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April  ^

First meeting of the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue on 18th April in Brussels

Posted : 23 April 2013

Cooperation between the EU and China will take a step further on Wednesday 18th April, with the first meeting of the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD).

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December  ^

Euronews interviews the EBBA winning band Elektro Guzzi!

Posted : 19 December 2012

The Austrian band Elektro Guzzi explain how getting the EU funded EBBA award helped them in their efforts to break borders. Watch the video!

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November  ^

Eindhoven, Leeuwarden and Maastricht pre-selected with a view to a European Capital of Culture in the Netherlands in 2018

Posted : 30 November 2012

The final recommendation for the 2018 title expected in September 2013

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European Union set for new accord with China on cultural cooperation

Posted : 27 November 2012

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will reiterate the importance and benefits of increased cultural cooperation between the European Union and China when she meets Ministers and senior officials in Beijing this week (29 November-1 December).

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EU Prize for Literature 2012 awarded to Europe's best emerging authors

Posted : 23 November 2012

The 12 winning authors of the 2012 EU Prize for Literature received their Awards during a ceremony that took place in the Albert Hall Complex in Brussels on 22 November, in the presence of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

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We need your vote for the new European heritage Label logo!

Posted : 16 November 2012

The EU is launching a new EU scheme for the European Heritage Label and invites you to vote among 3 proposed logos. (Deadline: 6 January 2013)

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Award ceremony for the European Union Prize for Literature 2012

Posted : 15 November 2012

The 12 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature will be celebrated and presented with their awards in a ceremony on 22 November, ...

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New MEDIA website is on-line !

Posted : 14 November 2012

A new MEDIA website with a new structure and "Look & Feel" should make it easier to have clear overview of the different support mechanisms as well as of the audiovisual policy aspects of the programme.

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Investing in People - Call for proposals ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’

Posted : 09 November 2012

Deadline for submission of concept notes: 18 December 2012

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Cast your vote for your favourite EBBA winner

Posted : 05 November 2012

From now until 21 December 2012, you can vote for the 'Public Choice Award' among one of the winners of the EU Prize for contemporary music - EBBA Awards 2013! The most voted artist will receive the 'Public Choice Award' during the EBBA Awards ceremony in January 2013. The EBBA celebrate the diversity of the European talent in popular music.

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October  ^

The conversation about « European Audiences » continues online

Posted : 30 October 2012

The conference “European Audiences: 2020 and beyond” took place on 16-17 October in Brussels and gathered more than 800 culture professionals to discuss strategies and tools for audience development.

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Final report of the ESSnet Culture

Posted : 29 October 2012

The final report of the European Statistical System network on culture (ESSnet Culture) was published in October 2012.

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Open Method of Coordination groups in the field of Culture: new 2012 reports available now

Posted : 29 October 2012

Three Open Method of Coordination Working Groups launched in 2011 under the Council Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014 presented the results of their work.

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Directive on Orphan works adopted

Posted : 22 October 2012

On 4 October the Council adopted a directive establishing a legal framework aimed at improving access to and digitisation of orphan works across the EU.

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Winners of the European Border Breakers' Awards 2013

Posted : 19 October 2012

The winners of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards, celebrating the top new talents in European pop music, were announced today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and by the music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.

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DG Education and Culture and DG Trade are organising a meeting with civil society stakeholders on culture and trade

Posted : 18 October 2012

The meeting will take place on 13 November 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Brussels

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Valletta to be the European Capital of Culture in Malta in 2018

Posted : 12 October 2012

The Maltese capital of Valletta was recommended today for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018 by an independent selection panel. The formal nomination of Valletta by the EU's Council of Ministers will take place in May 2013.

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The Culture in Motion conference in Brussels - 15 - 17 October 2012

Posted : 12 October 2012

This year's Culture in Motion conference highlights the huge success of recent European cultural projects and looks ahead to how best this success may be continued. About 1,000 participants registered for the event in Brussels which features two conferences: "European Capitals of Culture" and "European Audiences: 2020 and Beyond". A live feed will stream the event online so you can follow wherever you may be.

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Winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature announced

Posted : 09 October 2012

The winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in Europe, were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

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September  ^

Culture in Motion and European Capital of Culture conference

Posted : 26 September 2012

The Culture Programme of the European Commission supports an array of initiatives to enhance the vitality of Europe's cultural sector, enabling thousands of organisations, artists and cultural professionals to meet, exchange practice, learn from each other, create together and tour and perform in different European countries.

