Manifesto for a Modern Cultural Policy

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Manifesto for a Modern Cultural Policy
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Culture is of extraordinary importance today, and of necessity, as it shapes values that determine our future, notably in relation to powerful disruptive technological and scientific development (linked to progress in biotechnology, genetic or data processing) as well as political upheavals threatening democracy. A future without culture would be a cause for great concern, as nothing would prevent humans from becoming like machines (a neuronal being) devoid of autonomy, ethic, values (freedom and justice), warmth, sentiments, convictions and consciousness.  In such a future, mankind would thus be denied any specificity, incapable of establishing a distance with “reality”, cut off from life and nature.

Global challenges (climate, migration, sustainability, health) are leading to the emergence of new international solidarities building a world citizenship. Our connected and globalized world requires a cultural policy that goes beyond the traditional national frame and that integrates other cultures.

Modern cultural policy should be designed to help culture work as a stimulant, an agent of transformation  steering a new enlightenment and collective will. The KEA Manifesto is designed to empower communities and individuals.

Download KEA’s Manifesto for a Modern Cultural Policy and discover the 19 principles for culture to work as a strategic agent of transformation.

Willing to start putting theory into practice? You can take a look at the KEA method to designing cultural policy and discover our approach to help territories make the most of their cultural resources.

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  • Marie-Therese Huppertz

    Cultural Policy should ensure that cultural work is considered as any other work in any other profession and remunerated accordingly.

  • Vera Borges

    The work that is involved in the performing arts has undergone various transformations that are clearly visible in times of crisis, such as the one that we are currently living through now because of COVID-19. The artistic “vocation” is faced with many barriers and obstacles: the urgency of economic survival, the imperatives of programming, the presuppositions of the competition for funding, the social urgencies (although these can open up a space for reflection, they are also a constraint through their imposition of political agendas and through their definition of what is supposed to happen). In Portugal we are witnessing the gradual paring down of artistic structures and of working conditions, which are marked by precariousness and intermittence. If artistic work is heavily dependent on public policies, then the logic of its enhancement and increased value does not escape its commercialisation. I would like to know more about European Theatres to do a comparative study. See my article “Emerging patterns of artistic organizations
    in Portugal”, Sociologia del Lavoro, nº 157, 2020.

    • Caroline Dedenis

      Dear Vera,
      Thank you for your comment and link to your work. We are just starting now our research for the European Commission on ‘the situation of theatres in the EU’, the study will be published in the second half of 2021.

  • Carlos Sánchez Torrealba

    Dear friends and soul mates, please receive my sincerest congratulations for the work you doing. I also celebrate the publication of the Manifesto for a Modern Cultural Policy. I believe that its translation into Spanish could be a timely contribution for the cultists, artists and artisans of our Latin American region. Please, could I translate and share it? Thank you for your attention.

    • Caroline Dedenis

      Dear Carlos,
      Many thanks for your comment and positive feedback. Your idea of translating the manisfesto and sharing it in your region is very welcome. We are currently reviewing and updating the manifesto with the contribution of other partners. Whenever the updates are made we will open the document to external contributors for translation. In any case, we will keep you posted!

  • COLY Aby

    Casamance is located in the southern part of Senegal, an area full of multi-dimensional cultural potentials. Today, the cultural and creative sector, which is an engine of local economic development and emancipation, is slowing down because of Covid-19, given that there were already dificulties such as the lack of visibility, sharing, exchange,So in my region the Manifesto will be welcome and will be very well received, well congratulated . I send you my respectful greetings and thanks for the MANIFESTO

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