The European identity itself - as a concept and as a political and social reality - is struggling with the forced transition and transformation caused on one hand by sovereign liquidity crisis, stubborn unemployment and lasting recession and on the other by populist or just clumsy political discourse. Romania, as well as many countries in the Eastern space, finds itself caught in the midst of the European political and geographical periphery, and faces a constant struggle to effectively reassert its identity and purpose. This is equally evident in its domestic and external action and perception. While keeping this in mind, it is important to acknowledge the fact that debates upon the concept of identity should not focus exclusively on the political aspects, but also bring into discussion topics such as arts and culture. Ultimately cultural Europe long predates Europe as a polity. Starting from the idea that a country’s cultural environment greatly influences its identity and the way in which others perceive it, Aspen Institute Romania will be hosting a series of events that aim to explore the overlap between social identity, success in the arts and culture.