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The Toolkit and Companion together aim to help build capacity within the arts and culture sector on how to exercise their rights and to support our collaborative partners; to support and encourage arts organisations and cultural workers to protect and defend artists and cultural operators facing censorship wherever they may be; and to encourage better collaboration between the arts, culture,…


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Cities, well-being and culture in Europe links the measurement of well-being and cultural participation. How to use data dashboards to better understand correlations between cultural participation and well-being? The following summary gives practical guidelines for using the tools developed within the framework of Activity 3.2 of Culture Action Europe’s Creative Europe network funding.


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The topic of access to social protection is very broad. On the one hand, it seems impossible to address all social risks at once, and on the other hand counter-productive to address each social risk individually. Therefore we chose to identify categories of risks. The first survey on access to social protection for those in atypical forms of employment targets…


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“Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe”, the study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee and carried out by Culture Action Europe and Agenda21 for Culture-UCLG. Can culture help us overcome the systemic, political and identity crises currently shaking the European Union? What role can culture and cities play in strengthening social and territorial cohesion, engaging in dialogue and building…


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Culture Action Europe (CAE) has carried out an analysis of the first two years of operation of the Creative Europe programme’s Culture sub-programme. The analysis and ensuing recommendations are based on a survey launched by CAE. They offer a preliminary appraisal of how the cultural sector has adapted to Creative Europe, as well as the programme’s adjustment to the needs…


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Throughout history, the term “common” has been used with different, sometimes contradictory, meanings. Recently, it has gained in popularity to define and accompany the theorisation and fabrication of new political paradigms. Put simply, the idea of “common” groups the ensemble of material and immaterial objects that are or should be held “in common”. However, as we will see in this short…


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TTIP has been stuck in technical negotiations since those started three years ago. Negotiators hope to reach a deal before the end of 2016. However, political agendas on both sides of the Atlantic and the recent EU referendum in the UK suggest a longer process is most likely. The postponement of negotiations is made even more probable by the recent…


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In June 2016 a majority (51.9%) of British voters elected to leave the European Union, yet 96% of the UK cultural sector indicated its desire to remain1. In this little guide, Culture Action Europe (CAE) considers possible models for the kind of relationship that the UK may develop with the EU within the framework of the UK vote to leave….


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The Reflection Paper “Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers” proposes a first answer to this question, reflecting the voices of over 500 cultural players throughout Europe. A QUICK OVERVIEW The Cultural Sector’s assessment of the 5 Scenarios Guiding principles and actions for a 6th Scenario A cultural response…


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The importance of cultural policies at a local level is increasingly recognised as key in shaping sustainable change in our societies. However, there is still a long road ahead for a coherent and comprehensive European strategy to emerge in this domain. In “Polis and the people: Looking into the future of urban cultural policies”, Culture Action Europe (CAE) explores the…


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How engaged people in culture and citizenship can come together to enhance the life of those living in the city? 100 participants from Athens and abroad worked together for one full day to be part of a process where common possibilities are more important than individual ones. Athens, November 20 2015


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ARE ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS SUFFICIENTLY PART OF THE POLITICAL DISCOURSE TODAY? SHOULD THEY BE? DO ARTS THRIVE IN DEMOCRACY? AND VICE VERSA DO DEMOCRACIES THRIVE VIA THE ARTS? DO ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS NECESSARILY NEED TO CONSIDER THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY? SHOULD ARTISTS LIVE OFF THEIR ARTS? HOW? WE, THE PEOPLE OF CULTURE, LET OUR FRAGMENTATION REDUCE OUR IMPACT ON SOCIETY….

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