Beyond the Obvious (BtO) creates a space to rethink culture, to explore its borders and edges and aims to move beyond those conventional assumptions, beliefs and practices that impede the contribution of culture to social and economic regeneration at a local, national, and European level.
Organised by Culture Action Europe, the 2019 edition of Beyond the Obvious focuses on "Culture Crops: cultural practices in non-urban territories". It will explore three main strands: how cultural work in peripheral territories take place and how it is organised; discrepancies between urban visions of the rural and rural today; and blurred borderlines of the rural. "Culture Crops" will be a conference on the road, with various thematic itineraries proposed to the participants in order to experience the diversity of models of practice present in the region. These visits include facilitated debate and exchange between similar practices from other parts of Europe and offers an opportunity for learning and peer-to-peer exchange. The conference will also feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, capacity building workshops, and a project agora.
The agora is an informal forum that showcases local and European projects acting within the non-urban territories. The aim of the agora is to bring different perspectives from arts, heritage, agriculture, research, politics, activism etc., mix initiatives from Switzerland and Germany with similar projects coming from all over Europe and to create an open space for networking.
Call for papers: 22 July 2019 for project proposals for the agora
Price: 177 EUR (Non-member registration fee); 106 (Culture Action Europe Member fee); 74 EUR (Student and under 30 registration fee)