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.

Culture in regions and cities

The European Alliance for Culture and Arts regretts that the 7th cohesion report of the European Commission, which was presented at the opening of the European Week of Regions and Cities in October, does not take into account culture and the arts in its findings related to the measuring of social progress, education, well-being, health and urban infrastructures and in general in the future shape of cohesion policy.

The Alliance has called European, regional and local policy makers to integrate culture and the arts in the post 2020 objectives and future evaluation criteria of the social cohesion strategy.

Touring Artists website relaunch

IGBK’s and ITI’s joint information website for artists engaged in the cultural sector in Germany as well as those who want to work in Germany received an update. The site is now responsive to all mobile devices as well as to desktop computers.

The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs

…is a permanent intersectional co-operation project of presently two German culture NGOs.

The partners from performing arts and fine arts, ITI Germany and IGBK, are both non-profit culture NGOs in Germany.

ITI Germany has 170 personal members and 30 corporate members. As part of the worldwide International Theatre Institute the German centre offers a comprehensive service to the country’s theatre people in making international contacts and in preparing and organising artistic encounters in Germany and guest performances abroad and festivals in Germany.

IGBK (Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste) represents the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA) and unites with Germany’s three most important supra-regional artist associations more than 14,000 visual artists in Germany. IGBK provides information for international exchange programmes and organises symposia and workshops on topics of relevance to artists.

Since more than 20 years both NGOs are cooperating in terms of European culture policy with a joint membership in Culture Action Europe (former European Forum for the Arts and Heritage). The Secretariat organized two EFAH general assemblies in Germany (Bonn and Berlin). On the national level, joint meetings with artists and politicians on questions of EU culture policy and on culture funding programmes are a part of the regular work.

Since 2011, the Secretariat developed an online information platform for touring artists in and to Germany. «» went online 2013 and is connected with a free consultancy for artists and groups provided by SmartDe. The website is constantly reviewed for changes in national and EU law and regulations and extended according to the needs of the sector and the feedback of artists.

The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs
c/o ITI Germany
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin

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