"What is our crisis and how do we deal with it?”

Cultural / Systemic Crises in Europe

European module for the digital event series "noFuture? The art of departing”:
Video speed dates + panel discussion on the 10th of May, 17.30-19.00 CEST 

The Association for Cultural Policy in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education, organizes a digital event series with different moduls from 14th of April to the 18th of May named “no Future? The art of departing”- with a focus on the systemic crisis of culture, with which we are already teasing the congress topic. www.kunstdesaufbruchs.de
For the conception and development of the various formats of this digital event series, we collaborated with various actors - artist collectives, European contact points, communication experts, etc.
The idea of “noFuture? The Art of departing”: We see a systemic crisis of culture that can also be read as a crisis of society. The Corona pandemic illuminates existing structural problems and threatens the existence of many artists. We are convinced that the crisis holds both potential and necessity for a new beginning, which we support with this digital event series. What is needed is a culture (politics) of transformation.
Thematically, we link the Corona crisis, the need for transformation of cultural (politics) and the crisis of democracy– not only focusing on the situation in Germany but also bringing in other European perspectives. In the dialogue spaces offered, we want to question the existing and at the same time open up for the development of new ideas and their possible implementation. To this end, we have developed a discourse programme with eight modules and numerous events, including panel discussions, bar camps, audio talks, web talks and video calls in German and English.

The European Module: “What is our crisis and how do we deal with it?”
The European module invites stakeholders from cultural institutions from different countries to share their specific experiences what challenges cultural institutions in Europe are facing and their ideas of dealing with.
The module consists of two formats: a) Speed Dating Video Talks + b) Panel discussion

a ) Speed Dating Video Talks
Stakeholders from cultural institutions of 6 countries will be paired for an experimental speed date: they don’t know each other, come from different cultural sectors and institutions and start a dialogue to discuss their crises and solutions. The 30 minutes video takes will be published here and via Social Media on 3 consecutive Mondays: April 19, April 26, May 3. A short best off will be included in the following panel discussion.

Video talk 1 | Monday, April 19

Video talk 2 | Monday, April 26

Video talk 3 | Monday, May 3

b) Panel discussion
A panel discussion will address the questions "What are the current crises of culture in Europe? Which solutions already exist and which still need to be developed?" also from an overarching perspective of science and cultural policy. At the beginning of the panel, the 5-minute version from format a) will be shown to open the discussion and to relate format a) and b) to each other.

Panel discussion will take place on the 10th of May, 17.30-19.00 CEST

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©Patricio Soto

Else Christensen-Redzepovic is and independent expert and advisor in local and international cultural relations for the EU, governments, municipalities, institutions and networks worldwide. Project manager of the European Commission (EC) project “Voices of Culture” a Structured Dialogue between the EC and stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors in the EU and by appointment of the European Parliament, also serving on the European Capital of Culture selection and monitoring Expert Panel.


©Nebojša Babić
Dr. Milena Dragićević Šešić, former President of the University of Arts, Belgrade, founder of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation. Professor of Cultural Policy & Management. Guest Lecturer at numerous world universities. Published 20 books and more than 200 essays, translated in 17 languages. Expert for UNESCO, European Cultural Foundation, EU, Council of Europe. Research projects Framework V, Horizon2020, COST…Commandeur dans l`Ordre des Palmes Academiques 2002; first ENCATC fellowship Laureate 2019; University of Arts Laureate 2004, 2019.
@Ineke Oostveen

Isabelle Schwarz is Head of Public Policy at the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam which she joined in 2002 with the responsibility to lead the foundation’s advocacy. She combines expertise in EU policy development, philanthropy, and international cultural relations. Previously, she was Executive Director of ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education. Earlier she held research and project management positions with the UN World Commission on Culture and Development, Council of Europe, Ministry of Culture of France, foundations and NGOs.


Christoph Jankowski is Regional Manager for East Asia and the Americas at British Council’s Global Network Team, which connects the organisation’s offices abroad with the London HQ and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). His background is in multilateral cultural and educational relations and partnerships through arts, education and societal projects. He is a specialist in European programmes (and funding) for collaborative initiatives which aim to address challenges in heritage, the arts and other cultural spaces. Weiterlesen

Who we are

The virtual Federal Congress on Cultural Policy is organised by the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft (Association of Cultural Policy). The European module is implemented under the umbrella of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft by team members of three institutions: