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The following recommendations present medium- and long-term policy solutions to address the needs identified in the Background Analysis “The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID Cultural Recovery in the European Union”. Its aim is to provide guidelines and principles to structure the contents of the European Framework, and hence improve the situation and working conditions of artists…


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On 27 and 28 April 2021, the Porto Santo Conference, an initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, officially launched the Porto Santo Charter. The hybrid event took place in Porto Santo island, on the Madeira Archipelago. For these two days, the remote island transformed into a centre for proposals on public cultural and educational policies. …


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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated pre-existing trends, including unprecedented income loss, growing precariousness, and inequalities in the European cultural ecosystem. Facing destitution, many workers may leave the sector and thousands of institutions may close. With them, accumulated knowledge and skills would be permanently lost, and the cultural ecosystem would be profoundly weakened. A solution to tackle this challenge includes strengthening…


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On March 25th, 2021, our member ENCC launched a new publication about local networks with its author, Raluca Iacob and two guests. Here is the recording of the online presentation and discussion, and a few related resources. If you’re a cultural organisation struggling for resources, time and energy, how can you join forces with other similar organisations, instead of competing…


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The book entitled “The Future of Museum Professionals in the Digital Era – The Success Story of Mu.SA“, Achilles Kameas and Panagiota Polymeropoulou (editors), is the outcome of the online conference organized in 2020 by the Mu.SA partnership in the framework of the SSA EU Mu.SA project. It delivers 12 contributions from the Mu.SA partners such as Hellenic Open University, AKMI…


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There is no recovery or future for Europe without culture. The European cultural ecosystem is convinced that Europe needs a new Cultural Deal, a transversal, overarching framework that should demonstrate the EU’s political commitment to place culture at the heart of the European project. Culture is what brings us together. It is at the basis of the European project and…


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The right to participate in the cultural life of the community and to enjoy the arts is the fundamental human right, as described in the Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Although the role of culture in society and the relationship between art and ideology has undergone major changes over the centuries, culture still is a factor in…


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The European Commission and stakeholders published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals. The study looks at characteristics of employment of artists and cultural and creative professionals in EU Member States with regards to artist status and entitlements, social security, self-employment, support ecosystems and alternative financing, artistic freedom, career development and…


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The world of arts and culture has become the battlefield of ideas and ideologies in an increasingly populist and polarised world. This is a global trend and Europe is unfortunately no exception. The term “culture wars” is already in use both in the European debate as well as in several member states. What was unthinkable just a decade ago is…


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Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC), IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts, and Trans Europe Halles (TEH) published “Beyond the Urban – Contemporary arts and culture in non-urban areas as keys to a sustainable and cohesive Europe”, a joint policy paper aiming at supporting culture in non-urban areas. When it comes to culture in non-urban and peripheral areas…


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Culture Crops: cultural practices in non-urban territories was the theme of this year’s Beyond the Obvious 2019 conference. Held in the border cities of  Konstanz, Germany and Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, the conference aimed to spark debate about culture and cultural practices in peripheral territories and to jointly develop advocacy approaches to arts and culture in rural and peripheral areas. Non-urban territories are…


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Information Technologies (IT) can solve problems, accelerate decision-making and help complete complex tasks through self-learning processes. They are often defined as a communication system that is universal, transparent, simple and accessible. However, this is not 100% true. Technologies are neither neutral, nor accessible and transparent. Algorithmic processes are acting in direct relation to our infrastructures and beyond the purely functional…

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