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New Finnish short cultural policy profile



Finland is currently preparing for a major health, social services and regional government reform. After this reform, there should be 18 autonomous counties in operation in 2021. This is one of the new cultural policy developments that can be reviewed in the new Finnish short profile. The transfer will most likely have significant implications for the Finnish cultural sector, as the reform will affect the finances of individual municipalities and their ability to perform the tasks that will remain with them.

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Open Call for Expert Authors



The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends is looking for Expert Authors in: Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Sweden. Compendium Expert Authors are responsible for researching, updating and reviewing their national cultural policy. For more information about the position and the application process, please click here.

Ernst Wagner to speak at General Assembly in Rijeka



Six weeks before the Compendium’s General Assembly will take place in Rijeka, Croatia, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Ernst Wager will hold a keynote speech on the opening day. On October 9th, Wagner will speak about the challenges in ar arts education with regard to globalization, nationalism and interculturality, after which a panel will discuss his views and suggestions further.

Other speakers who have confirmed their participation during this first General Assembly of the Compendium Association are Anupama Sekhar (of the Asia-Europe Foundation) and Marta Beck-Domżalska (Eurostat), who will both be part of one of the planned working group sessions. Both the General Assembly, on October 9th and 10th, and the following Public Forum on October 11th, will be held al RiHub, a newly refurbished ‘civil initiatives and community building’ location in the Centre of what will be Europe’s Cultural Capital of 2020, Rijeka.

If you have been invited to the General Assembly, but haven’t sent us your RSVP yet, please do so using the link in your invitation at your earliest possible convenience. Looking forward to seeing you in Rijeka.

NEW Compendium feature 2017: Summaries of national profiles


Following the decisions made at the Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw, we can now introduce a first pilot series of short country profiles of 5-7 pages. They highlight key information from the traditional Compendium country profiles which usually range between 50 and 100 pages. These summaries aim at piloting debates about the new service and are available for the following countries: Azerbaijan; Croatia; Czech Republic; Hungary; Italy; Latvia; Norway and Sweden.

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World Forum for Democracy

7-9 November 2016 in Strasbourg


Save the date! The 2016 Forum on "Education for Democracy" focuses on how education can help bridge the social divide and become a real asset for our diverse democracies.The Forum will analyse the impact of education systems on democracy and identify innovative initiatives and practices which can make education (both formal and non-formal) more democracy-centred and enhance grassroots innovation. The Forum will discuss not only what education can do for democracy but also what democracy can do for education. More details, also about achievements of the 2015 World Forum, can be found in a Council of Europe Newsletter.

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)....

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"Cultural Policies in Europe: current tendencies"

International seminar in Kiev


The first in a potential series of Compendium "Country-Comparisons" has been staged September 2015 in Kiev/Ukraine. Its overall aim: comparing cultural policy developments in Ukraine with those in other European countries (cf. programme).

Deputy Minister of Culture for European Integration, Andrii Vitrenko, and Oleksandr Butsenko (Director, Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies) welcomed.

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Digitisation and its Impact on the Cultural Sector


One of the four new thematic areas of the "Culture & Democracy" section of the Compendium can highlight in particular how "culture stands as the soul of democracy": namely the area of "Digitisation and Culture".

Following on from last years’ first multi-stakeholder Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation (Baku/Azerbaijan) a Council of Europe Recommendation on the “Internet of Citizens” has been prepared and should be launched later this year.

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UNESCO Diversity Specialists Selected (2015-17)


"Compendium" experts among them.
Among those selected to be part of the 2015-17 UNESCO Expert Facility aimed at supporting capacity development initiatives for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions are current or former experts of the Council of Europe/ERICarts "Compendium": Vesna Čopič (ERICarts Board of Governors), Milena Dragićević Šešić, Nina Obuljen and Compendium co-editor Andreas Wiesand. Former Council of Europe Director in charge of the Compendium, Bob Palmer, and Sarah Gardner, Director of Compendium partner IFACCA, also form part of the group of 43 international specialists.

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 (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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