Spaces of Culture encourages a new generation of change-makers to imagine perspectives for a better future and realize projects to this end by supporting a diverse range of activities and organizations. At a moment of profound changes, the capacity of collaboration within the fields of arts and culture and across disciplines can encourage transformation, positive action and co-creation of our collective future. Featuring exemplary projects supported by Spaces of Culture in Izmir, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep and beyond, Cultural Encounters program, titled ‘The Future Is Now: Constructing and Reconstructing Cultural Practices in Turkey’ meditates on perspectives and experiences of cultural actors to facilitate an inspiring discussion with a focus on the contemporary issues of urban transformation, heritage and access to arts and culture in local and global contexts.
Through a calibration of creative meeting methods and thought-provoking discussions, showcasing exemplary artworks and talks and working sessions, it aims to provide a free space for the actors to exchange knowledge and experiences. In this perspective, the Cultural Encounters program is designed as a playful, engaging and constructive event that brings together variety of culture and art professionals together at the new premises of ARTER, a modern and contemporary art museum and a cultural center in Istanbul. Target groups of the Cultural Encounters Program encompass cultural and art organizations, civil initiatives, researchers and non-governmental organizations, academicians, local and public authorities, national and international press.