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The arts, politics and change

AuthorHanneloes Weeda , Corina Suteu and Cas Smithuijsen (editors)
ISBN: 9066500816
Description: Full title: The Arts, Politics and Change. Participative Cultural Policymaking in South East Europe. A collection of papers and case studies commissioned by the European Cultural Foundation and the ECUMEST Association for the Policies for Culture programme., Amsterdam 205

Sensible cultural policy frameworks are key to developing a stable cultural sector and flourishing cultural activity. Since the political changes in South East Europe in the 1990s, a participative reform of the previously state-funded cultural system and a strengthening of the independent sector in South East Europe proved to be necessary.

To support this process, in the year 2000 the regional framework programme Policies for Culture ( commenced, run by the ECUMEST Association, Bucharest, and the European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam. Following a bottom-up approach and aiming to bridge the gap between the cultural field and the policymaking level in South East Europe, an open platform was established. This platform enabled the various stakeholders to meet and discuss the day-to-day needs of cultural policy and to redesign them.

The book proposes both theoretical reflection and practical examples of cultural policy initiatives. The first part of the book - "Cultural policy in South East Europe" - includes essays on: centralism or decentralisation; transforming regulatory frameworks; rethinking state funding; and the role of the media. The second part - "The power of local action" - consists of case studies on: cultural policy practices in South East European cities; influencing legislation in SEE; and cultural funding in SEE.

The programme’s exciting experiments may also serve as an inspiration for the wider community of European and non-European countries and for all institutions and individual researchers involved in examining the role of cultural policy frameworks in politically and socially unstable societies.

Authors: Ela Agotic, Tsveta Andreeva, Odile Chenal, Vesna Copic, Milena Deleva, Philipp Dietachmair, Sanjin Dragojevic, Christopher Gordon, Vjeran Katunaric, Marius Lazurca, Francois Matarasso, Delia Mucica, Oana Radu, Cas Smithuijsen, Corina Suteu, Lidia Varbanova, Yuriy Vulkovsky, Hanneloes Weeda, and Andrea Zlatar. To purchase this book, please visit:

This book will be presented at the "The heart of the matter – what future for the Balkans and the EU?", an ECF-HIVOS conference in The Hague on 1 December 2005, after its launching during the "Steps into the Future - the regional evaluation and development meeting of the Policies for Culture action projects partners’ network” in Bucharest on 4-5 November 2005.
Added on: 2005-11-26 12:34:24
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