10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture "Governance of Culture – Promoting Access to Culture"
Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, Russian Federation, 15-16 April 2013
The concept of democratic governance
of culture was at the heart of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture
Theater, Moscow, 15-16 April 2013). What interrelation exists between access to culture and participation in cultural life and the enhancement of democracy? What are the new challenges for governments and their Ministers of Culture in promoting access to and participation in cultural life in times when European societies are facing multiple social and economic changes? Who takes part in what culture, by which means and with what impact? How can we help develop well integrated cohesive societies through culture therefore contributing to democratic stability and deep security in Europe?
(Photo 1: Official group photo)
The 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of
Culture highlighted the added value of culture as a
resource for genuine democracies and fuller
participation of citizens. It pointed out innovative
approaches in the field of cultural governance, policy and practice.
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The Conference also looked into ways for the Council of Europe, as the pan-European intergovernmental forum on culture and laboratory of democratic governance, to increase effective co-operation in the cultural field with international organisations such as UNESCO
and the European Union.
Conference participants further developed and exchanged on the following sub-themes:
SESSION 1: ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS: NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
SESSION 2: BEST PRACTICES AND POLICY INNOVATION
SESSION 3: PERSPECTIVES FOR THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH