by Paul DUJARDIN, CEO and Artistic Director of the Centre for Fine Arts - Brussels, on behalf of the Cultural Committee steering the project “New Narrative for Europe”.
addresses by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel BARROSO, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Donald TUSK.
Europe’s recent history has shown that our continent has been able to engender and promote certain essential values - transcending national borders - which ultimately have helped to meet the challenges of the era and to forge a collective process and narrative. The challenges posed to Europe have evolved tremendously over recent years and have impacted upon the perceptions and willingness of Europe’s citizens to be an active part of a political and economic union. In a new era, one dominated by the crisis and societal shifts driven by global influences, the value-system at the heart of Europe is undergoing profound changes, changes which have the potential to significantly sway our future. It is essential to identify and reflect on these values – past, present and future – in order to build a vision of Europe. Speakers: György Konrád (Writer and member of the Cultural Committee), Alicja Gescinska (Philosopher), Michelangelo Pistoletto (Visual artist and member of the Cultural Committee), Czesław Porębski (Philosopher) Moderator: Rose Fenton (Director of Free Word and member of the Cultural Committee)
The powers of imagination and of reason manifest their achievements in the arts and sciences. They contribute to individual freedom and to the positive development of civil society. The artistic heritage and academic disciplines which generations of Europeans have contributed to shape are the best expression of a power that does not operate through violence, but rather through the pursuit of beauty and knowledge. Can these extraordinary resources contribute to a new notion of European citizenship? Competitiveness in the realm of contemporary artistic and scientific research and production is a global reality, but what can Europe do to strengthen artistic and scientific networks within and beyond its borders and how can these networks offer a new image of Europe? Speakers: Waldemar Dąbrowski (General Director Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera), Olafur Eliasson (Visual artist), Agnieszka Holland (Film director), Karol Musiol (Physicist), Sneska Quadvlieg- Mihailovic (Secretary-General Europa Nostra and member of the Cultural Committee) and Pere Portabella (Filmmaker) Moderator: Michal Kleiber (President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and member of the Cultural Committee)
There appears to be a discrepancy between the internal perception of Europe and the perception of Europe from beyond its borders. The arena of visual culture is a battlefield on which conflicting representations of social and political realities appear side by side. The image of Europe today is such a battlefield. What contribution can artists, thinkers and intellectuals make to positively shaping Europe’s image both within and beyond its borders? More importantly, how can the European Union’s role in the indisputably global and interdependent world in which we live evolve to find more and more adequate representation and visibility? Speakers: Frederic Martel (Sociologist), Nedko Solakov (Visual artist), Paweł Świeboda (Political scientist), Kathrin Deventer (Director of European Festival Association and member of the Cultural Committee) Moderator: Tomáš Sedláček (Economist and member of the Cultural Committee)
What symbols, imaginaries and events give shape to Europe’s New Narrative?