Eight years ago, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, in cooperation with the European Danube Academy, launched the International Danube Conference on Culture (DCC) series to intensify the cultural-political dialogue and to establish international networks of representatives of the cultural scene in the Danube region. The main objective of these annual forums is to look at the Danube region as a unique but extremely diverse cultural area and to offer a platform for exchange that creates new collaborations among artists, cultural institutions and decision-makers. The conferences have become a well-known platform for presenting interesting projects, discussing cultural-political issues and promoting our region’s chances of great cultural diversity and creativity through transnational cooperation. The conference was first organised in Ulm in 2013, and returns now after Novi Sad, Timişoara, Ruse, Pécs, Linz, Regensburg and the Schallaburg to Ulm. Under the motto „Pathway to new prosperity”, the organisers would like to discuss the possibilities of a restart for the cultural sector in the Danube region focusing on innovation, finances and sustainability.
The 9th International DCC in Ulm will take place from 21-23 November 2021.
The cultural sector faced particular challenges not only throughout the Corona pandemic: Many complex questions arise, especially on the threshold of the post-pandemic period. We need a new departure, but it can by no means end with a simple return to the “old normal”. We must learn our lessons from the crisis and, depending on our options, move forward into the future strengthened by it. We need to think now about how the cultural sector can get back on track and be better equipped for future crises. But we need more: it is time to develop new long-term concepts and strategies. For this, we can draw inspiration from existing “best practices” from the Danube region or those that developed during the pandemic; at the same time, we also need reliable information about funding opportunities (such as the new EU funding programmes). We also need to ask ourselves what opportunities the crisis brings. Is it not a call to finally take the much-cited sustainability seriously? To use our strengths – our creativity and our willingness to cooperate – to help shape climate and socio-political processes and bring us even closer to the people in the region? With its chequered history and diverse experiences, the Danube Region is that region of Europe whose creative scene not only needs a new departure, but also wants to actively participate in the development of ideas for the future and the implementation of this new departure.