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.

You are invited to explore the results of the Colloquium "Culture for Future". 

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.

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.

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