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Schedule of Events

Ticketed Performances

Delegate List

About Malmö/Copenhagen

Meet the Host Team 


The Anthony Field Academy

The Anthony Field Academy, an ISPA program dedicated to developing the next generation of talent, is an intensive two-day arts administration program for new and emerging leaders. The Academy is named in honor of long-time ISPA member Anthony Field, who was instrumental in establishing the first Academy in Stockholm in 1998.

Monday, May 25, 2015 (Malmö, Sweden)

Academy Day I

Malmö Live | Venue Website
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
Information and registration desk open


SESSION I | Visions for the Future: The Politics of Change
How do political policies and values affect artists and their work?  As priorities change, what are the influences on the cultural sector?
Moderator | Lotta Lekvall
SpeakersMikael Löfgren, Egle Rindziviciute, and Gitte Gröndfeld Wille
Break | Coffee and Tea

SESSION II | Visions for the Future: Public and Private Funding
What role does public funding have in the Nordic countries and what future does it have.  Other funding opportunities available via the European Union will also be discussed, as will the increased search for private funding.
Moderator | Søren Friis Møller
Speakers | Tove Bratten, Åsa Edgren, Benny Marcel, and Per Voetmann

SESSION III | Visions for the Future: The Changing Nature of Leadership 
In this session we will look at different leadership models and discuss which of them will be most effective as we move into the future and the shift in generations.
Speakers | Jesper Larsson and Petra Brylander
Break | Coffee and Tea

SESSION IV | Visions for the Future: The Interface of Challenges 
Through cases from Musik i Syd’s project Digital Venues we talk about digital tools in the line of business, new ways of working and what it is like for other professionals to collaborate with institutions.
Moderator | Ulrika Lind
Speakers | Erling Björgvinsson, Andreas Jelvefors, Camilla Jonasson, Caroline Leander, Mark Lowery, Helene Mohlin, Karolina Rosenqvist, and Johan Salo
Reception for the Anthony Field Academy Attendees
Performance by Tarabband

End of Day

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (Malmö, Sweden)

Academy Day II

Malmö Live | Venue Website
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
Information and registration desk open

ISPA Committee Meetings (Committee Members Only)

09:30  Nominating Committee
10:15  Joint Nominating/Membership Committee
11:00  Membership Committee
12:00  Governance Committee (lunch provided)
13:15  Development Committee
14:30  Program Committee
15:45  Melbourne 2016 Planning Committee

SESSION V | Visions for the Future: An Open Dialogue 
In a facilitated forum, participants will discuss specific questions arising from their particular challenges, issues and opportunities.
Curators | Thorben Dittes and Åsa Edgren
Break | Coffee and Tea

SESSION VI | Visions for the Future: Visions for the Future: Diversity Management within the Arts – from Theory to Practice
There are different motives for bringing diversity into organisations. Drawing on examples from different industries and settings the presentation will point to the need for diversity, why it should be implemented in organisations as well discussing the benefits. Whereas diversity in organisations often is presented as a moral case it can actually turn into a competitive advantage for cultural institutions and organisations.
Speakers | Osiel Ibàñez and Annette Risberg

SESSION VII | Visions for the Future: Young Artists and Youth Empowerment
Regional and international examples for furthering young artists will be explored. Options including performance, management and administration will all be identified as opportunities for individuals entering the professional performing arts.
Moderator | Camilla Jonasson
Part 1
 | Anna-Carin Fogelqvist and Trumhinnorna and pupils from the school Segevångsskolan in Malmö
Part 2
Speakers | Henrik Køhler and Pernille Møller Taasinge
Part 3
Speakers | Per Ekedahl, Hanutten, and Alice Samoilova

Break | Coffee and Tea

SESSION VIII | Visions for the Future: Building Bridges 
In association with the Performing Arts Biennial, we will highlight what lies in the future for performing arts in Sweden and their relationship to other regions. Edward Bromberg, director and translator, gives an introduction to Swedish theatre based on the selected performances. He is accompanied by Margareta Sörenson, performing arts critic at among others Expressen, who presents the Swedish world of dance. The seminar also includes a brief overview of Swedish contemporary circus by Anders Frennberg, CEO at internationally renowned Circus Cirkör.
Moderator | Ann Mari Engel
Speakers | Edward Bromberg, Anders Frennberg, and Margareta Sörenson
End of Day

Performance by Cirkus Cirkor, Borders
(tickets sold separately at on the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts website)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (Malmö, Sweden)

Congress Day I

Malmö Live | Venue Website
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden

ISPA Board Meeting (Board Members Only)


Registration and Information Desk


New Member Lunch (By Invitation)

​KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Marika B Lagercrantz 
13:45 SESSION I | Bridging: Culture and Humanity
Introductory Comments | Alice B. Kuhnke
(Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy)
Art and culture has been fundamental to the creation of the world’s great societies – but what’s next? What role will the arts play in shaping and linking human rights in and across regions? Should the concept of “Fair Trade” and other rights initiatives apply to culture?
Moderator | Alfons Karabuda (SKAP, the Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors, Sweden)
Speakers | Ramy Essam (Musician and Activist, Egypt) and Alice B. Kuhnke (Swedish Ministry of Culture and Democracy, Sweden)
15:15 Break | Coffee and Tea
15:45 PERFORMANCE | Folk All-in Band
16:00 SESSION II | Bridging: Perceptions and Reality
For many of us, our first thoughts about the Nordic region include images of healthy lifestyles, the Swedish Chef and saunas. But the reality is far from the stereotypes (mostly). Join our international panel as we hear their truth about working in the Nordic region.
Moderator | Gregor Zubicky (Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Sweden)
Speakers | Lieven Bertels (Sydney Festival, Australia), Lawrence Cherney (Soundstreams, Canada), Cathy Graham (British Council, United Kingdom) and Gitte Gröndfeld Wille (Region Skåne
, Sweden)
17:00 End of Session
Malmö Opera | Venue Website
Östra Rönneholmsvägen 20, 211 47 Malmö, Sweden
PERFORMANCE | The feeling of going featuring the Skånes Dansteater and the Malmö Opera
Malmö Live | Venue Website
Norra Neptunigatan 22, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
OPENING GALA (Pre and Post Show Reception) | featuring the Malmö Symphony Orchestra
20:00  Grab and Go hot dog & Performance David’s Angels
21:00   CONCERT Malmö Symphony Orchestra
22:00   Reception & Performances: Folk All-in Band

Thursday, May 28, 2015 (Malmö, Sweden)

Congress Day II

Malmö Live | Venue Website
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden

Registration and Information Desk 

MALMÖ LIVE: – a FUNCTiconAL Venue?


The ISPA Pitch Session provides delegates the opportunity to become involved in commissioning and/or presenting new works before they fully enter the international marketplace.
Host | Anthony Sargent CBE

PRO EX | Professional Exchange
Join us in a relaxed, informal, and intimate environment for casual networking, establishing new contacts, and maintaining existing relationships. Delegates registered for a Full Pass or a Day Pass for Thursday, May 28 may reserve a complimentary table-top space to showcase their organization or artists (subject to availability and limit one per organization).
13:45 PERFORMANCE | Virpi Pahkinen
14:00 SESSION III | Bridging: Inclusion and Access
Part 1: Inclusion

The Nordic Model envisions a model of inclusivity where age, income and culture are not barriers to participation in arts and culture. We will explore whether this is realistic and discuss the potential impact on creation and delivery.
Moderator | Benny Marcel (Denmark) 
Speakers | Jim Beirne (Live Theatre Newcastle, United Kingdom), Max Granström (Helsingborg Arena & Scen, Sweden), and Ulrika Holmgaard (Swedish Performing Arts, Sweden)
Part 2: Access
In this dialogue about distribution, technology and accessibility we will examine the economic effects of increased accessibility and how technology impact everything from copyright to artistic decisions and creation now and in the future.
Moderator | Scott D. Stoner (Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), United States)
Speakers | Magnus Aspegren (Swedish National Theatre, Sweden), Jim Beirne (Live Theatre Newcastle, United Kingdom), Adolphe Binder (GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Germany), Ulrika Holmgaard (Swedish Performing Arts, Sweden), Géza Kovács (Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Hungary) and Mika Romanus (Swedish Arts Council, Sweden)
Break | Coffee and Tea
16:00 SESSION IV | Bridging: Economies
By 2015, Africa will have 2 billion inhabitants. By 2020, Brazil will be the world’s 5th largest economy. In this session we will explore the role art plays - and the responsibility of artists - in the development of emerging economies. By looking at demographics, cultural diplomacy, trade and business we will uncover practices for engaging with emerging regions in meaningful and sustainable ways.
Moderator | Isabel Thomson (Musikverket, Sweden)
Speakers | Michael Björn (Ericsson ConsumerLab, Sweden), Inger Ultvedt (Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Africa Department, Sweden), and Teshome Wondimu (Selam, Sweden)
17:10 SESSION V | Bridging: Art in Community
As urbanization continues on a global scale, arts institutions are increasingly called upon to create a stronger link and relevance for their audiences both locally and afar. New media represents both challenges and opportunities to address issues of development of new audiences, access in remote regions and how technology can or cannot bridge the gap.
Moderator | Louise Herron (Sydney Opera House, Australia)
Speakers | Leif Lønsmann (DR Concert Hall, Denmark), Roger Norén (Studio Acusticum Concert Hall, Sweden), and Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdottir (Harpa Concert Hall, Iceland)
End of day and free evening with the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts (See ticketed performance options)
Inkonst | Venue Website
Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden
21:00 Swedish Fellowship Music/DJ Party

Friday, May 29, 2015 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Congress Day III

*Note: Friday events in Copenhagen do not require over-night accommodation. All hotels are to be booked in Sweden.

