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Continental drift? EU-UK negotiations in the cultural sector

  • Bozar - room THE ROTUNDA BERTOUILLE 23 Rue Ravenstein 1000 Brussels Belgium (map)

A European Cultural Foundation, Culture Action Europe and BOZAR partnership event.

It’s a two-hour train journey to Brussels from London, a 33.3km crossing of the Channel and a mere step across the border in Ireland. Yet the UK and the EU are drifting apart. The cultural sector has been united in defending the permanence of the UK in the EU. Above 96% of the UK’s cultural and creative practitioners supported to the option to remain in Europe and we believe this should be acknowledged. (You can find more information from this report).

Artists have always travelled across Europe. First, from court to court; now, from festival to festival, gallery to gallery and theatre to theatre. In this way, they help to shape and disseminate the ideas that constitute the basis of Europe. The creative Industries’ value chain is international in nature and the European institutions have recognised the economic potential of culture Thus securing the ability of the cultural sector to continue to operate trans-nationally is crucial.

 The debate will explore three crucial dimensions for the period ahead. Firstly, we will consider the uncertainty which has given rise to pressures for long-standing bonds and new partnerships alike. Secondly, we will look at models for possible future UK-EU relations and address topics of interest for the sector within that framework, such as., mobility, access to market and programmes, as well as copyright. Thirdly, we will discuss how the UK’s departure of the EU could affect European citizenship.


16.00 doors open
16.15 Opening intervention by Clymene Christoforou. Culture Action board member and ISIS Arts co-director

followed by:
MEP Jill Evans - Plaid Cymru. Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
MEP Julie Ward – S&D (video intervention)

16:45 Panel Discussion
Bernd Fesel - Senior Adviser ECCE, organizer of the Forum d'Avignon-Ruhr (Germany), President of European Creative Business Network (Netherlands).
Assya Kavrakova - Director European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
Jeanie Scott - Executive Director a-n
Harriet Finney - Deputy CEO & Policy Director Creative Industries Federation
moderation: Clymene Christoforou

18.00 Q&A
18.30 reception
19.30 end

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Entrance is free. 

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