A vision on creativity, innovation and dialogue
for inclusive development

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An initiative of the
European Commission


400 experts and professionals from the whole world came to Brussels on the 16th and 17th of June 2019 to explore how cultural and creative sectors contribute to sustainable development and inclusiveness.

About Culture4Future

The European Commission organised the International Colloquium "Culture for the Future" to promote culture, creativity, innovation and dialogue as key drivers of inclusive development and peace. The event supported the cultural dimension of development and international cooperation as a strategic dimension in the policies of the European Union and its Member States as well as to encourage investments from private sector and financial institutions. Over the past decade, the European Commission has actively supported the cultural and creative industries in the partner countries and intends to further mobilise the potential of culture for sustainable development, job creation and social cohesion. Ten years after the influential 2009 symposium "Culture and creativity: vectors of development", this two-day conference represented a key moment to reflect and draft the future of European Union support to the cultural dimension of development and international cooperation. Together with around 400 professionals from cultural and creative sectors from our partner countries and the EU Member States, Civil Society Organisations, platforms, other various , the European Commission services took this opportunity to propose concrete and innovative approaches for implementation of the future EU cooperation policies, building on present EU policy and actions.

More than 400 participants from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Pacific were present at the Colloquium, including top experts, policy-makers, financial institutions, donors, producers, artists, distributors, academics, cultural operators, private entrepreneurs, civil society organisations and other actors from the cultural and creative industries.


Culture and cultural industries: new opportunities for job creation and inclusiveness


The challenge of financing


Access to markets and mobility of artists


Digital revolution: impact and opportunities

General Methodology

For the first three sessions of group discussions, participants were divided into 8 working groups, 2 working groups per topic. Under the guidance of a moderator and a thematic expert, the two parallel working groups per topic worked on the basis of the same background paper and addressed the same questions.
The methodology was:

  • Session 1 (morning of 16 June) focused on collecting and sharing material and evidence related to each topic.
  • Session 2 (afternoon of 16 June) identified needs and wishes for each topic in order to reach a common vision.
  • Session 3 (morning of 17 June) aimed at proposing strategies and policy recommendations to tap the potential of each topic and its role to reach the overall objectives of the colloquium.
  • Session 4 (afternoon of 17 June), the two parallel working groups for each topic worked together to share the results of their experience and prepare the proposals that were presented to the plenary session topic after topic.

To contribute to the collective reflection and in connection with the different topics, eight short artistic performances were presented during sessions one and three. Participants to the working groups were expected to prepare their contribution well in advance with the help of background papers.

Crosscutting and geographical issues

Participants to the discussions in the working groups, and indeed throughout the whole colloquium also addressed relevant cross cutting issues such as youth, intercultural dialogue and the role of the cities, as well as environmental sustainability, gender and tackling inequality, issues that have an impact on the four topics.
Specific geographical situations or challenges that can arise when discussing a particular topic were also highlighted and addressed.


Sunday 16th of June

Hall Horta
13h30 - 14h15

Opening remarks
Key note speeches


Monday 17th of June

Salle Henri Le Bœuf
9h30 - 11h

Key note Speeches


Galleries, pictures and documents

2009 Brussels Declaration by Artists and Cultural Professionals & Entrepreneurs

We, artists, professionals and culture entrepreneurs, from the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and European Union member States, met in Brussels from 1 to 3 April 2009 at the invitation of the Council of the ACP Group and the European Commission. The objective of this meeting was to facilitate a dialogue concerning current and future issues of cultural cooperation, the importance of the cultural sector for the consolidation of a knowledge-based society and a creative economy, based on the needs and expectations of professionals from ACP countries and on the priority guidelines needed for programmes of cultural cooperation between ACP countries and the European Union.


