Policies for Culture
Policies for culture is a regional framework programme of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest), which aims to encourage a participative principle in the design, implementation and evaluation of new effective cultural policies throughout South East Europe.
Key areas of action are
- practical action
- analysis and research
- information and documentation
The programme is structured around the triangular working relationship between civil society, the executive, and the legislature in the policy-making process affecting the cultural sector. It is based on the recognition that public policy in the field of culture can only have a sustainable impact if the civic stakeholders whom it is to affect participate in its formulation. Emphasis is placed on finding channels of communication between these levels which are not used to interacting; and, by encouraging participative policy making in the field of culture, on empowering the independent sector to voice its opinions. To this end, Policies for Culture engages policy makers and the cultural sector of South East Europe in a serious reflection process on local and national cultural policies. It encourages all players involved to translate ongoing policy debates into concrete actions that will contribute to a sustainable bottom-up strengthening of the cultural sector in the region.