In late September of 2008, representatives from five Artec concert halls met in Budapest to discuss the formalization of a new forum for discussion and cooperation. Initiated by two leading European institutions, The Sibelius Hall Congress & Concert Centre in Lahti and the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the meeting included representatives from the Iceland National Concert and Conference Centre in Reykjavik and from the National Music Forum in Wroclaw which are due to open in the next few years. A representative from the City of Zarautz, which will also see a new Artec designed performing arts center in the coming years, and Artec leadership were also present.
Performing arts facilities and especially concert halls designed by Artec share a common design approach and some unique features. This initiative aims at gathering these venues so they can share their experiences in all facets of operations (artistic, acoustic, audience relations and technical management) and establish professional cooperation in the broadest sense among the concert halls.
The main task of this first session was planning how the present initiative can turn into a viable and sustainable alliance. The participants exchanged ideas and discussed possibilities in internships and training opportunities for staff between sister institutions, collaborative bidding for funding and sharing costs for artist tours, sharing knowledge of operational experiences and solutions, common marketing activities including cross linking on web sites, common preparation for upcoming anniversaries, and the organization of study tours involving potential external sponsors. The collaboration will specifically cover both performing arts related operations as well as conference and congress related issues.
There was a resolution to invite participants from as many European Artec halls as possible first and later consider expansion to include international institutions. In addition to other meetings between individual members, the representatives of Artec halls will meet again on 24th September 2009 in Lahti.