Art-house Cinema Management Event Lebanon March 2014

Siân Prime spoke to managers of independent cinemas from across the Middle East at the first specialised workshop for arthouse cinema management and programming in the Arab world.
Organised by The Network of Arab Arthouse Screens (NAAS) and Metropolis Cinema Association, in collaboration with ArteEast, Siân was the first speaker, opening the 5-day workshop, She spoke about the complexities of developing a business and management model as well as developing a financial model for cinemas in the region. Participants attended sessions, case studies, and panel discussions by experts in the field, as well as shared experiences and participated in discussions focusing on:
  • Creative film programming
  • Strategies for audience development
  • The business of distribution
  • Successful management of an arthouse cinema
  • Common issues facing arthouse cinemas in the region
    The event developed a strong network of programmers of the region, encouraging opportunities for collaboration, peer to peer support and allowing for new programming and audience development initiatives to be creatd. The workshop had 20 participants from the Arab world including : Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, U.A.E and Lebanon.
    The project is supported by Hubert Bals Fund, FSP “Consolidation et développement de la francophonie au Liban” and the British Council, and NAAS is incubated by ArteEast and supported by the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.

ICCE OPEN LECTURE Influence and Attraction: A Debate on Soft Power – John Holden, Associate at think-thank Demos


Wednesday, 27 November, 2pm-4pm, LG02 NAB


Influence and Attraction: A Debate on Soft Power

John Holden, Associate at think-thank Demos

John Holden presents the key findings of his report Influence and Attraction: Culture and the Race for Soft Power in the 21st Century 

In his own words:

“Cultural contact between nations used to involve high art and elite meetings: Harold Macmillan visiting the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow with Khrushchev in 1959 is a paradigmatic example. But in the 21st century both culture and communication have become democratised.  Cheap flights, 24 hour news, migration and the internet have combined to create a world of mass peer-to-peer communication; and the content of much of that communication is cultural. Culture – the means we use to express ourselves through art, film, music, dance, literature and so on – provides a bridge between people.

This has huge economic and social consequences that are discussed in the report. It also has political implications, because what happens in the cultural arena increasingly affects what politicians can do: cultural misunderstandings create political problems, while an ‘attractive’ culture gives nations a licence to operate, and a chance of being persuasive.

International relations is a rapidly developing field, with new players like cities and the private sector taking a role. It is also one where Western governments are decreasing spending – and hence ceding influence. By contrast, developing nations, and particularly the BRICS, see culture as an area where they need to be more active.

Hu Jintao greeted 2012 with these words: ‘The overall strength of Chinese culture and its international influence is not commensurate with China’s international status…The international culture of the West is strong while we are weak.”

Things are starting to change: K-pop is big in Peru, Brazil will host the next Olympics, and China has opened Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in 104 countries in the last seven years.

But the growth nations of the east and south will be making a big mistake if they think cultural relations are all about power and projection. The countries that ‘win’ this race for soft power will be those whose citizens are culturally, as well as intellectually and emotionally, intelligent. Nations need to spend as much time and effort learning about other cultures as they do on telling the world about their own cultures if they are to flourish in the next century.”

You can download the report here:

Interesting debate related with this report:

Follow the UK’s Parliament committee’s discussions on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence:

Risk, scale and investment in the creative economy

Goldsmiths, University of London

The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) will present two key speakers on ‘Risk’.  Patrick McKenna, CEO of Ingenious Media , a leading entrepreneur and investor in the creative industries, and Baroness Morris of Yardley, holder of  several government offices in education, culture and the creative industries including those of Secretary of State for Education and Skills and Minister of State for Arts at the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Patrick McKenna

Risk, scale and investment in the creative economy


Estelle Morris

Can government ever be a reliable partner in risk based industries?

This event will also mark the launch of the Patrick McKenna and Ingenious Scholarships at Goldsmiths.

Date: 23rd October 2013, Goldsmiths University of London, NAB LGO1.

6:00 – 7:30pm, followed by a post talk reception.

Mail: Libby Tuson   to reserve a place

Patrick McKenna is the chair of the ICCE/IMS external advisory board.

Estelle Morris is chair of Goldsmiths Council.

