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New Dutch short cultural policy profile


This year, the Dutch government increased the national cultural budget for the first time since drastic budget cuts (about 21%) were made on the cultural sector in 2012. Besides investing in new art forms and cultural heritage, the Dutch Ministry of Culture, Education and Science wants to focus on the accessibility of culture and the arts for every Dutch citizen.

In the current Coalition Agreement, enjoying culture at a young age is encouraged and the government even announced that every Dutch child should see Rembrandt’s Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) at least once during its school going period. For more information about the recent cultural policy developments in the Netherlands, please review the new Dutch short profile.

Report of the General Assembly 2018


We have finished the full report on both Assembly days (October 9th-10th) in Rijeka, Croatia. The report contains summaries of all the sessions that took place – from presentations and expert working groups to official meetings and appointments – and it can be found here.

For a visual recap of the General Assembly and its atmosphere, please see our aftermovie:

Inspiring keynotes during the General Assembly 2018


A week after the first General Assembly of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends’ Association took place in Rijeka (Croatia), the observations shared by our keynote speakers Ernst Wagner (ENO) and Kate Wimpress (NEA) aren’t difficult to reproduce: ‘Experts agree that cultural education contributes to the appreciation of cultural diversity, but this isn’t recognised by all,’ Wagner stated. ‘When we discuss arts education, we need clear definitions and discourses - and the Compendium can contribute to that.’

Photographer: Karlo Čargonja

Kate Wimpress stressed the importance of kindness in her presentation about the community spirit of the North Edinburgh Arts Centre: ‘Kindness is something that is generally much easier spoken about than shown. We work in a deprived community where we continuously ask ourselves: what makes a kind place? We ask our visitors “what happened to you?”, instead of “what’s wrong with you?” and we invite artist to work with and for the community. We need to rebuild frameworks such as ours.’ Please find the videos of both keynotes on our new YouTube channel.

New Finnish short cultural policy profile


Finland is currently preparing for a major health, social services and regional government reform. After this reform, there should be 18 autonomous counties in operation in 2021. This is one of the new cultural policy developments that can be reviewed in the new Finnish short profile. The transfer will most likely have significant implications for the Finnish cultural sector, as the reform will affect the finances of individual municipalities and their ability to perform the tasks that will remain with them.

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Open Call for Expert Authors


The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends is looking for Expert Authors in: Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Sweden. Compendium Expert Authors are responsible for researching, updating and reviewing their national cultural policy. For more information about the position and the application process, please click here.

Ernst Wagner to speak at General Assembly in Rijeka


Six weeks before the Compendium’s General Assembly will take place in Rijeka, Croatia, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Ernst Wager will hold a keynote speech on the opening day. On October 9th, Wagner will speak about the challenges in ar arts education with regard to globalization, nationalism and interculturality, after which a panel will discuss his views and suggestions further.

Other speakers who have confirmed their participation during this first General Assembly of the Compendium Association are Anupama Sekhar (of the Asia-Europe Foundation) and Marta Beck-Domżalska (Eurostat), who will both be part of one of the planned working group sessions. Both the General Assembly, on October 9th and 10th, and the following Public Forum on October 11th, will be held al RiHub, a newly refurbished ‘civil initiatives and community building’ location in the Centre of what will be Europe’s Cultural Capital of 2020, Rijeka.

If you have been invited to the General Assembly, but haven’t sent us your RSVP yet, please do so using the link in your invitation at your earliest possible convenience. Looking forward to seeing you in Rijeka.

NEW Compendium feature 2017: Summaries of national profiles


Following the decisions made at the Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw, 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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World Forum for Democracy

7-9 November 2016 in Strasbourg


Save the date! The 2016 Forum on "Education for Democracy" focuses on how education can help bridge the social divide and become a real asset for our diverse democracies.The Forum will analyse the impact of education systems on democracy and identify innovative initiatives and practices which can make education (both formal and non-formal) more democracy-centred and enhance grassroots innovation. The Forum will discuss not only what education can do for democracy but also what democracy can do for education. More details, also about achievements of the 2015 World Forum, can be found in a Council of Europe Newsletter.

Successful Assembly of Compendium Experts in Wroclaw


With a focus on "A Human Rights Approach to Cultural Policies" (see Agenda), the 14th Compendium Assembly has been held on 12-13 November 2015 in Wroclaw, in the broader context of the city's rolAsian guests relaxing at the Assemblye as European Capital of Culture 2016. Similar to the previous Assemblies in Brussels and Vienna, the Wroclaw event contributed to the follow-up of the Ministerial Conference on Culture (Moscow 2013). In addition, it examined the latest developments and potential improvements of our information and monitoring system. The presentations and debates of the Assembly with Public Forum attracted ca. 90 cultural specialists from all parts of Europe and Asia. (Photo: Asian WorldCP experts relaxing during an Assembly pause)....

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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.

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