Lars Seeberg

Artistic Adviser, former Secretary General Aarhus Festival

Lars Seeberg (c)Martin Thorup Nielsen/DKI Benelux/More Europe

Lars Seeberg is the director of see@rt where he advises theatres, multicultural venues and funding initiatives of the European Commission and the Nordic Cultural Foundation. Lars Seeberg's career started out in the field of drama both as a dramaturge at Odense Theater and as a professor at The Theatre School in Odense. For the last 20 years he has worked in the international arts and cultural scene – for example during his 10 years as Secretary General of the Aarhus International Festival (1991-2000). From 2000 to 2005, he initiated and designed the bicentenary of fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen. The worldwide celebration reached millions of people and succeeded in refreshing the established view of the renowned writer. Lars Seeberg's voice is often heard in the Danish public debate where he for example has advocated for a more united, cosmopolitan and passionate European vision for culture, which should be based diversity, but also on a will to get involved, cooperate and inspire each other.

The trend for globalisation is a trend towards uniformity. I think we should, amongst us, abstain for using the word "globalisation" in relation to the arts and culture. Instead, I would prefer to use the word "cosmopolitanism."