The International Colloquium “Culture for the Future”, organized by the European Commission, convened 400 cultural and creative professionals from all over the world on the 16th and 17th of June 2019 in Brussels to explore how the cultural and creative sectors contribute to sustainable development and inclusiveness.

The European Commission and experts took this opportunity to propose concrete and innovative approaches for implementation of the future EU cooperation policies, in order to actively support the cultural dimension of sustainable development, international cooperation as a strategy to promote creativity innovation, further mobilisation, social cohesion and job creation. Mercedes Giovinazzo, Director of Interarts, moderated the “Culture and cultural industries: new opportunities for job creation and inclusiveness” topic, in which the discussion focused on the challenges of sustainable development for the mobilisation of culture and creative industries within the objectives of the 2030 Agenda. She also contributed two of the Colloquium’s background documents. Dr. Antonio Gucciardo, General Manager of Interarts, participated in the “Access to market and mobility of artists” working group, focused on the protection of cultural markets, the free movement of artists and intellectual rights.

Interarts is also pleased that its partners in the Culture at Work Africa project were invited to attend the Colloquium, testifying to the relevance of the project.

The Colloquium issued the 2019 Manifesto “A vision of creativity, dialogue on innovation for sustainable development” as the shared position of the all the participants on the role that culture plays in human development.

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