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Launching Conference of the Creative Europe Programme, June 17-18, in Lisbon and online

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in collaboration with
the European Commission, will promote an online conference to launch the New Creative Europe Programme on June 17-18 from Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon.

The launching of the new programme for 2021-2027 is a key moment to mobilize available funding towards the much needed relaunch of the European Cultural and Creative Sectors with an increased budget of 2.5 billion euros.
The conference will present the main novelties of the Creative Europe Programme and explore its synergies with other European funding  instruments. Experts, practitioners and representatives from high impact projects will bring their insights to inspire how to accomplish the vision and objectives for this new cycle.

Strategic discussions will be initiated on how to green up the audiovisual industry and make cross-border cooperation more compatible with environmental sustainability goals, as well as translating past results to shape the future sectoral approach to music.

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  • Day 1
    17 June 2021
  • Day 2
    18 June 2021

Welcoming address

Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs

Sabine Verheyen, Member of the European Parliament

Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President

Graça Fonseca, Portuguese Minister of Culture


Session 1: What is new about the new Creative Europe 2021-2027?

This first session will give a wide presentation of the new Programme, its priorities, its innovations and its vision for the new cycle. It will explore how Creative Europe has been modernised to better equip the cultural and creative sectors to face current challenges and to continue allowing cultural and creative organisations and professionals to co-create and cooperate across borders and to reach wider audiences, tackling current societal questions and supporting emerging artists and new technologies.

Lucia Recalde, Head of Unit at DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology

Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit at DG EAC, European Commission


Live music act - Bia Maria


Panel 1: The new sectoral approach for Music

The Music Moves Europe (MME) preparatory actions paved the way forward for the new sectoral approach for music within the 2021-2027 Creative Europe programme.
This panel shall discuss the lessons learned through the implementation of those actions and explore how they translate in practice for the new programme and for the new paradigm facing us all post-pandemic; the results of the European Music Export Study and the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.

Moderator: Nuno Saraiva, President of AMAEI and Executive Director of WHY Portugal

Susanne Hollmann, Deputy Head of Unit at DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission

Corinne Sadki, Head of European Affairs and Gender Equality at Centre National de la Musique and Chairwoman at the European Music Exporters Exchange

Ruud Berends, Head of Conference, ESNS & ETEP and founder and CEO of Networking Music

Helen Smith, Executive Chair of Impala

Rui Torrinha, Cultural programmer at A Oficina CIPRL and Festival Director of Westway LAB


Panel 2: The Green Dimension in the Audiovisual Industry and in the new Creative Europe Programme

This session shall focus on identifying the major challenges faced by the sector and exchanging experiences and best practices, with a view to giving rise to effective solutions, as well as promoting the cooperation and collaboration of those involved in this matter.

Moderation: Luís Chaby Vaz, President of ICA and President of EFADs

Maria Silvia Gatta, Policy officer at DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology - European Commission;

Susanne Nikoltchev, European Audiovisual Observatory

Charlotte Appelgren, General Secretary of CineRegio

Tim Wagendorp, Sustainability Coordinator at the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and EFAD Sustainability Working Group;

Manuel Claro, Portugal Film Commissioner



16:30 - 16:45

Panel 3: High impact projects

The panel will give an insight on projects funded by Creative Europe, how they inspire and lead to the new Creative Europe 21-27 - their impact on organisations, professionals and on the CCS at large.

Moderator: Susana Costa Pereira, Executive Coordinator of the Portuguese Creative Europe Desk

Nuno Ricou Salgado, Parallel – European Photo Based Platform

João Paulo Proença, Read On Portugal

Nuno N. Correia, Moving Digits;

Luisa Santos e Ana Fabíola Maurício, 4Cs;

Rui Machado - CinEd 2.0 - European Cinema Education for Youth

José Amaral, “Dry Water” - SPi.

16:45 - 18:15

Registration and welcome coffee


Panel 4: Mobility and sustainability: challenges ahead for the performing arts

This panel will address the mobility of artists and cultural professionals in light of the climatic emergency and the overall need to re-evaluate international artistic collaboration. We will take stock of current initiatives and bring together a variety of voices to discuss the concrete challenges ahead, such as contributions by Perform Europe and European Theatre Convention, video contributions by various artists and cultural professionals and comments by cultural agents and experts.

