ArtsProfessional publishes an article by CAE on UK referendum

On 28 January, UK based platform ArtsProfessional published, “The European perspective”, an article by Katherine Heid, Culture Action Europe’s Head of Political Development, on how a British exit would affect the arts.

The article analyses how the absence of programmes such as Creative Europe, Erasmus+ and HORIZON2020 would affect arts professionals in the UK, not only by losing possible funding sources, but also by precipitating a lack of exchange and isolation. In the other hand, the European cultural landscape would suffer immensely with the British exit: “The British cultural scene is much valued for its creativity and innovation, and its hands-on approach to impact assessment. English is currently the means of communication chosen in many European exchanges”, (Katherine Heid).

More importantly, the article points out how a vote against solidarity, diversity and openness – major EU values – would lead to a more nationalistic approach of cultural policy and cultural activities in general.

“The UK and the EU are stronger together and drive positive change on a national, European and global level. By standing together we can show the world, and future generations, that unity is powerful and can overcome fear and reclusion, creating a European Union we can all be proud of”, Ms  Heid concluded.