Act for Culture in Europe!
The newsletter of the we are more campaign # 6 - December 2011
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Dear campaign supporters,
It’s been amazing to watch the group of committed campaign supporters grow over this year, and we are truly touched by all the efforts you have put in to translating campaign material to more than 30 languages, collecting more than 22.000 signatures to the manifesto, raising awareness and organizing campaign events on local, regional and national level across Europe. Thank you for helping us show that civil society cares about the future of our European societies!
Thanks to you, we also dare to set ourselves an ambitious target for 2012: Over the next four months, we want to collect 100.000 signatures to the campaign manifesto, and present them to the Culture Ministers of all EU Member States when they gather in Brussels for the EU Council of Culture Ministers in May 2012!
To make the task of collecting 100.000 signatures more tangible, we have also set national targets for signatures per country, how quickly can we reach each country goal?!
The manifesto is of course only one aspect of the campaign, and as you will see from the news below, the campaign has now really taken off in the Nordic countries! At Culture Action Europe’s General Assembly in October, members from all over Europe also drafted their own campaign action plans for 2012.
The proposals from the EC on the two campaign demands are now finally on the table, and last week we did a first analysis of the Creative Europe proposal together with our Advisory Committee. In the beginning of 2012, we will publish campaign statements both on Creative Europe and the structural funds, to make sure that you are well equipped with clear demands during this important campaign year.
Once again, thank you for all your support throughout the year and for helping us to demonstrate that culture, heritage and the arts, together with education, social cohesion and environmental sustainability are strategic investments for Europe’s future - especially in times of crisis.
Happy holidays and Happy New Year to you all!
The Culture Action Europe team.
CAMPAIGN NEWS ›››
Target: 100.000 signatures before all Culture Ministers meet in May 2012!
There is a simple reason for the difference between 0 and 22.000 signatures: people out there, including you, who believed enough in the campaign to give it a go to start with. We now call for help from new and existing campaign supporters to help us recruit even more campaign supporters and reach the national targets of signatures per country that we have set to make the challenge of collecting 100.000 signatures more achievable! EU support to culture over the next seven years is at stake and the negotiations over the next four months will be crucial – let’s make our voices heard! Read more and sign up now on www.wearemore.eu/manifesto!
Minister of Culture and 200 cultural operators at campaign conference in Stockholm
On the 9th of December, campaign supporters Intercult and Riksteatern organized the conference ‘The Future of the European Project’ to discuss the role of culture in the implementation of the EU 2020 strategy. During the well-attended conference, the Swedish Minister of Culture and several MEPs discussed the Swedish position on the global EU budget as well as the Creative Europe proposal. Photos and video recordings from the conference can be found here.
Nordic we are more project granted 25.000€
The project ‘we are more – gathering Nordic cultural operators to joint advocacy actions’ was recently awarded a grant by the Culture Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The project, that will be lead by Intercult in collaboration with Culture Action Europe, will gather all Nordic members of Culture Action Europe as well as external partners for joint advocacy actions, starting with a workshop in Stockholm the 26th-27th of January 2012, and continuing with a series of campaign activities during the Danish EU Presidency in Spring 2012.
Focus on Creative Europe at third Advisory Committee meeting
During the third Advisory Committee meeting, hosted by BOZAR on the 14th of December, the committee members focused on analyzing the EC Creative Europe proposal and gave valuable feedback that will help shape the campaign statement to be published in January 2012.
BRUSSELS NEWS ›››
From Culture Programme to Creative Europe
On November 23th, the EC published its proposal for the new Creative Europe programme. The revamped programme, with a proposed budget of 1.8€ bn euros for the period 2014-2020, features three strands: media, culture and a cross-sectoral strand consisting of a new financial guarantee facility and funds for studies. The architecture of the new programme consists of general and specific objectives common for the whole programme, with separate priorities and measures for each strand. The new programme will now be discussed by the Council and the European Parliament. The we are more campaign is currently preparing a statement on the proposal based on the initial campaign demands – get ready to relay the campaign message in the beginning of next year!