Moderator: Vânia Rodrigues, independent cultural manager and researcher

Heidi Wiley, Executive Director of European Theatre Convention

Serge Rangoni, Artistic Director of Théâtre de Liège and ETC President

Ása Richardsdóttir, Secretary General IETM, International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts and chair of Perform Europe

Elena Polivtseva, Head of policy and research IETM, International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts and project manager of Perform Europe;

Cristina Farinha, independent expert in international Cultural mobility programmes;

Américo Rodrigues, Portuguese Director General for the Arts.

Video contributions by Bruno Costa, Carlos Costa, Dori Nigro, Inês Barahona e Miguel Fragata, Jesse James, Vera Mantero



11:00 - 11:15

Session 2: European funding for Culture – how to take advantage of synergies between EU programmes?

This session shall explore synergies and complementarities between the various programmes that finance the sectors by means of a strategic discussion. The apparent fragmentation of the funding for culture shall be replaced by looking at the funding for culture as a whole.

Moderator: Francisco Cipriano, EU funding expert at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Maciej Hofman, expert at DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission

Harald Hartung, Head of Unit at DG for Research and Innovation of the European Commission

Laurent de Mercey, expert at DG for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission

Rui Inácio, Director of the Regional Policy Unit,National Agency for Cohesion and Development.

Cláudia Gomes, Erasmus+ Education and Training National Agency

11:15 - 12:45

Concluding remarks/Wrap-up discussions

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Ana Patrícia Carvalho

Ana Patrícia Carvalho, journalist. Bachelor in Communication Sciences, lecturer at ISEG and ETIC. Is a journalist and anchorwoman for SIC notícias.

Ana Paula Zacarias

Ana Paula Zacarias, anthropologist, Secretary of State for European Affairs in the XXI Portuguese Constitutional Government.

Sabina Verheyen

Sabina Verheyen, architect and member of the German CDU party. Currently is Member of the European Parliament and President of the Committee on Culture and Education.

Thierry Breton

Thierry Breton, entrepreneur, former Professor at Harvard Business School. Current European Commissioner for the Internal Market.

Mariya Ivanova Gabriel

Mariya Ivanova Gabriel, bulgarian politician and a member of the GERB party serving as European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth since 2019.

Margaritis Schinas

Margaritis Schinas is a Greek politician and former civil servant. He took office in December 2019 as a vice-president in the Von der Leyen Commission with the portfolio of European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life

Graça Maria da Fonseca Caetano

Graça Maria da Fonseca Caetano, sociologist, elected Member of Parliament in the XIII Legislature and Minister of Culture in the XXI Constitutional Government.

Lucia Recalde

Lucia Recalde Langarica is Head of the unit “Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes” in the Directorate General (DG) for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) of the European Commission. Prior to that, she was a part of the management of the DG for Education and Culture (EAC) as Head of Unit for Higher Education, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the EIT (the European Institute for Innovation and Technology). Ms Recalde joined the European Commission in 1995 and until 2006 served the DG for Employment and Social Affairs in various positions. She started her career as policy officer at the Directorate of European Affairs of the Basque Government.

Barbara Gessler

Barbara Gessler, was born in Belgium in 1964 with German nationality. She lived and studied in Konstanz, Paris, Buenos Aires and later Bruges. Worked in the European Parliament for an MEP before joining the European Commission in 1994. Started in the Directorate General’s Unit for Audio-visual Policy, then changed to Environment in 1996. From 1998 until 2003 she worked at the representation of the European Commission in Berlin. During her year of personal leave 2003-2004, she advised the umbrella organisation of German cultural organisations Deutscher Kulturrat on European affairs. She then became Head of the Regional Representation of the Commission in Bonn. In 2009, she returned to Brussels as Head of the Press Unit of the European Economic and Social Committee. From mid-2011 until 2016, she ran the Culture Unit at the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency which implements the EU’s funding programmes in these areas. Since 2017 she is responsible for the culture sub-programme at Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

Susanne Hollmann

Susanne Hollmann, born in Germany, studied in Gießen, and Montpellier and spent most of her professional life in Brussels. She has a Diploma in economics and Roman languages. She started her professional career in 1994 working with the International Organisation for Migration, before working for the European Social Security Partners. In 2001, he joined the European Commission. During the first years she coordinated international trade relations; in 2004 she joined the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, where she was able to combine her professional and personal interests. Today, as Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Unit, she leads the work on Music Moves Europe.

