The Forum Europe Ruhr is the platform for stakeholders and organisations from the fields of culture and politics, the economy and academics. It aims to initiate dialogues and cooperations on the important topics for shaping the future as well as to build bridges between the sectors and fields, between Europe and the Ruhr region – with culture at its heart. The Forum Europe Ruhr has its roots in the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr, which took place annually in the City of Essen from 2012 to 2016 and was based on a French-German partnership.

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#FER17 took place on 07 September at the Philharmonie Essen.

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Culture 360°: This was the Forum Europe Ruhr 2017 – #FER17 

The 6th edition of the international conference took place in the Philharmonie Essen on 07.09.2017 and welcomed 254 participants from 18...

Topic 2017

Whether from a perspective of the arts, cultural policy or economics: The impact of the arts and culture is expanding beyond their established cultural sphere. These parallel developments, as varied as they are in political, economic and technological aspects, appear to have one thing in common: They are expanding artists’ roles and reach. The Forum Europe Ruhr invited you to get a complete view on the arts, the economy, technology and policy: Culture 360°.

  • Culture 360°: The Topic in Detail

    CULTURE 360°

    From subsidy to investment: Society's and policymakers' perceptions of art and culture are renewing. This is also evidenced by a report by the European Parliament published in 2016, according to which culture and the cultural industries with their artistic content and products have a profound economic impact, create value, generate growth and jobs, strengthen national, regional and local identities and contribute to global political dialogue with their identification potential.

    Whether from a perspective of the arts, cultural policy or economics: The impact of the arts and culture is expanding beyond their established cultural sphere.

    It is noteable how artists' attitude is changing: They demand greater influence and involvement in policy decisions, and are increasingly active outside the traditional 'realm of the arts'. Existing conceptions of art are being replaced by a broader understanding of the artist’s role. As the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung observed in a report on this year's documenta exhibition, 'the social contract that divided art from life in exchange for autonomy appears to be unravelling.'

    Artistic possibilities are also being expanded by digital technologies. New artistic worlds are being created, and links are being forged between artistic disciplines; digital technology already allows us to immerse ourselves in other worlds, to explore culture(s) more fully than ever.

    These parallel developments, as varied as they are in political, economic and technological aspects, appear to have one thing in common: They are expanding artists’ roles and reach.

    What effect does this have on cultural policy? On cultural funding? On art itself? In the face of these wide-ranging artistic, economic, technological and social developments, the Forum Europe Ruhr will be taking a critical look at the key questions facing arts and society today: How can culture live up to all these promises? To what extent do artists and cultural policymakers share the same views and expectations regarding the social role of art and culture, and to what extent do these expectations diverge?

    This was the topic of the Forum Europe Ruhr 2017, to which we invited you to get a complete view on the arts, the economy, technology and policy: Culture 360°.

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Programme 2017

Hosts of the Day:

Antonia Blau (Head of European Projects, Goethe-Institut Brussels)

Pieter Aarts (Member of the Board, Design Management Network)

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  • Morning

    RECEPTION

    08:30 am

     

    WELCOME SPEECH

    09:15 am - 09:20 am

    • Thomas Kufen (Lord Mayor, City of Essen)

    INTRODUCTION

    Statement

    09:20 am - 09:35 am

    • Prof Dieter Gorny (Managing Director, ecce – european centre for creative economy)

    STRATEGIES I: NEW SPACES FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

    Statements + Discussion

    09:35 am - 10:30 am

    • POLITICS
      • Dr Christian Ehler (MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy / Co-Chair, Intergroup "Creative Industries"; European Parliament)
      • Barbara Gessler (Head of Unit Creative Europe – Culture, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission)
    • THE ARTS
      • Michelangelo Buonarroti (Painter / Sculptor / Architect / Writer)

     

    BREAK

    10:30 am - 10:50 am

     

    INTERNATIONAL FUNDING ENVIRONMENTS – PROGRAMMES FOR PROSPERITY

    Discussion

    10:50 am - 12:10 pm

    • Luca Bergamo (Vice Mayor, Cultural Development, Municipality of Rome)
    • Michelle Dickson (Director, Strategy, Arts Council England)
    • Dr Christian Esch (Director, NRW KULTURsekretariat)
    • Pia Lange Christensen (Head of Department, Regional Development, Central Denmark Region)
    • Milena Popova (Head of Re-Use Services, Europeana)

    THE HERE AND NOW OF MONEY AND SPIRIT or HOW AND WHY DO WE MANAGE CULTURE?

    Statement

    12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

    • Prof Dr Dirk Baecker (Chair Holder of Culture Theory and Management, Witten/Herdecke University)

     

    LUNCH BREAK

    12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

  • Meet&Match

    Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds (IKF)

    Creative.Quarters Ruhr

    NICE Award

  • Afternoon

    INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVE MINDS (IKF) – A MODEL FOR EUROPE

    Statement

    02:00 pm - 02:20 pm

    • Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (Minister of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

    VIRTUAL ARTS

    Presentations in Cooperation with medienwerk.nrw

    02:20 pm - 03:20 pm

    • Alain Bieber (Artistic Director and Managing Director, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf)
    • Giulia Bowinkel (Artist, Banz & Bowinkel)
    • Keez Duyves (Artist, PIPS:lab)
    • Mona el Gammal (Director / Scenographer)
    • Dr Ursula Ströbele (Institute for Art History and Aesthetics, Berlin University of the Arts)
    • Host: Klaas Werner (Project Manager, medienwerk.nrw)

    BREAK

    03:20 pm - 03:40 pm

     

    VIRTUAL ARTS

    Discussion on the Panel in Cooperation with medienwerk.nrw

     

    STRATEGIES II: NEW ALLIANCES FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

    Statements + Discussion

    04:10 pm - 04:55 pm

    • DIGITALISATION
      • Giorgia Abeltino (Director of Public Policy, Google Cultural Institute)
    • CONTENT
      • Prof Christian Höppner (President, Deutscher Kulturrat / Secretary General, Deutscher Musikrat)

    NEW ECONOMIES – CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

    Statement

    04:55 pm - 05:15 pm

    • Karl-Uwe Bütof (Head of Department "State Economic Policy, Digitalization, Industry, Service Sector, Lead Markets", Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

The Venue: Philharmonie Essen

The Forum Europe Ruhr took place at the Philharmonie Essen. The listed building of the Philharmonie, located at the Stadtgarten, was reopened in 2004 after fundamental renovations and has impressed the audience since then with the compositon of the historical important Saalbau and the aesthetic modern redesign. The premises at the interface of culture and economy provided, as they did in 2016, a suitable setting for this year’s Forum on 07 September 2017.

 

Philharmonie Essen, Huyssenallee 53, 45128 Essen

 

Information on Locations and Directions

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The Wandelhalle at the Philharmonie Essen during FAR16
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Meet&Match in the Wandelhalle of the Philharmonie Essen during FAR16

RWE-Pavillon der Philharmonie Essen während des FAR16
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RWE-Pavillon of the Philharmonie Essen during FAR16