The International Symposium of the donumenta network on arts and culture of the Danube region, titled the “Danube – Where To?” was held on October 20-22 in Regensburg. The goal of the symposium was to examine the future of the countries in the Danube region, “the cradle of European culture.” The Symposium’s motto were the words of Doris Pack, European Parliament rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia and Kosovo, and a Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament: “It is a cross-sectional task to maintain and promote Europe’s attractiveness in a global environment of intensive competition, which can only be fulfilled by culture. It is not a luxury but a necessity to integrate the cultural sphere in the EU foreign policy.”
The symposium was attended by artists and intellectuals from the Danube countries, including Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania. Three podia were held within the symposium dedicated to the lower Danube region. Participants of the podium “Identities, Myths and Emotions” discussed the recently introduced concept of the “European Macro-Region.” Within the podium “The Potential of Art,” participants were introduced to donumenta network for arts and culture, which establishes connections between artists to develop the Danube region. The third podium “Culture – Education – Science,” examined the how overcoming the borders impacts the political culture and civil society in the region.
Natasa Kandic, Director of the Humanitarian Law Center, delivered a lecture “Long-Term Injuries and Dealing with the Past in the Danube Basin Societies,” which presented the development of the Initiative for RECOM, from its inception to the presently on-going phase of advocacy. The lecture placed the Initiative for RECOM in the context of current European policy on regional networking on a number of levels – artistic, scientific, political – and in as many cultural contexts, from educational to entertaining.