Europe is in trouble. The Great Recession has heavily hit Southern Europe and has polarized the Continent between North and South. Growing nationalism in many EU countries and the increasing division of national societies provoke a tendency to fragmentation. Racism and xenophobia are also on the rising nearly everywhere. The crisis is deep and manifold and there are not simple remedies for it. But some of the most important European troubles are cultural in nature and others, like the economic ones, can be fruitfully connected to culture and cultural development. Therefore, cultural policy presumably can play a significant role in facing the current situation. The European Year of Cultural Heritage will offer a strategic opportunity for highlighting the benefits of acting on this field.
This policy seminar organized by CulturalBase, in cooperation with Culture Action Europe and Bozar, aims to contribute to clarify the path that cultural heritage policies should follow for better addressing the challenges that Europe is confronting nowadays.
Date: 31 January 2017
Venue: Rotonde Bertouille, Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, Ravenstein, 23, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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CulturalBase is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of the programme H2020. It is a social platform bringing together researchers in many fields of the social sciences and the humanities, practitioners from the socio-cultural and artistic sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions), as well as policy stakeholders (at European, national and/or local levels). CulturalBase aims to develop a research agenda and policy guidelines in co-creation with stakeholders in the area of cultural heritage, cultural identities and cultural expressions.