A first short cultural policy profile of Belgium (Flanders) is now available on the Compendium. A special thanks to our Belgium expert Simon Leenknegt from the Flanders Arts Institute.
Short profiles give a quick overview of the most important elements of a country’s cultural policy. Find below some excerpts from the short profile of Flanders:
- The Arts Decree was revised in 2021, introducing changes to how grants are assessed and some of the new procedures suggest a more direct relationship between arts organisations and government.
- The COVID-19 crisis has reinvigorated debates on issues such as the socio-economic position of artists and cultural workers, inequalities in the access to culture and to the cultural labour force, questions of funding for arts and culture, the impact of digitization on the workings of the sector, and ecological sustainability.
- A strategic vision on digitization in the cultural field was prepared and a trajectory was launched for developing standards for horizontal exchange, operationalisation and re-use of data on cultural activities, players, artefacts, etc. in and from Flanders.
- The decrees on professional arts, cultural heritage, socio-cultural work for adults, and participation will also be re-evaluated and modified during the current Minister’s term of office (2019-2024).
- A reform of the framework on the social status of the artist is currently being prepared by the Federal Government.
- The arts field has addressed taken up several of its current challenges, by initiating charters, labour agreements, and awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives that aim to foster sustainable relationships between artists and organisations.
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