Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg & P60 present:

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be is a three-day, interdisciplinary working conference on new culture strategies. The programme offers thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops, in depth masterclasses and think tanks, all with an international character.


The conference provocatively questions what the prospects are for cultural organizations and organizers operating in a future of reduced resources and a changing European society. European cultural workers and artists from over 20 countries will discuss innovative solutions for issues such as:


What are the current and developing organizational structures and to what extent will they meet the needs of the future?


How can we increase knowledge exchange between the cultural, commercial and social sectors?


These and other key issues will form the basis for in-depth discussions, workshops and presentations. An artistic programme will complement the conference.


What to expect?

- Thought-provoking keynote speeches

- In-depth two-day workshops, masterclasses and think-thanks focusing on specific areas of interest

- Workshops led by experts and facilitators from the creative, social and cultural sectors from all over Europe

- An informal atmosphere in creative surroundings

- Ample opportunity for networking

- Lunches and dinners are included

- Artistic programme in Melkweg & P60


You can find our more about the thematic routes here.
The conference time schedule can be found here.


The Future Is Not What It Used To Be is organised by Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg & P60 in partnership with a.o. VNPF, Live DMA, On the Move and ACMC. It is powered by Engine Room Europe, a three-year project dedicated to independent cultural workers and their creative processes, and financed by the Culture Programme of the European Commission. More information about our partners can be found here.


Almost there!

Just one more night and the conference kicks off! Join the conversation on twitter using #TEHfuture and attend our Facebook event here. Don’t miss out!

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Helemaal Melkweg schedule online

‘Helemaal’ literally means ‘entirely’ or totally and that’s exactly what it is; all activities Melkweg organizes throughout the year brought together in one night. Click here for info or click here for the schedule.

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Conference Opening

Rob Riemen and Craig Schuftan will be speaking at the opening of The Future is Not What It Used to Be. Moderated by Sophie Derkzen. For tickets, click here.

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Bright Lights, Big City

Tickets for the opening also give acces to Bright Lights, Big City. Buy them here.

More info on the programme can be found here.

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Full programme now online

The daily programme of the conference can be found here

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