Milan hosts European Culture Forum
The European Culture Forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation, to bring together the cultural sectors' key players, and to debate on EU culture policy and initiatives. Its 2017 edition – on 7 and 8 December – is being held for the first time outside Brussels, namely at Superstudio in the creative neighbourhood of Tortona in Milan. The forum also marks the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, a thematic year devoted to Europe’s common cultural assets and all their aspects.
In plenary and working sessions, participants will seek answers to a number of questions. Examples: Can culture help to tackle European and global challenges? Does cultural heritage matter to Europeans? How can culture in cities and regions help to shape more cohesive and inclusive societies? Lively discussions, unexpected meetings and fruitful exchanges are expected.
Parallel to the event, the European Culture Forum Game Jam is also taking place. The aim is to foster creativity and improve the skills of the developers, while finding new ideas and perspectives in the field of game design. On the basis of a theme to be unveiled at the event, the jammers will create a video game from scratch, crafting all its aspects. A professional jury will evaluate the game demos and the winners will be presented at the forum.
A fringe event to the forum is a talk on the evening of 7 December hosted by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). The focus will be on local experiences and international developments in protecting intangible cultural heritage.