Culture as a driving force
The EU Parliament is highlighting the importance and diversity of European culture today with a conference in Brussels entitled "Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future". Why the focus on culture? An estimated 300,000 people work directly in the EU’s cultural sector and it is indirectly responsible for up to 7.8 million jobs. The conference aims to increase awareness of the social and economic importance of culture and heritage.
Political leaders, policy makers, stakeholders and guests will gather in Brussels to debate the challenges of the sector in three panels:
• Cultural heritage and Europeanness
• Preserving and promoting cultural heritage
• Innovation and the economic potential of cultural heritage
In addition to the panels, there will be two live music performances and an exhibition on video games.
The conference takes place against the backdrop of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. To mark the year, thousands of activities are taking place across Europe to involve people more closely with cultural heritage at local, regional, national and European levels.