Forum on European Culture | 17 - 20 September

15.09.2020 |

Forum on European Culture is a biennial forum on the strength, impact and value of art and culture for Europe. This year's third edition of the Forum with the theme “We, The People” will take place on 17 - 20 September. Thinkers and activists from around Europe will converge on Amsterdam to examine the notion of a ‘European people’

“At a time when the future of Europe seems more uncertain than ever, artists and thinkers from all over the world come together in Amsterdam to exchange ideas about Europe and its future.”

The Forum will be opened by a discussion "Civic Council – Talks Across Europe" between leading international artists and thinkers as well as local citizens in Amsterdam, Warsaw and  Palermo on what kind of European cultural identity or demos we need as a necessary foundation for a pan-European democracy.

The exhibition "The Europeans" taking place on 17 - 20 September is the ten-year project (2019-2029) of the photographer Rob Hornstra and writer-filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen. Hornstra and van Bruggen will offer a special preview to this project in its early beginnings, by exhibiting a handpicked selection of photography and video footage during the Forum, in the foyer of de Balie.

The events will take place live in Amsterdam and live-streamed online. The whole program is available here.

The Forum is an initiative of DutchCulture and De Balie.

DutchCulture is the strategic advice agency for international cultural cooperation, creating activities worldwide. DutchCulture works with – and for – the cultural sector, the government and the diplomatic network both in the Netherlands and abroad. De Balie is a well-known platform and center for the freedom of speech, contemporary art, politics, culture, cinema and media, situated near the Leidseplein in the heart of Amsterdam.

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"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)