Keynote Speeches

Regional cultural policy in Greece: resources, organization, economy, management

Myrsini Zorba, Minister of Culture and Sports

Thursday, November 8, 15:30 – 17:00

We are still in the primary stages of designing and implementing a regional cultural policy, despite the fact that the need for such a policy is obvious, and that the restructuring of resources has already begun. In order to address this issue, not so much from the limiting perspective of bureaucratic rigidity but, mainly, through a cultural analysis approach, we will look at the re-conceptualization of resources, organization, economy and management, through successful case studies, which yielded improved results. The design and implementation of a regional cultural policy will not only act as a relief, but may also have more ambitious positive effects in terms of restructuring the identity and visibility of cities and regions, cultural cohesion, the inclusion of marginalized population groups, and economic revitalization as a result of previously unacknowledged and/or undervalued resources, possibly delivering high levels of added value. Inclusive participatory processes are therefore necessary, in a spirit of solidarity, in order to support the emerging powers of each region, and to encourage them to undertake joint initiatives, with an attitude of extroversion and a sense of responsibility.

Reinventing our festivals

Jan Goossens, Director of Festival de Marseille

Friday, November 9, 15:00 – 16:00

European festivals are successful, yet they are getting out of breath and are looking alike. It becomes important to seek a new specificity and singularity for these festivals, which would allow them to reconnect with their initial emancipatory scope. With their rich history, huge media exposure and broad audiences, many European events could turn out to be artistically and politically more courageous, and truly innovative. Reviewing their fundamentals connecting with local realities, and at the same time drawing inspiration from their cousins ​​outside of Europe would enable them to become once again real avant-garde driving forces of artistic creation and of civic emancipation.

“For the Artist”: Uniting and dividing things

Alexandros Mistriotis, artist

Saturday, November 10, 15:00 – 16:00

Are artists part of their era? Do they represent or shape their era? Do they lead or follow? Do they form or are they formed by the audience? These are some of the legitimate questions that arise when begin to discuss the position of the art and the artist today; a controversial position that affects all of society and its dreams, hopes and fears. A position in constant flux, making these queries seem, not only difficult to tackle, but plain wrong. Because, it is not necessary to choose between two opposites. It seems that the “opposite” has to balance between them. Even from the time when there were no “artists”, their function certainly existed, and played a crucial role. Today, however, when historical time has accelerated and modernity seems to be exhausted, things bring to light a new dimension of art that is not ideologically organized. We now clearly see the relationship of art and time.