Programme of the European Forum on Music

8th European Forum on Music
7 - 10 June 2018 in Oslo, Norway

With this edition of the EFM, we looked at the importance and the value of musical heritage for our future European society. Music and intangible heritage in general are confronted with a variety of challenges: from participation and access to music to environmental threats. What is needed today to make sure that we can
still enjoy Europe’s musical roots in the future?

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Thursday, 7 June

from 17:30 to 21:00    Welcome Summer Party at the Norwegian Music Council

Friday, 8 June


Registration & Coffee at Sentralen


Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola


Opening of the 8th Forum on Music with

Ian Smith (Chairman of the EMC)
Bård Vegar Solhjell (Norwegian Music Council & WWF Norway)
Frida Blomgren (Deputy Minister of Culture)


Keynote speech

Ferdinand Richard (Chair of the Roberto Cimetta Fund)


Coffee Break


Sessions in parallel
Musicians as Responsible Citizens

Global Warming Awareness

Panel Discussion with
Peder Karlsson (End Ecocide Sweden)
Bård Vegar Solhjell (Norwegian Music Council & WWF Norway)
Beatrice Gabor (MAINOI Association)
Linneá Svensson (Greener Events Foundation)

Freedom of Expression

Panel Discussion with
Jan Lothe Erikson (SafeMUSE)
Srirak Plipat (Freemuse)
Sina Winter (From the Vastland)
Sara Whyatt (advisor of the Working Group Arts Rights Justice Europe and UNESCO Expert on freedom of artistic expression)

followed by a Workshop
developed by the Working Group Arts Rights Justice Europe

13:30-15:30Reception by Marianne Borgen (Mayor of Oslo) on invitation by Oslo City Hall

The Future of Performing Arts in Europe
Cultural Policy & Funding Mechanisms of the EU

Joint session with the European Theatre Convention and
Barbara Gessler (European Commission, DG EAC) at the Det Norske Teatret


Saturday, 9 June

09:00-09:30Registration and Coffee at Sentralen
Master of Ceremony: Simone Dudt

Sessions in parallel

Oral Transmission as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Panel discussion with
Manu Théron (artist)
Antoni Beksiak (composer)
Katarina Barruk (Sami artist)
Mihály Rosonczy-Kovács (artist)
Kati Taal (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals & Folk Arts - CIOFF)
Gerhard Sammer (European Association for Music in Schools)


Rostrum+: The Future of Recent Musical Repertoire

Panel discussion with
Pascale Labrie (European Broadcasting Union)
Therese Birkeland Ulvo (composer)
Joanna Grotkowska (Polish Music Council)
Davide Grosso (International Music Council)
Stefan Forsberg (Konserthuset Stockholm)


Coffee Break

11:00-11:10Music programme: Norwegian Girls Choir (Det Norske jentekor)
11:30-12:00Lecture / Concert with
FolkOrg (Norwegian Association for Folk Musicians)
12:00-13:30Music in the Future: European Agenda for Music
13:30-14:30Lunch at Sentralen
14:00-14:15Music progamme: From the Vastland 
14:30-16:00Idea Hub: Project Presentations
16:00-18:00Market Place: a place for networking and present your organisation and projects with Thea Breivik from Creative Europe Desk Norway and Kate Deans from Creative Europe Desk Scotland
18:00-19:00Conference Wrap Up
Gretchen Amussen (European Music Council
Katarina Barruk (Sami artist)
from 21:00Farewell Party 
Music by Hamid Sakizhada

Sunday, 10 June

09:00-09:30Registration for the Annual Meeting and Coffee at Sentralen
09:30-11:00Annual Meeting of the European Music Council
11:00-11:30Coffee Break
11:30-12:30Annual Meeting of the European Music Council
12:30-14:00Lunch for participants of the Annual Meeting