It’s official! 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 in policy discourse, the focus is often given to only a few cultural sectors while being limited mostly to their economic impacts and the preservation value of tangible heritage, landscapes and monuments. To avoid the risk of overlooking a vast, vibrant and complex world of non-urban contemporary art and socio-cultural practices, these set of recommendations aims to highlight the significance of culture and the arts in non-urban and peripheral areas, and offer policy solutions to support them. You can download the full paper here.
The policy paper will also be discussed during the webinar that CAE, IETM, ENCC and TEH are hosting this morning at 10 am CET, together with many other participants that will join the conversation. You can still tune in to the webinar here.
IETM Fresh Perspectives publication “Arts in Rural Areas”
IETM is also launching today a new Fresh Perspectives publication, which highlights the valuable contribution contemporary arts have in non-urban areas and brings the views of three experts on sustainable ways to improve conditions for artists working outside urban centres. Download here.