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European Culture Forum 2013: The European Union rendezvous for culture!

The third edition of the European Culture Forum, organised on the 4th, 5th and 6th of November in Brussels, was opened by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

The Forum has been the occasion to reaffirm the crucial importance of culture to build strong cohesive societies and for the cultural and creative sectors to contribute to growth and jobs; as President Barroso stated: "Culture is not a nice-to-have, but a need-to-have".

The Forum brought together more than 1,250 cultural policy makers, stakeholders, artists, European Institution representatives and cultural professionals, and addressed some of the hottest topics for the sector at the moment, that is:

  • Measuring the true value of culture and the functioning of the cultural eco-system
  • Funding culture in the digital era, looking at new funding models
  • Audience development and making cultural participation a reality

With 5 plenary panel discussions, 15 flash sessions, a new “Vox pop” format and some creative surprises, the Forum proved to be, more so than ever, a unique rendezvous for culture in Europe. Participants from all cultural sectors and backgrounds learned, debated and networked with one another over the course of two and a half days in the Bozar Art Centre.

To have a taste of the event, please check out the European Culture Forum videos online.

The presentations of the speakers will soon be available on the Forum website too.

Debates continue on Twitter via the #EUcultureforum #CreativeEurope hash tags and on the Facebook "Creative Europe" page.

Thank you for your great interest and participation in the Forum and make sure you do not miss the 2015 edition!”