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Commission launches strategy to boost creative growth and jobs

Posted : 25 September 2012

The European Commission adopts a strategy to unlock the full potential of the cultural and creative sectors to boost jobs and growth in the EU.

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Reports on culture and the structural funds in some Member States

Posted : 24 September 2012

The European Commission asked the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) to produce a critical analysis of how the unused potential of the cultural and creative sector might foster regional and local development in some Member States.

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European Capitals of Culture

Paphos (Cyprus) and Aarhus (Denmark) to be the European Capitals of Culture in 2017

Posted : 18 September 2012

On Friday 14, the Cypriot city of Paphos was recommended for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2017 by an independent selection panel. The other Cypriot city in contention was Nicosia.

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President Barroso shares his views on culture and the future of Europe with European artists and intellectuals from the cultural world

Posted : 18 September 2012

Three main concerns were discussed: the impact of the financial crisis on European citizenship and the notion of European identity, what artists can do for Europe, and what Europe can do for artists.

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Europa Nostra

Call for Entries - European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2013

Posted : 13 September 2012

Each year, the European Union and Europa Nostra reward the best of cultural heritage achievements through the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards.

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September: the European cultural heritage month

Posted : 05 September 2012

More than 20 million people are participating in the European Heritage Days taking place every September in 50 countries across Europe.

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August  ^

Aarhus to be European Capital of Culture in Denmark in 2017

Posted : 27 August 2012

The independent selection panel assessing the cities applying for the European Capital of Culture title has recommended Aarhus for the title in 2017.

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Culture in Motion and European Capital of Culture conference on 15 - 17 October 2012 in Brussels - Register now!

Posted : 08 August 2012

The Culture Programme of the European Commission helps finance an array of initiatives to enhance the vitality of Europe's cultural sector.

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Calls for proposals in the field of cultural and creative industries

Posted : 07 August 2012

On 10 July 2012 the Commission published calls for proposals FP7-ICT-2013-10 in different fields of research and innovation, including in cultural and creative sectors.

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Call for tender in the field of cultural statistic

Posted : 02 August 2012

The objective of Lot 2 of the call is the development and implementation of indicators on cultural employment.

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July  ^

The results of the call for proposals for the Special Action for Third Countries with deadline 4 May 2012 are out now!

Posted : 31 July 2012

8 projects receive funding for a total of approximately EUR 1.5 million for cultural cooperation projects between European and Third Country partners.

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European Capitals of Culture

Posted : 27 July 2012

The European Commission is hosting a conference on the European Capitals of Culture on 15 October in Brussels to provide for a European exchange of practice among past, current and future Capitals with a view to assisting cities interested in bidding for the title in the future.

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Calls for proposals in the field of Research and Innovation

Posted : 25 July 2012

On 10 July 2012 the Commission published calls for proposals in different fields of research and innovation.

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Unprecedented media coverage for the EU Prize for cultural heritage

Posted : 25 July 2012

The 2012 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards took place in Lisbon on 1 June and was widely covered in the press.

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European Capitals of Culture beyond 2019

Posted : 20 July 2012

The European Commission adopted its proposal for the continuation of the European Capitals of Culture initiative and transmitted it to the European Parliament and the Council for the ordinary legislative procedure.

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European Audiences: 2020 and beyond

Posted : 11 July 2012

The European Commission is holding a conference on 16-17 October in Brussels which will provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organisations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies.

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Conference on the Governance of culture in today's globalised world

Posted : 09 July 2012

Meeting of Senior Officials on Culture, Nicosia, 28-29 August 2012

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Literary translation selection results for 2012 out now!

Posted : 03 July 2012

This year the Culture Programme helps finance a record high 531 works of fiction to be translated from one European language into another European language. The grants awarded total in excess of € 2.7 million.

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June  ^

The EU adopts its first report on the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions

Posted : 18 June 2012

Have you ever wondered what the EU does to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions? Then don't miss its first quadrennial periodic report in the framework of the 2005 UNESCO Convention.

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Promoting innovative approaches to deal with cultural content and respect cultural diversity in the digital age

Posted : 12 June 2012

The European Commission is publishing a call for tenders with the view to launch a pilot action that will test new ways of financing, producing, disseminating or extracting value from cultural contents through ICT technologies

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Preparatory Action on Culture in EU External Relations - Open Call for Tenders

Posted : 12 June 2012

The European Commission launched today an invitation to tender for a preparatory action in the field of Culture in EU External Relations. Deadline: 17 August 2012

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EU-Brazil Conference on Creative Economy, Rio de Janeiro, 20-21 June

Posted : 08 June 2012

Registrations are now open!  This conference is organized in the framework of the EU-Brazil policy dialogue in the field of culture.

