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From Nervous Societies to Creative Societies - Dibattito



From Nervous Societies to Creative Societies - Dibattito

The European Union is currently entangled in a debate about its future. The results of the last European parliamentary elections confirm the advancement of populist- and extreme right ideologies throughout Europe: ideologies that are seemingly at odds with the core values of European Integration.
The European Union National Institutes for Culture Cluster Norway (EUNIC) organizes panel debates about Europe, in cooperation with Litteratur på Blå. The first debate took place last April and focused on the rise of ‘nervous societies’. In the panel debate on December 9th we will move from nervous societies to creative societies. Together with five European cultural experts we will take a closer look at the role culture plays and can play in the development of the European Ideal.

Can culture offer a future for the idea of a united Europe? Can creativity help to unite Europe in all its diversity? Can culture be a tool to deal with European values?

We look forward to hearing your (creative) opinion and we’ll see you on the 9th of December! Please register here

The program:
17:00 Doors open
17:30 Opening by EUNIC
Introduction by Isabelle Schwarz (DE/FR), Head of Public Policy of European Cultural
Introduction by Irina Duskova (FIN) (producer Finnish National Theatre).
Introduction by Diego Marani (IT) (writer and former EU advisor)
Introduction by Floris Rijssenbeek (NL) (co-founder of the Ballot Boxers)
Introduction by Helen Sildna (EST) (music promotor)
18:15 Panel debate moderated by Simen Ekern
19:00 Debate with audience / Q&A/Interaction

After the discussion you are invited for a reception to mingle and reflect the evening.

EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for Culture is Europe’s network of national cultural institutes, with 36 members from all 28 EU member states. EUNIC members join together in over 100 clusters worldwide to collaborate on common projects. EUNIC’s mission is to build trust and understanding between the peoples of Europe and the rest of the world through culture.

About the participants:
Floris Rijssenbeek is co-founder of the Ballot Boxers (NL: De Kiesmannen), a Dutch political performance collective. By hosting political shows in concert venues and theatres, they inform and enthuse young Europeans on social issues and elections. No debates or lectures, but shows filled with political analysis, entertainment, humour and interaction. Rijssenbeek is currently doing research on new dynamics of democracy at Columbia University in New York.

Diego Marani is an interpreter by training and graduated at the University of Trieste in 1983. He is an EU official since 1985. First working at the Council of Ministers, in 2006 he joined the Directorate General for Culture of the European Commission where he was in charge of the policy of multilingualism. In this position he dealt with issues such as literary translation, early language learning and the New Narrative for Europe initiative with President Barroso. In 2014 he was appointed advisor to the Italian Culture Minister and dealt with European affairs under the Italian Presidency of the E.U. Since 2015 Diego Marani has joined the European External Action Service where he is now Advisor for cultural policy. Diego Marani is also a columnist and a writer, author of many novels, among which the prize-winning "New Finnish Grammar", translated in 15 languages. He is the inventor of the mock-language Europanto in which he has published the collection of short stories "Las adventuras des Inspector Cabillot" and articles in several European newspapers. He writes columns on cultural matters for several Italian newspapers and keeps a blog in the European website

Helen Sildna is one of Estonia’s most celebrated cultural entrepreneurs who promotes and produces
concerts, festivals, and social campaigns. Helen is an outspoken member of the Baltic-Nordic
creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalization. Helen is the founder and owner of Tallinn Music Week. In 2016 Tallinn Music Week hosted over 1,000 conference delegates and 35,000 festival visitors, around 2000 of them international guests.
She is a board member of Music Estonia, previously also a member of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Think Tank.
In 2014 Helen was awarded with the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, in 2015 she was nominated the Citizen of the Year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and in 2016 Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded her the Order of White Star of IV Class for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society.
Helen is an outspoken member of the creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalization. In 2016 she was voted the most influential woman in Estonian culture.

Irina Duskova, theatre manager and producer living in Helsinki. Has been working in theatre and culture for past 15 years in Lithuania, Finland, Kazakhstan, Russia and USA. Irina has managed various theatre festivals, international co-productions and artistic programs. At the moment she is working at the Finnish National Theatre as a producer for Undocumented Love project.

Isabelle Schwarz’ expertise ranges from international cultural relations and cooperation, to EU cultural policy development and philanthropy. Born and raised in Germany, she studied in France before working in London, Paris, Strasbourg, Ottawa, Brussels, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Since 2002 she works at the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam, where she currently leads the Public Policy and R&D team.
Previously, Isabelle was Executive Director of ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education. Earlier work assignments include research and project management positions with the UN World Commission on Culture and Development, Council of Europe, Ministry of Culture of France, foundations and NGOs.
Isabelle has two post-graduate diplomas (Masters in International Cultural Exchanges and Masters in History and Civilizations of Europe/Diplôme des Hautes Etudes Européennes), and a Master’s degree in Art History and Archaeology. She serves different juries and boards, including the steering committee of More Europe – external cultural relations, a public-private cultural initiative whose objective is to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the EU’s external relations.


Data: Lun 9 Dic 2019

Orario: Alle 17:30

Organizzato da : Eunic Norway

In collaborazione con : Litteratur på Blå

Ingresso : Libero


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