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Toni Gonzalez

Toni Gonzales is an international consultant for arts and culture, design, organizing and advising international cultural projects in the field of contemporary performing arts and cultural policies. He is a member of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), where he was part of the Executive Committee for eight years. He was also vice-president of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural de Catalunya (Catalan Association of Cultural Managers), co-founder and vice-president of the international network of performing arts markets EurAm Bourse and cofounder of Comedia Network, which promotes the dissemination of culturally diverse performing arts in Europe.

He recently worked as communication coordinator of ENICPA, content director of Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca, coordinator of Mov s (Space for International Exchange of Dance and Movement Arts) and curator of the programme International Theatres Management of Red de Teatros Públicos de España. Currently Toni is also in the list of experts of the European Commission Culture Programme.

He was also artistic director of the festival Barcelona Street Arts within the fiestas de La Mercè de Barcelona (from 1998 to 2003), artistic director of the Three Wise Kings Parade of Barcelona (2002 and 2003), project coordinator of NAUMON by la Fura dels Baus (2003-2004) and, for eight years, member of the direction team of the Feria de Teatro de Tàrrega (from 1991 to 1998).

Toni is involved in international cultural policy research and provides best practice advice in managing arts projects and cultural institutions. Most of the reports can be downloaded here. Some of his recent studies are: “Strategic plan for Basque Country performing arts internationalization” (2010), “Theatres in London, Berlin and the Netherlands” (3 handbooks, 2007, 2008, 2009), “Assessment of the dance sector in Catalonia” (2007 and 2009), “The Political and Legal Context of Private Support to the Culture in Canada and Quebec” (2007), “The Arts Councils in Europe” (4 reports: England, Scotland, Finland and the Netherlands – 2008), “The National Trust in England” (2006), “Practices and Models of Support to Contemporary Performing Arts in Europe” (2005), etc.

He has extensively lectured, taught and written on arts management, arts internationalisation and cultural policies at major cultural and artistic events and in professional media. Toni currently teaches arts management and cultural policy at the University of Zaragoza and regularly writes articles in “Entreacte” magazine. His blog Cultura es Política deals with the performing arts community in Spain and Latin America.

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Paolo Petrocelli

Paolo Petrocelli is an arts administrator, musicologist, violinist, researcher, professor and UNESCO Expert in Music (Italian National Commission for UNESCO). He is also founder and president of EMMA for Peace, Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, a non-profit global umbrella organization for music education and cultural diplomacy; a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.

His other positions are: UNESCO Youth Delegate for Italy (2011), President Junior Chamber International Italy (Rome), Leader of the Italian National Network of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, Member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, Member of the Youth Committee of the International Music Council, Member of the Youth Committee of the European Music Council (2008-2010) and Ambassador for the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe, Family member of The Festival One Week. One Europe. Berlin 2012, Board Member of Plain Ink and Powering Education.

Paolo worked in the organization of international music and film festivals such as Tuscan Sun Festival, English Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Accademia delle Crete Senesi, Rome Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival.

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Hannu Saha

Hannu Saha is the arts and culture policy maker as well as a composer and a musician based in Finland. As a researcher, he specialises in research on creativity, its meaning and use in arts, cultural and music policy. As a musician Mr. Saha is known as a master of the Finnish lap harp, or kantele.

Hannu Saha holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and is a docent/senior lecturer at the University of Tampere. Between 2004-2006, Mr. Saha was the Chair of the Arts Council of Finland. He also worked as an Educational Advisor (1980–1985) and Director (1985–2002) of the Folk Music Institute and as the Artistic Director (1997–2002) and Director (2003) of the Folk Arts Centre. Additionally he served as the Professor of Ethno-musicology at the University of Tampere and the Director of the Department of Music Anthropology 2002–2003. Mr. Saha has been a member of various arts councils as well as in numerous trusts in culture and arts.

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Juliana Hodkinson

Juliana Hodkinson is an artist, academic and a policy maker as well as a freelance composer and an arts writer. Her interests lie in the collaborative projects, financing the arts and culture, status of the artist, performing arts and international cultural cooperation. Her expertise as a cultural leader is in linking the dynamics between the individual, volatile, highly particular and often ad-hoc project-based production processes of new artistic work with the systematic and structural responsibilities of arts organisations and funding bodies.

Juliana Hodkinson is presently a board member for the Danish online music journal Seismograf.org, and member of the artistic advisory board to the Australian company Chamber Made Opera. She has formerly chaired the Danish Arts Foundation, and its music panels, and has been on the board of the Danish Composers’ Society.

As a board member, chairman and a panel of the music-section of the Danish Arts Foundation, she has focused on cultural and arts policy, collaborations between public institutions (eg. at state and local level, or between funding and media organisations), the influence of arts education on diversity in the arts world, gender, diversity and equal access, the status of artistic endeavour in public discourse, and appreciating inter-disciplinarity in artistic practices.

Juliana Hodkinson also lectured at Technische Universität Berlin, alongside a productive freelance career in composition for music-theatre and inter-arts contexts.  Her artistic work ranges from chamber music and intimate semi-staged object pieces to large-scale electroacoustic orchestral works, and often involves visual or theatrical elements. Installations, electronic performances, field recordings, samples, text, foley and soundtracks for fashion videos also figure in her recent work. This set of interests has led her to develop collaborative practices spanning ad-hoc freelance and large institutional frameworks.

Her academic research background is in the musical and inter-arts aesthetics and the subject of her PhD thesis is ‘Presenting Absence: constitutive silences in music and sound-art since the mid-20th century’. Since completing her PhD, she has also researched, lectured and published on sound art, music and film/video, and music and the internet.

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Natalija Macura

Natalija Macura is a researcher in the field of cultural policy. She holds a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management Culture from the University of Arts in Belgrade (2011), and a M.A. in Theory of Arts and Media (2005). She is actively involved in cultural policy making on local, regional and international level. She was Cultural Policy Researcher in “European Music Council a Regional Group of International Music Council of UNESCO,” in Bonn, on research project “Structure of the National Music Council,” 2006/2007.

Some relevant research references:

  • “National and international music councils,” Belgrade, 2011, University of Arts in Belgrade
  • “Cultural policy in the field of music,” Belgrade, 2006, Zadužbina Andrejevic
  • “Personnel policy as an instrument of education, cultural and media policy in the field of music”, Belgrade, 2005, University of Arts in Belgrade
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