Thessaloniki Greece, September 20-23, 2018
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Reworks Agora is a one-day, cross-thematic forum that features keynote speakers, discussions, musical performances and screenings by leading experts and pioneers in the creative economy, culture, technology and contemporary thinking.

Agora in Ancient Greece was the gathering place where free citizens discussed and found solutions to important issues, and that is precisely the goal of Reworks Agora today. To be the place where forward thinking will approach the future vision for creativity and in which the public will discover emerging themes, initiatives and artists that will inspire and provoke dialogue and developments for the future development of tomorrow’s culture, having a modern look and horizon.

On September 16, 2018, Reworks Agora will host speakers from Greece and abroad to present initiatives and projects on music and culture, technology, digital culture and cultural entrepreneurship that shape the future of the cultural ecosystem. The event is part of the European program, We are Europe, and will co-operate special organized programs with the internationally acclaimed forums Sonar + D (Barcelona, ​​Spain), C / O Pop (Cologne, Germany) and Today’s Art (The Hague).

Speakers of Reworks Agora 2018 so far.

Cultural Activism

Τhis panel will showcase the voices and activism of creatives from Thessaloniki, who prefer to reply to issues with actions. From these local personas, we will learn what activists like them are doing to challenge big problems, their inspiring solutions and how we can help activism moving forward and engage new young audiences take the lead in the future.

Blockchain: Grassroots initiatives for democracy

A courtesy of Dukakis Center and the Thessaloniki US Consulate

There’s a small but growing alliance of public servants, technologists, and concerned citizens who recognize the fundamental threat to our democracy if we continue to let the machinery of government decay, without doing something about it. Engagement at the local level can seem like a mystery but during this speech we will get familiarized with multiple examples around the world that by using the blockchain technology and local cryprocurrencies develop citizen-centered practices that disrupt the status quo and stand up for a strong, open and dynamic democracy.

BBC: music experiences, a view from the future

The BBC has a strong tradition of creativity and innovation in its use of technology, from its inception up until the present day. The Research and Development department is at the forefront of this work, producing world leading work in a number of areas, from broadcast technology through VR and AR to interactive musical experiences for voice devices. Through a presentation of the previous work and methods, Tim Cowlishaw will outline the ways in which creativity, diversity and general weirdness can be used to imagine and build just, inclusive, and fun future technologies.

Talking with the mastermind behind Ableton, Gerhard Behles

Α conversation with Gerhard Behles, CEO of Ableton

Gerhard Behles grew up in Munich and developed an interest in electronic music as a teenager. After a year at the Institute for Sonology in The Hague, he studies computer science in Berlin, where he also works as a freelance electronic music writer, researcher, and computer music teacher. At that time he collaborates with computer scientist Bernd Roggendorf on a new music software application, which eventually became Ableton Live. Behles and Roggendorf founded Ableton in 1999, and Live rapidly became one of the most popular sequencer programs for electronic musicians around the world.

Today, Behles continues his role as Ableton’s CEO and chief visionary, where he oversees the work of more than 200 employees in Berlin, Tokyo and New York as they develop the future of Live, Push, and many more applications.

Music Festivals: voice amplifiers that unite us

Music festivals are about building a community and bringing people together. They are able via different type of international platforms to travel and promote the ideas that represent faster than ever before. International editions of music and discourse gathering formats are becoming the engine for the development of the cultural industry, by connecting new exciting audiences and facilitating artists in introducing their creativity. This panel discussion focuses on visionary global approaches to internationalize ideas and artists through music festivals.

Talks & Panel Discussion

15.30 - 15.45

Welcome

15.45 - 16.45

Cultural Activism

17.00 - 17.45

Blockchain: Grassroots initiatives for democracy

18.00 - 18.30

BBC: music experiences, a view from the future

18.30 – 19.00

Talking with the mastermind behind Ableton, Gerhard Behles

19.30 - 20.30

Music Festivals: voice amplifiers that unite us

Side Program

16.30 - 17.00

Short Film Screening
New activists of European Culture by Canal 180

17.30 - 21.00

Installation
BBC Music Experience Prototypes

19.00 - 19.30

Demo
Ableton Live Demonstration by AND.ID

 

Grandbrothers & Thessaloniki City Symphony Orchestra

Concert

Aimilios Riadis Hall

21.00 - 22.30