Sunday - June 16

12:30 - 13:30

Welcome desk & registration - Hall Horta

13:30 - 14:15

Opening session - Hall Horta

  1. Opening remarks by Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
  2. Key note speeches by:
    • Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General - OIF
    • Pierluigi Sacco, Professor of Economy of Culture at IULM University

Moderation and wrap up by Stefano Manservisi, Director General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Break-out sessions

14:30 - 16:30

SESSION 1: Collecting and information sharing per topic

Topic 1: Culture and cultural industries: new opportunities for job creation and inclusiveness

  • Group 1A - Salle d'Archives

    • moderator: Ojoma Ochai
    • expert: Guy Williams
  • Group 1B - Rotonda Bertouille

    • moderator: Mercedes Giovinazzo
    • expert: Rasmus Wiinstedt

Topic 2: The challenge of financing

  • Group 2A -Salon de Réception

    • moderator: Nelson Stratta
    • expert: Ignasi Guardans
  • Group 2B -Salle Europa

    • moderator: Georges Gachara
    • expert: Michelle Constant

Topic 3: Access to markets and artists' mobility

  • Group 3A -Terarken 1

    • moderator: Philippe Kern
    • expert: Oliveira Escipion
  • Group 3B -Terarken 2

    • moderator: Chris Torch
    • expert: Khadija el Bennaoui

Topic 4: Impact and opportunities of the digital revolution

  • Group 4A -Studio
    • moderator: Lilian Hanania
    • expert: Destiny Tchéhouali
  • Group 4B - Salle M
    • moderator: Aleksandra Uzelac
    • expert: Antonios Vlassis

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break - Hall Horta

17:00 - 19:00

SESSION 2: Identifying needs per topic - Conference rooms (same as above)

Groups work on topics 01, 02, 03, 04
Rooms as in Session 1

19:00 - 20:30

Welcoming speech - Hall Horta
Paul Dujardin, CEO & Artistic Director of the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels - BOZAR

Visit of BOZAR exhibitions:
Behind the scene of "incarNations - African Art as Philosophy"
"Next Generation, Please"
- Exhibition Halls

Walking dinner - Hall Horta

Monday - June 17

08:45 - 09:15

Welcome desk - Registration - Hall Horta

09:15 - 11:15

Opening Ceremony of the Colloque and Plenary Session - Henry Le Boeuf

  • Welcome by Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Comission
  • Key note Speeches by:
    • Audrey Azoulay, Director General UNESCO
  • High Level panel discussion: "Visions and opportunities from the private and public sector"
    • Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Artist and Member of the Steering Committee
    • Roberto Vellano, President EUNIC
    • Armand Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou
    • Magda Resik, Director, Oficina del Historiador de La Habana

Master of ceremony: Carole Karemera, actress

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee break - Hall Horta

"Rebirth Ribbon" - Third Paradise performance by Pistoletto Foundation and Patzaikin Experience

11:45 - 13:30 (parallel session for all public)

"Projects sharing & connecting" Session

11:45 - 13:30

SESSION 3: Proposing strategies and policy positions

Only participants from topics 01, 02, 03, 04
Conference rooms as in Session 1

13:30 - 14:30

Walking Lunch - Hall Horta

14:30 - 16:30

SESSION 4: Drafting recommendations for Manifesto 'Culture for the Future'- Rotonda Bertouille, Terarken 1, Salon de Réception, Studio

The four groups work on their vision and recommendations

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee break - Hall Horta

17:00 - 19:00

Closing Session and presentation of Manifesto - Salle M

Master of ceremony: Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General DEVCO

  • Reports from the four working groups
  • Presentation of the Manifesto 'Culture for the Future' by Etienne Minoungou and Carole Karemera, actors
  • Plenary discussion and Endorsement of the Manifesto
  • Closing statements by:
    • Sylvie Duran, Minister of Culture of Costa Rica
    • Stojan Pelko, Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
  • Closing remarks by:
    • Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
  • Artists' interventions

19:00 - 20:15

Cocktail - Hall Horta

20:15 - 21:30

Closing event 'Din KABUL la BAMAKO"- Henry Le Boeuf

A theatre, music, art and fashion journey from Central Asia to the Middle East, from the Horn of Africa to the Sahel

In cooperation with the International Trade Center/Ethical Fashion Initiative

Tuesday - June 18

At European Development Days

14:00 - 15:30 

Presentation of the Colloquium's results at the European Development Days - (Tour et Taxis, Brussels)

High Level Panel "Culture for the Future" (Link)

  • Artistic introduction by Etienne Minoungou
  • Stefano Manservisi Director General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
  • Jorge Carlos Fonseca, President of Capo Verde
  • Sylvie Duran, Minister of Culture of Costa Rica
  • Rokia Traore, Artist
  • Aina Calvo Sastre, Director AECID

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