Past is Prologue: Creating Art form a Living Archive 2

Past is Prologue: Creating Art form a Living Archive    2



On Wednesday 18th September, ICCE and the Library at Goldsmiths hosted a one day symposium exploring new directions in the ways artists are working with archives towards the creation of new work across diverse media. The event, co-organized with engage and the London International Festival of Theatre, both of whom house their own archives at Goldsmiths, was chaired by Ruth Mackenzie and Caoimhe McAvinchey. Over presentations from Siobhan Davies, Tim Etchells, Richard Wentworth, Nayia Yiakoumaki, Barby Asante and Sue Mayo, as well as breakouts from Eileen Hogan, X Marks the Spot and Rachael Castell of Digital Theatre, delegates from a range of institutions and creative practices delved into myriad observations, cases, questions and theories of this ‘archival impulse’ and its significance to the present moment in art and creative culture.

Mollie  Cashwell  – conference administrator

Past is Prologue : Creating Art form a Living Archive’ on 18 September at Goldsmiths, University of London was a really inspiring event. Artists, curators and academics described working with archives through film, dance, music and the visual arts. Many of the projects involved artists and people working with archives, such as Barby Asante’s work exploring black music particularly with older people in London, and Eileen Hogan’s work with young people and the Baring Archive. The audience included archivists, artists, curators and education colleagues working in galleries and museums. Judging by their questions, the event gave them the opportunity to gather all sorts of ideas for fresh ways of working with archives and historical collections. The seminar also included interesting tours of some of the collections at Goldsmiths Library including the London International Festival of Theatre’s Living Archive and the engage Resource.

At engage, we are delighted that material about gallery education practice in the UK and internationally from the 1970’s onwards will soon be accessible at Goldsmiths Library.

Jane Sillis  Director      engage

The Past is Prologue was a really invigorating day profiling really exciting ways that artists have worked with archives. Though there were many artists presenting about their exciting work with archives it was also particularly interesting to hear the perspective of the archive curator from Whitechapel Gallery about their work.

Erica Campagne Participation Producer at  London International Festival of Theatre

Youth Entrepreneurship in Japan and the UK: New hope for ‘desperate societies’?

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation


Dr Tuukka Toivonen  of ICCE at Goldsmiths, University of London will chair the following event

Seminar details:

17 October 2013

6:00 – 8:00pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:00pm

13/ 14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NE1 4QP

Youth Entrepreneurship in Japan and the UK: New hope for ‘desperate societies’?

Amid gloomy news about deepening youth unemployment and increasingly precarious labour conditions, entrepreneurship has been highlighted as an alternative career path for today’s young adults in both Japan and the United Kingdom. There seems to be a general consensus — or at least a widely shared hope — that more entrepreneurial activity by the young will lead not only to more jobs and greater opportunity, but also to more economic growth. Social entrepreneurship and innovation are also increasingly cited in high-profile books and proposals that consider ways to enhance national dynamism and well-being.

Puzzlingly little, however, is known about the ways in which young people get involved in entrepreneurship in practice, and few policy-makers or academics appear to understand how such involvement could be effectively supported via public policy, educational institutions or intermediaries. In order to address these conundrums, this session brings together two leading researchers of youth entrepreneurship in Japan and the United Kingdom. They will critically contrast the images of youth and entrepreneurship that prevail in these two societies with observed realities and practices, challenging us to reconsider the key structures, meanings and conditions that mediate young people’s involvement in entrepreneurship. Can youth entrepreneurship truly serve as a source of hope and vitality for our affluent but ‘desperate’ modern societies? Or are we mistaken to place high expectations on young entrepreneurs without supporting their activity at a level commensurate with these expectations.

About the contributors

Noritoshi Furuichi

Noritoshi Furuichi is Japan’s leading young public sociologist. His controversial second book, The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country (Kodansha, 2011, see here for an overview in English) attracted great attention in academia and the general media by arguing that young Japanese adults in fact enjoy high levels of life satisfaction even as they struggle with challenges such as rising unemployment and disparities in social security benefits between the young and older generations. This argument posed a challenge to the prevailing youth discourse in Japan that portrayed young adults as an unfortunate, disappointed generation with few opportunities, calling for a more reflective debate on youth and related public policies. Since the publication of this volume, Furuichi has appeared frequently on national TV, as well as in the national and international press (recently in the Financial Times). He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo, writing a thesis that sheds light on the sociological factors that regulate youth entrepreneurship in the Japanese context. His two most recent books are Bokutachi no Zento (2012), an ethnographic reportage on selected young entrepreneurs, and Daremo Sensou wo Oshietekurenakatta (2013), a critical exploration of the relationship between war education and young people.

