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Europe: United or Divided by Culture?

This the final event in this high-level series of public seminars designed to encourage UK debate on the challenges facing culture in an enlarged Europe. The series is organised by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) UK Committee in conjunction with the European Programme at Chatham House and International Intelligence on Culture.

The panel of speakers includes Dr. Garret FitzGerald, former Prime Minister of Ireland, Ion Caramitru, the Romanian Shakespearean actor and former Minister of Culture, Ambassador Delfin Colomé, Spanish composer, writer and former Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation, John Tusa, Director of London’s Barbican Centre, Patricia Quinn, former Director, Arts Council, Ireland, and Prakash Daswani, Director of Cultural Co-operation and Music Village. Gottfried Wagner, Director of the European Cultural Foundation and Lord Maclennan of Rogart, Chairman of the European Cultural Foundation’s UK Committee will also make contributions discussing recent activities of the ECF, the forthcoming UK Presidency of the EU and perspectives on the European Constitution. Simon Mundy, poet and former President of the European Forum for Arts and Heritage will be rapporteur. Other speakers will be confirmed.

In an enlarged European Union the limits of understanding of what being European means are been re-examined. On the borders of the EU we find new neighbours once seemingly distant and now brought into close proximity. In the past two years clear differences, if not outright rifts, between Europeans have come to light in how we perceive the world and in our hierarchy of values. Will these rifts become insurmountable? What cultural ‘problems’ will enlargement raise? How will the governance of culture be effected? What will be the response of local identities to the enlarged concept of ‘European-ness’? What impacts will these have on cultural co-operation?


Ion Caramitru | talks
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Prakash Daswani | talks | www
Dr Garret FitzGerald | talks
Patricia Quinn | talks
John Tusa | talks | www
Gottfried Wagner | talks | www
Lord Robert Maclennan of Rogart | talks
Simon Mundy | talks


Date and Time:

28 January 2005 at 3:30 pm


Half Day



Royal Institute of International Affairs,Chatham House
10 St James's Square

020 7314 2760
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Organised by:

European Cultural Foundation UK National Committee
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£20 (£10 artists/ students) including wine reception.

Available from:

ECF-UK, c/o International Intelligence on Culture, 4 Baden Place, Crosby Row, London SE1 1YW; tel: 020 7403 0777/7403 6454; fax: 020 7403 2009; email: ecf@intelculture.org.

Additional Information:

A publication of this series, edited by Anthony Everitt will be published in 2005.

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