invite you to join us on May 10 and 11 2018 at Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana.

As part of the Art Takes Part project, the Amateo Conference is organized by the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities in cooperation with Cankarjev dom and with the support of the Creative Europe program.

The program will be conducted in English, with summaries in Slovene.

The participation fee for the two-day Amateo conference is € 80.00. For participants from Slovenia a half of the fee is covered by the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities. For participants from Croatia a half of the fee is covered by the Croatian Culture Council.


Sign up until 5 May 2018.

More information:
Marjeta Turk, JSKD, +38612410524,
Jan Pirnat, JSKD, +38612410528,