Nuno Saraiva

Nuno Saraiva is Executive Director of WHY Portugal, the Portuguese Music Export Office, Member of the Board of EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange. WHY Portugal has led several export missions, including Portugal as a focus country at Eurosonic 2017, Waves 2018, and MMVV – Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic in 2019. WHY Portugal missions have produced a 1-to-9 return on investment, with over €1 million in exports in its first year of operations alone. None of this would be possible without the creation of Portugal’s premier music festival, Westway LAB, in Guimarães in 2014, which he co-founded with Rui Torrinha. Westway LAB was the first Portuguese festival to proactively join the ETEP – European Talent Exchange Programme and participate annually in Eurosonic. Also founding Director of Lusitanian Music Publishing in Lisbon, Saraiva started his 20+ years of experience in the music industry in Canada, where he opened his first label and publishing house in 1995. From Canada to the UK and back to Portugal in 2008, Saraiva is the founding President of AMAEI, the Portuguese Independent Music Association, which he started in 2012, joining WIN – World Independent Network and also becoming a board member of IMPALA, the European Association of Music Companies. His strategic thinking and planning is focused on the development and professionalization of the entire Portuguese music sector, based on an international perspective and best practices in project management.

Rui Torrinha

Rui Torrinha is a cultural programmer in the area of the performing arts at d’ A Oficina, whose visible expression takes place at Centro Cultural Vila Flor, in Guimarães. He is director/programmer of the festivals: GUIdance (dance), Westway LAB (music) and Gil Vicente (theatre). He is also responsible for the management of European projects (INES and AEROWAVES) and other collaborations (Bolsa Amélia Rey Colaço). He is part of the design of the support plan for creation through co-productions and artistic residencies that take place in the Candoso Creation Centre. He was a member of the team of programmers at Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture (ECC2012) for the music sector.

Corinne Sadki

CORINNE SADKI, with more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, Corinne Sadki started her career in labels (EMI, BMG, Sony Music), building a marketing expertise in the music business. In 2016, she joined Le Bureau Export, as Director of Studies, Communication and Digital Development, to support music professionals in developing artists’ careers internationally. In 2017, she became involved in European issues and took over the presidency of EMEE and supported the international development of music at European level, leading the consortium in charge of the “Study for a European music export strategy” for the European Commission. Within the CNM, she became advisor in charge of Europen affairs and gender equality, to support french professionals on European issues, keep on advocating the place of music as a strong European value and ecosystem and developing tools to promote an equal access of women and men in music.

Ruud Berends

Ruud Berends, Co-founder of the Paperclip Agency in Nijmegen, Ruud was for several years also the director of this agency, with the mission to discover and encourage talent, including internationally. In this role, he has coordinated European and international tours of collaborating artists, as well as all the production or budgets allocated. In 2001 he began collaborating with Networking Music, one of the most important entities in the international live music industry. He is PSB consultant for Buma Cultuur – a Dutch government programme for the development of newer countries in cultural export networks. He has been an expert at Eurosonic Noorderslag, a prestigious international marketing network, worked in sales, and has now taken on the role of conference coordinator and advisor for several international companies and events, including Where’s The Music? (Norrkoping, Sweden). Ruud is also co-owner and co-founder of the International Festival Forum – IFF (London, UK).

Helen Smith

Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Originally from Scotland, Helen is based in Brussels. She drives the organisation’s key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. She was also for four years Co-managing director of KEA European Affairs. Holds a law degree by the University of Strathclyde and a Master degree in European Studies by the University of Amsterdam.

Luís Chaby Vaz

Luís Chaby Vaz, has been the President of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual of Portugal since June 2017 and he is also the President of the EFADs. He began his professional activity in 1993 as a lawyer before entering the cultural sector where he held several public management positions. He also worked in the Advertising industry and in the movie post production sector as CEO of Tobis. He was the Cultural Counselor of the Portuguese Embassy in Spain between 2010 and 2013. After that, he worked in a venture capital firm and as a private consultant.

Maria Silvia

Maria Silvia joined the MEDIA programme in 2003, dealing with the evaluation of the MEDIA+ and of the Distribution support. From 2019, after a period abroad where she dealt with political issues for the European Commission in the Netherlands, she supervises the implementation of the Creative MEDIA Programme 2021-2027 and follows the European policy for film heritage.