Weak positioning of culture in EC proposals for next generation of Structural Funds
On October 6th, the EC published the General Provisions for the 5 Cohesion Policy funds 2014-2020. The positioning of culture in the proposals is weak: culture is only referred to once in the European Regional Development Fund, and the European Social Fund fails to refer to culture at all. Since the largest source of EU funding for the arts, culture and heritage comes from the structural funds, it is crucial to act NOW and lobby your regional and national policy-makers to include culture in their development strategies – this can pave the way for support to culture in the future structural funds! Another key EC proposal that will further define the future structural funds is due in January - the we are more campaign will react with a statement once this document is out!
First round of discussions on the future EU budget coming to an end
The Polish Presidency is coming to an end and so are the first discussions on the future EU budget 2014-2020. So far, the discussions have been rather general, covering issues such as the duration of the next EU budget, its structure, new sources of income, flexibility and budget headings. The separate policies and programmes and their financial envelopes, including the Structural Funds and Creative Europe programme, will be negotiated next year, under the Danish and Cypriot Presidencies.
ADVOCACY TOOLS ›››
Petition for more culture in the EU Cohesion Policy
As a follow up to the ambitious Culture Congress organized in September this year within the framework of the Polish EU Presidency, the Polish National Audiovisual Institute has launched a petition for more culture in the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. The petition is very much in line with the we are more campaign’s demands and also refers to our campaign manifesto. We encourage all campaign supporters to support the initiative of the National Audiovisual Institute by signing the petition NOW!
UK Consultation on Creative Europe
The UK Government department for Culture, Media and Sport recently launched a consultation on the EC proposal for a Creative Europe programme. The consultation will inform the UK approach to the negotiations in 2012, and we strongly encourage UK arts and cultural organisations to have their say – and other Member States to follow the UK example and consult the sector! Deadline for contributions is 16 March 2012.
CULTURE ACTION EUROPE NEWS ›››
Four new Executive Committee members elected at General Assembly
During Culture Action Europe’s 19th General Assembly on the 19th of October, four new members were elected to the Executive Committee. A warm welcome to Katherine Heid (RESEO), Paul Collard (Culture, Creativity, Education), Lawrence Okey Ugwu (Baltic Sea Centre) and Ferdinand Richard (A.M.I.). More information on Culture Action Europe’s Executive Committee can be found here.
Culture Action Europe warmly welcomes its four new members: The network of European cultural journals Eurozine, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish cultural training organisation Non Serviam and the professional association of Switzerland’s visual artists Visarte.Switzerland.
Chip in to support the campaign!
The we are more campaign is funded through Culture Action Europe’s own contributions, strategic partnership support by the European Cultural Foundation, support from members and partners and donations from private persons and organisations. All donations, regardless of the size, are highly appreciated – they make an important contribution to the core campaign cost and increase the chances for the campaign to make an impact. Learn more about the organisations that have already made a donation and find out more about how to make a contribution of your own!
Join Culture Action Europe
A growing coalition gathering committed cultural operators who want to make culture a driving force in Europe is a key element to our common success. So do not hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be part of this movement too! Detailed information about membership is available here.
MEMBERS’ NEWS ›››
CCE - CREATIVITY, CULTURE AND EDUCATION
Guide of the ‘Artists In Creative Education’ project now available
CCE - CREATIVITY, CULTURE AND EDUCATION
Funding for Creative Partnerships in Lithuania confirmed
Free training on Physical Cinema with Lutz Gregor, 6-12 May 2012, Milan
PEARLE* - the Performing arts league Europe
Article on cultural values published in the Public Service Review
EUROPEAN CHORAL ASSOCIATION – EUROPA CANTAT
Festival Europa Cantat XVIII, 27 July – 5 August 2012, Torino
EUROPEAN CHORAL ASSOCIATION – EUROPA CANTAT
Hearts-in-Harmony in Barcelona won IMC Musical Rights Award
DSI SWINGING EUROPE
International Association of Schools of Jazz preliminary meeting
MUSIQUE & SANTÉ
Music in Healthcare Seminars, May-June 2012, across Europe
EFA - EUROREAN FESTIVALS ASSOCIATION
Recommendations for festival policy to the European Parliament CULT Committee
EUROPEAN THEATRE CONVENTION
New Project: “Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education in Theatre”
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