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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 experts from the different Ukrainian regions as well as from Belarus, Georgia and Moldova. Viktoras Liutkus (Lithuania) as well as Olivier Göbel and Andreas Wiesand from the Compendium HQ in Bonn provided comparative insights which led to vivid debates with the participants. The success of this seminar, which has been supported by the Goethe Institute, could make it a model for similar events in other Compendium countries.

Latest News: Compendium country profile for Belarus in the making!

Compendium editors Kathrin Merkle (Council of Europe) and Andreas Wiesand (ERICarts Institute) met with representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Belarus, including the Deputy Minister, and the Institute of Culture on 24 September 2015 in Minsk. The interlocutors declared their readiness to assist in the preparation of a Belarus country profile for the Compendium, which would then become the 44th in our information and monitoring system. Another item on the agenda has been the opening of the European Heritage Days, which included, inter alia, an address of K. Merkle as well as an exhibition of retro cars, a graffiti exhibition, performances by poets and musicians, as well as a tour of the historic suburb Lyakhovka.

Wroclaw to host the 2015 Assembly of Compendium Experts!

Save the Date: The 14th Assembly, including the Public Forum will be held from 12 to 13 November in Wrocław/Poland in the wider context of the city's role as European Capital of Culture 2016. With its focus on a human rights approach to cultural policies, including issues such as equal access to the arts and heritage and related tasks of democratic policy making to assure participation of all population groups, the event will contribute to the follow-up of the 2013 Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture (Moscow).

See more on the draft Wrocław Agenda

In addition, it follows up on Recommendation 1990 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on "The right of everyone to take part in cultural life", where this right has been identified as "pivotal to the system of human rights" (January 2012). As part of the programme, the project on drawing up a comprehensive reference handbook on "Culture and Human Rights – The Wroclaw Commentaries" will be presented.

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! 2014 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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Colin Mercer's plea for connecting cultural policies and related research more with social cohesion and citizenship issues…

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Cultural Policy Actor in Focus

Danielle Chief of Section, Diversity of Cultural Expressions at the UNESCO HQ in Paris.

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