Susanne Nikoltchev

Susanne Nikoltchev took office as Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory in July 2013. Formerly was the Observatory’s Head of Department for Legal Information and editor in chief of all its legal publications (since 1998). She has been a media, telecoms, international trade and EU competition lawyer associated with the American law firm of Covington & Burling (1995-1998). As a member of the bars of Germany and Washington D.C., she has worked in Germany, the United States and Belgium with particular exposure to audiovisual issues on the international and European level as well as on the national level. She obtained her law degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1988, followed by masters degrees from the European University Institute in Florence (LL.M. in European and Comparative law, 1989) and the University of Michigan (LL.M. in US law, 1994) and her doctorate in law (comparative legal studies, thesis published in 1997) from the University of Trier (1996). She passed the second German state examination in law in Baden-Württemberg (1993) with distinction.

Tim Wagendrop

“Having an environmental background, I feel somehow atypical in the audio-visual sector.” After working as an environmental scientist and policy expert for a federation of reuse companies, Tim Wagendorp has been the sustainability coordinator at the VAF since March 2017. “My main focus is on VAF-supported film and media productions, but I also raise awareness at other VAF-related areas like at physical cinemas, during the screenwriting process, games, animation and in education. We use the Sustainable Development Goals as a moral compass for our work. We exchange our knowledge as much as possible and play an active role within Green Screen (and EURECA), Cineregio and EFAD.

Charlotte Appelgren

Charlotte Appelgren,General Secretary of Cine-Regio AISBL and Cand.negot. (M.Sc. business & culture) from SDU in Denmark. Charlotte has previously worked as International Executive with Merlin Films, Ireland; Advisor/Coordinator with MEDIA Desk Denmark; Festival Manager for the Danish Film Institute; and at two Danish production companies. Author of The Fine Art of Co-producing (3rd edition Dec. 2021) and contributor to studies on the Games industry, film financing and co-productions. CineRegio is the pan-European association of 49 regional film funds, located in 13 EU Member states plus Norway, Switzerland and UK. Our main objectives are Knowledge-sharing, Film Policy and interregional Co-operation & Co-productions. Our members invest in film culture, local storytelling, film infrastructure, social cohesion and local jobs. Together the members represent 250 million euro per year to support film & av works. At the Berlin Film Festival 2020 the CineRegio members backed 39 titles, incl. 50% of the films competing for the Golden Bear & Silver Bears; as well as 10 titles in “Generation” targeted at kids reflecting CineRegio’s commitment to next generation audiences.

Manuel Claro

Manuel Claro is currently Film Commissioner at Portugal Film Commission. Formerly was executive Coordinator of CED Portugal and responsible for the MEDIA Subprogramme; Executive Coordinator at MEDIA Desk Portugal; Adviser to the Cultural department of the Lisbon City Hall; Adviser to the alderman of Culture of the Lisbon City Hall. Degree in Political Science and International relations by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Post graduation in Cultural Practices for Municipalities by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Susana Costa Pereira

Susana Costa Pereira is, since June 2019, Executive Coordinator of the Creative Europe Desk Portugal / Responsible for MEDIA Subprogramme (Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020) Formerly: Responsible for Culture Subprogramme of the Creative Europe Desk Portugal. Cultural Contact Point for Culture Programme 2007-2013; Adviser to General Inspection for Cultural Activities (IGAC); Project Manager at Master Link, Information Systems; Business Unit Manager and Marketing Manager at Grupo Media Capital (Expansão económica); Senior official at Institute for Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia; Consultant, Mosaico Initiative (Ministry of Culture); Senior account at IPSIS, Communication and Image . Degree in Communication Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa – FCSH.

Rui Machado

Rui Machado is the Vice Director of the Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema and Curator at the ANIM Department, in charge with the management, coordination and command of all internal tasks necessary to achieve all ANIM’s objectives – the safeguarding of portuguese moving image heritage.

Nuno Ricou Salgado

Nuno Ricou Salgado, was born in 1968 in Lisbon and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. He started working at Chapitô in the 1990s. For 16 years he photographed and filmed the life of this project, programmed and produced various activities and did the production direction for Companhia do Chapitô. Between 1997 and 2013, he produced several theatre shows with staging by Francisco Salgado. He was Production Director of “Doclisboa” (2004) and “Doc’s Kingdom” (2005). In 2005 he participated in the creation of Procur.arte Associação Cultural where he has produced and/or taken on the artistic direction of various projects: “Pisa-Papéis” (2004/11); “FORMAS” (2008/11); the opera “Crioulo” at CCB (2009); “Entre Margens”, public art project developed in Douro (2010/13); “Flâneur”, European public art project in 14 countries and funded by Creative Europe. (2015/16); “Parallel Platform”, contemporary photography project with 16 countries and funded by Creative Europe (2017/21). He took the “Master of Theatre Production” (2011/14) and in 2013 received the “Natércia Campos Award for Best Portuguese Producer”.

