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January 2010 / News


Artec Family of Halls New York Meeting – January 2010

The upcoming meeting in New York City will take place on January 11, 2010 at the Artec offices.

The agenda for the meeting has been proposed as follows:
10.00 - 10.30    Coffee and Welcome
10.30 - 12.00    New project introduction
Carmel Performing Arts Center, Carmel, Indiana, USA - Steve Libman, Executive Director of the Regional Performing Arts Center
La Maison Symphonique de Montréal– Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Jean Roy, Project Director, La Maison Symphonique de Montréal
12.00 - 12.30    Update on Artec activities
12.30 - 1.30   Lunch
1.30 - 3.00     Discussion on new facility openings led by Andras Csonka and Antti Vihinen
3.00 - 3.15     Coffee
3.15 - 4.00     Next Steps
5.00      Tour of Jazz at Lincoln Center (for those interested)

In late September of 2008, representatives of the management from five European Artec-designed 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 in Spain, 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 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 these halls.

During the first session participants learned about each other’s venues, 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.

In September 2009, a second meeting was organized in Lahti, Finland. At this meeting, there was a presentation on the activities of the Sibelius Concert and Congress Center, and extensive discussion on dynamics of catering and other support services on the success of performing arts and congress activities. In addition, activities for 2010 were discussed. These included a meeting in New York City during the ISPA conference where new members could be invited to join. Other events proposed included a workshop on adjustable acoustics system, and another on front-of-house operations, both of which would be organized in different Artec designed halls.

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