Three days of debates, international interventions and dialogues dedicated to discuss the implications of the 2020 Charter of Rome in the development of sustainable cities and communities through participation in culture.
Eleven sessions online, all translated in English and in Italian, some of them held in Spanish and French.
Over 50 stories. Common questions and a collective reflection on how to build and develop better societies for the future, starting from today.

Please note that all sessions are held online. You can register before September 28th.

You can register until September 28th.


 (Programme is in progress – it will be updated over the hours) 

October 1

#1 _ October 1
Institutional Opening (ENG/ITA)

9.30 – 13.00 CET

This session will welcome participants and provide the perfect resume of WHY the Charta is important for cities and local governments all around the world. It will also consider the relevance of the Charta in the situation of pandemics that we live. Followed by a high-level session, with brief, acute messages session, that will allow the key leaders of UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments as well as the key figures of the international institutions and organizations related to culture and development to express their views on the Charta. Followed by choral moment to highlight the importance of the Charter as it is seen from all corners of the globe, with key policy-makers, then with the Secretaries General of UCLG and final with key experts, activists and academics that have participated in the elaboration of the Charter.

Welcome and Charter Positioning

Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development, Rome

Institutional opening messages

  • Mohamed Boudra, UCLG President
  • Virginia Raggi, Mayor, Rome
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President, AICCRE*
  • Enrico Giovannini, Secretary General, ASVIS
  • Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Italy*

Hybrid international Launch of the Charter

Messages from

  • Catarina Vaz-Pinto, ViceMayor, Lisbon
  • Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor, Malmoe
  • Nouhoun Diarra, Mayor, Ségou
  • Juan Mari Aburto, Mayor, Bilbao
  • Abigail Binay, Mayor, Makati
  • Ilsur Metshin Mayor, Kazan *
  • Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture, Buenos Aires
  • Nicolas Montero, Deputy Mayor, Bogota
  • Ramiro Pallares, Deputy Mayor, Montevideo
  • Messages from the Secretaries General of UCLG Sections
  • Eric Corijn, University of Brussels
  • Zayd Minty, Creative City South
  • Navin Piplani, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
  • Salvatore Settis, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

#2 _ October 1
The Charter and Human Capabilities (ENG/ITA)
15.00 – 16.30 CET

The Charter suggests that the Right to Participate in Cultural Life is local developed with five concepts, five verbs, five “capabilities” –the concept used in the human-rights field to describe the process that empowers people. The session will discuss why the capabilities approach is today more important than ever.

A conversation with

  • Antonio Spadaro, Director, La Civiltà Cattolica*
  • Farida Shaheed, Director of Shirkat Gah women’s resource centre in Pakistan, member of UCLG -Ubuntu,
  • Yvonne Donders, Professor International Human Rights, University of Amsterdam

#3_#4_#5_October 1
Parallel sessions on the 5 Charter Capabilities and their role in advancing societies
17.00 – 18.30 CET

The five capabilities are already “in motion” in some cities / cultural programmes all around the world. These parallel three sessions will invite key examples and good practices. 

Session PROTECT / SHARE – chaired by François Matarasso (ENG)

  • Geneva
  • Washington DC*
  • Rome | Cristiana Collu – La Galleria Nazionale*

Session DISCOVER / ENJOY, chaired by Clarisa Ruiz-Correal (SPA)

  • Mexico City
  • Medellin
  • Concepcion

Session CREATE / PROTECT, chaired by Valeria Marcolin (FR)

  • Montreal
  • Yopougon
  • Ouagadougou
  • Rome | Carlo Testini – ARCI

October 2

#6 _ October 2
The Charter and the Quest for Equality (ENG/ITA)
9.30 – 11.00 CET

The Charter is also a plea to explicitly consider that cultural policies must explicitly address the Inequalities that profoundly influence the participation of people in cultural life. The session will invite key figures in this discussion to explain their approaches and give advice to the implementation of the Charter. 


A conversation with

  • Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for cities
  • Johanne Bouchard, Observatory for Cultural Rights and Diversity
  • Tere Badia, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe

Questions from:

  • Aysegul Sabuktay, Izmir
  • Prof. Gyonggu Shin, Gwangju

#7_#8_October 2
Parallel sessions on finding ways out of inequalities: stories and learnings
11.30 – 13.00 CET

Inequalities are already the central considerations of several programmes and projects in some places. Stories from Italy and from the globe. 

