13.10.2019

Voices of Cultures > The role of culture in non-urban areas of the European Union

The second topic in Voices of Culture 2019 – 2021 will ask questions about the role of culture in spaces outside urban centres in Europe. How can new priorities, policies, actions and funding streams better support culture in non-urban areas?  

Several cultural issues are salient in areas outside of urban centres such as:

  • A lack of density of cultural institutions, creative makers and participants in cultural offers.

  • A predominately stereotyping approach by policy-makers and the population when thinking about rural areas and the related cultural offers and activities.

  • A misunderstanding of the different types of non-urban areas and the wide diversity of rural spaces and cultural use and non-use-patterns.

  • An under-usage of urban-suburban-rural cooperation potential in culture.

  • The misunderstanding of certain policy-makers that basic services in non-urban areas cannot be compensated by soft measures only, but require hard investments.

  • An uneven availability and distribution of cultural funding and access to support structures in most areas outside the main urban centres.

Several cultural issues are salient in areas outside of urban centres such as:

  • A lack of density of cultural institutions, creative makers and participants in cultural offers.

  • A predominately stereotyping approach by policy-makers and the population when thinking about rural areas and the related cultural offers and activities.

  • A misunderstanding of the different types of non-urban areas and the wide diversity of rural spaces and cultural use and non-use-patterns.

  • An under-usage of urban-suburban-rural cooperation potential in culture.

  • The misunderstanding of certain policy-makers that basic services in non-urban areas cannot be compensated by soft measures only, but require hard investments.

  • An uneven availability and distribution of cultural funding and access to support structures in most areas outside the main urban centres.

The Brainstorming meeting for the topic will place on the 4th & 5th of February 2020 at Fagus-Werk in Alfeld, Germany. Travel, accommodation, food will be provided by Voices of Culture.

The Dialogue meeting for this topic will take on the 22nd of April 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Travel, accommodation and food during the meetings will be provided by Voices of Culture.

The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, local/regional authorities etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic “The role of culture in non-urban areas” who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission.

Deadline: 10 November 2019

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