European Heritage Policy Agora “From the New European Bauhaus to the New European Renaissance” taking place today!

European Heritage Policy Agora “From the New European Bauhaus to the New European Renaissance” taking place today!

The European Heritage Policy Agora “From the New European Bauhaus to the New European Renaissance” takes place today (09.30-13.15 |14.15-16.30) at the headquarters of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice. The Agora will bring together policy-makers at all levels as well as key heritage stakeholders in a series of high-level debates on the most topical issues for the cultural heritage ecosystem in Europe.

The Agora will be introduced by Mr. David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament (video message). Among the prominent speakers who will contribute to the Agora are Mr. Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Culture, Ms. Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission and Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe; Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission; Dr. Vasko Simoniti, Slovenian Minister of Culture and Acting Chair of the EU Council of Ministers; and Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

The Agora is a contribution to the New European Bauhaus, of which Europa Nostra is a civil society partner. It is based on the firm conviction that, while we jointly promote a New European Bauhaus, we also ought to aspire to a New European Renaissance: one shall indeed lead to the other. The Agora also coincides with and contributes to another citizen-driven initiative launched by the EU institutions, namely the Conference on the Future of Europe. It is Europa Nostra’s response to the call for organising citizens’ debates on the future of Europe in heritage sites issued in association with the European Heritage Alliance on 9 May 2021 - Europe Day.

Aiming at connecting these various initiatives, the Agora is a fitting occasion to discuss and demonstrate the role of cultural heritage in achieving all the policy priorities of the EU
- from social cohesion to sustainable development and climate action, and from the protection of fundamental values to enhancing Europe’s role in the world.

The European Heritage Policy Agora is one of the highlights of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021, which is being held this week in the World Heritage City of Venice. It is organised by Europa Nostra with the support of the European Union as well as in collaboration with other European and Italian partners. The Summit is held under the patronage of the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Our Delegate from Latvia, Indra Purs, will participate on behalf of IFLA Europe as the Chairwoman of the IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group and member of the New European Bauhaus Collective.

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Event programme:

9.30 – 10.15 Opening session

Welcome by Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra (Serbia, The Netherlands)

Opening message by David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament (video message)

Opening addresses

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life (online)

Vasko Simoniti, Slovenian Minister of Culture, Acting Chair of the EU Council of Ministers

Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

Paola Marini, Chairwoman, Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice Moderated by Erminia Sciacchitano, Minister’s Cabinet, Italian Ministry of Culture (Italy)

10:15 – 11:30 Cultural Heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal

Opening statement by Francisco de Paula Coelho, Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute

Panel discussion

​Andrew Potts, Coordinator of the Climate Heritage Network (United-States/ France)

Alexandra Mitsotaki, President & Co-founder of the World Human Forum (Greece)

Oliver Martin, Head of Section, Federal Office of Culture (Switzerland)

Pravali Vangeti, European Heritage Youth Ambassador, Europa Nostra/ESACH (France)

Reactions

Iskra Mihaylova, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Renew Group (Bulgaria) (online)

Philippe Gimet, CEO OPEREL (France)

Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit, New European Bauhaus, DG JRC, European Commission (online)

Indra Purs, Chairwoman of the IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group and member of the New European Bauhaus Collective

Q&A with the audience

11:30 – 12:00 Special address by Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister for Culture


Moderated by Jimmy Jamar, Head of Europa Nostra Brussels Office (Belgium)

12:00 – 13:15 Cultural Heritage, a catalyst for peace and mutual understanding

Opening statement by Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) (online)

Panel discussion

Dr Karen Brown, University of St Andrews, Senior Lecturer & School of Art History Director of Research, St Andrews Scotland (United-Kingdom)

Guy Clausse, Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra (Luxembourg)

Antigoni Michael, Heritage Professional & Archaeologist (Cyprus)

Vesna Marjanović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra Serbia (Serbia)

Julia Lagahuzère, General Director, Opera for Peace (Italy)

Reactions

Gijs de Vries, Senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (online)

Valéry Freland, Executive Director, International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) (Switzerland) (online)

Salima Yenbou, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA (France)

Q&A with the audience

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break


Moderated by Luca Jahier, Former President of the European Economic and Social Committee 2018-2020 (Italy)

14:15 – 15:30 Culture and Heritage as the basis of a New European Renaissance

Opening statement by Roberto Cicutto, President of La Biennale di Venezia (Italy)

Panel discussion

Marshall Marcus, European Union Youth Orchestra, Secretary General (Italy)

Silvia Costa, Extraordinary Commissioner for the Italian Government for the restoration of the Santo Stefano prison, former MEP and Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament (Italy)

Basil Kerski, Director of the European Solidarity Centre (Poland)

Hana Kohout, Project Assistant, Culture Hub Croatia & future European Commission Bluebook Trainee (Croatia)

Reactions

Marcos Ros, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group (Spain)

André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation (The Netherlands)

Q&A with the audience
Moderated by Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra (Serbia/The Netherlands)

15:30 – 16:30 Closing session

Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture and Media of Croatia

Vasco Alv​​es Cordeiro​, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (video message)

Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Committee for culture and education, European Parliament, EPP Group (online)

Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International (online)

Francesco Rutelli, Founder and President, Soft Power Club (Italy)

Jorge Chaminé, Founder-President of the European Music Centre (Europe)

For more information, read the Agora Programme and the Agora Booklet.

Register & follow the livestream from Venice via live.europanostra.org.


This event is part of European Heritage Summit 2021 21 - 24 September, Venice

The European Cultural Heritage Summit 2021 in Venice is organised by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society Committed to Cultural Heritage – with the support of the European Union and in collaboration with other European and Italian partners. The Summit is held under the patronage of the European Parliament, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Italian Ministry of Culture. For full programme please visit https://www.europanostra.org/european-heritage-summit/

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