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The Cultural Arena: New approaches for a pandemic era
Virtual Roundtables organized by FICEP

September 29th, 2020 - October 01st, 2020


In 2002, 26 international cultural centres in Paris came together, beyond the framework of bilateral agreements, to create a unique network: FICEP (Forum des instituts culturels étrangers à Paris or Forum of Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris).

FICEP is an arena for multilateral reflection on culture and the conditions needed for it to thrive in a globalized context. Since its inception, this initiative has aimed to promote and enhance cultural and linguistic diversity in a world where culture has had to contend with global crises.

18 years later, the need to address pressing questions and issues is just as vital given the pandemic crisis of 2020 which led to much of the world coming to a halt and further weakening of an already troubled sector.

What future for culture in an uncertain world?

FICEP has organised 3 international round tables with the intention of taking stock of the current situation across the world as well as highlighting the many initiatives that have emerged in recent months.

Join a panel of cultural experts including practitioners and professionals from key institutions via the Zoom platform on Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October.

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Round table 1 – Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 3pm (local time GMT +1)
New Experiences and Institutional Changes: Future Practice
Where: via Zoom platform
Language: English

    • Kristoffer Stefan, Austrian artist, experimental architect. Resident at the Cité internationale des arts of Paris
    • Sebastien Cichocki, Chief curator  Museum of Modern Art Warsaw
    • Jean-François Rettig, directeur artistique des Rencontres Paris-Berlin
    • Annie Fletcher, Director Irish Museum of Modern Art.
    • Moderator : Fiona Kearney, Director Glucksman Gallery


Round table 2 – Wednesday 30 September at 2pm (local time GMT+1)
Culture’s Place in Society and Public Policies during the Crisis
Where: via Zoom platform
Language: English

  • Peggy Wurth, Chair of ASPRO (Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Luxembourg)
  • Simon Brault, Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts 
  • Dr Marie Cathleen Haff, Head of General Project Funding, Kulturstifung des Bundes (German national cultural foundation)
  • Dr. Magdalena Marcinkowska, Permanent Delegate of Poland to the UNESCO
  • Yvonne Gimpel, director IG Kultur Austria
  • Elvira Frosini et/ou Daniele Timpano. Cie Frosini/Timpano (Italie). 
  • Moderator : Tom Creed, theatre and opera director et member of National Campaign for the Arts (Ireland)


Round table 3 – Thursday 1 October at 3pm (local time GMT +1)
The Role of Foreign Cultural Centres. What is the Future of Professions that Focus on the International Showcasing of Artists and Cultural Projects?
Where: via Zoom platform
Language: English

  • Caitlin Workman, Director Canadian cultural center Paris
  • Vincent Gonzalves, Residence manager at the Cité internationale des Arts Paris
  • Juliette Donadieu, Attachée culturel, Consultat de San Fransisco.
  • Teresa Indjein, directrice de la section des affaires culturelles internationales du Ministère fédéral autrichien des Affaires européennes et  internationales. Contacté
  • Thierry Lagnau, Alliance française Dublin.
  • Moderator : Fearghus O’Conchuir,  choregrapher and dance artist, expert in cultural diplomacy, Vice-Chair Arts Council of Ireland