The role of arts and arts festivals in our time - Arts Festivals Summit 23

Business as usual? The role of the arts and arts festivals in our time

Monday, 24 April 2023 | 15.00-16.30

Peralada Castle - Square del Carme, s/n - 17491 Peralada

The Summit is not just about our business. It is also about our times. Business as usual is not possible when we look at the European landscape and beyond at the moment. Business and times are changing, constantly.

Jurriaan Cooiman from CULTURESCAPES and Haris Pašović from Sarajevofest Art and Politics share a conversation about their views, questions and visions on the role of the arts during and after conflict times, violence or dictatorship.

The mind and proposals of opera director Rafael Villlalobos will give an artist’s view to the conversation. Kateryna Lozenko will present KharkivMusicFest's project dedicated to support Ukrainian emerging artists and Nele Hertling will share her long involvement in the development of the arts. The session will be facilitated by Peter Florence.

What is the role of the arts in today’s world? Is art also a tool for peace building/keeping (e.g. EFA was founded 71 years ago in 1952 as the consequence of and a task after a devastating war in Europe)? What is the role of festivals to ensure freedom of speech, beyond any political borders? To express solidarity? What is the role of festivals, in particular when it comes to giving emerging artists a platform to express their views on today’s world we are living in?