The European Culture Forum

19-20 April 2016

Flagey Brussels, Belgium

The Forum

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.

Sessions

This year's Forum will consist of two full days of debates, including larger plenary sessions focusing on the main aims of the European Agenda for Culture, as well as smaller, technical sessions on the work of the EU.
Plenary sessions will be launched by thought-provoking inspirational speeches, followed by moderated panel debates bringing in experiences, views and questions from the audience.

 

Video

Highlights from the European Culture Forum

Highlights from the European Culture Forum

Tibor Navracsics's speech at the European Culture Forum

Tibor Navracsics's speech at the European Culture Forum

Silvia Costa's speech at the European Culture Forum

Silvia Costa's speech at the European Culture Forum

Culture forum Plenary session 1

Plenary session 1
Can culture help to overcome the fragmentation of society?

Culture forum Plenary session 1

Plenary session 2
Can culture help re-launching economic growth?

Culture forum 2015 Teaser 1

Plenary Session 3
Can culture improve Europe's standing in the world?

Culture forum 2015 Teaser 1

Federica Mogherini's speech
at the European Culture Forum

Culture forum 2015 Teaser 2

ECF 2016
Teaser 2

Culture forum 2015 Teaser 2

Europe Culture Forum 2016
Teaser two

Culture forum 2015 Teaser 1

Europe Culture Forum 2016
Teaser one

 

Programme

8:00 - 9:30

registration

Registration


09:30 - 10:00

Opening session

Opening session

  • Speech by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

10:00 - 10:30

Opening words

Opening statements


10:30 - 11:00

Networking coffee

Coffee Break


11:00 - 13:00

plenary session 1

Plenary session 1: Can culture help to overcome the fragmentation of society?

  • A perspective: Jonzi D, Breakin' Convention's artistic director, United Kingdom

EU-funded Project testimonials from the ground

  • Moderators:
    Damian Horner, Brand Development Director for Hachette, United Kingdom
    Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland and Chair Culture Ireland

13:00 - 14:40

Lunch

Networking Lunch


14:40 - 14:50

A few words

Speech


14:50 - 16:45

plenary session 2

Plenary session 2: Can culture help re-launching economic growth?

  • A perspective: Michela Magas, Director, Stromatolite, Founder, Music Tech Fest, Founder, Sonaris, United Kingdom

Panel debate

  • Moderators:
    Damien Horner, Brand Development Director for Hachette, United Kingdom
    Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland and Chair Culture Ireland
  • Speakers:
    Anu-Maaja Pallok, Adviser for Creative Industries, Ministry of Culture, Estonia
    Ignacio Pérez Dolset, Co-Founder of Zed, Founder of Ilion Animation Studios and Pyro Studios, and Founder and CEO of U-tad, Universidad Madrid, Spain
    Horst Hörtner, Senior Director, Ars electronica Futurelabs, Austria
    Daniela Urem, Founder Doors Art Foundation and Head of the Unicult2020 program at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia
  • Reactions, Debate, Q&A with the audience

16:45 - 17:15

Networking coffee

Coffee Break


8:00 - 9:30

Networking coffee

Welcome Coffee


9:30 - 10:00

A few words

Speech

  • Federica Mogherini, Vice President, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

10:00 - 10:30

Conclusions
  • Conversation between Martine Reicherts, Director-General, Education and Culture, European Commission and Luca Bergamo, Secretary-General, Culture Action Europe.

10:30 - 12:45

plenary session 3

Plenary Session 3: Can culture improve Europe's standing in the world?

  • A perspective: Can Togay, Film Director, Cultural Diplomat, Hungary

Panel debate

  • Moderator:
    Gottfried Wagner, Advisor to public and private cultural institutions and NGOs, Austria
  • Speakers:
    Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Advocacy, Research and Development, European Cultural Foundation, The Netherlands
    Elif Şhafak, writer, political scientist and commentator, Turkey
    Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn, writer, Bolivian-German theatre maker, facilitator, script writer and director
    Shreela Ghosh, Senior Adviser, Culture and Development, British Council, United Kingdom
  • Reactions, Debate, Q&A with the audience

12:45 - 12:55

A few words

Concluding Remarks


12:55 - 13:25

Boomwhackers symphony

Boomwhackers symphony


13:25 - 14:30

Lunch

Networking Lunch


 

Speakers

Tibor Navracsic
Silvia Costa
Boris Pahor
Jonzi D
Damian Horner
Mary McCarthy
Miklos Both
Ermin Bravo
Maria Vlachou
Nina Obuljen Koržinek
Ignacio Pérez Dolset
Horst Hörtner
Daniela Urem
Anu-Maaja Pallok
Michela Magas
Federica Mogherini
Can Togay
Gottfried Wagner
Isabelle Schwarz
Elif Şhafak
Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn
Shreela Ghosh
Martine Reicherts
Luca Bergamo
Günther H. Oettinger

Flash session speakers

Kimmo Aulake
Gloria Benedikt
Philippe Bertrand
Jelle Burggraaff
Laurent Cantet
Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou
Giuliana Ciancio
Corinna Downing
Lucas Evers
Bernd Fesel
Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn
Birgitta Johansen
Eric Joris
Simona Maschi
Nicola Mazzanti
Andrew Ormston
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović
Luca Ricci
Anupama Sekhar
Christian Thomas
Alexandra Troi
Merlijn Twaalfhoven
Zane Vāgnere
 

Practicalities

Security update

Please note that if you have not registered online and received your barcode by email, you will not be able to register on site due to security reasons.

Upon entry, you will have to show proof of identity and your registration confirmation. You will undergo a body scan with a handheld detector and bags will be checked. After the check, proceed to the registration desk to receive an individual named badge.

Please allow yourself some extra time and cooperate fully with our staff, these measures are for your own safety.

Attendance at the event is by registration only.

public transport

Trouble getting there?

Flagey is served by bus lines 38, 59, 60, and 71, and tram 81; plan your journey with the Belgian public transport service STIB/MIVB.

by car

By car?

More information on parking is available from the Flagey website.

mobility issues

Mobility issues?

For those with difficulty walking, elevators are available from the entrance at Place Sainte Croix; more information is available on the Flagey website.

live streaming

Can't make it?

Don't worry! Plenary sessions will be available via our live streaming service.

 

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Participants list

A list of the participants is also available.

 

Photos of the Forum

Day 1

Day 2