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Team Culture: Launch of new initiative to highlight contribution of culture to jobs and economic recovery

Posted : 05 June 2012

The role of culture at a time of crisis is the focus of a new initiative by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Uffe Elbæk, the Danish Minister for Culture.

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Erasmus for local and regional elected representatives

Posted : 04 June 2012

"Culture as leverage to territorial regeneration" is one of the seven topics on which possible candidates are invited to score their interest in attending study visits...

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Grand Prix winners of EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards announced

Posted : 04 June 2012

The names of the winners of the public choice award and six 'Grand Prix' laureates in the 2012 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were announced on 1 June at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, ...

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May  ^

How culture can boost regional development…

Posted : 29 May 2012

Some tips for a more strategic use of the EU Structural Funds to foster the potential of culture in your region or in your city!

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Grand Prix winners of EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards announced

Posted : 29 May 2012

The names of the winners of the public choice award and six 'Grand Prix' laureates in the 2012 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards will be announced on 1 June at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, ...

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Invitation to an inspiration and dialogue meeting on the role of culture in a time of crisis

Posted : 22 May 2012

As part of the Danish Presidency, the Danish Minister for Culture Uffe Elbæk is in collaboration with the Commission hosting an Inspiration and Dialogue Meeting on the role of culture in a time of crisis. How do we release the full potential of culture in a time with tight public budgets and high unemployment figures?

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Goce Smilevski, winner of the EU Prize for Literature, at Passa Porta, Brussels, 6 June 2012 at 8 pm

Posted : 16 May 2012

The Macedonian writer Goce Smilevski talks about his novel, Freud and his era. He is joined on stage in Passa Porta by Prof. Dr. Stijn Vanheule of the Department of Psychoanalysis (Ghent University) who compares ...

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Vassiliou welcomes Council support for 'Creative Europe'; sets out vision for new loan guarantee facility

Posted : 11 May 2012

I am very pleased to see that we largely agree on the main elements of 'Creative Europe'. I am particularly happy that the Council supports the Commission's proposal to bring together the current funding programmes in the cultural and creative sector. I believe this will help create an open and transparent gateway that will encourage transnational cooperation.

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Call for proposals: Creative Encounters

Posted : 08 May 2012

Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe is an initiative that aims to support collaborative artistic and networking projects in the framework of the Asia-Europe dialogue. Art and culture organisations and networks of Asia and Europe are invited to apply.

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Make your voice heard! Vote for your favourite winner of the EU Prize for cultural heritage/ Europa Nostra Award

Posted : 07 May 2012

The Public Choice vote for the winners of the 2012 EU Prize for cultural heritage/ Europa Nostra Awards has just been launched and will be open until 22 May.

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Culture ministers discuss Creative Europe programme

Posted : 07 May 2012

For the first time the Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport will discuss the detail of the European Commission's proposals for the new 'Creative Europe' programme, which will start in 2014.

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April  ^

EU Architecture Prize exhibition in Vienna (19 July - 8 October)

Posted : 25 April 2012

A touring exhibition featuring models of the 45 buildings shortlisted for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/ Mies van der Rohe Award opens on July 19 in Vienna.

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Winners of EU Prize for literature at Passa Porta

Posted : 24 April 2012

Of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia author Goce Smilevski and Latvian author Inga Zolude will be hosted in the heart of Brussels during a literary residence offered by Passa Porta.

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Find your passion for opera with the European Opera Days 12 and 13 May 2012

Posted : 19 April 2012

Each year opera houses in Europe and beyond open their doors and invite you to discover the art of opera and what happens 'behind the scenes'.

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Want to learn more about Creative Europe? Listen to answers to some of the sector's questions in 5 short video interviews

Posted : 19 April 2012

Chris Torch from Intercult, Sweden, interviews Ann Branch, Head of the Culture Programme and Actions Unit, European Commission (DG Education and Culture) on the Commission's Creative Europe proposal.

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Arts and culture can build bridges with Roma, says Commissioner Vassiliou

Posted : 13 April 2012

The role of arts and culture in encouraging Roma inclusion will be the focus of a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 18 April.

