Recommendations IABx On Culture 2017

‘The ambition of both the cultural sector and the city is to strengthen Rotterdam’s position as a national and international cultural hotspot. How can we profile the city in such a way that it really earns a place on the map internationally…’. ‘So the big question is of course: how? Crucial element  in his respect is to identify and  foster the specific assets that characterize our thriving multi-cultural city…..What are the crystallization points; what current strengths must be further developed?


Appendices IABx 2017 On Culture
Analysis by Wim Pijbes
Working Group: Architecture
Working Group: Big Locals
Working Group: Grassroots
Working Group: Mid-Range
Working Group: Non Subsidised
Expert Panel: Dutch Experts City Marketing
Expert Panel: Dutch Experts Content/executive
- Appendix: Benno Tempel
Expert Panel: Local stakeholders leisure and tourism
Expert Panel: R'damse Nieuwe
Expert Panel: Culture Education
Expert Panel: Financial Models
Meeting stakeholders cultural sector (June 20th 2017)

In this report the Cultural sector is regarded as the whole of institutions and organisations, artists and cultural entrepreneurs, both subsidized and self-sufficient (non subsidized), that are involved in the production, presentation, consumption or conservation of art and culture.

Given these main questions, the preparations for the IABx started in the fall of 2016 with a presentation by Wim Pijbes.  Before a group of about 100 stakeholders (mostly from the sector itself) Wim Pijbes gave his analysis of the Rotterdam cultural sector and his answer to the main question.

Involvement of the field

One of the important elements of the set-up of the IABx was that the urban stakeholders were involved at several times. After Wim Pijbes’ analysis five working groups were asked to react to Pijbes’s analysis and to answer the main question.  The working groups were formed along a (very arbitrary) division in size (Big locals, Mid size and grassroots).  Two separate groups were formed: Architecture and Non-subsidized. This division worked and made things clear but it was also concluded that this division should not be used anymore in the future. All the reports of the working groups can be found on the IAB website.

In the beginning of 2017 different expert panels were organized to reflect on the main questions and on the reports of the working groups. All this material was sent to the IABx members (via a blog) and was the starting point for the session in April.

After the meeting in April the findings of the IABx were presented to the sector on June 20

Together all this input led to the recommendations of the IABx 2017 on Culture.