Malmö Live | Venue Website
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
Buses depart from Malmö Live for Copenhagen
DR Concert Hall | Venue Website
Ørestads Boulevard 13, 2300 København, Denmark

Registration and Information Desk

Guided Tour of the DR Concert Hall

10:30 SESSION VI | Bridging: Arts Education
The Danish neuroscience researcher, Kjeld Fredens, will present his work in the role of the arts in the development of the human brain. In dialogue, Australian-British professor, Anne Bamford will present the results of her studies of arts education practice and reality.
Speakers | Anne Bamford (International Research Agency and the Education Commission, United Kingdom) and Kjeld Fredens (Aalborg University, Denmark)
11:15 SESSION VII | Bridging: Youth Engagement
Representatives from arts councils and ministries of culture will discuss national strategies for arts education and participation.
Moderator | Anne Bamford (International Research Agency and the Education Commission, United Kingdom)
Speakers | Lotta Brillioth Björnstad (Sweden), Niels Græsholm (The Danish Agency for Culture, Denmark), Josien Paulides (Holland), and Øyvor Sekkelsten (Norway)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 SESSION VIII | Bridging: Participation and Empowerment
Learn about the empowerment of children and youth in the arts. Explore six examples of arts organizations engaged in developing and facilitating both youth participation in the arts and young audiences.
Moderator | Niels Græsholm (The Danish Agency for Culture, Denmark)
Speakers | Päivi Aura (Dance Theatre Auraco, Finland), Dorte Bennike (The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Denmark), Gry Worre Hallberg (Sister's Academy, Denmark), 
Henrik Hartmann (The Betty Nansen Theatre, Denmark), Maja Magnusson (Wanås Konst, Sweden), Anna Nitsch (Resursskolan Kristianstad, Sweden), and Cecilia Nordlund (Sweden)
14:30 Buses depart from DR Concert Hall for Harbor Cruise
Copenhagen Harbor
Royal Danish Playhouse | Venue Website
Sankt Annæ Plads 36, 1250 København K, Denmark

End of day and free evening in Copenhagen or with the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts. Transportation available to optional performances. Buses depart for 'An evening of contemporary Danish performing arts' at Dansehallerne(See ticketed performance options)
Various Locations

Buses return to Malmö from Dansehallerne

Saturday, May 30, 2015 (Malmö, Sweden)

Congress Day IV

Malmö Live | Venue Website
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden

ISPA Executive Committee Meeting 
(Executive Committee Members Only)
Registration and Information Desk

10:00 REGIONAL UPDATE | Iceland and Estonia
10:15 SESSION IX | Bridging: Equality
Largely regarded as the most progressive of sectors, still today, the arts are not fully embracing gender equality. What is necessary to do to achieve equality where resources, representation and opportunities are equal regardless of gender and ethnicity? How can we instill diversity as a strength within our organizations?
Moderator | Ametist Azordegan (Sweden)
Speakers | Tebogo Monnakgotla (Sweden), and Lina Thomsgård (Equalisters, Skapelsen, Sweden)
11:15 Break | Coffee and Tea
11:45 PERFORMANCE | Minna Weurlander and Tania Naranjo
12:00 REGIONAL UPDATE | Norway and Finland
12:15 SESSION X | Bridging: Relevance
We, as leaders of cultural institutions, struggle with complex issues and changes on many levels; models of financing, the position of culture in society, the need of building new audiences, new behaviors and expectations when it comes to participation and interaction, a more diverse and complex society, nationalist and populist winds of politics, increasingly blurred lines between “high” and “low”/ “artistic” and “commercial” /”professional” and “DIY” culture. Maybe we need to focus less on getting paying visitors through our doors and instead consider the communities they belong to and what is the relationship between our value proposition and these communities? A dialogue between leaders who, from different perspectives, are actively working with these questions.
Moderator | Linus Tunström (Uppsala City Theatre, Sweden)
Speakers | 
David Dower (ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, United States), Thomas Irmer (Germany), Martin Lyngbo (Mungo Park, Denmark), Josette Bushell Mingo (Sweden),  and Gabriella Triantafyllis (General Manager and Performance Programmer, Greece)
13:30 Free afternoon in Malmö
Glasklart | Venue Website
Dockplatsen 1, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
Performance: Nils Landgren and Musica Vitae
Dancing: Faela and DJ

Conclusion of Congress


Registration and Membership
Contact Ann Pattan at or 1 212 206 8490 x202

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