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Culture Forum in Lisbon (March 2019)

The cultural links between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean are the basis for the Strategic Partnership between the two regions. The cultural links and recognition of the value of the fabric of both regions have frequently been mentioned in the Declarations of bi-regional meetings.

The EU-CELAC Brussels Declaration in 2015 was already calling for the Foundation to:

“promote cultural cooperation between the two regions” (paragraph 74).

The Final Declaration of the 2nd EU-CELAC Ministerial Meeting (Brussels, July 2018), reinforces the role of culture in the framework of bi-regional relations expressed in a clear mandate for senior officials to carry out a consultation with cultural players, reflected in paragraph 38:

“Furthermore, we entrust senior officials with the task of establishing debate and maintaining consultation with relevant partners on the role of culture and the creative sectors in the bi-regional relationship”.

The Foundation’s activities in the area of culture are therefore designed to promote cultural cooperation between the two regions, and contribute to mutual knowledge and better understanding as well as to serve as a tool for social transformation and to highlight its potential to make progress in the various different commitments of the Action Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Fora on the role of Culture in the bi-regional relationship

The Forum “Proposals and Recommendations for EU-LAC Cultural Initiatives” was held in Lisbon on 25 and 26 March, attended by prominent cultural players and experts from both regions. 

A subsequent event will be the Reflection Forum on culture and its role in the bi-regional partnership, to be held in Genoa on 13 and 14 November. Officials from both regions will come together, along with some cultural experts and managers, and people from other relevant organisations and programmes.



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