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On the occasion of his new book, Performing Mourning, Laments in Contemporary Art, the Vienna based dance dramaturg Guy Cools discussed (on 3 November 2021) contemporary art practices in literature, visual and performing arts that use mourning as a source for activism.


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Culture is considered an important pillar of the EU as it significantly contributes to social cohesion, building a common sense of belonging and promoting shared values and cultural diversity. For that reason, the Treaty of the Functioning of the EU defines culture as a cross-cutting area that builds bridges and synergies to other policy areas. As a result, a wide range of European funding instruments is open for cultural and creative projects and complements the support that is provided by Creative Europe, the EU’s main programme addressing the cultural, creative and audiovisual sector across Europe.


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The publication tackles the benefits of participative projects that were discussed during the seminar hosted by Kulturfabrik and COOPERATIONS in Luxembourg in March 2020. The seminar brought together 60 cultural professionals from across Europe working with arts education to share best practices and methodologies of participative activities. The following publication offers a deeper look into the main objectives and findings of the seminar.


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Freedom of artistic expression (FoAE) is a fundamental pillar of any democratic system and a key value of the European project. Rarely researched as an autonomous legal concept, FoAE has been often conflated with other rights or freedoms or treated as a part of a broader analysis of the general freedom of expression. This has resulted in a rather fragmented and superficial picture of what freedom of artistic expression is in a global context and, especially, at European level.


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How do we keep our spark alive working in independent cultural centres? The penguin project develops ideas, tools and methods to help cultural workers answer that question for themselves.


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The mobility of European artists and culture professionals is a topic that has been written about and investigated for many years. As a result, it has long been known that information can be difficult to access, and that support schemes and opportunities are unevenly distributed within our sector at both European and international levels. Covid-19 and the lockdowns, curfews and closed borders that have come with it have deeply impacted international cultural mobility, with most on-site cultural activities shut down.


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For the first two years of the Startup Support Programme, Trans Europe Halles (TEH) was guided through crumbling army barracks, two refurnished factory buildings, two dilapidated cinema halls, a neglected apartment building with a large courtyard and rooftop terrace. For the next two years, during the pandemic, TEH enjoyed digital tours around a former prayer house with a demolished ground floor, the ruins of a concert hall, a deserted primary school, a renovated power plant, a historical building hiding its exhibition space behind locked doors, a storage hall turned into a bookshop-café and an empty newspaper kiosk serving as a contemporary art gallery.


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An Interperiphery Centre for ‘Contemporanities’ (Aipcc) is a new concept developed by female black artist Sonia E. Barrett whose aim was to challenge the conventional perception of arts space. Aipcc was born as a response to a collective experience of many black artists living in artistic residences in Europe.


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Temporary economic legal migration: an urgent need to establish a well-functioning system responding to the operations of economic sectors that rely on third-country nationals for short stays and who are moving in and out and around the EU and the Schengen area. The case for the live performance.


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On 17 September, the Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture organised an interactive meeting on “What are the digital challenges and opportunities for the future ECOC’s cities?” in the framework of the ENCATC Member Talks.


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On 17 September, the Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture organised an interactive meeting on Audience development in the framework of the ENCATC Member Talks.


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The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the European Union’s cultural, social and economic life in 2020. This Report looks at how, in this extraordinary context, Creative Europe in 2020 played its part in helping Europe’s cultural and creative ecosystem to resist, recover and look forward.

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