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Successful Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw

With a focus on "A Human Rights Approach to Cultural Policies" (see Agenda), the 14th Compendium Assembly has been held on 12-13 November 2015 in Wroclaw, in the broader context of the city's rolAsian guests relaxing at the Assemblye as European Capital of Culture 2016. Similar to the previous Assemblies in Brussels and Vienna, the Wroclaw event contributed to the follow-up of the Ministerial Conference on Culture (Moscow 2013). In addition, it examined the latest developments and potential improvements of our information and monitoring system. The presentations and debates of the Assembly with Public Forum attracted ca. 90 cultural specialists from all parts of Europe and Asia.

(Photo: Asian WorldCP experts relaxing during an Assembly pause)....

Main themes and presentations: The Compendium’s role as a key information tool on culture and democracy as well as on monitoring legal instruments in the context of current policy challenges (Alfonso Zardi/Council of Europe); monitoring cultural diversity and related policies (Heritiana Ranaivoson/Brussels) or legal instruments in the Compendium (Vesna Copic/Slovenia); developments of the partner site WorldCP (Anupama Sekhar/ASEF & Sarah Gardner/IFACCA) as well as a look on the indicator framework on culture's contribution to democracy (Kathrin Merkle/Council of Europe). In addition to break-ins by Goran Tomka (Serbia), Costis Dallas (Greece) and Sylwia Stano (Poland), the participants, including members of the CoE Culture Committee (CDCPP), were introduced to the programme of Wroclaw 2016 as well as to future financial, technical and audience perspectives of the Compendium by Kathrin Merkle (Council of Europe), Andreas Wiesand (ERICarts), Rico Valär (Switzerland), Oliver Göbel (ERICarts) and Olexandr Butsenko (Ukraine).

In the framework of the Council of Europe 's CultureWatchEurope initiative, debates continued at a Public Forum for cultural policy-makers, researchers and practitioners. The first panel on "A Lost Case? Culture in the System of Human Rights", chaired by Annamari Laaksonen, included keynotes by Eva Maria Belser (Switzerland) on the Right to Culture and Nina Obuljen Korzinek (Croatia) on the 2005 UNESCO Diversity Convention as well as contributions by Anmol Vellani (India), Aleksandra Oszmianska-Pagett (Poland) and Siobhan Montgomery (Council of Europe). The second panel on "Access to Culture: Legal and Policy Challenges in Europe & Beyond" was chaired by Vesna Copic, with keynotes by Katherine Heid (Culture Action Europe) on Artistic Freedom & Public Participation and Vesna Marjanovic (Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly) on Culture's Impact on Social Cohesion and Democratic Stability as well as contributions of Andrew Ormston (Scotland) and Magdalena Vasaryova (Slovakia). As well, the project of a comprehensive reference manual on "Culture and Human Rights - The Wroclaw Commentaries" was presented by its editors, Andreas Wiesand, Kalliopi Chainoglou (Greece) and Anna Sledzinska-Simon (Poland).
For additional information and pictures see the Facebook extension of the Compendium.

Side events in Wroclaw were a meeting of Asian writers of WorldCP (see WorldCP-Asia Programme) and an assembly of ECURES, the European Association of Cultural Researchers, one of the main supporters of the Compendium.

Note: Video streams with a complete overview of the discussions of the Compendium Assembly and the Public Forum will be shortly available on this website.