The Conference will highlight the added value of culture as an important resource for genuine democracies and fuller participation of citizens and will point out innovative approaches to take on the new challenges of today's society in the field of cultural governance, policy and practice.
Also perspectives, opportunities and challenges for the Council of Europe as the pan-European intergovernmental forum on culture and laboratory of democratic governance will be studied and ways to increase effective co-operation in the cultural field with international organizations such as UNESCO, the European Union and other international organizations will be suggested.
"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)