TEH CONFERENCE 85 “Mientras Tanto. Space-time Intruders”
24 – 27 MAY 2018

Twenty years seem very little time in a city’s life and, twenty years are those that Bilbao needed to transform after the industrial decline. Twenty years are also those that we at ZAWP have required to re-invent the way we build a city with a different approach. A perspective in which there are not “before and after” photos, but the continuum that is the time itself and the actions that we carry out as it passes.

We at ZAWP have chosen the term Mientras Tanto – meanwhile in English – as a workspace and philosophy, and this is how, through art and culture, we have worked in an area in transition (the Zorrozaurre peninsula) for 20 years.

At TEH Conference 85 we want to share what we have learned. We want to learn from other experiences. We will address the transitory nature of our cultural centres and art projects. We will talk about spaces and action. We want to add value to “the Meanwhile” as the only real moment that exists. Because we are right here. Right now. And we must do our best with what we have.

Factories Of Imagination (FOI)

One day before the TEH Conference 85, on 23 May 2018, you will have the opportunity to participate a hands-on training day on business models and organisational development with some Spanish specialists.  

Disrupting business models through blockchain technology
Workshop Leader: Antonio Tenorio-Fornés
Duration: 4 hours (14.00-18.00)

Organisational development using “Action-Read” methodology    
Workshop Leaders: Rosa Fernández and Itziar Zorita (ColaBoraBora Koop)
Duration: 4 hours (14.00-18.00)

Registration is now open!
* Additional registration is required
TEH Members: 30€
TEH Associates: 40€
Conference Participants & Others: 60€


ZAWP stands for Zorrotzaurre Art Work in Progress, a project of Haceria Arteak, a non-profit association. This movement was created in 2008 to address the transitory state that is created while the urban development plan for the neighborhoods of Ribera de Deusto and Zorrotzaurre is finished. In order to revitalize the area from its previous industrial history, we are working to change the landscape of the peninsula through culture and creativity, and encouraging people to see what the area has to offer.

Trans Europe Halles

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is the European network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists. TEH has been at the forefront of re-purposing Europe’s industrial buildings for arts, culture and activism since 1983. As of 2018, TEH brings together nearly 90 multidisciplinary cultural centres and other cultural organisations from across Europe.

Currently, Factories of Imagination: Investing in Cultural Changemakers is the most significant project for TEH that aim to support non-governmental cultural centres in becoming more resilient and internationally connected.