Rivers of Opportunities

Seminar in Gdansk, Poland

Rivers of Opportunities - what art can do for public and spaces?
From 13 till 15 of March 2014 the Baltic See Cultural Centre in Gdansk Poland hosted international and local cultural managers interested in developing engagement strategies on waterfronts.


The Seminar in Gdańsk was partially open to the public including presentations, debates and workshops. One of the topics was the case of Young City Gdańsk, which is being developed in post-shipyard area. We discussed the role of cultural events on waterfronts and their impact on the development of the new district as well as the possibility of implementing there participatory planning facilitated by artists.


Chris Torch (Intercult, Sweden): “Arts interventions are being practised all over Europe, often in connection to rivers, harbours and parks. We need to understand how they work, what makes people feel vitalized and engaged. The moment of a cultural experience is most often strengthened by the element of surprise, accessibility and in a context. Our conventional cultural consumption is exclusive and predictable. Re-vitalizing public space and public time is essential to a sense of participation.”


You will find reviews from the Seminar under pictures at the bottom of this site.


Organiser:  River//Cities Platform Foundation

Co-organiser: The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk www.nck.org.pl

Rivers of Opportunities Learning Partnership is supported by the Grundtvig Programme of the European Commission.





The Seminar in Gdańsk was partially open to the public including presentations, debates and workshops. Free admission. »»

AIVP participation in the launch seminar of the "Rivers of Opportunities" project - Gdansk (Poland)

Short text by Denis Davoult Strategic Advisor Urban Affairs AIVP - The worldwide network of port cities »»

Review by Tomas Dahlberg

A personal review by Tomas Dahlberg Creative Communities Independent Cultural planning advisor from Sweden. »»

Reflections by Maria St?lhammar

Among the Swedish representation at the Rivers of Opportunities meeting in Gdansk were members of the Access Europa network run by Intercult. Here comes Maria Stålhammars reflections about the broad social perspective on urban planning presented by our hosts. »»

Reflection of German participants

Ideological and historical conditions must be taken into consideration. Otherwise places such as the Gdansk water front will not be open to audience development (luxury apartments, shopping malls, etc.). This decision usually lies with the government, which declares areas as public spaces, protected by environmental laws, etc., or declares them to be construction areas.

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