José Amaral

José Amaral, has more than 20 years of experience in the production field, and has been Managing Director of SPi since its creation. SPi is a producer dedicated to the production and development of projects to the international market, with special focus in co-production models. As Executive Producer, José has developed several projects for the international market, namely the series Glória, the first Portuguese original series for the Netflix streaming platform, the series “Auga Seca I” and “Auga Seca II” for the HBO platform, RTP and Televisão da Galiza, the documentary “A Mais Longa Jornada” for RTP, TVE and ETB and more recently the series “Chegar a Casa” that joins RTP and Televisão da Galiza. José is also a university professor at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social where he teaches Audiovisual and Multimedia Company Management and Project Management in the Audiovisual and Multimedia bachelor.

Nuno N. Correia

Nuno N. Correia, is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at University of Greenwich. Since 2000, he has been teaching and conducting research in media art and interaction design, in several universities internationally (such as Aalto U., Goldsmiths U. London, U. Madeira). He has led several research projects combining sound, image and interaction design: Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience (EU Creative Europe, 2018-20), Enabling Audiovisual User Interfaces for Multisensorial Interaction (EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, 2014-16) and Audiovisual Vector Exchange (Aalto Media Factory, 2013-2014). Nuno holds a PhD in New Media from Aalto University (Finland), with the thesis Interactive Audiovisual Objects (2013). Previously, he was Senior Interaction Designer at Fjord. Nuno has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed articles, in conferences such as CHI, TEI, NIME and Audio Mostly. He founded the Sound, Image and Interaction Design Symposium (SIIDS). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).

João Paulo da Silva Proença

João Paulo da Silva Proença, Master in Information Management and School Libraries with the dissertation: “School Library and Web 2.0 – Questions around some practices in implementation and perception of the impact on the Library’s work” by Universidade Aberta accessible at: https://repositorioaberto.uab.pt/handle/10400.2/2149 Degree in teaching the subject of Catholic Moral and Religious Education by the Catholic University of Lisbon Inter-council coordinator for School Libraries for the councils of Almada and Seixal since 2011 Teacher trainer, since 2001, in the area of School Libraries, ICT and Educational Innovation. Participated and coordinated at national level and since 2001, several European projects (Comenius, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe Programmes) namely the European project READ ON. Recently she has developed research in the area of promotion, marketing and advocacy for libraries. Member of the coordinating team of the School Libraries Working Group of BAD, a professional association.

Luísa Santos

Luísa Santos, Ph.D in Culture Studies by the Humboldt & Viadrina School of Governance, in Berlin, and M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art by the Royal College of Art, in London, Luísa Santos is an Assistant Researcher, in Culture Studies / Artistic Studies, since 2019. Between 2016 and 2019, she was Assistant Professor, with a Gulbenkian Professorship, at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. An independent curator since 2009, she conducted research in curatorial practices at the Konstfack, in Stockholm, in 2013 and, since 2019, she is a research fellow at The European School of Governance (EUSG), in Berlin. Senior researcher at CECC taking on the roles of coordinator and artistic director of the 4Cs: from Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, which she launched with a consortium of 8 European institutions in 2017. Her main areas of research are contemporary art and social systems. Since 2018, she is the co-artistic director of the nanogaleria, an independent curatorial project which she co-founded with Ana Fabíola Maurício.

Ana Fabíola Maurício

Ana Fabíola Maurício, Ana Fabíola Maurício is Head of the Research and Innovation Office of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP). She is also Project Manager and Researcher for the European Cooperation Project “4Cs – From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture”, co-funded by the “Creative Europe: Culture” programme of the European Commission, coordinated by the Faculty of Human Sciences (FCH-UCP). She holds a double-degree Ph.D. (2016) in Culture Studies by The Lisbon Consortium, FCH-UCP and in Literary and Cultural Studies by the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig Universität, Giessen, Germany. She holds an M.A. degree in Media Studies, specialising in Cultural Management and Communication. Senior researcher at CECC | FCH-UCP (Research Centre for Communication and Culture) since 2016, and Junior researcher since 2009, she has participated and presented papers in multiple national and international conferences and symposia, and has published in journals, exhibition catalogues as well as other independent exhibition publications. She is co-founder and co-curator of the independent curatorial project “nanogaleria” since September 2018 with Luísa Santos.

