Policies for Culture is a regional framework programme of the
European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest),
active since the year 2000, which aims to encourage a participative principle
in the design, implementation and evaluation of new effective cultural
policies throughout South East Europe.
OBJECTIVES & APPROACH
The programme is structured around the triangular working relationship
between civil society, the executive, and the legislature in the policy-making
process affecting the cultural sector. It is based on the recognition
that public policy in the field of culture can only have a sustainable
impact if the civic stakeholders whom it is to affect participate in its
formulation. Emphasis is placed on finding channels of communication between
these levels (which are not used to interacting); and, by encouraging
participative policy making in the field of culture, on empowering the
independent sector to voice its opinions. To this end, Policies for Culture
engages policy makers and the cultural sector of South East Europe in
a serious reflection process on local and national cultural policies.
It encourages all players involved to translate ongoing policy debates
into concrete actions that will contribute to a sustainable bottom-up
strengthening of the cultural sector in the region.
KEY AREAS OF ACTION
1. Practical action
Since the year 2000, Policies for Culture has facilitated the development
and supported the implementation of a variety of local initiatives aimed
at turning theory into concrete action in the form of action projects.
Visit the Action projects
page for further information.
2. Analysis and research
The need for cultural policy research has been a recurrent topic in
the various programme activities in the last four years. There is at
present in the region a communication gap between the research sector,
on the one hand, and policy makers and public administration, on the
other hand, which leads to an often arbitrary character of decision-making.
Throughout the region there is an urgent need for independent research
to evaluate policies and their actual impact, and to use research results
as a basis for good quality decision-making.
Beginning with the year 2004, Policies for Culture will specifically
address this area by the means of a Task Force for Cultural Policy
Research. Visit the Task
Force page for further details.
3. Information and documentation
Policies for Culture aims to enhance the flow of cultural policy information
and acquired expertise on a regional level (and beyond) by developing
and making widely available a variety of reports, publications and other
information (re)sources. Visit the Publications section of the website
for consulting the programme's E-periodicals, printed editions and other
THE POLICIES FOR CULTURE NETWORK
The programme is based on a broad range of SEE and EU partnerships with
cultural operators, professional artists, local and national cultural
authorities and administration, parliamentarians, media, university institutions,
cultural and policy research centres, cultural policy experts and European
policy institutions. Visit Our
Network's page for details.
BEYOND SOUTH EAST EUROPE
Starting with the year 2004, Policies for Culture attempts to promote
and facilitate participative policy making initiatives in the cultural
sector in other countries outside South East Europe, among which Slovakia,
Ukraine or Turkey.
In South East Europe the programme is managed by the ECUMEST Association,
whereas the initiatives of cooperation outside this region are coordinated
by the European Cultural Foundation, which remains the key financial supporter
of this framework programme.
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