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CANCELLED - European Culture Forum 2015

  • Flagey Place Sainte-Croix Ixelles, Bruxelles, 1050 Belgium (map)

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - see this message the Culture Forum Team sent out on 23 November 2015:

This afternoon, the European Commission security services have announced that bigger events organised by the Commission taking place on external premises (not in Commission buildings) are to be cancelled until further notice, in line with the recommendations of the Belgian authorities.

The Culture Forum which was meant to take place on 26 and 27 November is therefore cancelled. We are very sorry, as we know how much you were looking forward to attending this event, which we had been preparing for over a year. Our apologies as well to those of you who are already on their way to Brussels.  

We will let you know as soon as possible the date when the Forum will be held in 2016.

Kind regards,

The Culture Forum Team

We are very happy to participate to the European Culture Forum on 26 and 27 November 2015 in Brussels. 

The European Culture Forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission, aimed at raising the profile of European cultural cooperation, uniting the sector's key players, taking stock the European Agenda for Culture's implementation, and sparking debate on EU culture policy and initiatives. 

The event, also a major networking opportunity, will highlight culture's role in breeding talent and creativity. The Forum will reflect on culture's contribution to the new Commission's priorities such as innovation, jobs and growth; the digital single market; social cohesion and intercultural dialogue; and Europe's position on the global scene. 

ECF is participating to the following three sessions: 

Plenary /Panel debate 1 : "Talent and creativity for a diverse and cohesive society" with 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award Laureate Athens Biennale co-director, Xenia Kalpaktsoglou. 

Moderated by Damian Horner - Brand Development Director for Hachette, United Kingdom and Mary McCarthy - Director of the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland
With:  Miklos Both, composer, singer and guitarist, Hungary; Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Co-Director, Athens Biennale, Greece; Sihame El Kaouakibi, CEO at A Woman's View Founder & Director Let's Go Urban, Belgium; Mirsad Purivatra, Director, Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The tragic events in Paris and Copenhagen and the recent refugee crisis have brought to the fore the need to combat xenophobia, racism and radicalisation by championing mutual respect and a multi-cultural understanding.  How can culture play a role in 'managing' diversity in the EU?  How can talent and creativity respond to these challenges to empower individuals and communities and promote real dialogue and cross-cultural understanding? How can talent and creativity help build inclusive societies?

Panel debate 3: "Talent and creativity for engaging with the world". With ECF Head of Advocacy Isabelle Schwarz.

Moderated by Gottfried Wagner, advisor to public and private cultural institutions and NGOs, Austria. With: Zaza Rusadze, film director and producer, Georgia; Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Advocacy, Research and Development, European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Netherlands; 
Gabrielle Becker, Regional Director for the Middle-East and North Africa, Goethe-Institut, Cairo, Egypt; Pierre Vimont, former Executive Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Senior Associate, Carnegie Europe, Belgium

Cultural exchanges are playing an increasing role in international relations. How can exchanges based on talent and creativity contribute to the development of sound, long-lasting relations with partner countries? How can we capitalise on Europe's cultural assets for making the EU a stronger global actor?

Flash session "How culture and the arts can promote the take up of innovative technologies", featuring 3-min statement by Bernd Fesel (ecce) on the "spill-over effects of culture", which  ECF has been a partner of and has contributed to.