Brussels Declaration by Artists and Cultural Professionals and Entrepreneurs

We, artists, professionals and culture entrepreneurs, from the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and European Union member States, met in Brussels from 1 to 3 April 2009 at the invitation of the Council of the ACP Group and the European Commission.

The objective of this meeting was to facilitate a dialogue concerning current and future issues of cultural cooperation, the importance of the cultural sector for the consolidation of a knowledge-based society and a creative economy, based on the needs and expectations of professionals from ACP countries and on the priority guidelines needed for programmes of cultural cooperation between ACP countries and the European Union.

After so many conferences where clear diagnoses were established and specific recommendations were made but not pursued; after so many resolutions, programmes and action plans rarely put into practice, it is with a mixture of scepticism and hope that we have come to participate in this Colloquium.

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The International Colloquium "Culture and creativity as vectors of Development" was organised in April 2009 by the European Commission in the framework of EU cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The objective of this Colloquium was to highlight the importance of culture for the identity of people, peace and stability of societies and the economic development of ACP countries.

More information on the Culture & Creativity - vectors for development conference


Discover the website Culture and creativity, vectors for development, an initiative of the European Commission.

The objective of this site is to gather and present all the available information, opinions and documents on the efforts of the Commission and the European Union, as well as the efforts of professionals of member states and partner states, in order to better recognise and acknowledge the role of culture in development policies.