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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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In July 2016, the Arts Rights Justice (ARJ) working group supported by Culture Action Europe published its public Toolkit on promoting and protecting freedom of artistic expression for use by arts and culture practitioners. It is aimed at people who are providing training for others, presenting information on cultural rights, and as a source of inspiration for generating discussions. This year, the ARJ group…


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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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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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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 toolkit gives practical guidelines for using the tools developed within the framework of Activity 3.2 of Culture Action Europe’s Creative Europe network funding. CAE: Cities, Wellbeing and CulturalParticipation Toolkit


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“Cultural networking in Europe: today and tomorrow” takes a new look at networking. The idea behind carrying-out this study was to revisit and renew the work that led to a document commissioned 20 years previously by EFAH (forerunner of Culture Action Europe), and written by Judith Staines: “Working Groups: Network Solutions for Cultural Cooperation in Europe”.  The brief also chimed with a particular…


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Are artists and intellectuals sufficiently represented in the political discourse today? Should they be? Do arts thrive in democracy? And 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. What is…


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Cultural practices and participation are key factors for social and personal well-being and contribute to citizens’ ability to deal with social and economic change. But these factors are seldom recognised in the existing, conventional systems of measurement. CAE has therefore addressed this issue by designing and disseminating an ad hoc information system, based upon qualitative and quantitative (indicators and data)…


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From 2014 to 2017, Culture Action Europe has worked to collectively reflect on how the paradigm of the Sharing Economy is impacting on the cultural sector. This paradigm has impacts both at the organisational level and on the production side of such cultural organisations. The work of these three years has created a growing working group which has led to…


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“Cultural (non) participation in EU member countries” introduces and explain the data contained in the “Special Eurobarometer 399: Cultural access and participation” (EBS399), conducted in 2013. The description of the available information and the format of the data tables are helping practitioners to formulate their strategic questions and serve as an evidence-base for checking ways to expand the audience in various…


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Culture permeates many pivotal political agendas. At European level, EU institutions are working towards a strategy on international cultural relations. At the global level, the relation between culture and development is addressed in several Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) targets and in an increasing developed body of research. This briefing note, published by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) casts light…


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On 25/26 February 2016 a group of about 35 participants representing the creative and cultural sectors from the EU Member States gathered in Berlin to discuss “developing the entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors”. The process formed part of a Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector under the banner ‘Voices of Culture’…

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