Three plenary sessions helped shape the 2018 EFC Annual Conference and provided three diverse lenses through which to look at why culture matters:

Opening plenary
Against the backdrop of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the conference  opened with inspiring leaders that have made culture (and cultures) a focal point in their work and who invited delegates to reflect on the important role they can play in ensuring that it remains a shared priority.

Panel speakers:
Jan Goossens, Director, Festival de Marseille
Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Croatian Minister of Culture
Martine Reicherts, Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Luxembourg and former Director General for Education and Culture (DG EAC)

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Middle plenary
This inspiring plenary, which focused on how individual players in the cultural sector play a role in galvanising a deeper, stronger bond between individuals from all walks of life, and the communities they live in. Delegates saw how the efforts of cultural actors can break down barriers, challenge preconceptions, encourage diversity and stimulate exchange.

Panel speakers:
Cem Mansur, Conductor, Music Director and Founder of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre
Lemn Sissay, British author, poet and broadcaster

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Opening and closing the Middle Plenary, Fanfakids is a group of young musicians from Centrum West-D’Broej youth centre in Molenbeek. 

Closing plenary
The final plenary wrapped up discussions from the past few days and identifies new pathways to work together in future. In addition,

– Massimo Lapucci, EFC Chair, gave a keynote address
– The dates and venue of the 2019 EFC Conference were announced as Paris, 23-24 May

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