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Winners of European Union Prize for literature at the London Book Fair

Posted : 12 April 2012

Three of the winners of last year's European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) will be at the London Book Fair on 18 April

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March  ^

More about the European Creative Industries Alliance

Posted : 29 March 2012

The Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance is recruiting new members…

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Culture in the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Posted : 27 March 2012

The future Cohesion Policy recognises the potential of culture in boosting the socio-economic development of regions across the EU.

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EU Architecture Prize exhibition in Leuven

Posted : 21 March 2012

A touring exhibition featuring models of the 45 buildings shortlisted for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/ Mies van der Rohe Award opens today at the M Museum in Leuven, Belgium.

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Cultural Heritage in the spotlight: Winners of 2012 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards announced

Posted : 20 March 2012

The 28 winners of the most prestigious award for cultural heritage in Europe are announced today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra

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Save the date! The Commission is organising a conference on audience development on 16-17 October in Brussels

Posted : 16 March 2012

"Creative Europe", the Commission's proposal for its future funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for the period 2014-2020, proposes an important new focus on audience development in order to foster long-term audiences for European cultural works.

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'Driven by Dreams', the first episode of Generation Y, was aired on the 12th March on Euronews

Posted : 14 March 2012

Generation Y is the first ever Euronews magazine targeting young people, with the support of the European Commission.

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Immanuel Mifsud, EU Prize for Literature 2011, at Luxembourg Book Fair

Posted : 13 March 2012

Immanuel Mifsud's visit to Luxembourg will take place in connection with the first Maltese book stand to be hosted in the 29-year history of the Luxembourg Salon du Livre (Kirchberg Expo, 16- 18 March), showcasing the archipelago's literature, history and culture in English, French, German and other languages.

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Un appello all'Europa della cultura

Posted : 12 March 2012

All across Europe, a growing number of voices are rising against the cuts in budgets for culture.

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Conference on "From segregation to integration - the role of culture in Roma inclusion" - 18 April 2012 in Brussels

Posted : 06 March 2012

On 18 April, the Commission will organise a conference discussing the substantial role that arts and culture may play in Roma inclusion. In fact, they may act as a bridge between Roma and the majority society, challenging stereotypes and prejudice.

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Open Call for Expression of Interest: Are you working on audience development with an EU grant?

Posted : 02 March 2012

The Commission is organising a conference on audience development in autumn 2012 and is looking for good examples from projects supported by the Culture and Media programmes.

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Europe's artists can make sense of the chaos and create hope

Posted : 01 March 2012

The next generation of artists has both a great responsibility and a major opportunity – they should accept it and be courageous (guardian.co.uk, Saturday 25 February 2012 14.00 GMT)

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February  ^

Missed the European Border Breakers Awards? Watch the show on Youtube

Posted : 29 February 2012

The live ceremony on Youtube and the other videos on the Youtube channel of the prize were viewed more than 277.000 times by people from all over the world. The ceremony has been broadcast by numerous TV stations and had strong press coverage across Europe.

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Exhibition of EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/ Mies van der Rohe Award opens in Paris

Posted : 14 February 2012

A touring exhibition featuring models of the 45 buildings shortlisted for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/ Mies van der Rohe Award opened last week in Paris

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New date for submission of contributions: 22 February 2012

Posted : 03 February 2012

First report of the EU on the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. Questionnaire addressed to Civil Society.

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January  ^

 European Creative Industry Alliance

The European Creative Industry Alliance is now on track!

Posted : 30 January 2012

This new policy initiative will be launched in Milan on 26-28 February 2012.

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Official launch of the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue on 1st February 2012

Posted : 24 January 2012

The launch of the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue will take place in Brussels on 1st and 2nd February 2012.

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Celebrating New Musical Talent at the European Border Breakers Awards

Posted : 06 January 2012

The 2012 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), an initiative of the European Commission, took place on 11 January in Groningen (The Netherlands), opening the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival.

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Creative Europe

Information session for a new Creative Europe funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors : The agenda is online!

Posted : 06 January 2012

If you are a European network representing cultural stakeholders and would like more information on the European Commission's proposal for a future Creative Europe Programme, register for the information session the Commission is holding on 30 January 2012 in Brussels.

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Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) are European Capitals of Culture in 2012

Posted : 05 January 2012

The opening ceremony of Guimarães 2012 will take place on 21 January, with the participation of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva.

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