Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin,
Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Roma.
VigoniForEurope, created by Villa Vigoni in collaboration with the Italian and German Ministries of Foreign Affairs, is a forum dedicated to cultural policies, which aims to provide a platform for discussion between the major European players. Through an open and informal debate, on a theoretical and practical level, involving the main figures in the field of institutions, universities, politics and associations, the project aims to identify the most effective European best practices and analyse how they should be related and shared. In addition, particular attention is paid to Italian-German cooperation on cultural issues, since Italy and Germany have always expressed the strong conviction that culture must play a central role in the European debate.
The VigoniForEurope 2019 entitled Re-Thinking Creativity in a Changing Society, in this year's edition promoted in collaboration with Triennale Milano, questions the new meanings of creativity in today's society. Starting from the fields of design and fashion, the goal is to rediscover the value of creativity, whilst assigning it a substantial role in the ongoing debate on the future of the planet and humanity. Decisive is in fact the creative capacity of human beings to reconcile the most diverse requirements of functionality and aesthetics. In a world in which the relationship between man and nature seems irremediably corrupt, it is the man's task to find new ways that lead to a better balance of sustainable development in space and time. To prevent planet Earth from paying a very high price in terms of habitability in the near future, it is therefore necessary to rethink paths that put sustainability at the centre, intended as a primary responsibility towards the environment and future generations.