• Status: Past from 26-11-2015 to 27-11-2015
Date & Venue


Flagey, 18 Place Flagey, Brussels


The European Culture Forum takes place every two years as the main flagship event organised by the European Commission in the field of culture. The Culture Forum aims to:

Previous editions of this event were welcomed by both national and regional administrations and the sector as a great success; the most recent Culture Forum English ( en ) was held in 2013.


The general objective of this Forum is to highlight the role of culture as a breeding ground for talent and creativity. This will involve reflecting on how a vibrant cultural sector and sound, inclusive cultural policies can contribute to some key priorities of the new Commission, namely:

  • innovation,
  • growth and jobs,
  • the creation of a digital single market,
  • fostering social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, and
  • enhancing a stronger positioning of Europe on the global scene.

This will also be the first edition of the Forum to be organised in the framework of the new Creative Europe Programme  (2014-2020).

This year's programme has three plenary sessions with lively and interesting panel debates in the presence of VIPs and high level speakers. Each of these sessions will focus on one of the three pillars of the European Agenda for Culture:

  • the social dimension, including intercultural dialogue - Talent and creativity for engaging with the world,
  • creativity and innovation - Talent and creativity for the economy: A new boost for innovation, growth and jobs,
  • and culture as a vital element of external relations - Talent and creativity for diplomacy: Making Europe a stronger global actor.

A debate with the audience will also be an integral part of each plenary session. English - French interpretation will be provided for the three plenaries. Panel discussions can be followed by a wider audience through live web-streaming.

There will also be informative "Flash Sessions" to address some of the key issues on the agenda at European, national and local levels, and to make the event livelier and more interactive, there will be a variety of creative and artistic activities.

A side event will be organised at Flagey in the evening of 26 November to encourage a debate between Commissioner Navracsics, young artists, youth representatives as well as some intellectuals on the New Narrative for Europe English ( en ) .

This year's Forum will gather approximately 800 participants, including policy-makers, cultural practitioners, representatives of the EU, national and local institutions as well as other relevant experts and stakeholders in the field of culture.

Registrations will open mid-September.




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