ENCC is a European Network of Cultural Centres and on November 11th they organized a pre-conference to their conference Shortcut Europe November 12th-13th. The pre-conference gathered Nordic cultural organisations and national networks of cultural centres from Norway,
Denmark and Finland. Emma Ernsth gave a presentation of TEH and its Nordic/Baltic projects, and then the discussion focused on the need for and function of national networks of cultural centres in the Nordic countries.
Once back home, Emma started a discussion on this topic with TEH's Swedish members since there is no such national network in Sweden. Emma Ernsth also participated in the Shortcut Europe conference together with several familiar TEH faces; Raoul Grünstein from Korjaamo, Timo Cantell from the Sibelius Academy, Culture Director Pekka Timonen and TEH Ambassador Antti Manninen. Shortcut Europe focused on "Culture and Civic society" and discussed the role of the city in the forming of the future.
Emma Ernsth also took the opportunity to visit TEH member centre Kaapelitehdas' new venue Suvilahti. Kaapelitehdas Managing Director Stuba Nikula guided Emma through the huge Suvilahti-complex that used to be a gas works/energy production area employing 1000 people. For more information, please see www.suvilahti.fi