Platform for Intercultural Europe Meeting 2009

“The Distinctive Contribution of the Arts to Intercultural Dialogue.
A View from and on the Arts”, followed by General Assembly of Members

Monday, 8th June 2009, Brussels

This event is supported by the European Commission in the context of the Structured Dialogue between the European Union and the culture sector in the framework of the European Agenda for Culture.

In view of this opportunity, we want to take a look at some of the claims made about the arts and intercultural dialogue during the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 and ask:

“How do the arts contribute to ‘exploring, testing and increasing understanding, awareness, empathy, and respect between individuals and groups with different ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds and heritage’? How do they help ‘create a cooperative and willing environment for overcoming political and social tensions’?”

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Together with the Platform for Intercultural Europe, the other two thematic platforms in this context, namely on Access to Culture and on Cultural and Creative Industries, established in 2008, will hold their plenary meetings on 9 and 10 June.

The aim of this Structured Dialogue is to allow all three platforms to provide effective input to the policy-making process and take an active part in the implementation of the European Agenda for Culture. The contributions made by these platforms will feed into the political reflection of the European Commission and the Member States. The next big occasion of this kind is the EU Culture Forum on 29/30 September.

This discussion will be held in light of the upcoming review of the EU culture programme with its objective of promoting intercultural dialogue. People from other domains are invited – we need views from and on the arts.

The meeting will be held in English, but interpretation into French and German will be provided if there is enough demand. Discussion groups will be offered in English, French, German and Spanish according to demand.

Monday, 8th June 2009, 9:30-15:45 and 16:00-18:05
Centre Borschette,
rue Froissart 36
1040 Brussels, Belgium

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