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 November 11, 2021, Big Stage, State Opera Dresden

#transnational – Solutions for a culture beyond.

All congress participants, moderators and speakers are cordially invited to the opening in the State Opera. The opening of the congress will be simultaneously translated and accompanied by musicians of the Dresden Symphony Orchestra.

8 - 9 a.m.



Accreditation in the foyer of the State Opera
The diverse world of the 13th CultureInvest! Congress invites its guests to be inspired by the first impulses of our opening speakers in the state capital Dresden for an intensive knowledge transfer and to be motivated to network.



9 - 9.07 a.m.



Prelude by a quartet of the Dresdner Symphony Orchestra
The Dresden Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading symphony orchestras for contemporary music. The productions of this variable ensemble - musicians from almost all of Europe's major orchestras come together on a project-by-project basis for this purpose - have received numerous awards (UNESCO Special Prize "World Horizon," ECHO Klassik). With innovative music education and alternative concert formats, the Dresden Symphony Orchestra points the way to the future - fresh, exciting and at the highest musical level.



9.07 - 9.13 a.m.


Hans-Conrad Walter, Managing Director Causales | Organizer
Hans-Conrad Walter is a cultural manager, sponsorship expert and organizer of the 13th CultureInvest! Congress, founder and managing partner of Causales - Gesellschaft für Kulturmarketing und Kultursponsoring mbH and initiator of the European Cultural Brands Awards.



9.13 - 9.20 a.m.


Dirk Hilbert Lord Mayor of the state capital Dresden | Host

Dirk Hilbert has been Lord Mayor of the Saxon state capital Dresden, and Chairman of the City Council, since 2015. As head of the city administration, he is responsible for the internal organization and ongoing administrative business.



9.20 - 9.30 a.m.


Barbara Klepsch, Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism | Patron
Barbara Klepsch is a German politician and Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism since December 20, 2019. Previously, she was Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection since November 13, 2014, and before that she was Lord Mayor of Annaberg-Buchholz from 2001 to 2014.



9:30 - 9:45 am

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Youth, Education, Innovation and Culture | Encourager (requested)

Mariya Ivanova Gabriel is a Bulgarian politician from the GERB party and was the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since July 10, 2017. In the von der Leyen Commission, she became EU Commissioner for Research, Innovaton and Education, Culture and Youth on December 1, 2019.




After the Grand Opening Sesssion, the parallel expert forums will start at 10 a.m. in 6 event locations at the Kraftwerk Mitte. The main forum will also start at 10 a.m. on the big stage of the Staatsoperette Dresden.

Subject to change.

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