2016 Assembly of Compendium Experts in Malta
The 15th Assembly of Compendium will be 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. The focus of this years Assembly will be on "The Role of Cultural Policies in the Context of the Refugee Crisis" as we believe that cultural policies must respond to current political and humanitarian challenges.
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."
Additionally the Compendium community will discuss about the future of the Compendium seen the upcoming changes in the management structure and the ongoing financial challenges.
Compendium to feature 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. For instance, during the last months, artists and other cultural practitioners all over Europe have 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 intends to feature examples of culture-related projects and individual actions where mutual understanding has been cultivated between migrants and the host culture. In this context, we would be grateful for your examples, including from the digital world.
"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.
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.
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!
- 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.
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.