European Capital of Culture Forum 2019

The European Capital of Culture Forum is an annual event initiated by the team of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, where leaders representing various creative fields from all around Europe come together for gaining and sharing knowledge, getting inspiration, networking and discussing the opportunities for cooperation. One of the main objectives of this initiative is to encourage the culture of collaboration with other sectors, such as business, science or politics.

Human Factor

This year, the umbrella topic of the Forum will be the “Human Factor”. It helps to raise questions such as: do we consider the human factor before engaging into creative or business practices? How to leave one’s “social bubble” and truly understand people who are different from us.

Main Themes

The Forum’s speeches, sessions and even provocations will cover the following topics: the importance of collaboration between art and business, the audience engagement and the social entrepreneurship. Together with the audience, we will question and rethink conventional practices or understandings; with
the help from musicians and intuition, we will elaborate our strategies. In the part dedicated to the cultural diplomacy, we are going to look for answers to such questions as: what seems to be causing the deepening divide between society and institutions as well as what are the social and political uncertainties and disputes currently arising in Europe? We promise you a deeper understanding of the European cultural dimension.

Conference Reports

Agata Etmanowicz
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Agata Etmanowicz

President of Impact Foundation

Agnieszka Wlazeł
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Agnieszka Wlazeł

PhD Researcher at School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds

Aiva Rozenberga
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Aiva Rozenberga

Former CEO at Latvian Institute

Anna Vinegrad
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Anna Vinegrad

Communication and Marketing, Galway 2020

Aušra Pulauskaitė
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Aušra Pulauskaitė

Project manager, Versli Lietuva VšĮ

Aušrinė Žilinskienė
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Aušrinė Žilinskienė

CEO at Lithuanian Culture Institute

Dr. Arūnas Gelūnas
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Dr. Arūnas Gelūnas

CEO at Lithuanian Art Museum

Dr. Giedrė Pranaitytė
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Dr. Giedrė Pranaitytė

Vytautas Magnus University

Fionn Dobbin
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Fionn Dobbin

Creative Director at the design consultancy agency Age5

Geoffrey Brown
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Geoffrey Brown

Director of Euclid, Comedian

Inga Norkūnienė
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Inga Norkūnienė

Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre

Jelle Burggraaff
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Jelle Burggraaff

Expert on Creative Cooperation (formerly having worked for Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018)

John Bonnema
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John Bonnema

Managing Director at Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018

Kristupas Sabolius
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Kristupas Sabolius

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Researcher

Marcin Łapczyński
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Marcin Łapczyński

CEO at The Polish Institute in Vilnius

Maximillian Valentin
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Maximillian Valentin

Creative Director, Lecturer

Milda Ivanauskienė
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Milda Ivanauskienė

CEO at MO Museum

Mindaugas Morkūnas
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Mindaugas Morkūnas

Head of Development at MO Museum

Monika Juknienė
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Monika Juknienė

Coordinator at NVO Avilys

Paul Bourne
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Paul Bourne

Artistic Director, Business Consultant, Fellow at Cambridge University

Paulius Motiejūnas
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Paulius Motiejūnas

CEO at BC Žalgiris

Phil Tulba
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Phil Tulba

Social Enterprise Expert & Consultant

Pier Luigi Sacco
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Pier Luigi Sacco

Pofessor at IULM Milan University, Senior Researcher at Harvard University

Prof. Dr. Marija Drėmaitė
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Prof. Dr. Marija Drėmaitė

Vilnius university

Rossella Tarantino
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Rossella Tarantino

Development and Relations Manager @ Matera-Basilicata 2019

Rytis Zemkauskas
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Rytis Zemkauskas

Kaunas 2022

Simona Šimulytė
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Simona Šimulytė

Founder at ChangeMakers'ON

Yannis Koukmas
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Yannis Koukmas

Director of Audience Development & Participation, Eleusis 2021

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