EMC Newsletter 02/2017 - European Forum on Music European Music Council


The European Forum on Music - Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures - is coming coser quickly. With this edition of the European Forum on Music, we would like to look at how civil society initiatives engage in this field of “music and cultural diplomacy” and how music can build bridges and be a tool for peace and social cohesion.

Here you can find some updates on the programme!

Speakers confirmed:

  • Elena Theodoulou, Cyprus Ministry of Culture

  • Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Cyprus

  • Anna Athanasopoulou, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission

  • Kifah Fakhouri, Chair of Euro-Arab Youth Music Center

  • Jens Cording, Music in Africa

  • David Sanders, MC USA

  • Ramy Essam, IMC Five Music Rights Champion

  • Nenad Bogdanovic, Creative Europe Desk Cyprus

  • Christine Semba, Piranha Arts

  • Amitava Bhattacharya, banglanatak dot com

  • Olga Smetanova, Director of Music Centre Slovakia

  • George Michael Klimis, Panteion University of Social and Political Science

  • Christos Carras, Executive Director, Onassis Cultural Centre

  • Henrik Melius, Spiritus Mundi

  • Stef Coninx, Flanders Arts Institute

  • Silja Fischer, Secretary General of the International Music Council

  • Emily Akuno, Board member of the International Music Council

  • Davide Grosso, Project and Communication Assistant of the International Music Council

  • Merlijn Poolman, Stichting Nederlandse Muziek Export


We are particularly happy to provide you with a special session for music networks and projects. Anna Athanasopoulou, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) from the European Commission will be providing us with updates on the future of the programme Music moves Europe.


Ramy Essam, one of the IMC Five Music Rights Champions, will provide us with a musical welcome on Friday.


Make sure you don’t miss this important opportunity for knowledge building, networking and exchange and register now through the EMC website.


Please do not hesitate to contact the EMC office in Bonn for any further questions. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Pafos.


All the best,
The EMC-Team


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