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GUE Cult: Festivals in the post-COVID-19 era: Ancient themes and heroes trigger today’s opportunities in the context of the digital and the green transition and the New European Bauhaus Initiative
Festivals have an important contribution to the local economies and stand as best practices for European cultural policy implementation and for strengthening European cultural diversity and identity. Strengthening the role of Festivals could therefore be considered as a cultural response against the current overall crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to boost current opportunities such as the digital and the green transition and the New European Bauhaus Initiative. In this context, ancient themes and heroes may serve as a trigger for transnational cultural collaboration as they have always been uniting and inspiring artists throughout Europe across centuries to overcome crises and to flourish.

14.00 Introduction to “Festivals in the post-COVID-19 era”

Host – Moderation: MEP Alexis Georgoulis (The Left)


14. 10 Opening remarks – Institutional perspective
Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
MEP Martina Michels (The Left)
MEP Hannes Heide (S&D)


14.40 Panel I: The importance of Festivals in the post-COVID-era – Civil Society & Policy Making
Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General - European Festivals Association
Niels Righolt, Vice-President - Culture Action Europe
Manos Vougioukas, Secretary General - European Cultural Tourism Network


15.10 Panel II: Prospects and challenges for Festivals - Best Practices
Ilias Chatzichristodoulou, Founder & Director / International Festival of Digital Arts in Greece, Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) - Iannis Pantazidis, Cultural Management / International Festival of Digital Arts in Greece, Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF)
Christos Georgiou, Executive Director of International Theatre Institute of Cyprus - International Ancient Greek Drama Festival of Cyprus,
Nikos Papakostas, Co-founder of Inter Alia - Civic Action Meeting Point
Eleni Temponera - Director of Marketing & Communications & Chrysa Martini – Head of Premises & Infrastructure, Elevsis 2023

Jul 1, 2021 02:00 PM in Brussels

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