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Africa and Europe are closely interlinked politically, historically as well as economically.
Both continents have shared interests, such as economic growth, but also face common
challenges, including urban growth, inclusiveness and security concerns.

On April 3, 2014, some 50 highly experienced professionals from the two continents,
engaged in arts, culture, heritage, urbanization and development, met in Brussels to reflect
on the role of culture in urbanization and peace.

This meeting was initiated by the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), in
partnership with UN-Habitat, and with the support of the European Commission’s DG
EuropeAid, in the context of the 4th EU-Africa Summit which took place in Brussels April
2-3. It comes at the tail end of the itinerant urban platform Visionary Africa Art at Work, a
2-year collaboration between the European Commission and BOZAR on the role of art in
urban development.

The meeting’s objective was to assemble the professionals involved closely or from afar in
this project, and those involved in similar initiatives and reflection on the African
Continent, to brainstorm together on priority actions in the field of urbanization and
culture. This forward-thinking exercise was intended to be a first basis for concrete
recommendations to the European Commission, including for a new multi-year
collaborative project with DG EuropeAid.

The meeting took place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. It was financed by the
European Commission and its logistics were facilitated by GOPA-Catermill, contractor
to the European Commission for EuropeAid’s Africa-EU Partnership and Peace Unit.