Published on Monday, October 26th, CAE reacted to Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on a “New European Bauhaus” to realize the New Green Deal. CAE welcomes the initiative as it paves the way to a long-awaited high-level recognition of the role of culture in the implementation of the sustainable development goals. But, focused on the creation hard infrastructures, the proposal minimizes the full capacity of culture and the arts and brings also some controversies:
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the development of a European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP). On September 14th Culture Action Europe and many other European networks and institutions welcomed the initiative and called the Commission in an open letter to reflect in it especially the status of the freedom of artistic expression as a fundamental aspect of cultural rights. The letter submits the following recommendations to the Commission:
1. Explicitly recognize freedom of expression in all its forms.
2. Develop appropriate instruments at EU level whereby artistic freedom can be monitored and assessed as one of the legitimate indicators of democratic and cultural health.
3. Foresee a facility through which artists can report violations of their fundamental rights and access support for their legal assistance and relocation.
4. Establish an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights, including artistic freedom.
Read the complete letter here.
In the late summer of 2020, IAA Europe starts a series of online debates to bring members and supporters closer together, to discuss what can be the role of artists associations today and especially their (re)union on an international level.
“A deal is essential”, writes Charles Michel, president of the European Council, ahead of the EU summit on 17 and 18 July 2020, where an agreement for the EU-Multiannual Financial Framework and Recovery Plan is being sought.
Equally essential is a sufficient funding of culture in the EU budget, now, and in the coming years.
3000 cultural professionals, artists, creators, authors stand behind Culture Action Europe’ petition, which you can sign here.
These voices make it clear: „There is no proper recovery without culture and no culture without proper budget.“
Many artists like a.o. Björk, Marina Abramovich, Agnieszka Holland, Isabel Coixet, Milo Rau, Jean Michel Jarre, Anne-Teresa Keersmaeker and many more are loud on calling the EU and national leaders to “be bold” and invest in culture at the EU level. Read their letter here.
The Creatives Unite platform is operated by the European Creative Hubs Network and the Goethe-Institut as part of the Creative FLIP project.
The site went online in May and has been designed as the the platform for the cultural sector to share information and good practices. Creatives Unite aims to gather all information and initiatives of the CCI sector in the EU that arose in response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as to offers the opportunity to co-create and share solutions.
On June 26 the platform invites for an online dialoge of representatives from the Cultural and Creative Sectors with Commissioner Gabriel, the European Parliament and the Council: United for a New Future
On 12.06.2020, more than 90 members of Culture Action Europe (CAE) met for a digital General Assembly, for board elections and for agreements on further joint initiatives and priorities in 2020.
The Board reported on activities in 2019 and 2o2o along Culture Action Europe’s strategic goals:
– Advocacy for the culture sector against the background of negotiations of the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF) and in particular for an appropriate recognition of culture in the new “Next Generation EU” instrument and as part of the “REACT-EU” initiative
– Working conditions in the cultural sector in Europe, with particular attention to income conditions and social security for artists
– Freedom of expression and cultural rights, with the aim of drawing up the necessary legal frameworks for this at EU level and in the member states
– Artistic and cultural research, especially the so-called STEAM practices: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
The role of culture for sustainable living as well as the digital paradigm shift in the cultural sector – also accelerated by COVID19 – emerged as possible new and accompanying focal points in the discussions following the Board’s report.
In view of the COVID19 crisis, Culture Action Europe, together with the European Cultural Foundation, has been mapping measures and emergency initiatives across Europe (compensations, dedicated funding, combined efforts or public and private actors, information sharing etc.) to tackle the effects of the crisis on the arts, culture, creative sectors and cultural heritage.
CAE and its members have addressed political actors at EU and member states level with several letters, on the one hand to clarify how beneficiaries of the Creative Europe programme should currently deal with the challenges posed by COVID19, but also to continue to advocate doubling the budget for Creative Europe in the new MFF.
What this means in figures: Of the 2021-2027 budget for Creative Europe proposed by the EU Commission some time ago, only a smaller amount of 1.5 billion is now included in the current MFF proposal. If this amount were actually doubled, the total budget for Creative Europe 2021-2027 would still not even correspond to 0.4% of the new “Next Generation EU” development instrument!
Simona Neumann (Managing Director of Timisoara 2021 – European Capital of Culture) was re-elected to the Board of Culture Action Europe. Further candidates were Celia Grau (Opera Europa Advocacy Coordinator) and Teemu Mäki (IAA Europe).
More information, the agenda and further summaries of the assembly can soon be found on the website of Culture Action Europe.