The Council of Europe, in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Culture Action Europe, the Budapest Observatory, and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), is organizing an international conference on “Rethinking Cultural Policy: Implementing a New Paradigm.” The conference will be held from June 10 to 11, 2010, at EESC headquarters in Brussels and is being supported by the French Community of Belgium’s Ministry of Culture. The conference is one of a series of events organized as part of the Council of Europe’s CultureWatchEurope initiative.
“The conference will seek to explore not only the direct impact of the financial crisis on the cultural sector in terms of threats and losses, but also to question the state’s role as a substantial provider of culture. This theme touches on related issues such as the need to redefine certain current cultural practices, the changing roles of cultural institutions, and the potential of alternative governance models, new forms of partnerships, and multistakeholder approaches to help meet the ensuing challenges. Related topics include possible new responsibility paradigms for culture and new frameworks for public policy in the cultural domain. Given the importance of this issue in Europe, it seems appropriate to approach the subject both from a wide intellectual angle and very practically in terms of measures and proposals that might be considered.
“The conference is aimed at senior policymakers and practitioners who operate at national, regional, and local levels and who are responsible for the content, management, or implementation of cultural policies,” stated the Council.
To find out more about the event, visit the Council of Europe website.