AMPLIFY Initiative on Europe Day

During the closing event of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), which took place in Strasbourg on the 9th of May 2022, representatives of the civil society, activists, artists, and cultural workers reminded decision-makers of the key role of culture and art in shaping a democratic, open, diverse and inclusive future. In the past year, as on Europe Day, the participants of the Slovenian AMPLIFY initiative emphasized the importance and the challenges of international cultural cooperation, and proposed the following solutions: (1) support for greater professionalization in culture; (2) more support for involving audiences in culture at the local level; (3) a system of national/regional co-financing for international cultural cooperation.

The celebration of Europe Day 2022 under the auspices of Culture Action Europe (CAE), BOZAR, the European Cultural Foundation, and De Balie brought together many European (including Slovenian) communities that participated in the one-year AMPLIFY project, as well as young artists from all continents, and cultural workers and activists from Ukraine. Participants had the opportunity to exchange views with policy-makers from the three main EU institutions. The guests that participated in the debates were Laurence Farreng (Renew Europe/FR, Coordinator of the Working Group on Education, Youth, Culture and Sport in the European Parliament), Niklas Nienaß (MEP Greens/EFA, DE), Alexis Georgoulis (MEP Left, GR), Guillemette Madinier (Deputy Cultural Adviser at the Permanent Mission of France to the EU on behalf of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU), and Angelos Agalianos (CoFoE DG EAC Officer).

Motovila concluded the AMPLIFY initiative and made its contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe at the EU House, where we also joined the Europe Day*22 live programme, in which Sara Božanić from the Institute for Transmedia Design presented the challenges of the cultural sector on behalf of the Slovenian AMPLIFY community. We thank the domestic representatives of the sector for their response to the AMPLIFY initiative, and look forward to our continued work with representatives of cultural organizations, especially in the light of the decentralization of funding opportunities and EU incentives for more international cultural cooperation.

 

Motovila welcomes the fact that culture has been heard and included in the CoFoE Third Interim Report Platform – November 2021. We are proud that the report mentions the AMPLIFY initiative, and highlights the AMPLIFY meeting organized by Motovila in Murska Sobota in August 2021. Its participants emphasized the importance of international cultural cooperation, in which the support of the local, national and European environment is crucial.

However, CAE points out that while culture has been included in the CoFoE Report on the final outcome – May 2022 (see recommendation 48), the manner of its inclusion has not met with the expectations of cultural stakeholders, and has been, according to recommendations received from across Europe, in fact quite modest. The CoFoE report includes calls to strengthen existing measures in order to support culture at EU level, such as Creative Europe, the New European Bauhaus, and European Capitals of Culture. In addition, it includes requirements for the development of education and lifelong learning in Europe, including STEAM practices (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths), and calls for improvement of the status and working conditions of cultural workers in the EU, especially in future crises.

Further information about AMPLIFY at Motovile and CAE websites.

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AMPLIFY – Make the Future of Europe Yours is an initiative for cooperation between communities from 12 European countries that work in the field of culture, social affairs, and education. In the last year, more than 350 participants from Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden organized consultations highlighting the challenges in the cultural sector, shed light on what is often misrepresented about their communities, pinpointed issues that need more attention in Europe, and pondered on the meaning of a »better Europe«.

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