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New: Cultural policy profiles from the Arab region


This year, the cultural policy profiles of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia found a new home at the website of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends. With the support of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), this valuable information is made publically available again.

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Recent updates on


Over the last couple of weeks, Compendium core contributor Oliver Göbel has done an impressive amount of updating work on comparative statistical tables, the Good Practice Database and our themes section. There are a few highlights we would like to share, for example the newly updated table on cinema admission in Europe and the European recreation and culture expenditure index.

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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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