A number of issues have been the subject of debate in and on the cultural field in Flanders and Brussels in the past years. General issues include the socio-economic position of artists and cultural workers (see 2.3), the impact of digitization on the workings of the arts and cultural sector (see 2.4), the position of people with culturally diverse background in the field of culture (see 2.5.1), gender inequality and harassment (see 2.5.5), equal access to culture (see 2.5.1, 2.5.6, and 2.6), questions of ecological sustainability (see 2.8), and questions of funding for arts and culture (see 2.3, 2.7, and 2.9). It should be noted that certain topics receive more or different attention in the different sectors within the cultural field. The issues at stake are discussed throughout section 2, as well as the (varying) interest and initiatives of cultural policy makers with regard to these topics.
Issues that are more specifically related to the workings of particular sectors within the cultural field are discussed throughout section 3.