Cartagena Piensa, the public program of scientific thought and culture of Cartagena, which promotes the Department of Culture of the City of Cartagena and develops its Promoter Group, has presented a balance of its first five quarterly schedules, accompanied by a video summary that can be seen at https://youtu.be/hgHLeQbCgIw
Since October 2016, in which this innovative cultural program that aims to promote the formation of a critical citizenship, with the capacity to intervene in the debates that make up a participatory and quality democracy, Cartagena Piensa has been consecrated as a new model of municipal cultural intervention, both for its content and its organization, practicing a form of collaborative co-governance between the City Council, public universities in the region, associations and neighborhood and cultural entities, and citizens themselves, as highlighted by the councilor of Culture, David Martínez.
Martínez also stressed that Cartagena Piensa has consolidated in this period as a project, in permanent expansion, as evidenced by its sixth program, now under development, finding ever better reception among the citizens of Cartagena and multiplying the samples of interest from other municipalities .
Thus, in an exercise of democratic participation and institutional innovation, Cartagena Piensa has constituted a cooperative network in which dozens of associations and institutions have taken part around the work of the Promoter Group, open to the participation of all the interested persons and of the initiatives and proposals of all kinds that come to this body, which depend on the programming, reserving the Department of Culture funding and support for project management.
15 MONTHS AND 262 ACTIVITIES
Throughout these first 15 months of programming, a total of 262 activities have been carried out, with an average of four weekly activities, of which just over a third (99) have been aimed at the child population, one of the sectors preferential work, which is accessed especially through the decentralized network of Municipal Libraries.
The rest of activities (163) have been directed to the adult public.
The total number of participants in the events of these five quarters has been estimated between 7,000 and 10,000 people.
The types of activities developed have been disparate, from workshops to talks, through courses, seminars, thematic debates, cinema, theater, etc.
In addition, they have taken place in a variety of points throughout the municipality, with a prominent role, but not exclusive, for the Ramón Alonso Luzzy Cultural Center, the municipal cultural space of reference.
Next to it, the neighborhood libraries, the social centers, the facilities of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and private sites, such as the El Soldadito de Plomo coffee shop, have been used by Cartagena Piensa
QUALITY OF TOPICS AND INTERVENTIONS
Regarding the topics and contents of these activities, they have been very diverse, highlighting some concerns that have been shaped as stable lines of work, among which we can mention climate change and the ecosocial transition, gender equality and feminist thinking , active citizenship and participatory democracy, cultural diversity, immigrant and refugee people, the LGTBI movement, the future of education, the relationship of art and thought, and content related to recreational science and techno-scientific innovation, among others.
Among the dozens of guests and guests that have been part of Cartagena Think these five quarters are relevant personalities in the field of philosophy and thought, science, essay, feminist and environmental theories, activism, art, etc. Among those who can be mentioned, Javier de Lucas, Alicia Puleo, Carlos Berzosa, Jorge Riechmann, Ana de Miguel, Francisco Jarauta, Javier Moscoso, Yayo Herrero, Antonio Campillo, José Luis Ferris, Felix Duque, Laura Freixas, Nuria Varela, Angel Puyol, Fernando Broncano, Pilar Aguilar, Antonio Turiel, etc.
Detailed information on this last program can be found on the program's website www.cartagenapiensa.es or on the municipal website www.cartagena.es/gestion/documentos/27206.pdf
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena