Culture Action Europe’s members, representing more than 80.000 cultural organisations from across Europe, call on the political leaders of the EU Member States gathering for the EU summit on November 22nd to have the courage and determination to orient the next EU budget to meet the needs of the people living in Europe in a sustainable way. This urge was restated when over 170 cultural operators, activists, artists and campaigners from all over Europe connected at Culture Action Europe’s Conference ‘Act for culture, act for Europe’, held in Brussels on 9 – 11 November 2012.
The conference provided a cross-sectoral view on the impact of arts and culture in further developing our societies and, in particular, in building a different Europe beyond the challenging times, based on sustainability, well-being and active involvement of its citizens. In this crucial phase for the European project and in the run-up to the extraordinary EU summit on 22 November, Culture Action Europe (CAE) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) are today (16 November 2012) issuing the following statement:
“It is time for our Heads of State and Governments to show the sound leadership required to ensure that the next EU budget meets the massive challenges we all face. Political courage and determination are essential to break away from special interests and orient the EU budget to meet the long-term needs of people living in Europe, in a sustainable way. Culture, education and the arts, citizens’ participation, equality and freedom for all, democracy and the rule of law, balanced regional development, environmental protection and social justice are the necessary foundations on which to build a sustainable Europe and to recover from the current crisis.
They are investments in our common future and must be protected from financial cuts. This is no time for horizontal cuts. It is the moment to support a united Europe, furthering its citizens’ diversity, well-being and engagement.
We call on the national and European leaders to move beyond historic positions and current mindsets to commit to supporting EU investment and spending to reflect the people-centred values and objectives, which are the only basis upon which to build both common and national interests.
CAE and ECF also call on the people living in Europe to raise their voices and support the demand for political vision, courage and determination essential to building a sustainable Europe. This statement is available for citizens and organisations keen to join efforts by sending the message to relevant decisionmakers online at www.wearemore.eu”
…French museums had more than 26 million visitors in 2010, a figure more or less stable for three years. Theatre ticket sales are up, cinemas are full, the books industry is growing and French audiences are responding to the financial crisis by spending less on holidays and more on the arts. Major new building projects are under way – despite rows and setbacks – including the Paris Philharmonic and Marseille’s MuCEM, the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean…
Taken from The Guardian: France and the arts: a new revolution
Culture and the arts in France have traditionally been seen as sacrosanct, and thus considered immune to the state funding cuts sweeping the rest of Europe. But all that may be changing