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At the beginning of this month I had the privilege to be invited to join Culture Action Europe’s Conference and General Assembly ‘Act for culture, act for Europe’ in Brussels, Belgium, between 9-11 November 2012 (read the below invitation).
After a brief correspondence with one of the organizers, Emma Ernsth, Campaign Co-ordinator, I promised her that I’ll try to meet the vicepresident of Suceava County Council, Alexandru Baisanu, in order to find a solution to finance my transport and accommodation fees, around 500-600 euro. After a vague promise, the Romanian official abandoned this idea, he even did’nt answer my message to clarify my situation.

I had some good ideas to support the cultural projects in my beautiful region, Bucovina, and to make an useful network between my local fellows and other European cultural actors. But my breaking ground initiative was to propose to my Central Europe’s visual artists fellows and to the EU officials, the founding of Tate Central Europe, in order to reduce the disparity on art market between our region and Western Europe. There are 23 years since the crash of the communist regimes and the Central European visual artists have almost the same quotations as before the revolutions, in Romania maximum 2,000-50,000 euro for an artwork of the best contemporary artists, compared to 1,000,000-20,000,000 euro for the British, German, Spanish,etc visual artists. The marginal place of the Central Europe arts are also reflected by the most prestigious art publisher, TASCHEN. If you read the last issues of ART NOW you’ll find that 60% of the visual artists are from USA, 20% from Germany and Great Britain and 10% from the rest of the world (but no one from Central Europe!).
A Tate Central Europe museum (one of my favourite world art museums), focused on the promotion of the best visual artists in my region, with the help of the famous art curators and other art experts from Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, etc could contribute to a better turning to account of the arts from the Old Europe and to an economic growth, too. Culture as an economic engine is a reality in our days, and the best example is Guggenheim Bilbao,in Spain.

Culture Action Europe
Invitation to the Conference

Dear Constantin Severin,

The world is changing at a fast pace and we are currently facing one of the biggest cultural crises that the modern, Western socio-economic model has ever been through. Just giving voice to the demands of the arts and culture sector will not achieve to promote societies that treasure culture.
While continuing to advocate for an improved EU Cultural Policy, cultural operators, activists and campaigners must progressively engage in all aspects of Policies that impact on Societal Cultural Development from local to European level. Economic and social developments, education, external relations, youth, innovation, welfare and labour, environment, … all of the above include components that directly impact on our cultural life, on societal development as well as, naturally, on the conditions that cultural operators work within.

Advocating for an improved Cultural Policy at EU level remains essential, but it is now time to foster and facilitate the establishment of a long lasting pan-European cross-sectoral civil society movement engaged in advocating for culture as a necessary element of any strategy for sustainable societies.
On 9-11 November 2012, Culture Action Europe’s Conference and General Assembly ‘Act for culture, act for Europe’ in Brussels, Belgium, will take the first necessary steps to ignite and foster the changes and the broader civic engagement needed. The conference programme represents one of the organisation’s steps towards a more participatory approach to its life and planning, open to the contributions of those from other sectors similarly engaged in fostering the necessary change in Europe and beyond.

The 2012 Conference and General Assembly is therefore conceived to allow its participants to learn, discuss, network, and reach common initial agreements on what to do, how to do it and when to do it. The programme modules themselves consist of a mix between inspirational speeches and panel debates and intensive informal table discussions. The aim of the table discussions is to facilitate and multiply the exchange of views and experiences as well as to foster the setting up of common initiatives.
We are convinced that your contribution to the conference would bring an important added value to the change we are commited to foster and we truly hope that you can participate! For more information about the programme and to register online, please visit http://www.cultureactioneuropeconference.eu
We look forward to welcome you to our Conference in November!
Best regards,

Luca BERGAMO Secretary general

From: Conference Culture Action Europe
To: Constantin Severin
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: REMINDER payment conference fee: ‘Act for culture, act for Europe’ 9-11 November
Dear Constantin,

That’s a real pity!! I hope we will have the opportunity to meet on another occasion soon. Thanks also for the link to your blog – a very interesting idea indeed!

Take care and let’s stay in touch, warm regards,

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Constantin Severin wrote:

Dear Emma,

Unfortunately the vicepresident of Suceava County Council, Alexandru Baisanu, did not find a solution to finance my transport and accommodation fees, so I will not come, but please read here one of my proposals,


Warm wishes,

Constantin Severin


About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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