EUNIC Siena Cultural Relations Forum
2nd edition, June 26-29, 2019

Rectorate, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

“Bridging Theory and Practice. A European Strategic. Approach to International Cultural Relations: The state of the art”

EUNIC in partnership with the University of Siena will organise the second Siena Cultural Relations Forum in Siena from the 26th to the 29th of June 2019. This event will bring cultural relations policy makers and practitioners together with academics and researchers in an attempt to bridge the gaps between the theory, policy and practice of the EU’s international cultural relations.

In four workstreams the programme will cover topics central to the recent development and implementation of the EU Strategic Approach to International Cultural Relations:

  • Workstream I – Progress report on the implementation of the Administrative Arrangement between EUNIC, European Commission and European External Action Service, and next steps
  • Work stream II – Closing event “CReW: Cultural Relations at Work”. Project results on the three strands of the Joint Communication “Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations”
  • Workstream III – Partners and principles of EU cultural relations: Looking at the inclusivity regarding partners and local stakeholders as well as the “how” of the implementation of the EU’s strategic approach to international cultural relations
  • Workstream IV – What is the future of the EU’s international cultural relations? Exploring the next action points on the implementation of the Joint Communication and the Council Conclusions on International Cultural Relations.

The event is a seminar format with each participant expected to contribute and share their knowledge and insights.

Rectorate, University of Siena



Day 1. 26 June

19:00 Opening Reception

Day 2. 27 June

09:30-11:00 Opening session: Roundtable “The impact of the European elections on EU international cultural relations”

Notes on the analysis of European election results: Pierangelo Isernia

  • Marta Martinelli, Head of Team - EU External Policies, Open Society European Policy Institute (TBC)
  • Gijs de Vries, European Institute, LSE - expert of Ifa’s Research Programme 
  • An expert from a partner country
  • Michael Schultz, Swedish Permanent Representation 
  • A practitioner from EUNIC network 

Moderator: Gitte Zschoch 

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Session One: Progress report on the implementation of the EU Strategic Approach for international cultural relations Joint session by Gitte Zschoch (EUNIC Global) and EU Delegation (TBC)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Session Two: Key notes and panel discussion on EU International Cultural Relations: Policy Makers 

  • DG EAC European Culture Policy and next steps: Tamas Szucs, Director D4, Culture and Creativity, DG EAC
  • DG DEVCO Culture for the Future: A Manifesto Aida Liha Matejiček (tbc)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 

16:00-17:30 Session Three: EU International Cultural Relations: Partners

  • Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and UNESCO Representative to the European Institutions 
  • Eleonora Insalaco,  Head of Intercultural Research and Programming - Anna Lindh Foundation 
  • Marijana Cvetković, University of Arts in Belgrade 
  • Elena Polivtseva, Communication and Policy Manager IETM, International network for contemporary performing arts
  • Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Public Policy, European Cultural Foundation (TBC)

17:30-18:00 Re-cap of the day 

20:00 Dinner

Day 3. 28 June

09:00-11:00 Session Four: International Cultural Relations in Practice – Cultural Relations Labs 

Participatory discussions with experts and others on: 

  • Power Relations in international cultural relations 
  • Joint-Capacity Building and Co-Creation 
  • Inclusivity and Diversity 
  • Fair practice in international cultural relations 

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Session Five: International Cultural Relations in Practice – Reflections and how to move forward

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session Six. Cultural Relations at Work – CReW project: preliminary findings and next steps

Speakers: Pierangelo Isernia, Alessandro Giovanni Lamonica, University of Siena

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 

16:00-17:30 Session Seven: Roundtable “Comparing the pillars of the Strategy: From emergence to consolidation?”

  • Yolanda Smits, KEA European Affairs
  • Fanny Bouquerel, Institut d’études européennes, Université Paris 8
  • Robert Bewley, University of Oxford 
  • Richard Higgott, VUB

Moderator: Pierangelo Isernia

20:00 Dinner

Day 4. 29 June

09:30-11:00 Session Seven: What is next? A design thinking session 

Leading moderator: Markus Hilgert, Secretary General and CEO of Cultura Foundation of the German Federal States


Ian King, UAL London College of Fashion

Caterina Carta, Laval University

Candace White, University of Tennessee

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Conclusions and Next Steps: Official Closing of the Cultural Relations Forum

13.00-14:00 Lunch

Departures or cultural Visit to Archivio di Stato

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