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ICOM participates in the international meetings of culture, the economy and the media organised by the Forum d’Avignon

The international meetings of culture, the economy and the media, organised every year by the Forum d’Avignon, were held from 15 to 17 November, 2012, at the Palais des Papes in Avignon.

ICOM participates in the international meetings of culture, the economy and the media organised by the Forum d’Avignon

© Forum d’Avignon

This event gathered 450 actors from the worlds of culture and economics (artists, philosophers, academics, students and public and private decision-makers), hailing from 43 countries, for three days of discussions around the theme “Culture: Reasons to hope – Imagining and passing on”.ICOM was associated to the event, with its Director General, Julien Anfruns, participating as well as Luisa de Peña Díaz, member of the ICOM Executive Council, George Okello Abungu, Vice-Chair of ICOM Executive Council, and Samuel Sidibé, Director of the National Museum of Mali in Bamako and Chair of ICOM Mali. Julien Anfruns took part in a round table entitled “The imaginary museum”, with French architect Paul Andreu, as part of a debate session on the theme “Organising time : memory and transmission in a connected world”.

Debate session on the theme “Organising time : memory and transmission in a connected world”.

Discussions made it possible to express a great number of reasons to hope thanks to culture and draw several perspectives for ending the crisis:

  • Culture is in itself a reason to hope. It addresses to the best of men, to their humanity. It is a rampart against the fanaticisms which never end;
  • Culture must be at the heart of the European project, inviting the decisions makers to go back to the spirit of the founding fathers;
  • The bet on the creative potential of the digital generations constitutes an answer which announces tomorrow’s solutions.

The Forum d’Avignon, at the end of those three days of speeches and lively exchanges, calls on the European leaders to put culture back at the heart of the European collective project and the UN to extend their Millennium Development Goals agenda.