2nd Euro-Arab Youth Music Forum

We are happy to announce the second edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Music Forum that will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, from the 5th to the 6th of December 2015. The Forum will bring leading experts and cultural/music organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean, who will discuss about this year’s theme: “Music as a medium for cultural expression and dialogue among young people of the European Union and the League of Arab States. From ideas to action: building a framework for cooperative initiative”
Experts from major international organizations in the field, professors and representatives of ministries will gather for two days to talk about topics, such as “Cultural and youth diplomacy”, “Mobility of young artists and professionals”, “New technologies for sharing knowledge and dialogue”, “Engaging young people and audience development” and “Further project developments”.
The events will be held at the Pattichion Municipal Museum – Historical Archive.
The entrance is free.

The full program of the event:

5th December 2015

Venue: Pattichion Municipal Museum – Limassol’s Historical Archive

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:30 Welcomes:

  • Costas Constantinou, Chairman of the Cultural Movement of Limassol “EPILOGI” (Cyprus)
  • Dr. Antigoni Polyniki, Cyprus National Commission of UNESCO
  • (Cyprus)
  • Dr. Kifah Fakhouri, Secretary-General of the Arab Academy of Music – League of Arab States & President of the Board of the Euro-Arab Youth Music Centre (Lebanon/Jordan)
  • Dr. Elena Theodoulou – Charalambous, Senior Cultural Policy Officer, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus

10:30 – 11:30 Session 1 – Engaging young people and audience development practices in European and Arab states

  • “Creating new Creative Region in Europe – building new opportunities for youth” by Aleksandar Pekovic, Herceg-Novi candidate city for European Capital of Cultures 2021, Montenegro
  • “Youth in Music in Gulf Council Countries” by Dr. Bedriya Hadji AL-ABDILY, Associate Professor, College of Basic Education, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait
  • “Musical identities, education and interculturality; A Mediterranean perspective and beyond….”, by Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella, C.C.R.S.M., Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00 Session 2 – New technologies, knowledge sharing and dialogue

  • “Showcasing the MINSTREL project” by Kostas Moschos, Director of IEMA and Board member of IAMIC, Greece
  • “Youth and Music in Arab Countries” by Rev. Joseph Tannous, Secretary General of  Arab Society of Faculties and Higher Institutes of Music in the Association of Arab Universities, Lebanon
  • “Youth and Music recent music developments on European scene” by Till Skoruppa, Project Manager of European Music Council, Germany

Facilitator: Michalis Karakatsanis, Officer of Cyprus Music Information Center

13.00 – 14.00 Networking lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Session 3 – Mobility of young artists and professionals

  • “Developing Egyptian Youth through Arts and Music” by Nada Abdalla, Project Assistant, AGORA, Egypt
  • “New trends in European Festivals” by Darko Brlek, President of European Festival Association and Director of Ljubljana Festival, Slovenia

Facilitator: Dr Antigoni Polyniki, Cyprus National Commission of UNESCO

15:00 – 16:00 “Limassol through centuries” a museum tour by Dr Mimis Sophocleous, Director of Limassol’s Historical Museum – Archive

6th  December 2015

Venue: Pattichion Municipal Museum – Limassol’s Historical Archive

9:30 – 11:00 Session 4 – Cultural and Youth Diplomacy

  • ” An overview of the 5 Music Rights and IMC’s main projects: African Music Development Programme, Rostrum+ and MARS” by Davide Grosso, Project and Communication Assistant, International Music Council, Worldwide
  • “Jeunesses Musicales International – 70 years of celebrating Youth and Music” by Blasko Smilevski, Secretary –General of Jeunesses Musicales International, Board Member of Euro-Arab Youth Music Center
  • “Showcasing Youth and Music projects for peace and dialogue ” by Nenad Bogdanovic, (Cyprus)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:45 Session 5 – New challenges for new horizons: project development session.

  • Dr. Kifah Fakhouri, Secretary-General of the Arab Academy of Music (League of Arab States)
  • Ian Smith, Chairman of the European Music Council
  • Blasko Smilevski, Secretary-General of Jeunesses Musicales International

12:45 – 13:00 Conclusions and Closing