The Forum was organised in Venice on 12 May at the premises of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee.
 
Focusing on “Harbour for Cultures (H/C)” and drawing inspiration from the real case history of how to convert and reuse the area of the Old Harbour of Trieste, the Forum’s research and discussion explored both the historical functions of port activities carried out for economic interests (exchange of goods, insurance issues and commercial profit) as well as the notion of "suspension" linked to idea of a port (of arriving, temporarily belonging and then leaving).
 
The Venice Forum offered a platform to initiate a long-term project focused on the social and cultural dimensions of these issues in view of shaping an image of a "new port" where people can freely exchange their own cultures, while assuring their core values.

Welcome speeches were delivered by Franco Bernabè, President of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO; Barbara Fabro, CEI Senior Executive Officer, and Giuliana Carbi, President of the Trieste Contemporanea Committee.
 
Speakers:
Azra Akšamija (artist and architectural historian, Sarajevo), Iara Boubnova (ICA, Sofia), Maja Ćirić (independent curator, Belgrade), Călin Dan (general director National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest), Shamina de Gonzaga (executive director World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, USA), Sandro Droschl (director Künstlerhaus, Graz), Branko Franceschi (director GALUM Gallery of Fine Arts, Split), Barbara Holub (transparadiso, Vienna), Beral Madra (BM Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul), Ilona Németh (Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava), Ana Peraica (independent curator, Split), Elisabetta Porro (architect, Trieste), Maren Richter (Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018, Malta), Basak Şenova (independent curator, Istanbul), Hainalka Somogyi (independent curator, Budapest), Janka Vukmir (Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Mick Wilson (head of Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg).
  *** The Forum is a biennial event dealing with contemporary art promotion and the exchange of curatorial practices coinciding with the opening of the Venice Biennale Arte. It is usually attended by prominent directors of contemporary art museums and galleries as well as by representatives of associations and cultural institutions from the CEI region and beyond.
The 2017 edition was held under the patronage of Tibor Navracsics, Member of the European Commission as well as under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, the Veneto Region, the Trieste Town Council, the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea-Trieste Port Authority, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the University of Trieste. It was supported by the CEI, the Autonomous Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council and the BEBA Foundation of Venice. The 
transparadiso Vienna and BM Contemporary Art Center Istanbul also cooperated in the organsation of the Forum.

This event is co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund
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