On April 15-17, O Lugar da Cultura (the international conference organised by the Secretariat of State for Culture of Portugal) took place in Lisbon.
Through a holistic and inclusive vision of Culture, the conference was organised to contribute to a better understanding of culture and its decisive role in the desirable European development model for the 21st century, promoting reflections, giving examples and debating new paths.
Luca Bergamo (CAE Secretary General) was invited to contribute as a speaker to the session on how to evaluate the impact of culture on the development of societies, focusing in particular on its ability to influence on political decision.
Jorge Barreto Xavier (Secretary of State for Culture of Portugal) opened the Conference giving an impressive speech that we publish here as an opportunity for everyone to read.
CAE is grateful to the Secretariat of State for Culture of Portugal for the effort in promoting and organising a not ordinary, free and profound occasion to debate on this important issue.