Forum Wroclaw

Culture and Active Citizenship in the Development of Europe

“A Soul for Europe” together with Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny (National Audiovisual Institute, Warsaw) organized “Forum Wroclaw. Culture and Active Citizenship in the Development of Europe”, a one-day-discussion on 10 September 2011 in Wroclaw.
The Forum took place within the framework of the European Culture Congress  (8-11 September 2011), initiated by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as part of the cultural programme of the Polish EU Council Presidency.


Panellists and audience discussed three main topics with politicians, representatives of EU institutions, film makers, business people and representatives of civil society:
Panel 1: Culture and Economy in the development of Europe


Panel 2: European Capital of Culture – A model for culture?


Panel 3: The impact of the European Union Cultural Programmes and their future shape
An approach to discuss some examples of MEDIA and CULTURE programmes


Film maker István Szabó delivered the opening keynote at the conference. Further participants included: EU-Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, Professor for Economy Pier Luigi Sacco, MEP Doris Pack, Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe Robert Palmer, Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Monika Smolen, Director-General for Education and Culture Jan Truszczynski and Director of the International Cultural Centre Krakow Jacek Purchla as well as “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group members Kathrin Deventer, Nele Hertling, Gabriella Gönczy, Yuriy Vulkovsky and Rarita Zbranca.


The European Culture Congress was organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Audiovisual Institute, co-organised by City Wroclaw, co-funded by the European Union. The event was part of the Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency.