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A Sustainable cultural policy – promoting democracy, globally and across generations? An International impetus for a turnaround

In April 2021, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU launched the Porto Santo Charter. The Charter aims to renew public cultural and educational policies and is in line with the European Action Plan for Democracy.

As a guideline, it provides recommendations to develop and implement functioning paradigms for cultural democracy in Europe. The aim is to support the cultural sector in strengthening democracy and democratic culture. In five chapters, the Charter addresses different topics of culture, democracy and education.

  1. The Health of Democracy and the Role of Culture
  2. Democratization of Culture and Cultural Democracy
  3. Difference and Complementarity Between the two Cultural Models: Towards full Cultural Citizenship
  4. Cultural Citizenship and Digital Territories
  5. Cultural Citizenship and Education

The Porto Santo Charter contains more than 40 recommendations addressed to European decision-makers at all levels, to cultural and educational organizations as well as citizens. All of them ask for taking responsibility for the common cultural landscape.

The conference invites multipliers from national cultural policy to discuss the perspectives of a sustainable cultural policy. On the first day of the conference, European experts will be invited to present the Porto Santo Charter and new cultural policy approaches for implementing individual aspects of the Porto Santa Charter.

The speakers will present new implementation strategies on intergenerational justice, inclusive perspectives, the integration of digital technologies and global perspectives in cultural heritage and arts education. Participation in the conference is by invitation. Individual contributions to the conference will be transmitted digitally or as a broadcast.

Programme – Tuesday, 24 May

13:00 Welcome
Susanne Keuchel, Markus Hilgert (KSL), Charlotte Svendler Nielsen (ENO)

13:30 Overview (Sara Brighenti)
Porto Santo Charter – background, structure and objectives

Sustainable Participation And Involvement

14:15 Youth Participation – Best Practice Finland
Aleksi Valta: Cultural education plans and art testers – the Finnish way

14:30 Culture and Democracy Education – Best Practice Hungary
Szilvia Németh: A sustainable cultural policy – promoting democracy, globally and across generations? An international impetus for a turnaround

14:45 Diversity – Best Practice Spain
Mercedes Giovinazzo: To reinforce the necessary conditions to create long-term action plans, for all people to be able to exercise their cultural rights and duties: valuing cultural diversity; empowering them and giving them voice and power of decision

15:00 Inclusion – Best Practice in the United Kingdom
Ben Evans: Presentation of two models: „Creative Case for Diversity“ and the „Social Model of Disability“

15:15 Panel of the four speakers and opening to the audience

15:45 Coffee Break

Sustainable Spaces, Structures And Cooperations

16:15 Digitality – Best Practice Latvia
Elina Vikmane: The role of digital innovation diversity, diffusion and sustainability in heritage: eveidence from Latvian museum sector

16:45 Cooperation between Education and Culture – Best Practice Poland
Tomasz Włodarski: „Very young culture“, MIK

17:00 Open Access and Neighborhood Networking – Best Practice The Netherlands
Geert Drion: Cultural capability revisited. A new perspective for inclusive arts-education and participation practices in times of change

17:15 Sustainable Monitoring
Charlotte Svendler-Nielsen, Susanne Keuchel, Joanna Orlik (European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education)

17:30 Panel of the four speakers and opening to the Audience

18:00 Presentation of the AceNet network as an unofficial association of European ministry representatives.
Marlies Tal (online)

Conference moderation: Tanja Klepacki

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