- What role can Culture play in today’s European and global challenges?
- What is at stake with Cultural Heritage? Does it matter to Europeans?
- How can Culture in cities and regions help to shape more cohesive and inclusive societes?
To answer these questions, part of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform team will participate to the European Culture Forum from the 7th to the 8th December in Milan, Italy.
For the first time happenning outside of Brussels, the European Culture Forum is a biennal event organised by the European Commission to “raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, bring together the European cultural sector’s key players and debate on EU cultural policy and initiatives”.
At this occasion, the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018 will be officially launched. A kick-off session on Cultural Heritage will be held by European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics, followed by a plenary session on “Cultural Heritage: the beating heart of Europe?” with Silvia Costa (Member of the European Parliament and former Chair of the Committee for Education and Culture), Prof. Małgorzata Omilanowska (Professor of Art History at the University of Gdańsk, former Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland), Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger (President of Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Ambassador of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in Germany), Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović (Secretary General of Europa Nostra and Coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3) and Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco (Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University, Milan).
After debating in the challenges for culture in Europe, the second day of the Forum will tackle the place of culture on a local and regional scales. Various parallel working sessions (how to take part to EYCH 2018, reinventing tomorrow’s shared heritage, Creative Europe and the integration of migrants and refugees, cultural heritage and civil society) will conclude the programme of this edition of the European Culture Forum.