Vânia Rodrigues

Vânia Rodrigues, Cultural Manager and researcher. Master in Cultural Policy and Management by the City University of London. Collaborates with several national and international projects and organisations as a consultant in the areas of cultural management, funding and strategy, and cultural policies. Between 2013 and 2018 was responsible for the management, co-programming and international circulation of the theatre company Mala Voadora. She is currently preparing her PhD thesis in Artistic Studies at the University of Coimbra. Recently published “AS PRODUTORAS – Produção e Gestão Cultural em Portugal. Trajectos Profissionais (1990-2019)” (Caleidoscópio Publishing House).

Ása Richardsdóttir

Ása Richardsdóttir is the secretary general of IETM – the largest international network in the performing arts. www.ietm.org and the chair the consortium of Perform Europe www.performeurope.eu Ása has led a versatile career in the performing arts, culture, academia, banking, politics and media. She was a television reporter at RÚV Iceland, founder of theatre, Kaffileikhusid, executive director of Iceland Dance Company, president of Performing Arts Iceland, project leader of ICE HOT Reykjavík Nordic Dance Platform and Wilderness dance, founder of keðja dance network and producer and leader of various artistic projects and international collaboration initiatives for the last 25 years. Ása has been politically active, served as city councillor 2014-2018 for the Icelandic Social Democratic Party and has been member and chair of several boards in politics, finance and arts. She is co-author of the guide for artists and producers It Starts With a Conversation.

Elena Polivtseva

Elena Polivtseva is currently Head of Policy and Research at IETM. This function entails coordinating and implementing IETM’s publications and research projects, analysis of the European Union policies, as well as development of IETM’s advocacy strategy and actions at the EU level. Elena is also Project Manager of Perform Europe, project funded by the EU and lead by IETM. Currently, Elena is a member of the Board of Culture Action Europe, cross-sectorial network advocating for culture at the EU level. Besides her experience in the cultural sector, Elena worked in a multinational company, in an NGO, and an EU affairs consultancy, as part of both international and Belgian teams. Elena holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations (Tomsk State University), a Master degree in European Studies (Institut d’études européennes, Université libre de Bruxelles) and a diploma in European non-profit advocacy (Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales).

Heidi Wiley

Heidi Wiley is Executive Director of the European Theatre Convention (ETC). Since 2009 she established ETC as European network for artistic collaboration, professional development and advocacy for Europe’s public theatres spanning 25 countries. Under her leadership, ETC was awarded European prizes for youth theatre and digital theatre in the fields of audience development and cultural heritage as organisation for its outstanding achievement. She was invited to the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA) as expert author and co-initiated the European Theatre Forum with the European Commission and German EU Council Presidency. Heidi started her career as international producer and touring manager for artists Victoria Chaplin and the Tiger Lillies touring around Europe and Asia at major festivals and theatres. She has degrees in cultural management from La Sorbonne and Leuphana University, and lived and worked over the last 20 years in the UK, US, France and Germany.

Serge Rangoni

Serge Rangoni, after studying acting at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Serge Rangoni embarked on a career as an artistic manager and producer. Since 2004, he has been the General Manager of the Théâtre de Liège – Scenic Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation – European Centre for Theatre and Choreography. This theatrical institution, one of the main ones in Belgium, is particularly active at the European level in theatre, dance and literature and has been committed for several years to supporting and highlighting the links between the arts, science and technology. Furthermore, Serge Rangoni is particularly attentive to questions of European theatre development, in particular through the presidency of the European Theatre Convention and various European networks (Prospero, Atlas of Transition, Bérénice, Tour de dance, Theatres in Transitions). He has also set up a Club of partner organisations of the Theatre of Liege to support the artistic, educational and social activities of the Theatre

Américo Rodrigues

Américo Rodrigues, Director of DGARTES since February 2019. Graduated in Portuguese Language and Culture by the University of Beira Interior and Master in Speech Sciences by the University of Aveiro with a thesis on “The emotions in speech”. He has worked as an animator and cultural programmer at Casa de Cultura da Juventude da Guarda/FAOJ (1979-1989) and at Câmara Municipal da Guarda (1989-2005), having been Director of Teatro Municipal da Guarda (2005-2013) and Coordinator of Biblioteca Municipal Eduardo Lourenço (2015-2018). He was one of the founders of the collective Aquilo Teatro, of the Luzlinar Association and of Calafrio, Cultural Association / Theatre of CalaFrio. He coordinated the poetry notebooks Aquilo (1982-1997) and was co-director of the magazine Boca de Incêndio (2004-2006), among other publications. In 2011 he received the medal of cultural merit awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Portugal. He is a poet, actor, director, performer (in the area of sound poetry) and cultural programmer.

