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2016 Assembly of Compendium Experts in Malta

The 15th Assembly of Compendium has been held from 17 to 18 October 2016 in St. Julians/Malta in the wider context of the 7th IFACCA World Summit on Arts and Culture. Inter alia, this year's Assembly dealt with:

  • The future "architecture" of the Compendium as a multi-stakeholder information & monitoring system, including probable changes in the management structure and solutions of current financial challenges (this has been further discussed at a working group meeting on 4 November at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where the option of forming a multi-stakeholder consortium for the Compendium was confirmed); and
  • The role of cultural policies and artistic initatives in the "refugee crisis", based on the belief of the experts present in Malta that cultural policies must respond to current political and humanitarian challenges (the Compendium contributes a new, interactive data base of good practices to further debates about this topic - see below).

Recently, a Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europehas called ongovernments and civil society to ensure the "dignity and rights" of refugees and migrants, whose protection "is part of our common duty to humanity" (2015). As underlined in the new Handbook "Culture and Human Rights: The Wroclaw Commentaries" (2016), culture-related human rights of migrants and other vulnerable groups are not just a political option; rather they are guaranteed by international treaties. Therefore, the host countries should promote a socio-cultural environment "characterized by tolerance, mutual understanding and appreciation for cultural diversities." (Federico Lenzerini)

For more information: See the final Malta Agenda and the List of Participants.

Compendium features culture-related projects serving the inclusion of migrants / refugees

The Council of Europe works at building inclusive societies. In this context, the cultural sector's contribution is of great importance. During the last year, artists and other cultural practitioners from all over Europe joined forces with many citizens in welcoming, hosting and empowering migrants and refugees. Frequently, their commitment to the vulnerable newcomers dates back even longer and has led to successful inclusion or integration projects. These positive experiences underline the right of every human being to participate in cultural life. In order to highlight them, the Compendium now features examples of culture-related projects and individual actions where mutual understanding has been cultivated between migrants and the host culture. In this context, we are grateful for further examples, including from the digital world.

Good practice database on culture-related projects serving the inclusion of migrants / refugees

Please submit your projects, experiences, practices, photos or clips, so we can show how culture counts!

Compendium highlighted in Siberia

At the invitation of ICOM Russia, Compendium Editor Andreas Wiesand took part in the VI. International Cultural Forum "Historic-cultural heritage as a source of socio-cultural development" in the Siberian Republic of Khakassia (28.6. – 3.7. 2016). His presentation during the plenary session dealt with issues of leadership and vitality in the domains of heritage, the arts and 'creative industries'. Among current challenges to cultural policies, he mentioned 'brain drain' migration, digitization, the implementation of human rights, religion-led conflicts and the potential for dialogue. In this context, the Compendium was featured as a tool for the informed development of vital and, at the same time, knowledge-based and multi-stakeholder oriented policies.

Culture & Democracy

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.

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Check the Intercultural Cities Index!

 The ICC  Index - with a focus on the intercultural integration of migrants and minorities - attempts to assess and compare the current status and performance of now 100 cities (with more to come in the near future).

The city of Parla was recently added to the ICC Index while Cartagena, Fuenlabrada, Getxo, Reggio Emilia, Sabadell, Santa Colomba and Tenerife have been re-indexed in 2015! 

43 Countries

  • Quick Facts
  • Cultural Policy Profiles, Updates, Key Documents, Downloads
  • Compendium Grid in your own language (26 languages)
  • Profiles of National Experts

We very much welcome Cyprus as 43rd country profile in the Compendium!

Additionally there are preparations for the first cultural policy profiles in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg and Belarus.
The number of country profiles should therefore increase to 46 countries.

Cultural Statistics in Europe

Updated comparative tables and graphs on population, cultural participation, markets, cultural employment, public funding.

Now available! 2015 CUPIX (Cultural Price Index on Goods and Services)

Comparative and Monitoring Overviews

Standards, Developments and Trends in Cultural Policy

Monitoring Standards, Developments and Trends in Cultural Policy

The Compendium Community is engaged in a number of exercises to monitor the implementation of:

  • Standard Setting Instruments in the Cultural Sector 
  • Developments in National Laws and Policies
  • Key recommendations made within the Council of Europe National Cultural Policy Review Programme (in development)

The Compendium is  recognised as a key instrument of the Council of Europe's CultureWatchEurope governance initiative.

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