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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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16th Assembly of Compendium Experts

The 16th Assembly of Compendium authors’ will take place from Wednesday 8 November to Friday 10 November in Prague, Czech Republic, in the framework of the Czech Republic’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and will provide the opportunity to celebrate the 19th anniversary of this unique European cultural co-operation project in the area of policy information, trend analysis and monitoring of standards.

This important Assembly will launch the new governance model for the Compendium, namely the not-for profit Compendium Association, thus bringing a successful conclusion to the work of the Cyprus Assembly of Compendium Stakeholders and Experts (March 2017, Nicosia), and the CDCPP work from 2016 and 2017. The new structure should be fully operational by 1 January 2018. For more information see the draft Agenda.

The meeting will also provide the occasion to present the 2017 Secretary General’s Report on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on “Populism – how strong are Europe’s checks and balances”, in the framework of the Public Forum discussion on 10 November on National Cultural Institutions and populism. Participants will also discuss issues of gender equality in arts, culture and media and ways for improving the Compendium’s information in this area.

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!

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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