Hot Topic &
Poll: The Financial Crisis and its Effects on Public Arts
by Andreas Joh.
Is it pure coincidence that, 5 years after the General Assembly
of UNESCO adopted its Convention on the Protection and Promotion of
the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, one of the cornerstones of
this document is already put into question by many of the signatory
I'm referring to their "sovereign right to formulate and
implement cultural policies" that include, in particular, "measures
aimed at providing public financial assistance" and "establishing
and supporting public institutions" (Art. 5 and 6).
To defend this principle - or "exception culturelle" - against
the World Trade Organization (WTO) and others who insist on a pure
free-market system without any financial action or interference on
the part of public authorities, may indeed become redundant if it is
not invigorated by corresponding practice. Recent severe cuts
affecting cultural budgets in a number of European countries seem to
point in that direction.
more, see our new Hot Topic...
Compendium initiative bears fruit
Decisive steps towards the launch of a global Internet
information system on cultural policies and trends based on the
Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium experience were taken
September 5 at a preparatory meeting of different stakeholders in
Brussels. Read more on the websites of IFACCA
and the ERICarts
profile structure to be updated
Following the annual Compendium Meeting in Zurich (April 2010)
and additional consultations with the national authors and experts,
the Compendium editors decided to give the country profiles a new
structure. It will come into effect with the launch of the 12th
Compendium edition, early 2011.
Cultural Policy Actor in
Kimmo Aulake is currently
Special Government Advisor and Deputy Head of Cultural Exports and
Exchange Unit at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.
He has worked professionally in the field of
cultural policy for 20 years. ...read
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Results regarding the concept of "cultural
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Ban of a Theatre Play in Malta
The Compendium editors are developing an online tool to allow
users to access country profiles not only in English but also in the
original language version.
This tool should be available after the launch of the new
Compendium edition. At first, it will consist of 10 country profiles
(with more to come in future editions)