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Panels conceived and organized by the initiative “A Soul for Europe” with European politicians, local governments and civil actors. Among the topics of discussion are relations between culture and economy, the role of UE cultural programmes in constituting the European identity, and the formula of the European Capitals of Culture.

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9:30 a.m. Welcome
Michał Merczyński, Director of the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA)
Rariţa Zbranca, Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group

9:40 a.m. Keynote
István Szabó, Film Director

10:00-12:00 a.m. panel 1:
CULTURE AND ECONOMY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF EUROPE

It is our aim to give Europe’s social, economic and political development a cultural core. We believe in the catalyst role that culture – in all its diverse forms – can play in the development of society. Europe has to become a concern of its citizens, not only of its institutions. A Europe of the citizens, not merely for the citizens. Citizens have to accept their responsibility in the process of creating Europe. We need new models of communication and cooperation between European institutions, national, regional and local political decision-makers, economy and civil society.

Culture can also be used for sustainable urban and regional development, new programmes should be set up in close collaboration with local and regional civil society.
The debate will give the opportunity to discuss the necessary financial support of cultural projects from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund.

The debate will furthermore concentrate on the question how culture and economy can develop common strategies, actions and policy proposals to ensure the sustainable development of Europe, its regions, cities and communities. Business, culture and politics have to develop a common language. The idea of a “citizens’ Europe” could be the starting point for joint steps.

Keynotes
Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Pier Luigi Sacco, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Markets and Heritage at IULM University, Milan

Panellists
Michał Boni, Minister-member of the Council of Ministers, Chief of the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers, Chief of the Team of Strategic Advisers to the President of the Council of Ministers
Monika Smoleń, Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Yuriy Vulkovsky, Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group / Executive Director of the Foundation for Urban Projects and Research

Moderator
Volker Hassemer, Chairman of the Management Board of the E.E.I.G. ASfE

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Idea Generator Project Presentation with public vote
Within 24 hours NGOs have to prepare a socio-cultural project related to a specific social problem in order to establish cooperation between representatives of creative professions and representatives of NGOs active in the socio-cultural field. In this presentation the project ideas compete against each other – and the audience may vote for the best idea!
 

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. panel 2:
EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE – A MODEL FOR CULTURE?

The project “European Capital of Culture” can be seen as a model and example for the different European cultural programmes. It was originally set up to highlight the richness and diversity of European cultures, to celebrate the cultural ties that link Europe together and foster a feeling of European citizenship. How can this idea be kept alive and given a new impetus? How to give the city its role in Europe?

The European Capital of Culture is a European challenge for which the cities and regions in Europe have to take responsibility. The European Capital of Culture has to relate specifically to the special cultural potential of the respective city and its opportunities for development. Furthermore, it has to rely on the achievements and contribution of its citizens, for they define the city with their work. But how can the risks of tensions between national and local politics and artisticc independence be limited? A European Capital of Culture has to support the development of Europe – a Europe from the bottom-up.

The debate will focus on methods and opportunities, drawing on experiences and will also include other European cultural programmes.

Keynote
Kathrin Deventer, Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group / Secretary General of the European Festivals Association (EFA)

Panellists
Krzysztof Czyżewski, President of the Borderland Foundation
Jacek Purchla, Director of the International Cultural Centre Krakow, Member of the Programme Council of Cracow 2000
Doris Pack, MEP, Chair of the EP Committee on Culture and Education, Chair of the Parliamentarian Working Group of ASfE
Robert Palmer, Director of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Council of Europe, Director of Glasgow 1990 and Brussels 2000
Rariţa Zbranca, Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group / Director of The AltArt Foundation, Cluj

Moderator
Nele Hertling, Co-founder and Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group, Artistic Director of Berlin 1988
 

4.00-6.00 o.m. panel 3:
THE IMPACT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION CULTURAL PROGRAMMES AND THEIR FUTURE SHAPE

An approach to discuss some examples of MEDIA and CULTURE programmes.

Integrated Europe needs to create a common but still rich in its cultural diversity space for all European citizens. It’s an important role then for the forthcoming EU programmes which would appear under the name “Creative Europe” to enhance cultural identity and take full advantage of artistic achievements, cultural heritage and potential of cultural industries.

The important process of European integration and social cohesion could be supported enormously through impressive images from the diversity of stories told in European films. Apart from the need to strengthen production capacities it is a very important task for the EU to create structures and chances for the distribution and presentation of European film on all possible levels. The role and future of the MEDIA programme therefore is of high interest.

Keynote
Gabriella Gönczy, Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group / Director of the Gragger Institute at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin

Panellists
Volker Hassemer, Chairman of the Management Board of the E.E.I.G. ASfE / Chairman of the Executive Board of Stiftung Zukunft Berlin
Doris Pack, MEP, Chair of the EP Committee on Culture and Education, Chair of the Parliamentarian Working Group of “A Soul for Europe”
Istvan Szabó, Film Director
Jan Truszczyński, Director-General for Education and Culture

Moderator
Hugo de Greef, Member of the Management Board of the E.E.I.G. ASfE / Board Member at the European House for Culture

6:00 – 6:10 p.m. Summary and Outlook
Yuriy Vulkovsky, Member of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group / Executive Director of the Foundation for Urban Projects and Research, Sofia

This is a draft programme and subject to change. Not all speakers have confirmed their attendance.
 

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