CAE - Newsletter Spring 2016
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On April 27-28-29, Culture Action Europe, together with our member Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, will engage in a 72-hour Jam Session online on artists and intellectuals, and their role in society and politics today.  Open to everybody to join. 

Borrowing the concept from the jazz world, a Jam Session is an event, a web site, an open space, a tool, a discussion and more, all wrapped into a 72- hour exchange of ideas on issues that are relevant for people.
After many experiences by different types of organisations (from United Nations to IBM), a Jam Session is organised to facilitate discussions among participants around “always evolving” topics, with the goal of collectively tackling them in a defined period of time.

SAVE THE DATES and be ready to know more: we invite everybody who wants to join and contribute to this collective online reflection. No need of specific expertise: everybody is an expert. No need to commit for the whole three days: pass by whenever you want to have a look and have your say. 

If you are interested in knowing more about this experiment, read and download the Jammin' Kit here.
More news to come: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, website

“Study on audience development – How to place audiences at the centre of cultural organisations” is a study by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, together with Culture Action EuropeECCOM and Intercult, as a consortium, developed in the framework of the Creative Europe programme. The aim of the study is to provide successful approaches and methods in the area of audience development to be disseminated among European cultural organisations. They will also be used as a basis for selection criteria in future calls for proposals launched by the Creative Europe programme.

We all know, as cultural practitioners, that Audience Development is not about adding one new skill to the current work, but it is about revising our own role keeping a simple question in mind: what do we want to provoke, evoke, create out there? Yes, it requires skills and competences. It also requires a strong vision and a steady process.
Do you know where it gets even more complicated? When we realise that one size does not fit all.
This is why we are collecting stories and experiences from all over Europe.

There is still time to submit stories: click here to read more. The study will be completed by the end of 2016.

On February 29, we closed the second year of activities under the framework of the Creative Europe programme. 
If you have not had the chance to go through them yet, here are a few links to some of the materials:
Tell us a story - our storybox about the social impact of culture, together with a mid-term reflection paper
The Shift v.2 - the updated version of our toolkit on the networked economy, the cultural sector and beyond (with a special section on partnerships)
the ARJ Public Toolkit - the updated version of the toolkit by the Arts, Rights and Justice working group. 
Moreover, we remind CAE's members that they have access to the dashboard on the Eurobarometer data on cultural non-participation using their password to access the reserved area of CAE's website. 
Browse our website to find out more about past and on-going activities. 

On 21 March 2016, 20 years after CAE’s (at that time EFAH – European Forum for the Arts and Heritage) first publication to advocate for cultural networks, “Working Groups: Network Solutions for Cultural Cooperation in Europe”, approximately 30 representatives from 19 European cultural networks met in Brussels at CAE’s invitation, to reflect on issues that are central to them.

What has changed for networks, also in view of the digital shift? What has remained the same? Where do we see ourselves in the future? What challenges are we facing and what support do we need to ensure our sustainable development, remaining flexible and dynamic? What do we need to powerfully advocate for cultural networks, in view also of network funding? How can networks provide Europe with an inspiring model for collaborative decision-making?

The meeting’s discussions will result in the publication of a new study to set the ground for a new vision of networks today, as well as several initiatives on advocacy for and through networks.

The European Commission launches a call supporting cultural, audio-visual and cross-sectorial projects aiming at facilitating the integration of refugees in the European environment > click here

On 19 January 2016, the European Parliament adopted the resolution “Towards a Single Digital Market Act”. The resolution will feed into the 16 digital initiatives that the Commission is to deliver by the end of 2016 > click here

Following the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the UNESCO looks back on 10 years promoting diversity > click here

The winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature were announced by Mr. Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport > click here

The LIBE Committee of the European Parliament votes on a Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Touring Visa > click here

• On 22 January 2016, CAE invited organisations active in the cultural and artistic field, political stakeholders and academics to Manchester to develop a cultural reponse to the UK referendum > click here

• On April 28, CAE's Italian members organise three parallel collaborative sessions in Rome to discuss the issue of Culture as an Essential Service. " Cre•action Roma is the start of something new with the hope that it will be reproduced in those places where its needed, finding practical solutions to the theme of culture as an important instrument for integration and development." > click here

• Using data provided by Eurostat, the Budapest Observatory shows that, by 2013 and 2014, central government spendings on culture of 23 European countries dropped below the 2004 amount. It underlines, however, that “nearly 20% of all local public money is spent on cultural services”. Full memo available here

• A few days ago, Culture Action Europe , jointly with the Agenda 21 for Culture-UCLG, has been awarded the contract for an EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) study on “Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe”. The study will be presented at a high-level conference on 20 and 21 June 2016 organized in partnership with the ‘Culture and Education’ Committee of the European Parliament, the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and the Council of Europe.

•  On April 21 and 22, in the framework of the cooperation project AVnode LPM 2015 > 2018 between 13 partners from 12 countries, the AV-Node Conference on Audience Development will be held in Brussels. Culture Action Europe is one of the partners of the project, together with some of its members - the leading one being AV/Node.

• Remember: if you are a member, you can directly upload your update to CAE's website using this link and accessing the area with the password you have been provided.

The policy officer will be a key staff member in the Culture Action Europe office in Brussels.

He/she will focus on monitoring, researching and reporting on European policy developments related to culture and the broader field. While monitoring and analysing developments in cultural policy in the EU and identifying opportunities, the policy officer will undertake defined research projects and draft reports on on-going policy initiatives.
Applications (CV and motivation letter) should be sent in English mentioning ‘Policy Officer’ in the subject line to:,
Closing date: 25 April 2016
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