European Arts Forum 2017
“Unity in Diversity: Connecting Europe through Culture”June 23rd, 2017
From the 24th to the 26th of June 2017, the World Youth Alliance Europe (WAY Europe) organization celebrates the 3rd edition of the European Arts Forum (EAF) in Brussels.
The main theme that EAF will address is the relationship between art, culture and the human condition. Artists, European decision-makers, intellectuals, art critics and other visitors from across Europe will attend discussions, conferences and exhibitions. The work of young artists will be displayed on June 24th, 2017 in Lodzkie House Square representing the Polish region of the same name.
The mission of the EAF is focused on training young artists to contribute to promoting diversity through the respect of human rights, intercultural and interfaith dialogue and common European values. This event also aims at supporting the young artists in Europe and helps them create a network in order to further advance their careers, as well as to adapt themselves to contemporary issues in a changing Europe.
The WAY is a NGO founded in 1999 which stands up for human dignity at political, cultural and educational levels. Through its Declaration on Beauty in art and Human Dignity the WAY affirms that “the transformative power of art, which encourages the individual to move beyond oneself, to connect with a greater community, and to contribute to society and culture. Art provides a window into the complexity, integrity, and beauty of human nature and the natural world. Art is an expression of human dignity and is an important part of the individual’s desire for self-expression in the world. Artists play a crucial role in understanding human life. In art and its transcendent journey, we experience the depth of our human freedom.”
This declaration makes us understand why art can be a significant means of cultural diplomacy and the European Arts Forum 2017 is a good illustration of this.