Posts tagged Bruxelles
Brussels claims for its own T Days…..but in a Pic Nic version!
It all started at the end of May 2012, when a great man, the charismatic Belgian philosopher and professor Philippe Van Parijs, published a fiery call to action, titled “Brussels: Pic Nic the streets”.
In this powerful appeal (I really recommend you to have a look at it…it’s simply irresistible!), all Brussels citizens are called to take to the streets and regain possession of the city center public spaces.
If we think about it, it is paradoxical! Brussels, the capital of Europe, the city that should give the good example, the nexus from which all smart cities and sustainability policies are spreading over, is indeed characterized by a congested mobility, right through its central urban heart.
Europe and China woo each other..
As a BAM! correspondent, I arrived in Brussels a few days ago…I still have to get used to these tremendously serious temperatures, but some litres of whisy washy coffee will help me settling into it.
As you know, one of the favourite games played by the EU is to assign labels to the years. Well, as soon as I arrived I discovered that 2012 has been baptized the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
BAM! took part to the launching conference of this event, which took place on the 2nd of February in the BOZAR, a wonderful International Artistic Centre right in the middle of the city.
Important people representing the European Commission (DG Education and Culture), Cultural Networks (ENCATC, IETM..) and Consultancy Agencies (KEA) were presented to confront each other on and to set the basis for strengthening cultural cooperation with China.
In the auditorium, beside these excellent personalities, there were many cultural operators, managers and artists from all over Europe and China, who took their turn on the stage to show their experience of cooperation with the other side of the world.
Actually, China and Europe are wooing each other, still not knowing much about each other. First of all, miscommunication: gestures, verbal and body language, attitudes during business meetings or lunches… Reciprocal perceptions should be smoothed over.
China and Europe are wooing each other, but it is not news…2011 has been the EU-China Year of Youth, and still before, the two giants signed a Joint Declaration on Culture on the 22 October 2007, aimed at strengthening the dialoge and collaboration by launching policy exchanges on education and training.
Also in the economic and trade sectors, the EU is hardly working since 2008 in order to activate strategic partnerships with China.
Culture comes after economic agreements, but it will be probably the right level for building a people-to-people dialogue, mutual understanding and sustainable cooperation.
Will this wooing turn into a happy marriage?
BAM! in Brussels?
Brussels Tips is not a cooking column…it’s a new section of Indigestione Culturale, the BAM! blog, which will keep you updated on cultural news, events and suggestions from the very heart of Cultural Management.
Probably you are wondering how it comes that BAM! is also in Brussels now…it is just a matter of networking!
Bologna is our city, the territory we are born in and moving through, but professional growing for new entrepreneurship, especially in the cultural and creative sector, means being always up to date with international trends, exchanging and sharing practices and competencies with international partners.
That’s why BAM! has sent a special correspondent to Brussels, let’s say a “cultural spy” :) in the European scenario.
In particular, BAM! has started an experience of professional exchange with ENCATC, the leading European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education.
The collaboration is taking place within the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme, which represents a smart and effective tool to foster international mobility and networking among new and experienced businesses.
So let’s stay tuned for new Brussels Tips coming!