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Opening of the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2013 Edition

June, 27th. 7PM. Opening of Forum d’Avignon Ruhr’ Second edition on the topic :  Culture is the key! Perspectives or wishful thinking in times of budgetary and economic crisis in Europe?

The Forum d’Avignon Ruhr,  copartner with Forum d ‘Avignon and Forum d’Avignon Bilbao of the Catalyse project which make call for cultural and creative actions to become drivers and catalysts in urban development – opens  for the second time on 27th and 28th June 2013, at the PACT Zollverein in Essen.

The Forum d’Avignon Ruhr welcomes around 300 leading experts or representatives of the political, economic, scientific sectors and the cultural and creative industries, to discuss the role the European Commission proposed in 2012 for the cultural and creative sectors in designing the future and thus overcoming the current crisis in Europe.

The spillover strategy analyzed the various effects created by cultural projects, but also by liberal structures in the creative industries, in ever more areas of society – e.g. not only in urban development but also in matters of climate, inter-cultural issues, and economic innovation.

European cultural policies for local solutions

The Forum d´Avignon Ruhr picks up on the Cultural Capital RUHR.2010 by identifying new modern and in particular concrete local approaches to its motto "Change Through Culture“ –taking into account the current social conditions of the financial and economic crisis. The European Agenda 2020 and the spillover strategy published in 2012 play a prevailing role, as they provide funds for cities and regions that, even in Germany, are increasingly facing budgetary crises and strict austerity measures, cutting down on opportunities for new investment. But is investment in the spillover effects – in the Ruhr district and elsewhere – really a practical contribution to a better future? Will this actually have a promoting impact on culture or will it simply put excessive pressure on the cultural and creative sectors?

The potential this offers to Europe is of special significance for the future of the Ruhr area – not only because of the Cultural Capital RUHR.2010, not only because the Ruhr population with its history of migration is a region of diverse European cultures, but also simply because of its central location in Europe. "Ruhr and Europe cannot and should not be considered separately: both in respect of the leading sectors of the economy as well as the cultural metropolis that we wish to expand", says Prof. Dieter Gorny, managing director of the european centre for creative economy (ecce) based in Dortmund.

First results of the Science project "Spillover effects in the Ruhr district"

Just as the first Forum d´Avignon Ruhr in 2012, the think tank focuses on the generation of facts through independent science. Since January 2013, a science project has been examining spillover effects for the Forum d´Avignon Ruhr in the areas economy/labour, urban development, climate/energy, and inter-cultural issues/migration, in the Ruhr district. More  than 100 projects have already been examined in this context.

The spillover involvement of 300 international of leading experts cultural personalities

Leading politicians, for example Jorge Barreto Xavier, Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture, Uffe Elbæk, Danish Minister of Culture until 2012 and the initiator of Team Culture 2012, an initiative conducted by European Ministers to reinforce the role of culture in Europe, the North-Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Culture, Ute Schäfer, and the North-Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Economy, Garrelt Duin , representatives of the economy, for example Nicolas Seydoux, President of the Forum d’Avignon, Johanna Skantze, Director of the Swedish Creative Industries, Philip Ginthör, CEO Sony Music Entertainment GSA and Eva-Maria Boerschlein, head of BMW cultural cooperation, as well as exciting personalities from the cultural and creative sectors, from the Spanish performance artist Leonidas Martin, the German light and media artist Mischa Kuball, through to 40 initiators and organisers of spillover projects in the Ruhr district and Europe, will provide for a diverse and interactive program at the second Forum d’Avignon Ruhr on 27 and 28 June 2013 in Essen.

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