Denmark’s Cultural Summit (Kulturmødet) in Nykøbing, Mors, Denmark
Kulturmødet (Cultural Summit) is Denmark’s new centre stage for discussing arts and culture. This year the Cultural Summit takes place in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark, from 24-26 August. Over the space of 48 hours up to 20,000 people will be able to listen to more than 80 dialogues and absorb up to 300 individual experiences that span all kinds of arts: performing arts, music, film, literature, architecture and visual arts. From intensive debate to more intimate dialogues, themes will be discussed in general and in detail by representatives from organisations connected to culture, politics and business. The aim is to keep cultural debate and dialogue alive, with the audience encouraged to engage and participate. This year the Summit will also include prominent people from Europe, including Rebecca Walton, EU Regional Director at the British Council, and Claire Fox, author and Director of the Institute of Ideas.
The theme of the 2017 Kulturmødet is ‘Open Up’.
- Being close and distant in a globalised world
- Communicating = a common matter
- Art as a creative force in society
- Art as a driving force
- How to open up?
- Experience culture
Kulturmødet is organised by the municipality of Morsø and North Denmark Region, with financial support from the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Cultural Agreement in North Jutland, and a number of other funds.
Pre Meet in London
In June this year British Council, the Danish Embassy in London and Kulturmødet held a preliminary discussion at the Danish Embassy in London in June. Panellists discussing ‘The Place and Importance of Artists and Cultural Organisations in a Changing Europe’ included:
- Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer, Literature & Spoken Word, The Southbank Centre
- Juliana Engberg Programme Director, Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture
- Lise Autogena, Professor of Cross Disciplinary Art at Sheffield Hallam University
- Peter Hanke, Kulturmødet, Denmark
- Rebecca Walton, EU Regional Director at The British Council.
You can watch a video of this discussion on our British Council Denmark Facebook page.
Schedule for 24-28 August
Following this engagement, the British Council is delighted to be participating in two panel discussions in Mors:
Friday 25 August (18.30-19.45): The Art of Brexit – what Brexit means for culture and the arts?
Will Brexit close the doors to Europe, or will it create new opportunities for dialogue and cultural exchange? How can the cultural sector keep an international outlook?
Moderated by Peter Hanke, with a panel that includes Claire Fox, author and Director of the Institute of Ideas, Morten Messerschmidt, MEP Dansk Folkeparti, Michael Metz Mørch, Secretary General for the Danish Cultural Institute, Bengt Kristensson Uggla, Professor of Philosophy and Culture at Åbo Akademi Universitet, and Rebecca Walton, EU Regional Director at the British Council.
Saturday 26 August (9.00-10.00): Is Mors a part of Europe?
Is Mors a part of Europe or is Europe a part of Mors? How do we draw the lines that cut across common cultural roots and transnational networks? What role will art and culture play in the creation of national and European identities for future generations?
Moderated by Peter Hanke with a panel that includes Monika Elend, from the European Youth in North Jutland, ·Stephan Kleinschmidt, Chairman of the Culture and Commerce Committee in Sønderborg, Bengt Kristensson Uggla, Professor of Philosophy and Culture at Åbo Akademi Universitet, and Rebecca Walton, EU Regional Director at the British Council.