Practical Infos

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and is open to EMC member representatives and invited guests only. The EMC is pleased to be able to offer free accomodation from the 23rd to the 25th March, as well as free meals and refreshments in the frame of the workshop. Participants will only have to cover their own travel to & from Warsaw.

The workshop takes place in the frame of a larger conference on audience development organised by the Polish Music Council. The interactive workshop will be held for EMC member representatives with only few local guests.

The workshop takes place at:
Sluzew Cultural Centre
Johann Sebastian Bach Street No 15
02-743 Warsaw

Participants will be accommodated at:
Best Western Hotel Portos
Mangalia 3A,
02-758 Warsaw

The Best Western Hotel Portos is located next to the Mangalia bus stop. To get to the hotel:

  • from the Central Railway Station, take buses no. 501 (direction Stegny), 519 (direction Wilanów or direction Powsin-Park Kultury) or 522 (direction Branickiego).
  • from the Fryderyk Chopin airport, take bus no. 148 (direction Wiatraczna).

A map is available here.

Participants who will have arrived by the evening of March 23rd are warmly invited to a joint dinner at Charlie Food & Friends. a shuttle bus will be waiting for participants outside the conference hotel at 18.45 to take them to the centre of town where the restaurant is located. Alternativley participants can come directly to the restaurant from 19.00 onwards (Rondo ONZ 1,00-124 Warszawa)

The Workshop
The interactive workshop will follow the structure of a world café. Participants will move between travels and discuss audience development from different angles. At each table, a table host will briefly introduce participants to the topic that will be discussed, fill them in on highlights of the discussion of the previous group, and guide discussion. We have tried to take the fields of activities of the participating organisations into account when designing the workshop. Many are not only concerned with organising concerts or events and looking into advice on how to improve their outreach, but also work on a political level, or are concerned with educational or social aspect of music.

Discussions will approach the topic from 4 different angles:

The first will focus on concrete tools and measures for audience development from an arts administration perspective. The second will look at audience development from a political perspective, exploring policies influencing improves access to culture, the growth of audiences and the facilitation of the circulation of cultural goods, in both the cultural and other sectors; The third discussion will focus on audience development initiatives from the perspective of artists and the audience, and look at projects and innovative approaches used to enhance the outreach of different types of music. The final topic will look at the relationship between audience development and society’s appreciation of the arts.

Cultural Programme
We are pleased to announce that the City of Warsaw is offering an after-hours guided tour of the Palace of Culture and Sience to all participants of the workshop in the evening of Tuesday 25 March. Participants will have the chance to explore the secrets of this impressive legacy of the Soviet era following a joint dinner.

The EMC workshop will take place in the frame of a larger conference organised by the Polish Music Council (PMC). As the PMC has decided that their programme on Monday 23 March will now also be held exclusively in English, they have kindly offered to welcome EMC participants to their part of the event too. Their programme is available here.