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Wednesday 30 September at 2pm (local time GMT+1)

Culture’s Place in Society and Public Policies during the Crisis

WHERE: via Zoom platform



  • Simon Brault,Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts

  • Elvira Frosini & Daniele Timpano. Cie Frosini/Timpano (Italie)

  • Yvonne Gimpel, director IG Kultur Austria

  • Dr. Paul Ingendaay, Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, European Cultural Correspondent

  • Dr. Magdalena Marcinkowska, Permanent Delegate of Poland to the UNESCO

  • Peggy Wurth, Chair of ASPRO (Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Luxembourg)

Moderator : Tom Creed, theatre and opera director, member of National Campaign for the Arts (Ireland)


Our guests :


In 2019, he was entrusted with a second mandate as director of the Council and named Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies(IFACCA)—the first Canadian and the first Francophone to take up the position.

Author of No Culture, No Future, he has been a driving force behind a number of major projects and has held key positions in national organizations, notably at the National Theatre School of Canada. He is a sought-after speakerand, in 2017, represented Canada as a cultural expert at the first G7 on arts and culture.

Simon Brault has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of arts and culture.


Elvira Frosini and Daniele Timpano are authors, directors and actors of the italian contemporary scene who share since 2008 a common artistic path. In their works they deconstruct the narratives of History, analysing the society from a vast material which constitute the contemporary imagination and consciousness. Their texts bring to the stage a complex theatrical mechanism in which the actors-authors are always in dialogue with the public putting into play their perturbing relationship with History and culture. Their texts have been published by various editors and have been finalists and winners of many awards: the play Aldo morto was nominated for the Ubu Prize in 2012 as the best dramaturgical news, won the Critical Network Award 2012 and was represented in France by director and actor David Lescot. Acqua di colonia was nominated for the Ubu Prize in 2017 for Best Dramaturgy, Eurodram selection 2018 and was broadcast on Radio 3 RAI. Gli sposi - romanian tragedy, written by David Lescot was nominated at the Ubu Prize 2019 as best foreign text. The text Ottantanove won the Riccione Prize "Franco Quadri" 2019.

They realized with the Teatro dell'Orologio in Rome and Fondazione Romaeuropa in 2013 the project Aldo morto 54 (54 days of replicas and auto reclusion of Daniele Timpano in streaming in a cell purposelyreconstructed in a theatre similar to the one in which the Italian politician Aldo Moro was imprisoned). Theproject won the Nico Garrone Prize 2013.They work for Radio 3 RAI from 2009 in several programs. In 2014 Rai5 made a documentary on them in thecycle "Roma: la nuova drammaturgia" (“Rome: the new dramaturgy”).


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Yvonne Gimpel serves as general manager of IG Kultur Österreich, which represents the interests of more than 800 independent cultural institutions and initiatives in Austria. Advocacy activities and hands-on services aiming to improve the working conditions for culture professionals are at the core of her work, focusing on contemporary cultural expressions and community-based initiatives. Prior to IG Kultur Österreich, she worked at the Austrian Commission for UNESCO, serving as Deputy Secretary General and Focal point to the 2005 UNESCO Convention. She’s engaged in numerous civil society platforms and networks, such as Arts Rights Justice Austria, Coalition for Cultural Diversity, Cultural Diplomacy Platform, etc. Since 2019 she further serves as chairperson of the Austrian Culture Council, the umbrella association of interest groups in the field of art, culture and media workers.


Born in Cologne on January 5, 1961, Dr. Paul Ingendaay is a journalist and writer. After studying literature and philosophy in Cologne and Dublin, then a PhD at the University of Munich in 1993, he began his career as literary editor of the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.  In 1998, he left for Madrid as a cultural correspondent, and iIn 2016, he moved to Berlin as a European correspondent. He has further contributed to various magazines and newspapers and he is a regular contributor to the cultural programs of German public radio as well as the television program Kulturzeit.

At the same time, Paul Ingendaay is known for his commitment to literature. He has published several essays and novels, some of which have been awarded a prize. He is also co-editor of Patricia Highsmith's work (in German). Finally, Paul Ingendaay also programs and hosts, “narrated“ by himself, public readings by well-known film actors of classical texts, mainly of American and English literature, at Europe’s largest literary festival,Lit.Cologne, held each year in March in Cologn. He has collaborated with Matthias Brandt, Nina Hoss, Joachim Król, Nina Kunzendorf, Jan Josef Liefers, Axel Prahl, and Maria Schrader


Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO. Doctor of International Law and expert in cultural heritage. Member of ICOMOS and ILA Poland. Author of numerous publications and scientific works on cultural heritage law.

In years 2018-2020 Deputy Director of Monuments Preservation Department in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.


Peggy Wurth studied at the Wimbledon School of Art in London and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 2003, she graduated in Theatre Design : Costume Interpretation. Since then she has been a freelance costume and stage designer for many theatre and cinema projects in Luxembourg. In 2017, she participated in the creation of ASPRO (Association of performing arts professionals in Luxembourg) which she currently chairs.


Tom Creed is a theatre and opera director, festival director and independent producer, based in Dublin.

As a director, he has worked with the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Irish National Opera, and many other Irish companies and performers. His work has been seen internationally at major venues and festivals in over thirty cities on three continents, including the Paris Opera, the Barbican in London, the Edinburgh, Perth and Melbourne International Festivals, and BAM and the Public Theatre in New York.

He has been Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, Theatre and Dance Curator of Kilkenny Arts Festival and Associate Director of Rough Magic. He is on the board of GAZE Film Festival, and was previously on the board of Macnas and Dublin Fringe Festival. He has been a member of the voluntary steering committee of the National Campaign for the Arts since 2016, who have worked to ensure the survival and recovery of the Irish arts sector during the pandemic.

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