On 21 and 22 March 2019, the Culture Action Europe (CAE) Members Forum took place in Brussels. In view of the European elections, the members exchanged their regional implementations of the CAE European Election Campaign. The common goal is the best possible positioning of cultural interests in a new EU Parliament from the second half of 2019 on.
Likewise, ideas and wishes for the new EU Creative Europe program after 2020 were discussed. Parallel to the negotiations for the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the individual programs of the EU will be reorganized. The issue of mobility of cultural workers received special support here and the call for an appropriate definition and positioning of cultural education in the final drafts of the new Creative Europe program.
Another exchange took place on structural issues of Culture Action Europe. Internal networking was discussed concerning thematic or regional working groups, the so-called “hubs”. The CAE Board also presented the current Culture Action Europe Strategy Paper with thematic focus:
• Redraft of EU programs relevant to the cultural sector and negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU 2021-2027
• Working conditions in the cultural sector in Europe, with a particular focus on income conditions and the social protection of artists and the conditions for international mobility of cultural workers in Europe and beyond.
• Freedom of expression and cultural rights, with the elaboration of the legal framework at national levels as well as corresponding regulations at EU level.
• Artistic and cultural research, in particular the so-called STEAM Practices, which stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and put the added value of today’s artistic practices in research and development forward.
The first plans for the CAE annual conference Beyond the Obvious were also presented, which will take place from 23 to 26 October 2019 at the German-Swiss border near Konstanz / Kreuzlingen.
The Culture Action Europe EP Elections 2019 Campaign aims to foster a stronger recognition of the cultural dimension of the European Union and culture’s contribution to Europe. Cultural and creative sectors advocate for the culture and Europe that is democratic, diverse, fair, free, human, inclusive and vital. The Campaign gives voters the ability to make an informed decision about the role of culture in the political party programmes and to encourage voters to make their voice heard. Read the Culture Action Europe appeal in full here and take a look to a list of questions to candidates and programmes.
The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs organizes a CAE German Hub meeting on 7th and 8th of November in Berlin. Representatives from Germany based CAE member organizations, experts and culture politicians will discuss with CAE Secretary General Tere Badia the CAE Appeal for the European Elections 2019, fresh outcomes from the BTO-conference in Bucharest and cultural perspectives to the German EU presidency 2020.
Culture Action Europe’s upcoming annual Beyond The Obvious conference is entitled ctrl+shift HUMAN: Arts, Sciences and Technologies in Code Dependent Societies and will take place in Timisoara, Romania from 25 to 27 October, 2018. This will also include Culture Action Europe Members’ Forum and Annual General Meeting. CAE will bring together various experiences and practices from the fields of arts and culture, sciences, technologies, activisms, theory and politics, to explore possible cross-disciplinary answers and diverse actions towards the challenging relations between Technology and Humans. How to keep our humanity in this and find new forms of sense making in a post productive and global society? What are the new models in those relations, and which role does culture, the arts and education play? Are our institutions ready for it, aware of their new role? Which organizations and policies are needed to foster alternative, transsectorial and intercultural competences?
More at Beyond the Obvious
Culture Action Europe welcomes that the European Commission’s proposal from May 30 keeps Creative Europe as a self-standing programme, with a budgetary increase from 1.4 billion € (2014-2020) to 1.8 billion € (2021-2027). CAE welcomes continuity of the programme as a promising development strongly promoted by CAE and its members.
While awaiting further details that describe the financial allocations, CAE encourage European Institutions to ensure that at least 1% of each of these policy domains is allocated to culture.
Read: Creative Europe: Programme Analysis and Recommendations
Press release: Stand alone programme for Creative Europe secured
Join: 1% for Culture Campaign
CAE announced the appointment of Tere Badia to the post of Secretary General of Culture Action Europe. Tere will join CAE as of 1 April 2018, complementing the experience and skills already present in the CAE board and team. She is dedicated to cultural research and production in various formats. and has carried out several studies on cultural policies, networks and R+D+i for visual arts. Until January 2018, Tere Badia was director of Hangar – center for artistic production and research in Barcelona.
Read: Networks of Tomorrow: CAE speaks with Tere Badia