ICCE highlights the IFA Conference “Europe from the Outside”

ICCE highlights the IFA Conference “Europe from the Outside”

12 December, Brussels, Belgium


The Institut für Auslandsbezieehungen (German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) organised last week a conference reflecting on ‘European external cultural relations: Expectations from the outside’. The event, part of an on going reflection on the connection of cultures, provided participants with a much needed insight into how European external cultural relations are viewed outside of Europe and what is expected of them. Dr Carla Figueira attended on behalf of ICCE.

Insightful keynotes were provided by Dr. Natalia Chaban, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and by Farai Mpfunya, Executive Director of the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust. A further number of interventions questioned perceptions and expectations. ICCE highlights the question asked by Katelijn Verstraete (British Council Singapore, previously Asia-Europe Foundation): “Is Europe really relevant to others?” – a powerful reality check prompt – and the advice provided by Anmol Vellani, Executive Director of the India Foundation for the Arts, that emphasised the need of European organisations to educate themselves about their partners and the contexts in which they will work and the importance of taking risks and learning from mistakes.

Proceedings of the event will be included in the 2013 EUNIC- Yearbook.

Full information on the conference is available at: