Past Editions

Bilbao, 2022

A space for more voices and new ways

The 2022 edition further tapped into questions of inclusion and diversity in the context of the European cultural scene. The theme as well as the location were symbolic for expanding the conversation beyond the traditional European cultural hub, in the attempt to enrich diversity through local perspectives coming from rather marginalised territories in terms of arts and cultural research.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Jaime Cuenca: Ph.D. in Human and Social Sciences, Researcher and Professor of Philosophy of Art at the Institute of Leisure Studies, University of Deusto
  • Macarena Cuenca-Amigo: Ph.D. in Leisure and Human Development, Professor of Strategy and Business Organisation at Deusto Business School 
  • Charlie Wall-Andrews: Trudeau Scholar, music industry entrepreneur and faculty member at Northeastern University and University of Toronto 
  • Pepe Zapata: Director of TRESC, the largest and most active Cultural Community of Cultural Audiences in Catalonia, Curator of the first International Congress of Performing Arts Spectators, partner-consultant at TekneCultura
  • Zita Holbourne: author and multi-disciplinary artist, member of the UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa, European Commision advisor on social inclusion and gender, co-founder and national chair for BARAC UK
  • Marcin Poprawski: researcher and senior lecturer at HUMAK University of Applied Schience and he AMU University of Poznan, member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, member of the editorial board for the Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy, expert of the EECN (European Expert Network on Culture)

Online, 2021

REvisiting Borders

Divided in three sub-themes — REsilience, REinterpret and REimagine —,  this edition’s topics approached the status quo of cultural institutions in regard to their need for becoming more inclusive and fighting against two very prominent issues of our present: racism and the environmental crisis. 

Keynote Speakers:
  • Lluís Bonet: Director of the Cultural Management Programme and Professor of Economics at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Groeningen, 2020

Curating Europe

The third ACMC edition shifted the focus towards Europe and its cultural dimension, with the emphasis on fresh perspectives from emerging professionals and students in the field. The young generations have an important say about the future, and therefore are the “curators” of their social and cultural landscapes.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Maria Hlavajova: founding General and Artistic Director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, since 2000
  • Kris Callens: Director of the Princessehof Ceramics Museum, the Fries Museum and the Fries Verzetsmuseum

Vienna, 2019


The 2019 edition explored the question of current and upcoming challenges of the generation labelled as the “Millenials” and their potential in the arts and culture world. The emphasis was on articulating new ideas about the ways in which networks and technologies that are available can help improve some aspects of this professional field.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Milena Dragićević-Šešić: Head of UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism, Art and Cultural Management and Mediation in the Balkans 
  • Raphaela Henze: Professor of Arts Management, Heilbronn University,  Co-founder of the network “Brokering Intercultural Exchange”

Hamburg, 2018

Utopias for the cultural landscape of tomorrow - cultural innovation and international perspective on arts management

The first ACMC edition set the ground for the following editions to come in a meaningful way, by delivering an empowering message to the young cohort of arts and culture researchers and managers. As the title says, the focus was on the future prospects for the cultural sector and how the ideas of the participants, who are the future leaders of the field, can be best implemented.

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