The top priority in
the new Compendium themes
Introducing new elements in the THEMES section
Since the start of the Compendium project over 15
years ago, topics like cultural access and participation for
different groups of the population or multi-stakeholder governance
issues were seen as important themes to be dealt with on this
information and monitoring platform. Until a few years, related
information and data could be found mainly in various sub-sections of individual Compendium country
profiles as well as in a number of comparative / statistical tables.
However, since issues such as socio-economic impacts,
democratic participation, decentralisation or digitisation in the
domain of culture recently gained momentum in the European political
discourse where e.g. civil society access is now seen as an
essential factor of democratic governance, including in social
inclusion policies and as a means to foster intercultural dialogue,
the Editors decided to further underline the transversal character
of the Compendium in an enhanced THEMES section. At the same time,
the now 10 different transversal THEMES are to contribute to the
follow-up activities of the last Ministerial Conference on Culture
(Moscow, April 2013).
Together with important background and research
documents and links to the country profiles, the extended
information provided in this section can assist governments, NGOs
and other Compendium users in their efforts to start monitoring and
comparing cultural policies and related measures, including those
aiming at improving access to arts, media and heritage activities or
enhancing democratic governance processes.
New Cultural Policy
Actor in Focus
The Chief of Section of the Diversity
of Cultural Expressions within UNESCO s Division of Cultural
Expressions and Creative Industries and Secretary of the Convention
on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural
Expressions Danielle Cliche has been nominated as
new Cultural Policy Actor in Focus
(CPA) on the Compendium homepage.
Referendum: What's next?
Research & Development
article written by Andrew
Director Drew Wylie
Written in the wake of the independence referendum with its
landmark turnout of voters, the personal thoughts and experiences of
Compendium expert Andrew Ormston provide us with a first-hand
impression of the campaign and what it could mean for cultural
policies in Scotland. His article can also be seen as a passport to
the new Culture & Democracy Theme of "Regional and Local Cultural Policies".
According to Ormston, there are signs that cultural actors in the
(now still) north of the UK may be more attracted by ideas and
solutions of close-by Nordic countries than by those postulated in
the halls of Westminster&
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13th Assembly of Compendium
Experts in Brussels
The Assembly will be held on 4-5 December at the
"Académie Royale de Belgique" in Brussels in the framework
of the Belgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe.
The event contributes to the follow-up on the Ministerial
Conference on Culture (Moscow, 15-16 April 2013) by offering in the
framework of the Council of Europe 's CultureWatchEurope initiative a seminar and public
forum on "Culture and Democracy - Transparency in
Multi-Stakeholder Governance Systems".
The most recent version of the Agenda can be found on the
Compendium homepage. Guests are cordially invited, especially to the
Public Forum on Friday, 5th December, 13.30-17h
At this event, cultural policy makers, experts and practitioners from all over Europe will discuss, inter alia, the draft framework of indicators on culture's contribution to democracy, identify indicators on culture’s contribution to democracy and will – based on empirical evidence or case-studies – debate controversial issues
More information is available on the Compendium homepage as well
as on its Facebook / LinkedIn extensions.
The Compendium enhances its
Thanks to the support of several different national governments
the number of country profiles that are also available in their
original languages is growing steadily:
The Belgium profile is now also
available in French (on the French interface as
well as a downloadable document; and
The Latvian profile is now also available as a
downloadable document in Latvian.
Additionally an Azeri version of the Azerbaijan profile will soon be presented as a
This way, the Compendium comprises now 13 original language
versions of national cultural policy profiles in the profiles
download section and should soon grow to