Cristina Farinha

Cristina Farinha, independent expert in the cultural and creative sector, with work experience from local and regional to international level, in the design, implementation and evaluation of policies, programmes, projects and organisations. She is a collaborating researcher at the Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto. She has taught and participated in several public discussions, courses, conferences and trainings in Europe, USA, Africa and Middle East. Her areas of interest are strengthening the role of culture in governance and development; promoting international cooperation and mobility; and promoting the empowerment and collective representation of the cultural and creative sector. Her PhD in Sociology analysed mobility in the performing arts in Europe. Since 2011 she has been an external evaluator for the European Commission for the Creative Europe, Erasmus+ and H2020 programmes. She is currently part of the Board of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for cultural mobility in the Mediterranean. She collaborates as a national correspondent with the Perform Europe project led by IETM.

Francisco Cipriano

Francisco Cipriano, born 20 May 1969, has a Master’s degree in Geography and Regional and Local Planning. His professional life is linked to the management of community funds in Portugal and international cooperation projects, in the Portuguese Public Administration, in the European Commission and currently in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is also the driving force behind the project Application Laboratory, European Funds for Art, Culture and Creativity, a meeting place for ideas and people around the main European funding initiatives for the cultural sector. Besides that he is a man of many activities. Advertising, writing, photography, travelling. Passionate about surfing, he sees the waves as his way of liberation and a unique moment of harmony between man and nature. He is coauthor of the first national surf guide, Portugal Surf Guide , host in the documentary Movement, a journey into Creative Lives and ready to receive you in his The Minimal House

Rui Inácio

Rui Inácio, born on 22 December 1983, has a degree in International Relations and is Director of the Regional Policy Unit at the Agência para o Desenvolvimento e Coesão, IP – AD&C since 2019. From 2015 to 2018, he was advisor to the Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, and before that coordinator of the Monitoring Unit at the Agência para o Desenvolvimento e Coesão, IP – AD&C. He also followed the negotiation work between the European Commission and Member States regarding the revision of the Cohesion Policy, 2014 -2020, having supported the national participation in the meetings of the Council of the European Union – Structural Actions Group and participated in several meetings of national experts on the EU regulation of Cohesion Policy for the period 2014 -2020.

Laurent de Mercey

Laurent de Mercey, is currently an expert in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy at the European Commission. He has experience as Regional Delegate for Research and Technology at the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, as Advisor for Strategic and Prospective Analysis, at the Ministry for Economy, Finance and Industry. He is a graduate and engineer from the École Polytechnique, and has also completed studies at Télécom Paris and IHEST.

Harald Hartung

Harald Hartung leads the unit ‘Fair Society & Cultural Heritage’ in charge SSH research at DG Research and Innovation. During his time in DG Education and Culture he held various management positions in charge of citizenship, culture policy and programme, multilingualism, Jean Monnet Chairs, the European University Institute in Florence, EU Youth Policy and the European Institute of Technology. Prior to the European Commission, Mr Hartung worked for the EFTA secretariat and the international department of the Federation of Austrian Industrialist. Mr. Hartung holds a master degree in history and a postgraduate diploma in international law and economics from the University of Vienna.

Maciej Hofman

Maciej Hofman works as Policy Officer at the European Commission in Brussels since 2015. He is responsible for managing initiatives related to the role of culture in cities and regions, access to culture via digital means as well as support to cultural and creative sectors and EU funding for culture. Prior to this, he worked at the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, British Council offices in Warsaw and Paris, a French e-learning start-up and as a freelance editor and translator for cultural NGOs, film festivals and digital projects. Maciej holds degrees from the College of Europe and the University of Warsaw, he has also studied at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III.

Cláudia Gomes

Cláudia Gomes, Erasmus+ Education and Training National Agency. At the agency she belongs to the Monitoring and Evaluation Team and, as well, to the working group of synergies and complementarities between ERASMUS+ and other programmes and funds, finding strategies to generate the maximum benefits for beneficiaries and projects.

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