Novi Sad Declaration

We build the house of European Danube Cultures

Final Communique of the 2nd International Danube Conference on Culture in Novi Sad “Danube – Cultural Stream of Europe” (5/6 May 2014)

The 2nd International Danube Conference on Culture brought together over 130 cultural workers and activists, artists and decision-makers from the Danube Region. The Conference was organized by the Cultural Center of Novi Sad and the European Danube Academy, with the support of the City of Novi Sad, the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, in accordance with the dialogue and the decisions from the 1st International Danube Conference on Culture in Ulm.

The participants in the two workshops “European capitals of culture – experiences and future prospects” and “Danube related events and networks – contributions to the Danube identity?” adopted the following recommendations in three specific areas:

Cooperation

  • Enhance a sustainable cooperation and develop strong networks of European capitals of culture and Candidate Cities in the Danube Region and of Danube related festivals and institutions with the support of the European Commission through Creative Europe and Danube Program.
  • Publish a webpage with all the European capitals of culture and Candidate Cities in the Danube Region.
  • Promote cultural cooperation between the authorities of cities and regions in the Danube Region in close consultation with the Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CoDCR) and Working Group of Danube Regions (ARGE Donauländer).
  • Prepare a declaration in that respect to be proposed at the 3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in Vienna 26/27 June 2014.

Digital culture

  • Establish a team for valorizing cultural heritage from the Danube region through ICT and new media.
  • Build a digital “Cultural Atlas of the Danube Region” in the frame of the “Urban Platform Danube Region”.

Future conferences

  • Next conferences in 2015 and 2016 will be held in Timisoara and Ruse.

The participants of the 2nd International Danube Conference on Culture in Novi Sad underlined the importance of a dense and sustainable network of art, culture and politics along the Danube. A common cultural identity of the Danube region occurs most likely through specific cultural and artistic cooperation. This conference was itself a good example for that – a step towards a common “European House of Danube cultures”. The continuation of cultural policy dialogue and strengthening of cultural networks is a great opportunity for the Danube Region and an important support for stabilization of Europe.