More Europe - Marseille debate

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 09:30
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More Europe in partnership with Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture, the Villa Méditerranée, and the MuCEM organised a regional debate:

Challenges and perspectives for culture:
Views from the Southern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe

  • Introductory remarks by Sana Ouchtati, More Europe Director
  • Opening session

Patrick ALLEMAND (1st Vice-President Regional Council PACA, for International Relations)
Leila SHAHID (Patron More Europe – external cultural relations)

  • The role of culture in democratic transitions, in view of the Eastern experience

Péter INKEI (Director of the Budapest Cultural Observatory)
Rania STEPHAN (Film director)
Sofiane OUISSI (Choregrapher and producer)
Hugues MINGARELLI (Managing director Middle East & Southern Neighbourhood,  the European External Action Service)

Pavol DEMES (ECF Advisory Board; German Marshall Fund)

  • Artists' mobility and visas

Fabienne BIDOU (ZONE Franche)
Mais IRQSUSI (Arab Education Forum)
Nini PALAVANDISHVILI (GEOAir – Contemporary Arts Space in Tbilissi)
Diederik PAALMAN (DG Home - Deputy Head of Unit, Visa Unit, European Commission)

Ferdinand RICHARD (President Roberto Cimetta Fund)

  • Reform of cultural policies in the South and East

Goran TOMKA (Researcher – Faculty of Sports and Tourism, Serbia)
Kenza SEFRIOUI (Cultural journalist – member of Racines, Morocco)
Corina SUTEU (President Film ETC/Making Waves Film Festival in NY, co-founder Romanian Film Initiative)
Delphine BORIONE (Deputy Secretary General Social & Civil Affairs, Union for the Mediterranean)

Ghislaine GLASSON DESCHAUMES (Director, TransEuropéennes)

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Read the conclusions of this conference here!
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Have a look at the pictures of the debate here:


The round table on  the "Role of artists in a changing world" of the "Atelier d'idées: D'Où vient l'avenir?/Where does the future come from?" was organized at the MuCEM as part of the « Rencontres européennes » of the Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Arles Festivals, in partnership with the Royaumont Foundation and in collaboration with More Europe.

Leila Shahid (More Europe patron), Sofiane Ouissi (Tunisian choreographer), Ahmed El Attar (theatre director, playwriter), Fabrizio Cassol (saxophonist), Frédéric Deval (head of improvised & oral music unit, Royaumont Foudation), Thierry Fabre (writer, journalist, political analyst), Bernard Foccroulle (organist, opera director), Jean-Charles Depaule (writer, social science researcher), Jan Goossens (artistic director, KVS), Denis Laborde (ethnologist, CNRS researcher - National Center for Scientific Research), Magic Malik (jazz flautist).

On this topic, you can find an interesting article written by Yudhishtir Raj Isar on the role of cultural operators within the process of democratisation here.

The Roberto Cimetto Fund also published a report on International Artistic Mobility and Territorial diplomacy.


Marseille panel I (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe