2015 Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw
The 14th Assembly, will be held from 12 to 13 November in Wrocław/Poland in the wider context of the city's role as "European Capital of Culture 2016".
With its focus on "A Human Rights Approach to Cultural Policies", including issues such as equal access to the arts and heritage and related tasks of democratic policy making to assure participation of all population groups, the event will contribute to the follow-up of the 2013 Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture (Moscow).
In addition, this theme follows up on Recommendation 1990 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on "The right of everyone to take part in cultural life", where this right has been identified as "pivotal to the system of human rights" (January 2012). As part of the programme, the project of a concise dictionary on "Culture and Human Rights – The Wroclaw Commentaries" will be presented.
For more information: See the final Wrocław Agenda and the List of Participants.
Prior to the Compendium Assembly, there will be a meeting of the Asian authors of the WorldCP, the global information system based on the Compendium methodology, organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in cooperation with IFACCA (see WorldCP-Asia Agenda), and a meeting of ECURES, the European Association of Cultural Researchers.
The Assembly and the Public Forum can be viewed via live stream, at http://www.wroclaw.pl.
New Cultural Policy Actor in Focus
Janet ARCHER, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Scotland, has been nominated as new Cultural Policy Actor in Focus” (CPA) on the Compendium homepage.
In addition to some biographical notes, Janet Archer puts her interpretation of "Culture and Democracy" up for discussion.
A national Cultural Policy Profile of Belarus is in preparation!
Compendium editors Kathrin Merkle (Council of Europe) and Andreas Wiesand (ERICarts Institute) met with representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Belarus, including the Deputy Minister, and staff of the Institute of Culture on 24 September 2015 in Minsk. The representatives declared their readiness to assist in the preparation of a Belarus country profile for the Compendium, which would then be the 44th profile in our information and monitoring system.
Natalia MURYNA (Independent cultural manager, researcher and expert of heritage) and Alla STASHKEVICH (Head of the scientific and methodological support activities for the protection of historical and cultural heritage of the Institute of Culture of Belarus) were selected as Compendium experts for the creation of the Belarus profile which is expected for Spring 2016.
International Seminar in Kiev held with Compendium Experts
The first in a potential series of Compendium "Country-Comparisons" was organized in September 2015 in Kiev/Ukraine. Its overall aim: comparing cultural policy developments in Ukraine with those in other European countries.
Deputy Minister of Culture for European Integration, Andrii Vitrenko, and Oleksandr Butsenko (Director, Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies) welcomed experts from the different Ukrainian regions as well as from Belarus, Georgia and Moldova.
Viktoras Liutkus (Lithuania) as well as Olivier Göbel and Andreas Wiesand from the Compendium HQ in Bonn provided comparative analysis and insights which led to vivid debates with the participants on governmental structures in the context of democratic governance, development of creative industries and how to improve cultural participation in the wider context. The success of this seminar, which was supported by the Goethe Institute, could make it a model for similar events in other Compendium countries.