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NEW Compendium feature 2017: Summaries of national profiles

Following the decisions made at the Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw (November 2015), 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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Towards a Multi-Stakeholder Compendium!

Cyprus Assembly proposed a new "architecture" for the information and monitoring system

An Assembly of Compendium Stakeholders and Experts was held on 30 to 31 March 2017 at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia (Cyprus) in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. This conference focused on the future "architecture" of the information & monitoring system, including a multi-stakeholder governance and management structure, solutions for legal and financial challenges as well as desirable content and technical features (see Input paper). All Compendium stakeholders and experts were invited to take part to this event (see participants list).

Together with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus as well as the University of Cyprus, there were also two interesting thematic sessions on (see Agenda):

  • From Cultural Diplomacy to Cultural Solidarity and
  • Cultural Participation and Inclusive Societies (launch of a thematic report drawn up on the basis of statistics compiled by the Council of Europe Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy).

Information on the outcomes and decisions made during the Assembly as well as on next steps regarding the future Compendium structure will soon be submitted to the interested parties.

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 can be of great importance, despite still existing ambiguities, as highlighted inter alia by Corina Lacatus (Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh) in her recent essay on "Culture Wars" published in Arts & International Affairs. Based on meaningful examples, she writes: "Art can bridge the gap between the elite art world and the traumatic experience of refugees crossing the Mediterranean in a boat, in order to begin new lives in Europe."...
During the last years, 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!

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.

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Culture & Democracy

Introducing new elements in the THEMES section

Since the start of the Compendium project nearly 20 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.

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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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Cultural Policy Actor in Focus

Rod Fisher...founded and directed International Intelligence on Culture from 2000-2015 and its predecessor the International Arts Bureau.

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