TEH CONFERENCE 87: 16-19 MAY 2019

A central potential of art lies in opening access to other ways of thinking and seeing the world. The prerequisite for this is that art does not seek to educate its recipients. An important possibility of artistic work is to create encounters in which all participants can perceive themselves as actors within the artistic process. In order to enable an encounter at eye level, it is important that the initiators of the participatory work also understand it as a process with an open outcome.

Together, potentials are recognised, difficulties discussed and concepts developed. This creates knowledge that can be internalised, shared and passed on by all participants. Ideally, participants themselves become future initiators and the process radiates step by step into even larger groups.

These ideas will be further analyzed and discussed during the TEH Conference 87 ”pARTicipation through cultural reflexions“ in Zentralwerk, Dresden on 16-19 May 2019. The conference will offer participants a variety of opportunities to exchange artistic strategies and working methods that enable citizens throughout Europe to experience participation in social processes.


Conference programme and Early Bird registration will be available in the beginning of January 2019.


The Zentralwerk Dresden is a collective of artists, humanists, architects and craftsmen that have been staging performances, festivals, exhibitions and concerts in Dresden for over a decade now. The project Zentralwerk as a whole combines living, working, art and culture in a large area with several buildings.

Since 2016, Zentralwerk e.V has been creating apartments, studios and opportunities for joint cultural production in a former industrial district. In addition to over a hundred local actors, the project also involves cooperation partners and visitors from the urban environment, as well as from Germany and abroad. You can read more about Zentralwerk here(in German).


Dresden is internationally renowned not only for its great cultural heritage but also for contemporary music, arts and film festivals. It is a great location for tourists looking to discover the diversity of European arts and culture. Some of its very proud citizens might argue that it is already a capital of culture.The immense challenges of the past two years, the refugee crisis and the rise of anti-European sentiments all over Europe have turned Dresden into a focal point of debate for the future of European values.

In 2016 Dresden has started the process of developing a bid for the European Capital of Culture because here, celebrating arts and culture and shaping the future of a diverse society in Europe need to go hand in hand. Each year the European Union awards the title “European Capital of Culture” to two European cities. After Essen and the Ruhr Region in 2010 Germany is up again for 2025 – together with the Republic of Slovenia.


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You can find the information about how to travel to Dresden here. We highly recommend booking your flight tickets and hotels as soon as possible.


Still thirsty for information? Is something not clear? Drop us an email: Barbara Lubich, lubich@zentralwerk.de (Zentralwerk) and Michel Quéré, michel@teh.net (TEH).

Photo credits:

Klaus Gigga Kulturhauptstadtbüro Dresden 2025,  Rene Jungnickel

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