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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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Culture Action Europe, in collaboration with the Budapest Observatory and other CAE members and partners, have joined forces to collect relevant evidence substantiating the impact of culture across a range of EU policy fields. “The Value and Values of Culture” collects relevant evidence substantiating the impact of culture across a range of EU policy fields. The evidence included in this…


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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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“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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Women are strongly represented and even overrepresented in the cultural and creative sector, or at least in some fields of this sector. However, despite what one could think when looking at their quantitive superiority in public cultural institutions or programmes of higher education in culture management and the arts, the creative sector is far from offering equal opportunities for women…


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Many culture makers have embraced the theme of Audience Development (AD); we all want audiences, preferably large and enthusiastic ones. But how can we demonstrate to our investors that we have taken the task seriously? How do we measure our efforts? Here, the key terms are: cultural impact; immaterial indicators; shared knowledge; shared practice; people to people; citizen/visitor. What are…

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