External links:

Shiv Malik

Shiv Malik is a journalist who writes on political issues affecting young people, and co-wrote the bestselling book, Jilted Generation: How Britain Bankrupted Its Youth with Ed Howker. He started his career as a reporter after winning a bursary from the Guardian’s Scott Trust and obtained an MA in Journalism at the University of Sheffield in 2003. In 2008, he was involved in a landmark court battle with the Greater Manchester police to protect his sources on terrorism and was also selected as the Evening Standard’s most influential Londoners of that year. He is also co-founder of the think tank, theIntergenerational Foundation which seeks to find solutions to economic imbalances between those of different age groups in society. In 2012, he was assistant editor of a collection of essays on intergenerational justice, Regeneration. He currently works for the Guardian as an investigative journalist and is a regular contributor on UK media on economic issues affecting young people.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller is Senior Researcher at UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, with a decade of research and policy experience, much of which has been focused on improving outcomes for young people. UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. Stephen manages and delivers substantial research and evaluation projects from conception through to completion, and is currently overseeing the evaluation of UnLtd’s work to promote and support social entrepreneurship amongst 11-21 year olds in the UK. At this seminar, Stephen will share what he has learned from the past four years of UnLtd’s work in this area, looking at how it and other organisations are supporting youth social entrepreneurship in practice, the challenges encountered and the likely road ahead.

Dr Tuukka Toivonen (Chair)

Dr Tuukka Toivonen directs the new MA course in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, while serving as a research fellow at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford. His PhD research at the University of Oxford investigated how the state and entrepreneurial youth supporters strive to “activate” jobless young people in the Japanese context, leading to the publication in 2013 of Japan’s Emerging Youth Policy: Getting Young Adults Back to Work. He is currently writing papers about so-called “social innovation communities” that demonstrate the collective, collaborative nature of much of social entrepreneurship in today’s networked cosmopolitan cities.

Cred-Ability Developing accredited training programmes for delivering arts in prisons


Developing accredited training programmes for delivering arts in prisons

by Hannah Hull

On 4th July 2013 ICCE hosted a development event for this research-led project. Arts practitioners were invited to test module exercises and offer critical feedback to the current structure of the course. ICCE provided the perfect environment and context for this project, which shares ICCE’s aims of embedding itself into a social context in a functional but highly innovative way. I am developing a Critical Thinking module for this programme, a core module that underpins the project and provides knowledge transfer from ICCE to our European partners.

The CredAbility project is a European collaboration to develop training for artists that want to work in prisons. Five key organisations from Ireland, England, Lithuania, Latvia and Germany are contributing both their specialist knowledge and their cultural situation to the project, enabling the development of a comprehensive course that addresses the strengths and weaknesses of prison arts across Europe.

From the basic needs of obtaining funding and developing demand, through to critical thinking and innovation theory, the final course aims to treat theory and practice with equal weight. By embracing both the traditional and radical potential of this type of activity, the course will not only offer practical skills to learners, but also challenge their preconceptions about purpose of prisons, the notion of crime, and of prisoners themselves.

This ‘total’ approach means the course will benefit existing prison arts practitioners as well as new recruits, offering a space in which to redefine and challenge their own – and society’s – approach to prison arts.

 The often abstract and unconventional content, the scale of the collaboration, the diversity of languages (both academic and geographic) and the attempt to push the boundaries of its own context has made the development of a legitimate course structure a complex challenge for The College of Teachers. The ultimate aim, however, is to produce a learning offer and experience that is as appealing and clear to navigate for potential candidates, and organisations who want to offer the course to their catchment.




Further information:

Think Critical by Hannah Hull

An article for ArtsProfessional

“Working in prisons and other challenging environments is, well, challenging. Hannah Hull argues for the importance of thinking critically about what you are doing and why.”  


Main website

“Developing accredited training programmes for delivering arts in prisons”

Past is Prologue: Creating Art from a Living Archive

Past is Prologue: Creating Art from a Living Archive

 On 18 September 2013 ICCE, in partnership with engage and the London International Festival of Theatre, will host Past is Prologue, a public seminar exploring the ways in which artists re-animate archived materials, including the LIFT archives and engage’s collection of gallery education materials, which are housed at Goldsmiths’ library.

