More than 400 participants from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Pacific were present at the Colloquium “Culture for the Future” on the 16th and 17th of June 2019, 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, to explore how cultural and creative sectors contribute to sustainable development and inclusiveness.

An important objective was the formulation of the “Manifesto – Culture for the Future”, which presents “10 recommendations for Culture for the future” drawn up by the different participants from the sector. The two days were therefore set up around interactive sessions that addressed key topics from jobs creation and inclusiveness, financing mechanisms, access to markets and artists’ mobility, to impact and opportunities of the digital revolution.

Beyond its role in the pursuit of sustainable human development, culture is a driver for economic growth. The safeguarding, preservation and valorisation of cultural heritage and the cultural and creative industries stimulate jobs, empower youth and women and contribute to resilient, and tolerant communities that respect cultural differences. Cultural actions create safe spaces for free expression, exchange and mutual understanding, contributing to socialcohesion. By opening public and private spaces for coexistence and mutual exchange, culture becomes a laboratory for social innovation.

Yet, the debates at the European Development Days (18-19 June) and the dedicated Colloquium show a promising and growing awareness about the value of culture. Cultural profesionals coming together, sharing experiences and developing concrete recommendations; is a space that needs to remain and be expanded upon.


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