The Language of Art and Music

"An International Symposium on the Potential for Artistic Expression to Cross Cultural Barriers and the Relationship between Art, Culture, and International Relations"

(Berlin, 17th - 20th February 2011, Held Parallel to the Berlin International Film Festival)

Conference Speakers

  • Amb. Andras Simonyi
    Former Hungarian Ambassador to the USA (ICD Advisory Board Member)
  • Andres Veiel
    German Film Director and Screenwriter; His upcoming film “If Not Us, Who?” is scheduled to compete for the Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival
  • Colin Tweedy
    Chief Executive of Arts & Business UK
  • Dobrila Popovic
    Senior Adviser for Music and Performing Arts in the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro Department of Cultural and Artistic Creativity
  • Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
    European MP; Former Luxembourgian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs (ICD Advisory Board Member)
  • Dr. Eva Vass
    Department of Education, University of Bath UK
  • Gareth Reeves
    Prize Winning Actor, New Zealand
  • Ints Dalderis
    Former Minister for Culture of the Republic of Latvia; Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; (ICD Advisory Board Member)
  • John Ferguson
    Executive Director, American Voices
  • Dr. Kaberi Chatterjee
    Leading traditional Manipuri dancer and authority on the dance form created by Rabindranath Tagore. Performed the title roles in authentic film versions of all three of Tagore's dance-dramas, which she also produced: Shyama (2009), Chandalika (2011) & Chitrangada (2011)
  • Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
    Former Swedish Ambassador; Secretary General of the European Cultural Parliament (tbc)
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director - the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Dr: Marina Apaydin
    Deputy Director for Management at the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO
  • Dr. Matilda Mroz
    Specialist in Cinematography and Film, University of Cambridge, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Meenakshi Shedde
    India Consultant to the Berlin; Locarno and Dubai Film Festivals; Winner of the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 1999
  • Mohammadreza Farzad
    Award Winning Iranian Film Director & Poet, His film “Into Thin Air” is nominated and will be screened at the Berlininale 2011. Produced other award-winning films such as: “A Journey to Chazzabeh,” “Help me,” “Hiva,” and “The Burnt Generation”
  • Per Ekedahl
    President, Jeunesses Musicales International and Senior Manager at the Swedish Concert Institute (tbc)
  • Renen Schorr
    Award-Winning Film Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer; Former Head of Israel’s first independent, national school for film and television, and Founder & Director of the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Jerusalem
  • Ribal Al-Assad
    Founder and Chairman of IMAN; Founder and Director of the Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria
  • Robb Wood
    Doha Film Institute
  • The Honorable Dr. Rocco Buttiglione
    Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies; Former Italian Minster of Culture; Former Italian Minister of European Politics
  • Dr. Rokus de Groot
    Musicologist and Composer; Chair of Musicology, University of Amsterdam
  • Spyros Mercouris
    Co-founder of the political party PASOK & Honorary President of the Network of Cultural Capitals and Cultural Months of Europe,
  • Dr. Timothy Emlyn Jones
    Dean, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle
  • Dr. Tomur Atagok
    Professor and Dean of the Art and Design Faculty in Yildiz University
  • Dr. Ulrich Brückner
    Jean Monnet Professor for European Studies, Stanford University in Berlin
  • William Harvey
    Director & Founder, Cultures in Harmony