#CulturalDealEU the Annual Policy Conversation Back

#CulturalDealEU the Annual Policy Conversation

18 November, 2021

15.00- 18.00(CET)

The #CulturalDealEU was launched on November 18th, 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. What has been achieved in one year? How much closer are we to a Cultural Deal for Europe? What is our horizon for positioning culture at the heart of the EU’s post-pandemic future?

Together with Culture Action Europe (CAE), Europa Nostra, – also in its capacity as coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance, Bozar – the Centre for Fine Arts, and in partnership with the Rebuilding Europe with Culture Campaign we 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.

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.


Welcome 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 of 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 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