|NEWSLETTER No. 27 / August
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As customary, our Newsletter presents new content, elements and
features of the "Compendium" www.culturalpolicies.net.
Edited by the Council of Europe Secretariat and the European
Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts), this
information and monitoring system provides key facts about cultural
governance issues and trends in Europe – now operable in three
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Save the Date: Compendium Assembly
with Public Forum, December 2014
Thanks to the support of the Belgian Government we can
announce that the next Annual Assembly of Compendium Experts
will take place on the 4-5 December 2014 in Brussels.
The draft Agenda of the event provides for, inter
alia, a review by researchers and interested governmental
representatives of the initial results of the work on indicators for
culture’s contribution to democracy.
New Cultural Policy Actor
This summer, Cas
Smithuijsen retired from his post as Director of the influential
Boekman Foundation in Amsterdam and has been nominated as the new “Cultural Policy Actor in Focus” on the
In addition to some biographical notes, Cas sets out his interpretation about his interpretation of "Culture and Democracy" (as will his future CPA colleagues).
Compendium "Themes!" space to
focus on "Culture and Democracy"
The Compendium "Themes!" section will soon be
re-organised and reflect a new space named "Culture &
Complementing the already available themes:
"Intercultural Dialogue", "Cultural Diversity", "Status of Artists",
"International Cultural Cooperation and Mobility Issues", "Cultural
Rights and Ethics" and "Cultural Access and Participation", this
new structured space will also cover thematic fields such
"Socio-economic Impacts of Culture",
"Multi-stakeholder Governance", "Regional
Cultural Policies" and "Digitisation Impact on
We are also planning a sub-space that is to follow up the
preparation of an indicator framework on Culture and Democracy and
to discuss its future monitoring in the Compendium and beyond.
We warmly invite all our Compendium friends and users to share their ideas on "culture’s contribution to
democracy". Please send us your comments and
Comparative table on private cultural sponsoring in
Compendium editors have redefined and provisionally updated the comparative table on Private
Covering 42 countries, the table addresses:
- The main law which outlines tax deductions to private sponsors
of arts and culture;
- Government schemes to promote business sponsorship in the arts
- Main sectors attracting private sponsorship;
- The estimated value of private sponsorship generated per year
(NOTE: This column still needs a lot of input!).
and further updates are greatly
National Profiles of Azerbaijan, Ireland, the Netherlands, San
Marino, Spain and the Ukraine were recently updated. Below are
some selected highlights:
- The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has declared its cultural
objectives as: heritage, library and museum systems, supporting
creativity in the theatre, music and fine arts fields, national
cinematography and book publishing.
- In December 2013, the Eighth session of the UNESCO
Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible
Cultural Heritage was held in Baku.
- In 2013, the Second Baku World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
concentrated on the subject of "Living Together Peacefully in a
- The first Council of Europe Exchange Platform on Culture and
Digitisation took place on 4-5 July 2014 in Baku.
- Public expenditure on culture is growing steadily, both at
state and local level.
- Priorities of the National Campaign for the Arts include:
evidence base for better policy on the arts; a more meaningful
public conversation about the arts; building shared intention
across the arts sector; and supporting the mutuality of the arts
- An Intercultural Education Strategy is in preparation at
- The abolition of a number of local authorities under local
government reform will impact on arts funding and provision.
- A new Arts in Education Charter from 2013 includes reduced
ticket prices, the development of Arts Rich Schools, and
encouragement of visits to cultural institutions, but has been
criticised for lacking real investment.
- The Heritage Council has suffered cuts of 65% in the past
three years, with its status now "under review".
- Culture Ireland, the national agency to promote Irish arts and
artists overseas, will have its budget reduced by 29% for
- The Dutch cultural policy memorandum for 2013-2016 is aiming
for a 25% cut in spending and to reduce the dependency of the
cultural sector on state funding, increasing the role of private
funding and entrepreneurship.
- Special conditions favouring artists in the Dutch Unemployment
Insurance Act came to an end on January 2014.
- The Gift and Inheritance Tax Act 2012 has been extended until
2018, making ‘giving to culture’ fiscally attractive.
- In January 2015, a new Libraries Act will be implemented.
- The structural budget for culture was 34% lower in 2013 than
- Libraries, cultural education, amateur arts, performing arts
and museums will be especially affected in expected cuts to
- Cultural institutes are being reorganised in 2014, uniting in
a single body all administrative, organisational and structural
- In March 2014, a draft law on publishing and media operators
was submitted to Parliament, but has been met with some objections
- The Montefeltro region has been established as a cultural
district which provides incentives, financing and tax reliefs for
cultural associations and artists.
- New legislation is being prepared to replace the 1919 Law on
the protection of monuments, museums, archaeological sites,
antiques and works of art.
- The One Per Cent for Culture programme was increased to 1.5%
in October 2013 and prioritises projects that create jobs and
revitalise the economy.
- The Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2013-2016 involves
cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and freedom of
expression and creation, as well as participation for all.
- At the end of 2013, the Valencian Community closed the
regional provision of radio and television broadcasting
- In January 2014, the government decreased VAT rates on the
acquisition of works of art from 21% to 10%.
- The government approved the draft Act on Protection of
Intangible Cultural Heritage at the end of 2013.
2008-2011 overall public spending on culture decreased by 17.7% in
nominal terms and by 21.4% in real terms.
- In February 2014, the new Minister of Culture announced that
the ministry will be restructured in the context of a new national
- The recent political and social conflict poses sharp questions
for ’culture’ relating to its values, role, influence and place in
the development of democracy and modern society.
- In 2014 funds directed at cultures of national minorities,
collaboration with Ukrainian diaspora and international relations
will be reduced by 50%.
- The Law on the Principles of the State Language Policy in
Ukraine was annulled following political conflict and a revised
law was ordered.
- At the beginning of March 2014, consultations with all
stakeholders and players in the field of cultural policy started
in the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
Contact the Compendium Editors for general editorial questions and
Council of Europe
Contact the Coordinators for specific content questions and
Siobhan Montgomery, Council of Europe
Olivier Göbel, ERICarts
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