UNESCO Forum: fostering cultural creativity in South-East Europe
Within the framework of the new global initiative “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, launched by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Venice Office is organizing a regional forum in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 17 March 2012, which aims at enhancing with various professionals from the region the debate of the role of culture and creativity in fostering sustainable development, social cohesion and integration. This forum, entitled “Balkan visions: Creativity for the future”, is organized in cooperation with the Sofia International Film Festival (9-25 March 2012), leading film festival in Bulgaria, on the occasion of the “Sofia Meetings”, with the support of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and the Sofia Municipality.
The forum will be structured around 3 thematic round-tables: cinema (“Putting a country on the international film map: experiences from South-East Europe”), creative cities (“New urban spaces and creativity: fostering creative cities for development in South-East Europe”), and new media arts (“Art and innovation: developing new media arts in South-East Europe”).
The forum will bring together, in the form of an international public encounter, a group of recognized artists and creators from the South-East European region who are contributing to the reshaping of the cultural and artistic contemporary landscape in South-East Europe, and to the rapid changing of the image and perception of the region, in terms of creativity, innovation and modernity. Will also participate various representatives from NGOs, cultural agencies, as well as from the European Union.
It is expected that a set of strategic recommendations to reinforce schemes for the promotion of cultural industries in South-East Europe will be discussed during the debates, and brought to the attention of the next Ministerial conference on cultural heritage of SEE Ministers of culture, to be hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria in September 2012, with the support of UNESCO.
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