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Cultural practices and participation are key factors for social and personal well-being and contribute to citizens’ ability to deal with social and economic change. But these factors are seldom recognised in the existing, conventional systems of measurement. CAE has therefore addressed this issue by designing and disseminating an ad hoc information system, based upon qualitative and quantitative (indicators and data)…


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We are facing the failure of the sustainable development model from an environmental, social, economic and individual perspective. A possible new model is that of sustainability: The sustainability revolution. Portrait of a paradigm shift is the essay of Andras Edwards (2005) which summarizes the paradigmatic change needed to achieve sustainability. The revolution requires new cultures, new social organizations, new economic…


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On 25/26 February 2016 a group of about 35 participants representing the creative and cultural sectors from the EU Member States gathered in Berlin to discuss “developing the entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors”. The process formed part of a Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector under the banner ‘Voices of Culture’….


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A model for cultural development where heritage is an important factor of growth and social cohesion


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On 14 June 2013, the Council of the European Union gave green light to the European Commission to start the negotiation of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (better know under its acronym TTIP) with the United States, the biggest export market for Europe. This trade agreement will potentially reach 850 million of consumers and is said to bring 0,5% GDP to the EU,…


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The Evolution of EU Cultural Policy in the Post Maastricht Period Master thesis by Blanka Konopka, “The Evolution of EU Cultural Policy in the Post-Maastricht Period – Towards Commission Dominance and the Commodification of Culture?” Culture has been widely treated as having a dual rationale at EU Level, both symbolic and economic, however scholars observing the post-Maastricht period of EU…


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Working Groups. Networks Solutions for Cultural Cooperation (FR) Publication by Culture Action Europe on networks and solutions for culture cooperation.


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For an artist, mobility is often an intrinsic part of the creative process and the dissemination of the work. Mobility offers the chance of a larger public, an opening unto the world and the development of different artistic techniques. Mobility allows the artist to experience diversity and to integrate it into the creative process. The main obstacles to the mobility…


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PilotCities2015_EUROPE The “Culture 21 Actions” toolkit providing guidance for cities aiming to evaluate, design and implement cultural policies contributing to sustainable development was adopted at the first United Cities and Local Governments’ Culture Summit, held in Bilbao on 18-20 March 2015 under the title “Culture and Sustainable Cities”. The ‘Culture in Sustainable Cities. Learning with Culture 21 Actions’ programme, jointly…


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There is an increasing urge to build a new form of democracy based on the respect for human rights and the will to organize cultural life around a complex identity and not the hegemony of a single language, culture or religion. How can the cultural sector contribute to social justice, cohesion and democratic values when cultural freedom finds itself more…


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Below is a collection of Culture Action Europe’s documents produced between March 2014 and February 2015, in the context of Creative Europe first year work plan. CAE would like to thank the European Cultural Foundation for its support in developing this research and editorial work.