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ICOM and the Forum d’Avignon: Partners for Culture

ICOM and the Forum d’Avignon are partnering for the promotion of culture. The Forum d’Avignon is a think tank dedicated to culture that organises an international meeting on culture, economics and the media every year. It aims at bringing together the cultural and economic sectors and proposing new ideas and solutions on a global, European and local level.

ICOM and the Forum d’Avignon: Partners for Culture

Conclave, the debate hall, Forum d’Avignon 2012 – Credits: Forum d’Avignon

18 June 2012 - Created in 2008 in the wake of the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity, the Forum d’Avignon highlights ideas and achievements from all continents. Relying on a unique worldwide network of artists, experts and public and private decision-makers, the Forum has created a heritage of new studies around three perspectives for culture and creative industries: financing and business models, the digital field and innovation, and the attractiveness of territories.

Every year, the international meeting organised in November provides opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between 450 actors from the worlds of culture and economics, hailing from 40 countries (public and private decision-makers, artists, philosophers, academics and students).

This partnership will enable both institutions to share their expertise and provide their respective networks with greater access to a wider array of resource materials. Thus, the Director General of ICOM, Julien Anfruns, alongside several figures from the international museum community and members of ICOM, will be participating in the next edition of the event. The fifth international meeting of the Forum d’Avignon will be held at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, from 15 to 17 November, 2012, around the general theme “Culture: Reasons for hope – Imagining and passing on”.