A Statement from Manchester's Arts and Cultural Organisations on the Manchester Attacks

A Statement from Manchester's Arts and Cultural Organisations on the Manchester Attacks. Continue reading

Labour MEPs call on the Commission to increase EU funding for creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors

Today (March 2nd) Labours MEPs, together with their Socialists and Democrats colleagues, pushed through an increase for the Creative Europe's budget, in order to meet the ambitions set. They also highlighted the importance of easing access to funding for small scale organisations and projects. Continue reading

Digital Champions 2016: Empowering young people with disabilities online

  Julie is currently taking part in an EU delegation to the annual Internet governance Forum (IGF) in Mexico. As part of the event, she is hosting a session on Youth IGF where she met young digital champions. Digital Champions are powerful thinkers, creators, and innovators who are transforming their environment and communities for the better. As individuals or teams, they are addressing difficult questions such as gender, rights, participation and civic engagement, discrimination and poverty. Continue reading

Julie welcomes children and young people from different EU countries to the European Parliament

Next Sunday we will celebrate the Children’s Rights Day. In the context, Julie welcomed a group of young people and children from different EU countries to the Parliament, for a workshop on children’s participation in decision making, entitled WITH Children – FOR Children: From ideas to action! Continue reading

Julie hosts a session of the Science Europe event on 'Building a Scientific Narrative on Impact and Societal Value of Science'

The ways in which science can contribute to society can take many forms, from the intrinsic value of research and intangible cultural assets, to the most tangible technological and societal changes that research can bring about. On the 17th of November, Julie hosted a session on demonstrating the societal value of Science, through examples, stories and scientific case studies from several research fields, in order to convey the richness and diversity of science within society, as well as to stress the value of science itself. Continue reading

Julie hosted a Seminar on 'Mental health and young people in the digital age: addressing risks, seizing opportunities'

  Together with her colleague MEP Miriam Dalli and in collaboration with Mental Health Europe, Julie celebrated the World Mental Health Day (10 October) in the European Parliament together with European Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis.   Continue reading

The Intergroup on Children's Rights stands united to support ECHO/UNICEF #EmergencyLessons Campaign

The Intergroup on Children's Rights strongly believes in the importance of education as a means of empowering young people! Education is key to avoid to create a lost generation for hundreds of thousands of children and young people living now in an emergency situation!   Continue reading

IETM plenary reports: Advocating for the Arts & Towards an Inclusive Culture

Last April, Julie was invited to attend the General Assembly of International network for contemporary performing arts (IETM) in Amsterdam and participated in two panels entitled “Advocating for the Arts” and “Towards an inclusive culture”. The goal of these sessions was to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices on how to convince policy-makers – on local, national and European levels - of the essential role culture and the arts play in the development of inclusive European societies. Julie shared her view that in these troubled times, Culture must be the battle field of today's politics. Continue reading

'Art not Oil' reacts against BP sponsorship of the British Museum, Royal Opera House, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Shakespeare Company

BP's announcement of another 5-year deal with four major arts institutions in the UK (British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company), despite all the recent opposition and criticism, has provoked a huge outcry, particularly from people involved in the culture sector and those who do climate-related work. Continue reading

Manchester Jazz Festival wins the Europe Jazz Network Award

The 2016 Europe Jazz Network (EJN) Award for ‘Adventurous Programming’ has been awarded to the Manchester Jazz Festival, the very first UK promoter to receive the prestigious Award. Each year EJN, the Europe-wide association of promoters, presenters and organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music, awards a European promoter who exemplifies the values of EJN and skilfully succeeds to create visionary and fascinating musical programmes for the audience.   Continue reading