CultureWatchEurope 2012 Event - Cultural Access and Participation - from Indicators to Policies for Democracy


Helsinki (Finland), 30 June 2012


The CultureWatchEurope 2012 event took the form of a think-tank on the interaction between policy and research with regard to the issue of access to and participation in culture. The issue of indicators was of key interest.


The conference took up a recent Report and Recommendation by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on "Right of everyone to take part in cultural life".


Participants presented their perspectives on "Cultural Policies for Democracy", a challenge to be addressed by the cultural sector, policy makers and the intergovernmental and parliamentary action of the Council of Europe.


The Finnish Ministry for Education and Culture and the Council of Europe co-organised the think tank on 30 June in Helsinki.



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Key partners



Concept paper

Internet Governance – Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015

List of participants

Final report by Tommi Laitio, Demos Helsinki


Theme 1: Culture for sustainable democracy in digital age

Introduction by Stojan Pelko, former Secretary of State, Ministry of Culture of Slovenia

Digitisation and cultural democracy, an (as yet) unfulfilled promise by Joost Smiers, Professor, Utrecht School of Arts, on democratic challenges and faults in the digital age

Paper by Jan Malinowski, Head of Information Society Department – DGI – Council of Europe


Theme 2: From statistics to indicators - Could we arrive at a European cultural participation Index?

Measuring cultural participation: a state of the art by Elena Di Federico, On the Move

Empirical Studies "Cultural Participation" - Projects und Germany and Europe by Susanne Keuchel, Director, Zentrum für Kulturforschung

A Proposal for Indicators on Cultural Participation and Access to Culture by Vladimír Bína, former research coordinator for Culture and Media at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands:

  - Abstract

  - Final Draft

  - Powerpoint

Let's start a "Helsinki participation research process" now! - Contribution by Andreas Wiesand, Director of ERICarts Institute

Background paper for comments in CWE Meeting: ‘Ha! hold my Brain; be still my beating Heart.’ - How to measure the culture we love by Andrew Ormston, Director of Drewwylye

Intervention Beyond statistics and indicators for access, participation and experience in cultural leisure by Xabier Landabidea Urresti


Theme 3: From indicators to cultural policies

From Data to Wisdom: building the knowledge base for cultural policy by Colin Mercer, Cultural policy researcher and advisor

Policy development through user-oriented indicators and the challenges and pitfalls of evidence-based policy making by Jukka Liedes, Director of the Division for Culture and Media Policy of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland

What indicators policy makers really use, and the added value of a proposal for a European Cultural Participation Index by Péter Inkei, Director Budapest Observatory