Timișoara

24 – 26 June 2015

DANUBE REGION – THE RIVER AS AN EXPERIENCE

THE 3rd INTERNATIONAL DANUBE CONFERENCE ON CULTURE

About the Conference

Concept

Timisoara is the host of the 3rd International Danube Conference on Culture, being the first Romanian city which has the opportunity to organize this ample event. The conference has as purpose to implement consolidated communication networks, in order to generate new common projects. Timisoara is the ideal place for the development of the International Danube Conference on Culture precisely due to its multicultural history, which reproduces, lower scale, the model of present-day Europe.

The event is held within the framework of the development and funding programme of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Its larger purpose is that of offering a platform for dialogue, change of experience and cooperation amongst cultural operators and artists from the Danube region, marking out both the cultural richness and diversity, and the common features of the countries from this geographical area.

Like the previous editions, successfully developed in Ulm, in 2013, and in Novi Sad, in 2014, respectively, the conference from Timisoara proposes to intensify the dialogue related to the cultural policies and to strengthen international networks, which represents a very effective step to consolidate European stability.

Great personalities of the cultural world coming from fourteen different states, artists, representatives of the academic environment, managers and cultural operators, journalists, representatives of national, regional and local authorities from the Danube countries, politicians and diplomats take part to the event. The International Danube Conference on Culture shall not be in default of workshops, with their practical component, the event being scheduled to include a project and partnership laboratory and three working sessions: the “House of Danube Cultures”; “Creative Industries – Employment and Cultural Development Opportunities in the Danube Region” and the “Role of Culture in the Sustainable Development of Cities”. The expected result is the creation of a virtual area for the cultures in the Danube region, a space where dialogue is as animated as possible and cooperation, as fruitful as possible.

The 3rd edition of the Conference is realised by the following co-organisers: Association Timisoara – European Capital of Culture, Municipality of Timisoara, Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Consultant for Cultural Affairs for South-East Europe at Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum Ulm and German Cultural Centre Timisoara. Amongst the partners of this event, we list the Timis County Council, the European Danube Academy Ulm, the Council of Danube Cities and Regions, the Department for Inter-Ethnic Relations within the Government of Romania, the Art Museum Timisoara as well as the German Consulate from Timisoara.

Programme

DANUBE – THE RIVER AS AN EXPERIENCE
THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL DANUBE CONFERENCE ON CULTURE
TIMISOARA, 24 – 26 JUNE 2015

WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE 2015
15.00 – 16.00: Guided city tour / Meeting point: Piata Victoriei, in front of the Opera House
18.00: JazzyBIT Concert / Baroque Hall of the Art Museum (Piața Unirii nr. 1)
Guided tour of the museum
THURSDAY, 25 JUNE 2015
8.30 – 9.00: Registration / Multifunctional Hall of Timis County Council (B-dul Revoluţiei din 1989 nr. 17)
9.00 – 10.30: OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE
Official welcome: Nicolae Robu, Mayor of Timisoara Municipality
Titu Bojin, Chairman of Timis County Council
Eugen Dogariu, Prefect of Timis County
Joachim Uhlmann, Head of department Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg
Ioan Vulpescu, Minister of Culture
Sergiu Nistor, Presidential Counsellor
Ioan Holender, Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival
Alexandra Mardale, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union Strategy for the Danube Region
Simona Neumann, Executive Director, Association Timisoara – European Capital of Culture, candidate city
Keynote speech: Adrian Cioroianu, Dean of the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
Moderation: Méhes Márton, Danube Cultural Cluster, Vienna
10.30 – 12.00:
Introductory speeches: Victor Neumann, Vest-University Timisoara and Director of the Art Museum Timisoara
Peter Langer, European Danube Academy, General Coordinator, Council of Danube Cities and Regions, Ulm
Jordi Baltà, Expert Committee on Culture, United Cities and Local Governments
14.00 – 17.00:
PANELS
Panel 1: Danube House of Cultures, moderator Victor Neumann (West University Timisoara and Director of the Art Museum Timisoara) / Baroque Hall of the Art Museum (Piața Unirii Nr. 1)

Moderation: Victor Neumann, Vest-University Timisoara and Director of the Art Museum Timisoara

Speakers: Joachim Uhlmann (Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg), Nick Thorpe (BBC), Carsten Ramm (Badische Landesbühne Bruchsal), Miodrag Milin (Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch), Swantje Volkmann (Consultant for Cultural Affairs for South-East Europe at Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum Ulm)

Description: The Danube region represents an amalgamation of cultures, set by the cohabitation of several cultural-linguistic communities, the religious diversity and interferences, the “Austrian German”. In the regions of the aforementioned space, the social environment is singularized by technical experiences, but, especially, by music (opera and operetta), theatre, literature, fine arts and architecture. The Danubian Europe is a place where plurality was well experienced and where the identities thus created shall be reinvented by the civil society and by the awareness of the multiple cultural code inherited from a common history.