 Over a day of dialogues and presentations, key artists and practitioners representing a diverse range of art forms will share how they have used letters, faxes, objects from past shows and events, and other ephemera to inspire them to create new artistic works, ranging from live art to dance, installations, film and music.

 Presenters include artists Tim Etchells, Siobhan Davies, Barby Asante and Sue Mayo, Sarah Whatley (Director of Centre for Dance Research – C-DaRE), archivist Nayia Tiakoumaki (Whitechapel Gallery) and artist and researcher Eileen Hogan. The day will be chaired by Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery Maria Balshaw.

 Tickets for the event can be booked at:  

Registration is £95, with a 20% discount for early bird tickets booked by 1 August. Price includes tea & coffee at breaks and lunch.

 There are 10 bursaries available to cover ticket costs for individuals who would not be able to attend the conference otherwise. For more information on bursaries and how to apply email

Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society

Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society
Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society (GSES) was founded by a group of postgraduate students from the MA Social Entrepreneurship cohort of 2012-13.

Building on previous experience, the team set up GSES to further explore interesting questions and tensions within the field of social entrepreneurship. GSES aims to create a new platform for thought-provoking debate that embraces social entrepreneurs, academia and enthusiasts alike.

Founding members of GSES include Nonie M C White, with 10 years of experience as a Producer/Director of documentary films about social issues; Rabih Yazbeck, with 12 years experience in International Development in the Middle East and Africa; John Stephens, with a background in education leadership and management; Philipp Kenel, with experience of European politics and CSR and Mariana Guimarães, with experience of applied anthropology to human rights and conflict issues.

GSES 2013 inaugural debate 

‘Social Entrepreneurship: The Future’

Postgraduate students from the Goldsmiths 2012-13 MA Social Entrepreneurship cohort have set up Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society (GSES), a platform for thought-provoking discussions about social entrepreneurship today. The GSES inaugural panel debate will take place on July 24th 2013 at 6.15pm at Goldsmiths at NAB LGO2

Panellists include

  • Liam Black, Co-Founder at Wavelength Companies Ltd & former CEO of Fifteen
  • Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director at FutureGov 
  • Nigel Kershaw OBE, Chief Executive at Big Issue Invest and Group Chairman of The Big Issue Company
  • Servane Mouazan, CEO and Founder of Ogunte  
  • Sally Reynolds OBE, Social Enterprise Adviser; Co-Founder & Former CEO of Social Firms UK
  • Tom Rippin, Founder and CEO at On Purpose
  • Soushiant Zanganehpour, Manager, Strategy & Operations at Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Chair: Tim West, Editor, Pioneers Post; Director, Matter & Co.

The event will be followed by complimentary drinks and an opportunity for informal discussion and networking. Further information is available at our website and tickets can be reserved at

The event is open to all; please join us.

Recent International Work


Melting Pro – Rome – May 2013-06-26

In May this year, Adrian De La Court from ICCE was invited to Rome by Melting Pro, an Italian Cultural project management organisation and laboratory of cultural and creative initiatives.  Adrian was invited to deliver a workshop day to a group of 20 Italian Artists and Cultural & Creative Industries Managers at ‘The Hub – Roma’

SYNAPSE is a series of workshops developed through ICCE that are aimed at developing entrepreneurial thinking, techniques and approaches to the creative process and equips participants with critical and creative tools to use in their practice.

With excellent feedback from the participants, ICCE is very grateful to Melting Pro for organising and financing the project, and look forward to a follow up session in the summer of 2014.

 Universidad ICESI – Columbia – June 2013-06-26

 In June of this year ICCE was pleased to welcome a 2 day visit from ICESIUniversity, Columbia.

 Luis Miguel Venagas, Director of The Cultural Industries Centre at ICESI was accompanied by 3 colleagues who met with ICCE Director Gerald Lidstone and Deputy Director Sian Prime, having a detailed introduction to the activities and range of courses at ICCE.  Following this the Columbia representatives had an opportunity to take part in a practical introduction to some of the content and teaching methodology from the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship programme, having a chance to experience ‘Asset Mapping’

 Luis commented that it had been an

 “eye and mind opening experience …. This visit has enlightened us in various dimensions of research, formation activities and ways to support creative and cultural entrepreneurs. I really appreciate your time to arrange the visit to ContainerCity [Trinity Buoy] and the workshop with your team”

 This exchange has established a new link between Goldsmith, ICCE and Universidad ICESI, with a view to developing a number of joint projects and an exchange of academic research and practical projects for 2014.

 Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship – May & June 2013-06-26

 Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, brought their 2013 Teaching Corp to ICCE at Goldsmiths in May of 2013.

 The Teaching Corps if a training initiative delivered by Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, where Higher Education Lecturers and programme leaders are able to engage in a part time, 6 month programme to encourage and support the implementation of entrepreneurial methodology and teaching into their curriculum.  This was the Teaching Corps second annual visit to ICCE, and part of their visit included a taster session from the SYNAPSE programme, delivered by Adrian De La Court.

 As a follow up to this taster session, Adrian was invited over to Copenhagen to run a two day workshop with the courses participants as part of the 2 day conclusion of the project.

 The initiative was supported by European project funding and June 2013 was the end of the 4 year programme.  Now with strengthened connections and a sharing of methodologies ICCE and CSE are planning a future collaborative research and practice project, to expand the delivery of entrepreneurial development through the next Teaching Corp project.

 CREA.M Helsinki – June

 The third stage review meeting of the CREA.M Project team was held in Helsinki, Finland on the 18th & 19th June.  ICCE staff members Dr Carla Figueira and Adrian De La Court attended the meeting which explored the latest developments of the 7 nation mentoring project for Managers in Cultural and Creative Industries.

 The project is a collaboration between 8 institutions from 7 European Countries.  Membership includes ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London, Instituto Luigi Sterzo Rome, Roma Tre University Rome,  Denizli Special ProvinceTurkey, RPIC – ViP Consulting Czech Republic, Finnish Museums association Finland, University of DeustoSpain, and ENCAT Belgium.

 The project, in its third stage has been developed by the partner contributors, to create a mentoring programme, to support and encourage employment or career development in the cultural and creative sector.

 The international project has seen the training of a group of Mentors and  selection of 3 Mentees from each participating country for the start of the programme in March, and the delivery of the mentoring process from April onwards.

 The CREA.M project continues until November, when final outcomes and a review of the success of the project will be presented at the annual ENCATC conference in Brussels

 For further information on the CREA.M project

 On July 11 ICCE will meet with delegates from Novosibirsk Region of Russia who wish to develop educational programmes to train specialists in Arts Management and in the Creative Economy.  

New Book by Dr. Carla Figueira

Peter Lang has jut published a new book by Dr. Carla Figueira, entitled Languages at War: External Language Spread Policies in Lusophone Africa.

Further details on the book available here:

Dr. Figueira is the Director of the MA Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and the MA Cultural Policy and Tourism at ICCE, Goldsmiths.

Excerpt of the book’s Foreword by Robert Phillipson, author of Linguistic Imperialism:

“The warfare analysed by Carla Figueira is the battle for hearts and minds and influence, the goal of Westerners being to profit from the economies of vulnerable former colonies, often through continuing to exploit them. Portuguese is in combat with French and English in a new scramble for Africa and its resources – with language as a key battering ram. New alliances have emerged, countries identified as Lusophone, Francophone and Anglophone/Commonwealth. However, in such countries only a small fraction of the population is proficient in these languages. The challenge for Carla Figueira has been to relate the forces and pressures impacting on national and international power to national identity and diversity, to linguistic imperialism and linguistic human rights, and the roles of the various constituences, including non-governmental organizations. She describes the theoretical ramparts for analysing the complex interlocking of these various factors. The instruments and agents of linguistic warfare are diagnosed, as are the implications for the citizens of the countries involved.

 Carla Figueira’s book fills an important gap in the research literature. It explores cultural and linguistic diplomacy through a comparative empirical study of the policies of France, Germany, Portugal and the UK in the ‘external’ spread of their languages. It relates the activities to their reception in two former Portuguese colonies. Brazil was included because of the link between Portuguese-speaking Brazil and Portuguese former colonies in Africa. The study integrates approaches from the fields of international relations, development ‘aid’, sociolinguistics, language diversity, language rights, and language policy, especially in education. It judiciously presents a great deal of information on under-researched topics, and brings the issues together in astute and interesting conclusions. This is therefore an important book for the study of North-South links, and how agendas that are of major significance for social cohesion in postcolonial states are set.”