About us

Our areas of work

We are launching Culture Solutions Europe in a context of uncertainty and questioning of the European integration project, while technological change is affecting the ways Humanity deals with an ecologically threatened planet.

At the crossroads of these challenges, the work of Culture Solutions Europe will therefore focus on 5 priority themes:

  • Cultural action & legitimacy
  • Digital and Internet governance
  • Cultural relations
  • Cultural diplomacy
  • Intercultural coexistence & language skills

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Why we bother

We contribute independently to the excellence of EU international cultural relations with the opening of creative trust-building spaces, the production of commons and the brokerage of know-how.

Culture Solutions Europe was created as a French association on 23 October 2018.

We follow a specific Theory of Change.

 

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Our board

Damien Helly

Damien is the Chair of Culture Solutions’ board. He initiated the launch of the organisation by running a feasibility study in 2018 on the need for innovative action in EU international cultural relations…

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Camilla Colombo

With a foot in producing performative arts and one in European cultural policy, Camilla worked in Italy, UK, Chile and Belgium. Always interested in hybridization and crossing of disciplines…

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Felipe Basabe Llorens

Felipe is a founding member of Culture Solutions – Europe. He has an extensive professional experience in the fields of budgetary and administrative management…

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Delphine Renard

Delphine Renard, a graduate of Sciences Po Grenoble and the Sorbonne, has been a social sciences editor for almost twenty years and currently lives in Paris…

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Neutral space for dialogue

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Information Sharing

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Implementation support

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Brussels Who's who

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Independent Analysis

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Damien Helly

 

Damien is the Chair of Culture Solutions’ board.

He initiated the launch of the organisation by running a feasibility study in 2018 on the need for innovative action in EU international cultural relations.

In his professional life, he is an independent cultural advisor and runs his consultancy dh creative partnerships.

Damien is also a Visiting Professor at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges where he teaches a course and supervises master-level theses on "Culture, States and Societies: National Factors in EU External Action".

He has worked as Head of Cultural Skills, EU for the British Council (Arts, Europe) and as Senior Programme Manager with ECDPM, EUISS, Crisis Group, Saferworld.

He holds of a PhD in political science from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po) and has published extensively on the EU's external action and international cultural relations.

Camilla Colombo

 

With a foot in producing performative arts and one in European cultural policy, Camilla worked in Italy, UK, Chile and Belgium. Always interested in hybridization and crossing of disciplines, Camilla worked for art organisations of all sizes focusing on multidisciplinary and multimedia theatre productions and project management.

 

She holds a MA in Performing Arts Management from Bocconi University (Milan, IT) and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (Goldsmiths University, London, UK), thanks to which she did extended research on European Cultural Networks.

 

Since 2016 she is based in Brussels where she is working in cultural policy and advocacy for the arts, and where, with a group of engineers, she co-founded Ohme, an organisation curating and producing educational and artistic content at the nexus between arts and sciences.

 

In 2019 she co-founded Saloon Brussels, the Belgian branch of the renowned city network of women in the arts, gathering artists, curators, journalists, policy experts, advocates active in the artistic sector.

Felipe Basabe Llorens

 

Felipe is a founding member of Culture Solutions – Europe. He is fully convinced and passionate about the need to innovate and develop new effective strategies in EU internal and external cultural relations.

He has an extensive professional experience in the fields of budgetary and administrative management at the Spanish national Cultural Institute (Instituto Cervantes) and co-operates in several cultural and academic projects with European cultural foundations and networks in Germany, France and Belgium (i.a. Allianz Summer Academy (2004-2019) with Allianz Kulturstiftung as external Co-ordinator).

He has worked as Jean Monnet Lecturer at ICAI-ICADE (UPCO-Madrid) and as Director of the binational cultural Foundation Rei Afonso Henriques (FRAH). He has taken part in several Interreg II-III, Culture 2000 and Creative Europe projects (1999-2016).

He holds a MA in European Political & Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). He also lectures on Cultural Policies and EU Project Management and has published on EU policies and trans-border co-operation in the fields of Education and Culture.

Delphine Renard

 

A graduate of Sciences Po Grenoble and the Sorbonne, Delphine has been a social sciences editor for almost twenty years and currently lives in Paris. Driven by the desire to promote scientific culture and to ensure the best conditions for its dissemination, she embraced Culture Solutions’ approach to support all areas of culture and joined as co-founder.