Welcome to Batumi and the 15th session of the European Cultural Parliament, ECP!
The “European Cultural Parliament” is a forum for European personalities in the fields of arts, culture and letters for dialogue, discussions and debate about European culture. The ECP was founded in the premises of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, in November 2001. The objective was – and still is – to strengthen the role of cultural and artistic ideas and initiatives in Europe and to promote ethical and aesthetic values in the European project. By summer 2016 there are about 160 Members from 43 European countries in the Cultural Parliament.
ECP Batumi 15th session is supported by The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Autonomous Republic of Georgia
Co-organizer in Georgia is Stichting Caucasus Foundation NL/Georgia
Sponsors and supporters:
Ajara Government Office
Ajara Tourism Department
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
Rusudan Petviashvili Art Gallery, Batumi
Wine Company GIUAANI
“The Batumi session takes place in turbulent times for Europe. Apart from establishing new contacts, discussing new interdisciplinary projects and developing ideas on the role of artists as inspirers for the rest of Society the session will also discuss cultural consequences of “Brexit”, the refugee crisis and other burning European issues” – Karl-Erik Norrman – Co-founder and Secretary General of the ECP
15th Session of ECP in Batumi 29 September – 2 October 2016
Theme: “Will European Values prevail all over Europe?”
17.00 - Press conference at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Autonomous Republic of Georgia
Mr. Karl-Erik Norrman - ECP Secretary General
Mrs. Natia Sirabidze – Deputy Minister of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Autonomic Republic of Georgia
Dr. Levan Khetaguri - President of SCF
21.00 - Informal Welcome reception with exhibition of Mrs. Petviashvili’s works and the presentation of Rusudan Petviashvili album (painting, graphics, illustration)
Rusudan Petviashvili Art Gallery & Café, Z. Gamsakhurdia 7, Batumi
10.00 - Opening:
Mr. Zurab Pataradze, Head of Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic of Georgia
Mr. Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Heritage Protection, Georgia
Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Mr. Giorgi Tavamaishvili, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara A/R
Mr. Merab Khalvashi, Rector of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
Mr. Karl-Erik Norrman ECP Co-founder and Secretary General of ECP
10.40 - Keynote speech by Mrs. Rusudan Petviashvili, Visual Artist, Tbilisi
11.15 - Plenary session on the main theme “Will European values prevail all over Europe?”
a) Consequences of “Brexit”
Moderation: Ove Joanson, ex-president of the Swedish Broadcasting.
Speakers: I. A. Venu Dhupa, Theatre Director and ex-manager of British Council and Creative Scotland (via Skype)
Marton Mehes, Cultural Manager, Pécs/ Vienna. General debate.
15.30: Continued Plenary session on the main theme:
b) Integration, immigration, Intercultural Sensitivity.
Moderator Ove Joanson.
Panel: I. A. Judith McKrimm, Intercultural Communications expert,
Austria Nils Erik Forsgård, Author and Historian, Helsinki. General debate.
17.30 - Debate: “Being a cultural neighbor of the EU”.
Moderator Steve Austen, founder of Felix Meritis Foundation, Amsterdam.
Panel: Dr. Levan Khetaguri, SCF, Tbilisi
Oleksander Butsenko, Author and Cultural Manager, Kiev. General debate.
09.30: Natia Sirabidze – Deputy Minister of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Autonomous Republic of Georgia, presentation ”New Vision of Cultural Policy of Ajara A/R”
09.40 - Titus Leber, Writer and Film Director, Vienna, on “Virus of the mind”, terrorism and extremism, followed by debate, moderated by Karl-Erik Norrman
10.20 - Dorian van der Brempt, Cultural Manager, ex-director of the cultural centre de Buren, Brussels, on project Belgium/Georgia “EUROPE will be cultural or will no be city books” and “Side by Side”, two actions for EUROPE from Belgium and The Netherlands.
11.30 - Debate: “What are European values? Are they different in different regions of Europe?”
Moderator Stelios Virvidakis, Professor of Philosophy, Athens. Panel including i. a. Iaroslava Boubnova, Arts Curator and Critic, Sofia. Dr. Gabriele Zaidyte, Vilnius. Bengt Kristensson Uggla, Professor of Philosophy, Turku.
15.30 - Workshops at the Universities:
1. European values and EU funding of Culture – (workshop for arts schools, institutions and media)
Moderated by Steve Austen
Address: Zaqaria Paliashvili Music School 20 Dimitri Tavdadebuli str.
2. European cooperation and possibilities – (workshop at Batumi University)
Moderated by Bengt Kristensson Uggla
Address: Batumi Shora Rustaveli State University 35 Ninoshvili str., Batumi 6010
3. The European Maritime Connection – (workshop for Maritime Academy)
Moderated by Karl-Erik Norrman
Address: Batumi State Maritime Academy 53 Rustaveli ave., Batumi 6010
17.30 - Workshop: “Artists as Facilitators of Change” led by new ECPM
Efva Lilja, Choreographer, Artistic Director of Dansehallerne, Copenhagen with written contribution from Timothy Emlyn Joones, Arts school Rector, Ireland.
18.30 - Presentation of the cultural project “Transatlantic Dialogue”. ECPM Francois Carbon, University Luxemburg.
10.00 - Final Debate on the main themes, moderated by Karl-Erik Norrman and Ove Joanson.
12.00 - Adopting Declaration and Resolutions. Moderation Karl-Erik Norrman and Ove Joansonon
13.30 - Final Press Conference at the hotel conference hall,
Mr. Karl-Erik Norrman - ECP Secretary General
Mrs. Natia Sirabidze – Deputy Minister of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Autonomous Republic of Georgia
Dr. Levan Khetaguri – President of SCF
Decision for Opening of ECP office in Georgia, Cultural Diplomacy Academy 2018
Berlin Conference 2016