Tuesday 12 March 2019

16:00–18:00 Jukka Perko Avara
Venue: Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen (Muhoksentie 750)

Jazz concert 30min and snack at rural Oulu, Ylikiiminki. Bus transportation is organised from the City Hall (Kirkkokatu 2a) at 16:00. The concert is organised together with Oulu Music Festival.

Faced with the ultimate questions, looking for beauty and truth in music, Avara often ends up finding sceneries that can only be found by getting lost. Still, there is always a deep and sacred core that remains, no matter how wild the interpretation. Courage and humbleness, respect for tradition while searching for something new, scarce and plenty, acoustic and electric. Accepting the strength of these opposite forces, the trio presents listeners with a window looking into something touching and out of ordinary, everyday life.

18:00–19:00 Registration to ECoC conference
Venue: City Hall (Kirkkokatu 2a)

19:00 City of Oulu reception
Venue: City Hall (Kirkkokatu 2a)

Artistic programme: Pirjo Yli-Maunula: La Mer

La Mer is an extract from The Secret Garden that is directed by Pirjo Yli-Maunula and was presented in a dystopical world at the Kempele horticultural college during fall season. Impressive immersive piece focused on environmental questions and took the audience to experience a world that has drowned in plastic waste and is suffering from the consequences of climate change. 


Wednesday 13 March 2019

CONFERENCE DAY 1: Creativity, Leadership, Technology, and Funding
Venue: movie theatre Finnkino (Torikatu 32)

The first day of the conference is organised in co-operation with Polar Bear Pitching. There will be programme in three theatres at the same time. Lunch is served in the lobby at 11:30-13:30. The recommended track for conference participants is:

10:00–11:00 Neil Peterson: Can Culture Change Our City? - The Liverpool Experience: Where Did It All Go Right? (Theatre 2)
Neil  will talk about his experience of delivering and developing European Capital of Culture programmes. The session will show how it can be a vehicle for positive city change in the longer term -both through the bidding process and ECoC delivery. This will be based both on Neil's Liverpool experience and also 10 years of working with both candidates and successful bidders.

11:00–11:45 Panel discussion “ODD like Oulu = Original, Daring, Different” (Theatre 2)
What is the secret of creativity and communality in Oulu?
Moderator: Samu Forsblom. Panelists: Brent Ó Caiside/The Irish Festival of Oulu, Hanna Ikonen/Air Guitar World Championships & Mia Kemppaala/Polar Bear Pitching

12:3013:00 Sylvain Bureau: Art Thinking: A method to create the improbable with certainty (Theatre 1)
Sylvain will explore entrepreneurship from the perspective of an artistic process and gives you tools that will help you design improbable solutions.

13:00–13:45 Risto Kuulasmaa: Media and the World – Where are you going? (Theatre 1)
In his keynote Risto will discuss leadership and media in the future and answer questions such as ”Why do people think it’s hard to lead millenials?” and “How does vlogging and social media transform media?”

14:0015:00 Jukka Perko: Who waves the baton? (Theatre 2)
Jukka Perko and Avara’s interactive workshop, “Who waves the baton?”, offers new perspectives on leadership and creativity within organizations. Modern work life requires a new approach to leadership. The workshop is done in collaboration with Oulu Music Festival.


17:45–20:00 Polar Bear Pitching final
Venue: Oulu Market Square (outside)

Artistic programme: A Social Ecosphere, Marinella Senatore: The School of Narrative Dance and Leonardo Petrucci: Finding the Right Move.
Curated by Mike Watson.
People and nature co-exist. The Social Ecosphere invites two international Artists to Oulu to engage in workshops with local residents that will result in these performances. 

Conference participants will meet at the Toripolliisi (The Bobby at the Market Place) statue at 20:00 and walk together (300m) to Aleksinkulma Community House.


20:00 Dinner
Venue: Aleksinkulma Community House (Aleksanterinkatu 9)


Thursday 14 March 2019

CONFERENCE DAY 2: Delivering ECoC in Practice
Venue: Cultural Centre Valve (Hallituskatu 7)

8:30–9:00 Coffee served

9:00–9:15 Welcoming words
Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Director, Oulu2026

9:15–10:15 Tom Fleming: Purposeful partnerships, collaborative practice and the European Dimension
10:15–10:30 Q&A with Tom
Tom Fleming, Director of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will share his experience in several ECoC bidding processes, what does the European dimension mean in practice?

10:45–11:45 Jelle Burggraaff: The European Dimension: Threat or Opportunity?
11:45–12:00 Q&A with Jelle

Jelle Burggraaff, Head of International Cultural Cooperation at the European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 will talk about the process of making ECoC programme with different kind of local and international partners.

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:00 Matchmaking: find partners for your ECoC projects!

14:00–14:30 Imanol Galdos: Donostia: Can "perfection" be improved?
After 2016, San Sebastian is much stronger and more visible but many challenges are ahead.

14:30–14:45 Coffee served

14:45–15:45 Panel discussion "No Money, No Honey"
Discussion on funding ECoC projects. Moderator: Samu Forsblom.
Panelists: Kari Aalto, Jelle Burggraaff, Leevi Lehtinen, Leena Vuotovesi & Pirjo Yli-Maunula

15:45–16:00 Wrap up and conclusions
Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Director, Oulu2026


19:00 Game Audio Awards and dinner
Venue: Hotel Lasaretti (Kasarmintie 13b).

Game Audio Awards is the biggest awards event for game music and -sounds in Europe!

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