BtO Rome 2017 with its motto “Belonging and Becoming” part of a Cultural Agora in the heart of Rome inspired all contributors.
Landscapes of belonging, however, are nuanced – we ‘belong’ and are perceived to belong in many different ways at many different scales. This enables us to engage in the active, perpetual process of Becoming citizens, societies and living up to our own potential. It allows us to envision new narratives and imagery that connect pasts, presents and futures.
How can we, as artists and cultural operators,
engaged citizens and policy makers, rationalists and visionaries, develop an inclusive belonging?
What is the impact of civic participation on social cohesion? How can we on all levels – local, national and European – create an understanding of belonging based on diversity and inclusion?