Session #7 – Inside Out (ITA)

Stories from Italy on “educating communities” and the role of cultural institutions. Organised by ASVIS – Tavolo Trasversale Cultura

  • Stefano Baia Curioni, Fondazione Palazzo Te (Mantova)
  • Mauro Baronchelli e Federica Pascotto, Fondazione Palazzo Grassi (Venezia)
  • Alessandro Bollo e Claudia Bianco, Fondazione Polo del ‘900 (Torino)
  • Giovanni Crupi, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia (Milano)
  • Marco Giorgetti, Teatro della Pergola (Firenze)
  • Manu Lalli, Venti Lucenti (Firenze)
  • Claudio Longhi, Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatri
  • Maria Laura Orrico, Sottosegretario al Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali*
  • Milena Tancredi, Coordinamento nazionale AIB

Chaired by Paola Dubini (Università Bocconi) 

Session #8 – Outside In (ENG)

Stories of cultural participation and cultural rights from the globe. Chaired by Jordi Pascual and organized by UCLG – Culture Committee

  • Abitibi Temiscamingue (Québec, Canada)
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • Ramallah (Palestine)
  • Lyon (France)*
  • Dublin (Ireland)

#9_#10_October 2_Parallel sessions _Observatories
15.00 – 18.30 CET

Two parallel sessions dedicated to explore the implications of the Charter at different levels. 

Session #9 – Osservatorio Italia (ITA) 

ROUND 1_ Charter vs Local administrators

  • Luca Bergamo (Roma Capitale)
  • Eleonora de Majo (Comune di Napoli)*
  • Filippo del Corno (Comune di Milano)*
  • Francesca Leone (Comune di Torino)*
  • Matteo Lepore (Comune di Bologna)*
  • Ines Pierucci (Comune di Bari)*
  • Tommaso Sacchi (Comune di Firenze)*

Moderator: Pietro del Soldà

ROUND 2_Charter vs Economy and cultural industries

  • Francesco Rutelli (ANICA)
  • Innocenzo Cipolletta (Confindustria)
  • Ricardo Franco Levi (AIE)

Moderator: Fabio Severino

ROUND 3_Charter vs Independent operators and third sector

  • Andrea Paolucci (Teatro dell’Argine, Bologna)
  • Francesca Corona (Teatro India, Roma)
  • Florinda Saieva (Farm Cultural Park, Agrigento)

Moderator: Carlo Cellamare 

Session 10 – Global Observatory (ENG) 

ROUND 1_Session “Enjoy and Discover”, chaired by Anupama Sekhar *

ROUND 2_ Session “Create and Enjoy”, chaired by Jose Alfonso Suarez del Real

ROUND 3_ Session “Protect and Share”, chaired by Mercedes Giovinazzo

October 3

#11 _ October 3
The Charter and the Right to a Sustainable City
9.30 – 12.30 CET

The 2020 Rome Charter intends to contribute to the global movement to bring culture at the centre of what a Sustainable City should be. This movement includes cities committed to the Right to the City as well as the efforts to the localization and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN 2030 Agenda. The speakers in these sessions will highlight the suitability of the Charta in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19, and how the Right to participate in Cultural Life becomes not only crucial in terms of equality and democracy, but also in terms of public health and wellbeing. 

Eleonora Guadagno, Presidente Commissione Cultura, Roma Capitale

Interventions of

  • Pier Luigi Sacco, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions & Cities
  • Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and Wellcome Research Fellow in the Psychobiology Group, Department of Behavioural Science & Health at UCL

Launch of next projects related to the 2020 Charter of Rome

  • Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development, Rome
  • Cesare Pietroiusti, President Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Rome
  • Mieke Renders, Secretary General, Trans Europe Halles
  • Tunc Soyer, Mayor of Izmir
  • Joan Subirats, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona
  • Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneve*
  • Mohamed Sadiki, Mayor of Rabat

Final Speech

  • Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights

Conclusions and Final Remarks
Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG
Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development, Rome