Keynote speaker wanted for the conference “Looking Ahead – New Opportunities and Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19”

Imagine, you find yourself on a green field and you will be the one to decide how to use it: Will it become a visionary project for urban dwelling? Or rather a rural community project? Do you plan to just leave it on its own? Does it need any further protection to bloom? Or fertilizer?
Now, use your imagination and go a step further: the green field is a metaphor for the European cultural and creative sectors. What is your vision? Protection, support, fertilization? What do you want to do with your green field? That’s what we want to hear from you!

What are we looking for? A keynote which acknowledges the realities of today and the EU cultural policy but which is visionary enough to suggest a new direction. The keynote can refer to current discussions from the European CCS – such as Gender Equality, Green New Deal, Digitization, new MFF, New Agenda for Culture etc. – but this is not a must! Artistic input is welcomed. The keynote will be held in English and should not be longer than 15 minutes.

How can you become our keynote speaker? Simply apply for it by sending us a short description of your personal background and sketch your idea for the keynote (max. 1 page or video max. 2 minutes). Please attach one reference (youtube link, conference programme, reference letter etc.) which shows that you already presented in English. Deadline is September 6th.

How will the keynote be held? The conference will take place on October 8th between 16:30 to 19:30h (CET) in Bonn, Germany. The event will be streamed and adresses national and local policy makers and cultural operators from Europe. If possible, the keynote will be presented on the spot but can also be recorded beforehand. Remuneration is upon negotiation.

If you have any questions, please contact Lea Stöver: stoever@ced-kultur.eu



Looking Ahead

New Opportunities and Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19

October 8th 2020, 16:30 -19:30h CET

The Creative Europe Desk KULTUR organises the online conference “Looking Ahead – New Opportunities and Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19” in the context of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference will bring together experts from Europe and focus on the support measures during and after Covid-19 but also on the new programme cycle, especially focusing on Creative Europe, Horizon Europe and the European Structural Funds.

2020 is a crucial year on the European level and that’s not only because of the Covid-19 crisis. The EU has to decide about its Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the upcoming 7 years and is striving to overcome the economic and social crisis. A lot has been said about the needs of the cultural and creative sectors in Europe but also its meaning for a culturally diverse and robust Europe. On the eve of the new MFF and on the occasion of the German EU council’s presidency, we want to talk about visions and how to use the moment of a crisis to think about new directions and concepts. 

Preliminary Programme

Welcome notes

Prof. Monika Grütters
Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Germany (Video)


Mariya Gabriel
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (Video)

EU Funding for Culture –
Emergency Measures and beyond

Barbara Gessler
European Commission, DG EAC, Head of Unit Creative Europe




Horizon Europe –
What’s in it for Culture?

European Commission, DG Innovation and Research, Unit Fair Societies & Cultural Heritage




Cohesion policy –
What’s in it for Culture?

Laurent de Mercey
European Commission, DG Regio, Unit Smart and Sustainable Growth




Panel Discussion

Experts from the European Commission, European Parliament and Germany





 Moderation: Cori Moore


The link for streaming the event will be available here on the day of the event.

Funded by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media




Looking Ahead – New Opportunities and Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19

 October 8th 2020
16:30 - 19:30h CET





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