Cultural Action Europe
What is Culture Action Europe?
Culture Action Europe (CAE) is an advocacy and lobby organisation promoting arts and culture as a building block of the European project. The aim is to influence European policies for more and better access to culture across the continent and beyond. CAE provides customized information and analysis on the European Union, offers cultural actors a space to exchange and elaborates common positions, and develops advocacy actions towards European policymakers.
CAE is a Europe-wide network of membership organisations, with a
Secretariat based in Brussels. An Executive Committee is elected
from among the membership organisations who meet four times a year. The
membership organisations meet during the annual General Assembly.
CAE has currently over 90 members, representing more than 10,000 organisations in more than 14 artistic disciplines. The members are from all domains - orchestras to writers associations, research institutions to cultural contact points, national theatres to international cultural networks, independent cultural operators to conservatoires, visual arts organisations to voluntary arts organisations. CAE brings them together in the belief that cultural cooperation matters in Europe.
The European Theatre Convention is a member of the umbrella organisation Culture Action Europe.
Consultation on the European Cultural Agenda
The European Commission has started to develop a strategic view of what its cultural action should be, and the Member States have agreed to co-operate more closely at European level. It is therefore time to bring cultural advocacy action to the next level: fixing concrete advocacy objectives, and with a specific timeline in mind.
Culture Action Europe, develops strong arguments for improved and better funding opportunities for the arts in EU programmes and policies. Other political actions are be coordinated through Culture Action Europe’s network of members and partners also begin to be identified such as:
- the political impediments to mobility including visa issues;
- the growing importance of the EU 'creativity agenda' and the positioning of the arts in future EU economic and social policies:
- the working conditions of artists and other professionals within overarching EU employment and social protection frameworks;
- the need to highlight the arts dimension of education policies and initiatives, especially in the context of the newly adopted EU2020 strategy.
Download the background document for more information: in English, en Français
There is still time to input and make the voice of your theatre or sector heard!
Please find the feedback formular on the right colomn of the page.
Please send us your comments before the end of April.