COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Culture - essential for the dynamics of contemporary democratic societies?

At the 13th Assembly of Compendium Experts, December 2014 in Brussels, Alexander Vander Stichele presented a stimulating report on "The Value(s) of Culture" that also fits well into the context of the new Compendium space on "Culture & Democracy". The presentation underlined the value, meaning and impact of the arts and culture for the daily life of people  and demonstrated that culture can be essential for the dynamics of contemporary democratic societies.


On the occasion of the publication of an English-language summary of this report, the brand-new Flanders Arts Institute, together with IETM and deBuren, stage a panel discussion with researchers and policymakers from all over Europe, Australia and Canada. It takes place in Brussels on 17 February 2015 and will also be shared globally via livestream...

In many European countries, discussions about public investment in the arts and culture are on the agenda every day. While traditional arguments are losing weight and the debate is more and more being fuelled by economic arguments and statistical data, the cultural scene as well as policymakers in this domain feel an increasing need for a new dialogue about the place of the arts and culture within our societies. During the last years in Flanders, this debate has been animated by 'The Value of Culture', an investigative report, in which Pascal Gielen (along with a team of sociologists, economists, philosophers and psychologists from the Rijksuniversiteit of Groningen) assembled a series of research results on this topic.

On the occasion of the publication of an English-language summary of this report, the Flanders Arts Institute, IETM and deBuren are organising on 17 February a panel discussion with researchers and policymakers from all of Europe, Australia and Canada. Pascal Gielen (Universiteit Groningen) starts it off with a presentation of the principle views from The Value of Culture. Mieke van Hecke (former Flemish Volks Representative and Director-General of the Flemish Secretariat for Catholic Education) leads off a panel with Peter Inkei (Budapest Observatory), Mercedes Giovinazzo (Interarts, Barcelona) and Abigail Gilmore (Manchester University). Diane Dodd (IFACCA, the world-wide network of Arts Councils) will moderate.

The panel discussion will be shared globally via livestream. Tune in on 17 February between 15:00 and 17:00 on www.kunsten.be (the official website of Flanders Arts Institute, English version coming soon) and follow it live. The English-language publication, 'The Value of Culture', can also be downloaded free of charge from the same site. The debate on 17 February is shared publicly with the IETM Satellite meeting, 'The art of valuing: between evident and evidence-based', a two-day seminar on the value of culture, geared towards policymakers (Ministries, foundations, arts councils) from around Europe, Australia and Canada. The intention is to collaborate on new models in order to make the value of culture visible and to take initiatives supporting cultural dimensions of policy making, both at the national and the European levels.

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