Panel 2: Creative Industries – Employment and Cultural Development Opportunities in the Danube Region, moderator Peter Langer (General Coordinator, Council of Danube Cities and Regions) / Multifunctional Hall of Timis County Council (B-dul Revoluţiei din 1989 nr. 17)

Moderation: Peter Langer, European Danube Academy, General Coordinator, Council of Danube Cities and Regions, Ulm

Speakers: Thomas Emmerling (EUROART Foundation Luxemburg), Marius Giura (Gărâna Jazz Festival), Cornel Ungureanu (Romanian Writers' Union – Timisoara Branch), Diana Andone (eLearning Center, Politehnica University Timișoara), Attila Balázs (Hungarian State Theatre “Csiky Gergely” Timisoara)

Description: During the last years, the artistic stage, in the field of creative industries, was filled by innovatory enterprises and diverse places of work. Either it was about galleries, design offices or marketing, artistic agencies or IT enterprises, all this represents, especially in the Danube countries, a major chance for the economic development and for the long term extension of the labour market. The panel shall inform on this evolution and shall contribute to creating networks.
Panel 3: Culture and Sustainable Development of Cities, moderator Jordi Baltà (Expert Committee on Culture, United Cities and Local Governments) / Bastion Attic (Martin Luther Str. 4, Corp. B1)

Moderation: Jordi Baltà, Expert Committee on Culture, United Cities and Local Governments

Speakers: Tamás Szalay (Hungarian Cultural Centre Stuttgart), Horia Șurianu (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Walter Putschögl (Upper Austrian State Museum), Darko Arabadzic (ARBEGA Consultancy), Momčilo Bajac (Novi Sad European Capital of Culture 2021)

Description: In the economically dynamic Danube urban landscape, however highly marked by profound identity crises and by the lack of strong landmarks at the level of communities, rethinking a set of mutual values and taking a common destiny can only be generated by culture. The subject of this panel is represented by the projects able to rehabilitate urban centres or regions and the long term involvements of such projects, economically, socially and culturally speaking.
17.30 – 18.50: Book launches / Calina Gallery (Mărășești Str. 1-4):
A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest by Nick Thorpe, Yale University Press, 2014
Die Interkulturalität des Banats by Victor Neumann, Frank & Timme, Berlin, 2015
THEATRE PERFORMANCES
19.00: 7/7, Hungarian State Theatre “Csiky Gergely” Timisoara / Studio (Alba Iulia Str. 2)
19.30: Fuchsiada, German State Theatre Timisoara / GSTT Hall (Alba Iulia Str. 2)
19.30: Communist Consumer's Museum, Animal Farm, Aualeu Theatre / Scart, loc lejer (Arh. Laszlo Szekely Str. 1)
21.30: Dinner / Curtea Berarilor – La Han (Proclamatia de la Timișoara Str. 7)
FRIDAY, 26 JUNE 2015
8.30 – 9.00: Registration / Multifunctional Hall of Timis County Council (B-dul Revoluţiei din 1989 Nr. 17)
9.00 – 11.00: Plenary – Presentation of the results of the workshops
Adoption of declaration and establishing the place of the 4th International Danube Conference on Culture in 2016
11.00 – 12.00: Press conference
12.00 – 13.30: Lunch
13.30 – 17.00: Annual Conference of the Working Group Culture and Science of the Working Community of the Danube Regions / Multifunctional Hall of Timis County Council (B-dul Revoluţiei din 1989 Nr. 17)
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13:30 – 16.60: Hodoni Manor / departure from Hotel Continental, time: 15.30; Hotel Central, time: 15.45; Hotel Timișoara, time: 16.00
17.00 – 19.00: Project and Partnership Laboratory / Hodoni Manor
A key-moment in the agenda of the 3rd International Danube Conference on Culture, the Project and Partnership Laboratory takes place in a relaxed atmosphere. Directors of cultural institutions, managers and cultural operators, artists, freelancers and the staff of the Association Timisoara – European Capital of Culture – Candidate City meet to find cooperation formulas, to build international networks and to work together on future projects.
19.00 – 21.30: Dinner / Hodoni Manor
21.30 - 22.30: Return to Timisoara
Conference langueges:
Romanian / German / English
with simultaneous interpretation


Contact:
Association Timisoara – European Capital of Culture
Tel.: +40728116180
E-mail: DonauKulturkonferenz@timisoara2021.ro
danubeconference.timisoara2021.ro
www.timisoara2021.ro


German Cultural Centre Timișoara
Tel.: +40 256 407058
E-mail: r.popa@ccgtm.ro
www.ccgtm.ro


Passage F&T S.r.l. Tel.: +40-743-737212
E-mail: ramona.lambing@passage.ro
www.passage.ro
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24.06.2015, Hrs. 15.00


Guided city tour

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24.06.2015, Hrs. 18.00


Welcome cocktail
Baroque Hall of the Art Museum Timișoara

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25.06.2015, Hrs. 12:30


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25.06.2015, Hrs. 19.30


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25.06.2015, Hrs. 21.00,


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26.06.2015, Hrs. 12:30,


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26.06.2015, Hrs. 15:00 – 22:00,


Trip to Recaș Wine Cellar,
Project Lab & Dinner

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