6th ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations: The question of culture in Europe's refugee crisis
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From 27-28 March 2017 representatives from the cultural and art sector are invited to Brussels, Belgium to share and discuss perspectives of culture's role in the refugee crisis.

The "Fortress Europe", the closer economic and political union of diverse peoples built on the exclusion of "Others", is showing its cracks under the pressure of millions of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants. This is a crucial moment for the European Union, as its members are divided over their responses.

During the ENCATC Academy we will seek to understand the situation from the point of view of culture and the arts: the context and background of the crisis, as well as its development and its implications for the EU and for the member-states. The inclusion of a practice-based partner that works directly with people going through the trauma of these events will ground the academy in both theory and practice.

Top experts from academia, research, policy, and practice will deliver know-how, facts, relevant data, and policy developments in this area, as well as case studies, funding mechanisms, creative partnerships, good practice and the resources professionals and institutions working in culture and external relations need to work effectively in the short and long term on this issue.

The ENCATC Academy is designed for senior and medium level professionals - Diplomats, EU officials, representatives of international organisations, institutes of culture, government officials (Ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs), local government authorities (regions, cities), academics, researchers, students, artists, cultural workers. Participants and their institutions have a stake in the role culture has to play in the refugee crisis, fostering social integration, combatting extremism, and promoting mutual understanding.

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This is a guest article by ENCATC.