POSTPONED: A Cultural Deal for Europe

November 18, 2021, 3:00 pm | November 18, 2021, 8:00 pm
November 18, 2021
Online, Bozar | Brussels
Online, Bozar | Brussels

It is with great regret that we need to inform you that a COVID-19 positive case was tested today within the event organising team. This means we have to postpone our today’s #CulturalDealEU Annual Policy Conversation as neither the organising nor the technical team could be taking part. 

For the safety of everyone involved we see no other option than to postpone the event to a later date in December which will be communicated to you ASAP. 

We are aware this is disappointing news and we assure you we feel very sorry about it. The preparations on spot and elsewhere in Europe were very promising and we were more than looking forward to meeting all of you – in person and online – to further strengthen our joint campaign to ensure a pivotal role for culture in the recovery of Europe.

Our main messaging on the #CulturalDealEU can still be accessed via this link. Public endorsement of the campaign is still possible via this link.

What happens next?
We will contact you via mail ASAP to share the new date in December. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us:

Thank you for your interest in the #CulturalDealEU policy conversation, and for your understanding and support during these unprecedented times.

Culture Action Europe
Europa Nostra
European Cultural Foundation


Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Europa Nostra, also in its capacity as coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance and Bozar – the Centre for Fine Arts, are pleased to invite you to join the Annual Policy Conversation A Cultural Deal for Europe, to be held in a hybrid format – at Bozar, Brussels and online – on 18 November 2021 from 15:00 to 18:00 CET. 

Like in the two previous editions, the event will bring together Europe’s cultural scene and European policymakers to engage in a dialogue, to share ideas and develop together the way forward to put culture at the heart of the European project – because there is no Europe without culture.

This year’s event will focus on the contribution of culture and cultural heritage to Europe’s recovery, and to its green, more sustainable and inclusive future through the European Green Deal, the Conference on the Future of Europe and the New European Bauhaus, of which the three hosting organisations are official partners. The aim of this policy conversation is to inspire and engage the wider European community of artists, cultural workers, creative industries and heritage stakeholders in building a future that is more resilient and sustainable for Europe and its citizens.

To follow the debate live online, please register before 15 November. We will notify you once we are live! Stay tuned! The programme and speakers of the event will be made public soon through the communication channels of the organisers.

Programme of the event

Welcome words by moderator Tamsin Rose (Friends of Europe) and Magdalena Liskova (BOZAR)
15:05 – 15:15
Opening video message by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
Culture for Recovery and Sustainability in Europe
15:15 – 15:25
Presentation of the mapping “Culture in the EU’s National Recovery and Resilience Plans” by Gabriele Rosana, Policy Director Culture Action Europe
15:25 – 16:10
Moderated discussion with Tere Badia, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, Elena Polivtseva, Head of Policy and Research, IETM and Inês Câmara, Co-founder and director of Mapa das Ideias
Recovery of culture and the resilience of the cultural sector: what specific points need to be addressed in the next Work Plan for Culture?
16:10 – 16:20
Video message by European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira
16:20 – 17:00
Moderated discussion with Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, MEP Salima Yenbou (Greens/EFA, France), Jordi Pascual, Coordinator of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Committee on Culture (online), and the audience: what strategy and priorities need to be addressed to include culture and heritage in the 2030 SDGs and the European Green Deal?
17:00 – 17:05
Cultural break with live illustrator Menah
Culture for the Future of Europe
Presentation of the paper on how to include culture as a pillar for the Future of Europe and mainstream culture in the six European Commission priorities by Gijs de Vries, Senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Moderated discussion with André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation, Gijs de Vries, Senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Tamas Szucs, Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport, DG Education and Culture, European Commission, and the audience: how can and should philanthropy play a key role in making culture central in the strategic priorities for the future of the European project?
Closing remarks
End of the debate, closing by the moderator Tamsin Rose and presentation of the visual story timelapse by Menah
18:00 – 20:00
Networking reception at BOZAR

At last year’s event, the organisers jointly proposed a Cultural Deal for Europe to acknowledge the pivotal role of culture in shaping the future of our lives.

✅ Do you believe that there is no recovery or future of Europe without culture?

✅ Do you see culture as an integral part of the sustainable development?

✅ Do you want to live a culture-full life, where cultural workers are duly remunerated and included in democratic debates?

✅ Do you agree that the EU Member States should devote at least 2% of their National Resilience and Recovery Plans (NRRPs) to culture?

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