Take part in a conference about cultural cooperation and the role of the international community in a critically transformed world



Life on Mars 2022 will pose some key questions around cultural cooperation and the role of the international community in a critically transformed world. Four international partners – Liv.in.g., Kultura Nova Foundation, Creative Scotland, On the Move – have been working since the start of the pandemic to create a model to bring professionals together to imagine our future.

In the last two years opposing tensions have emerged such as hyper-connectivity versus localism, international solidarity versus nationalism, international cooperation versus monolithic representation. The Covid 19 virus crisis and new international conflicts reveal that old approaches are no longer fit for purpose. We need to explore new ways of working to build our future together.

Life on Mars 2022 will look at the meaning of international cultural cooperation. It will be a creative lab where participants will question the obstacles of our present and look at possible methodologies to address these.

The so-called new normal must deal with some crucial issues: digital transformation, sustainability, a new idea of welfare. For that reason, Life on Mars will have a cross-sectorial approach. Its participants will co-create new cooperative international adventures. We will experiment with working online and offline. The notion of care will be central: care in our relationships, care towards the environment, care in the processes that we will use.

Life of Mars will put all of these topics at the core of the debate among established and independent artists, cultural professionals and researchers, representatives of different organisations which work co-operatively and collaboratively.

From July 2022 until January 2023, Life on Mars will offer almost five months of online and offline activities in which to exchange, share, debate and to imagine possible futures together.

How to apply?

The entire process will be reserved for no more than 100 participants: artists, cultural operators, cultural managers, public and private cultural organizations and public institutions.

In order to guarantee geodiversity and internal balance of the group, the Partnership will select the participants through an open call, to be published at the end of May.

The activities will be held in English and will require a participation fee of 300,00 for the organization and 250,00 for the individuals (VAT included). No fee is required to enter the application process.

Your fee includes:

  • introduction session with all the participants (September 22, 2 h);
  • webinar curated by Creative Carbon Scotland (September 22, 2h);
  • access to live event in Bologna (13rd – 16th October), comprehensive off: 3 days of Open Space Technology, 3 days of mentoring sessions, 1 workshop on climate justice, 2 keynotes, 2 dialogues, 2 lunches, free visits to cultural venues in the city;
  • 1 individual session of mentoring (November 22 / January 23, 30-40′);
  • 2 collective session on relevant topics, decided by the participants (November 22 / January 23, 1 h each);
  • 1 final online event (January 23, 2 h).

Travel and accommodation for Bologna event are not included in the fee. If you come from Scotland or Croatia, please note that Creative Scotland and Kultura Nova Foundation will provide grants for a selected number of participants (see their specific calls here below).

The call is open and you can apply from this link.

Deadline: 20th July
Communication of results: before 30th July

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