Culture Action Europe General Assembly

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.

Open Letter for Proportionate Approach to Reopening Venues

PEARLE* Performance Europe, has pointed out in an open letter on the occasion of the meeting of the Ministers of Culture with Commissioner Gabriel that in the course of the reopening of venues not only the upper limit for spectators but also the size of the venues must be included in the regulations. The ministers called for coordinated regulations for clear communication with the audience and consideration of the expected loss of revenue due to reduced seating capacity.

Ministers of Culture Decleration on Culture in Times of COVID – 19 Crisis

On May 1st, the Croatian EU Presidency has presented a joint declaration on “Culture in times of the Covid 19 crisis”.

The declaration, initiated by Monika Grütters, German state minister for culture, and supported by all EU Member States except Hungary, thus explicitly recognises the importance of artists, creative people and journalists. The ministers urged that the aid from the funds and programmes planned at EU level must also reach culture and the media. The “Creative Europe” funding programme, which is important for culture, should be designed as flexibly as possible.

A first set of national and European measures have been put together as a basis for further action to support the recovery of the sectors. 

Culture at EU-Commission

At the beginning of December, the members of the new European Commission are to be confirmed and take up their work. The term “Culture” has disappeared from the newly tailored resorts which has led to numerous protests. The European Music Council now refers in a press release to Italy’s official intervention to include culture in the portfolio of Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Innovation and Youth.

This topic will be on the agenda of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting on 21 and 22 November.

EMC press release

Culture of Mobility in the Time of Climate Change

A public forum during On the Move’s General Assembly in Prague in April looked at the impact of international exchange within the cultural and creative sectors on the climate, including its influence on cities and supporting sustainable mobility. Among the speakers was Sandra Grziwa of the European Cultural Foundation, who presented on the implementation of the requirements on the sustainable mobility into funding programs.

You can watch the forum at HowlRound

IETM: Porto reports

These thought-provoking and informative reports from the plenary meeting (programme) in Porto highlight the most pivotal points which were debated:
Producing in the margins
The forces of the market
Artistic creation outside the urban areas
Live time, alive in time

IETM has relaunched it’s call for a new Secretary General. The job description and the application conditions are here, the deadline is 1st of September.