2019 was a crucial year for cultural advocacy in the EU. Leading this charge was our European elections campaign, which appealed to EU citizens and voters in 13 different languages, hosting a Live Online Dialogue and publishing/producing a series of Salon Culture podcasts with a special focus on the EP Elections. The CAE 2019-21 strategy was also approved in March, which focuses our work on three strategic priorities: working conditions in the cultural field, defending the freedom of artistic expression and artistic and cultural research and STEAM practices. Finally, our campaign to Bring Back Culture in the portfolio title of European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel came to a resounding success when Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the updated title of Ms. Gabriel as ‘Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth’. Thank you to all who signed and shared our petition – your advocacy matters!
Culture Action Europe’s Beyond the Obvious 2020 focused on the topic of Cultural Practices in Non-urban Territories. “Culture Crops” held in the border cities of Konstanz, Germany and Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, 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. For further insights and a recap of October’s conference, read our full conference report here.
A full overview of our 2019 work is available in the 2019 Activity Report.