culture Solutions contributes to the external dimension of EU cultural action, including both cultural relations and cultural diplomacy. However, in most instances these relations are developed on a bi-lateral or bi-regional basis.
Bi-lateral & bi-regional cultural relations
17 November 2022
Les nouveaux modèles européens de la culture: l’exemple de Tfanen – Tunisie créative
This blog post was prepared by Damien Helly in the framework of his participation in the 2021/22 session of the Cycle des Hautes Etudes de la Culture (CHEC) of the French Ministry of Culture. This piece looks back at the example of the EU-funded programme Tfanen-Tunisie créative as a source of inspiration to refresh French external cultural action through joined-up EU initiatives.
20 June 2022
Post-Ukraine Cultural Mediterranean: Still curious?
Damien Helly summarises his speech at the Naples Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the Mediterranean, where he exchanged ideas on fostering innovation and sustainability, cross-border and regional cooperation, and long-standing partnerships to consolidate socio-economic Resilience of the Cultural and Creative sectors in the Southern Partnership Region.
February – May 2022
First Africa-Europe Week and 6th Europe Africa Business Forum (EABF)
The culture Solutions training and know-how sharing team was invited to participate in the assessment of the different culture-related events that had a meaningful place in the Week and the Business Forum agenda. In order to reflect on the main takeaways and strengthen future Africa-Europe dialogue events and cultural programming related, the team offers three tips to help reset the AU-EU cultural relations partnership, draws a list of five priorities for Africa-Europe cultural relations programming, envisions the building of new spaces for inclusive cultural relations dialogue, and discusses the main trends in EU-AU cultural relations by positioning them along what we have observed to date with EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific relations.
24 February 2022
Act fast: War in Ukraine and EU international cultural relations
“After hearing for weeks that Russia would attack Ukraine, full war does not come as a surprise. While I was wondering what I could do after reading the news this morning, I told myself I had at least to write this unplanned blog post, and be late at work.” writes Damien Helly in his piece posted in the first hours of the war.
18 February 2022
EU-China cultural diplomacy: room for improvement in troubled times?
This blog by Ina Kokinova looks at the state of play of cultural diplomacy between the EU and the People’s Republic of China. Looking backward at the Beijing Olympics and forward to the EU-China summit in April 2022, the article emphasises the value of cultural cooperation rather than competition, despite the increasing geopolitical tensions.
June 2021 – January 2022
ACP-EU Culture Webinar: Towards a sustainable cultural and creative industry in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries
After culture Solutions supported the organisation of the international webinar, the first blog by Francesca Pozzebon and Alexandra Gil Táboas aims to inform professionals and operators of the culture and creative sectors, in Europe and beyond, about current trends and opportunities in the ACP-EU Culture programme. The second blog summarises the main take-aways and lessons learned from the seminar, clustered around 5 themes (digital acceleration, CCI economics, access to culture, decent employment and sustainability).
10 May 2021
EU-US Cultural Relations: Towards a Transatlantic Cultural Initiative?
Damien Helly spoke at the Webinar “Success and Challenges for the EU External Cultural Relations”, part of the Series “EU Cultural Policy: Beyond Masters and Museums” by the Center for European Studies at UF Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. Speakers considered the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in conflict and crisis and its integration in peace-building initiatives, as well as the possible opportunities in the EU-US relations offered by the new US presidency and the multi-year EU budget programming.
30 September 2020
cS mapping #1: classical music in China
In partnership with the Pavillon Rouge des Arts HK, culture Solutions published the first free and open sectoral mapping on classical music in China to enhance cultural cooperation between Europeans and Chinese cultural professionals. China’s classical music market is booming and previous analyses of EU-China cultural relations concluded that concrete direct existing cooperation initiatives can be a useful starting point to develop them further.