EFC 2018 Conference: Culture Matters: connecting citizens, uniting communities

Co-hosted by EFC - European Foundation Centre,
29 May 2018, Belgium

29 – 31 May 2018 – Brussels, Belgium


Have you ever wondered how the arts survive in times of crisis? How culture can shake up, energise and connect communities?  How heritage can help engage and empower citizens to shape the future?  Over 500 philanthropy professionals will tackle these and other important questions in Brussels on 29-31 May, at the European Foundation Centre’s conference “Culture Matters: connecting citizens, uniting communities”. 



The three conference plenaries, complemented by over thirty sessions addressing different aspects of culture, will feature several keynote speakers including:

  • Jan Goossens, Director, Festival de Marseille
  • Cem Mansur,Conductor, Music Director and Founder of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Croatian Minister of Culture
  • Martine Reicherts, Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Luxembourg and former Director General for Education and Culture (DG EAC)
  • Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre
  • Lemn Sissay, Author, poet and broadcaster


The conference also features several diverse cultural activities and visits, including “Walk and Talk” networking sessions, a private visit to an exhibition organised by the King Baudouin Foundation and other major European foundations in the Musée du Cinquantenaire, and an EFC-hosted exhibition in Philanthropy House, showcasing a wide range of its members’ projects on improving social spaces and the restoration of buildings, parks, museums etc.


Find more information: www.efc.be/news/press-release-efc-2018-conference-culture-matters-connecting-citizens-uniting-communities/