Lillian Birnbaum, Paris – develops and produces movie
projects of social and human relevance. She is also an acclaimed and published
photographer who exhibits and publishes her work internationally.
Peter De Caluwe – Director General of the Royal Opera House
of Brussels, La Monnaie. Combines management with artistic direction. “Europe
has a role to play in the worldwide community. When the Belgian project doesn’t
work, neither will the European one. Let’s try to find things that bring us
together rather than things that break us apart” – this is also a motto for his
work at La Monnaie.
Francois Carbon, coordinator espace cultures, University of
Luxembourg, creating a cultural agency in 3 steps:
(1) Reunites the members
of our university in culture and lead them to cultural institutions.
Bringing back that impression to the University in order to promote and improve
the quality of life inside the institution.
(3) Have an official cultural
program, be of help to other cultural institutions and engage their ensembles in
the cultural life of Luxembourg, to contribute to an exchange of ideas aimed at
developing culture in Europe and the concept of
European citizenship and
boosting cross-cultural dialogue.
Evangelos Chrysos – academic career in Byzantine history.
Worked in Germany, Austria and USA and at the University of Athens.
Secretary general of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation – cultural
branch of Greek Parliament. Founding member of a network of Parliament
Foundations: in Europe dealing with the history and function of parliamentarism
They also plan a
pan-European exhibition on Parliament buildings.
Claire Fox – Institute of Ideas – its objective is to stir
up intellectual life in UK. They believe that ideas can change the world and
they must be contested and never taken for granted. Battle of ideas in UK every
year where UK people can gain from listening and debating European ideas. ECP
members are invited and encouraged to participate in London. Whishes to make
Battle of Ideas pan-European.
Rodolfo Maslias – working at the European Parliament as head
of the terminology service in the linguistics department. Dealing with
culture for a lot of years – managed the international relation and events for
ECoC 1997 then head of Cabinet of the Greek Minister for
Culture, elected coordinator of the network of capitals of culture ECCM until 3
years ago. In the past 3 years advisor to the Mayor of Athens for international
cultural events (e.g. Documentation Centre of European Capitals of Culture).
Mary Miller – started as a concert violinist in London.
Became chief music critic of Scotland´s national newspaper, and then directed a
Northern festival in UK; worked for the BBC and English National Opera, went to
USA to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in Connecticut. CEO and
artistic director of the Stavanger ECoC 2008. Wrote the Spanish city Burgos´ bid
to be ECoC in 2016. Currently director of Den Nye Opera, Bergen. “Capitals of
Culture are very helpful in establishing relationships.”
Zoran Pantelici – background in Fine Arts, working on
residency programs. He has his own organization that deals with contemporary art
and politics. Since 2007 running the youth center in Novisad focusing on
bringing in new audiences.
Guido Wevers – worked 30 years as a theater director and now
back in Maastricht as Artistic Director (Maastricht possible ECoC 2018).
Presenting the Euregio Maas – Riin (Holland/Belgium/Germany) – a lab of