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EP39 - European Through Culture

Season 2, Ep. 20

Novi Sad as the European Capital of Culture 2022 

On the 1st of January 2022, the Serbian city Novi Sad officially became the European Capital of Culture. With one year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Novi Sad is among the first cities outside the European Union and the first from the Western Balkans to be awarded this title.    

Created in 1985, European Capitals of Culture highlight the continent's richness and diversity of cities. Moreover, it brings together people from all over Europe, promotes European understanding and collaboration.     

Is European Capital of Culture only a prestigious title, or does it have concrete actions and consequences on the ground and amongst ordinary people? 

Daniel Martinek (IDM) discusses this topic with Sara Vuletić, Programme Director at the Foundation “Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture”

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The Cultural Station Svilara, Novi Sad 

Guest: Sara Vuletić, Programme Director at the Foundation “Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture” 

Host: Daniel Martínek, Research Associate at IDM  

Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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Season 2, Ep. 21
The Danube Tech Valley Initiative, Central Europe’s next innovative driver Countries of the Danube Region find common ground with their shared cultures and histories but also their variety of traditional industries. During the past decades, innovative technologies have flooded the region, although western countries remain the prominent leader in innovation. Yet, a new driver is awaiting, and it seems that Central Europe and the Danube Region only need the right resources.     The Danube Tech Valley Initiativeaims to actively use the region's innovative wealth to create a vibrant hub of industries and technology. Supported by the global think-tank GLOBSEC, the DTVI set the goal of building an innovative ecosystem in the Central European Region.     Which concrete opportunity does the Danube Tech Valley represent for CEE? Which obstacle lies ahead, especially regarding potential regional and EU-level dichotomies?  Sebastian Schäffer (IDM) tackled these questions with Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of GLOBSEC Board of Directors, former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister of Austria. Our guest recommendation:   Janoska Ensemble, THE BIG B‘s – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Beatles, Bizet & Bartók Guest: Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of GLOBSEC Board of Directors, former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister of Austria. Host: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director at IDM Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM