Speech from Mayor Herman Kaiser Arnhem Beyond conference on April 16, 2015

Mina damer och herrar, hjärtligt välkomna i Arnhem!
För mig som borgmästare är det ett stort nöje att få ta emot er här på denna internationella konferens BEYOND ballet why and how.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Arnhem!

As Mayor of Arnhem it is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to our city for the international conference BEYOND ballet why and how.
This is a fantastic initiative organised by our very own ArtEZ School of Dance and its partner school Balettakademien Stockholm.
The programme that has been put together for you is extremely varied and inspiring and places the focus on daring and doing.
It should come as no surprise that ArtEZ School of Dance and Balettakademien Stockholm have worked together as partners to organise this conference.
Both institutions are renowned for their innovativeness and are constantly seeking to develop new, progressive forms of education.
In my opinion Arnhem is the logical place to hold this conference.
Firstly, of course, because Arnhem is a dance city, being home to both the School of Dance and the internationally renowned dance company Introdans.
I am a real dance enthusiast.
That’s because I love music, a medium through which you can express emotions.
Dance allows you to express these emotions through your body.
Very few people have the ability to use their body to express what people are feeling, whether this is joy or sorrow.
The power of dance is that it helps you form an idea of other people’s feelings.
This conference is all about innovation and creativeness, both of which are present in abundance in Arnhem.
The BEYOND conference is a focal point for knowledge and expertise.
Sharing your knowledge and experience is at least as important as being innovative.
After all, new ideas are often tested out in practice, leading to initiatives and new insights.
That is especially true today, at a time when the arts are facing different challenges.
The cultural sector is being asked to become more entrepreneurial, and that involves a certain amount of trial and error.
It is good to share these experiences with each other and also to involve parties from completely different fields, such as entrepreneurs.
This conference will provide plenty of opportunities for such cross-overs.
I hope that the conference will be a source of great inspiration for you.
And I also hope, of course, that you will have a little free time to enjoy all that is great about our city.
Arnhem has many cultural attractions and a diverse natural environment.
As we are expecting good weather, I recommend taking a walk through Sonsbeek Park.
This is a beautiful park and, when the weather is fine, is a popular meeting place for locals.
You could also pay a visit to the Fashion Quarter, a real hub of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the area of fashion.
I hope you enjoy your stay here in Arnhem.

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