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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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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. Please find the preliminary programme for the General Assembly and the Public Forum here.

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.

Compendium now served from Amsterdam


As of this April the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends has found a new home at the Boekman Foundation in The Netherlands. This foundation will facilitate the activities of the Compendium and help the newly founded association to solidify and grow.

The President of the Association´s board, Marjo Mäenpää, is optimistic about the Compendium’s future and stresses the importance of its work: ‘The Compendium is a community of practice that consists of independent researchers who have committed themselves to building a diverse, convincing and up-to date picture of European culture. By sharing this information, we benchmark best cultural practices and are therefore able to monitor if we are doing the right things. The Compendium is there for everyone, to compare and learn'.

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