On December 17th, the 3rd DISCE workshop “Public policies and European projects at the service of cultural and creative economies” brought together leading experts in the field of cultural and creative industries. The event provided an opportunity to exchange views and discuss policy implications of major projects and initiatives in the CCI landscape in Europe. The discussion was joined by Ignasi Guardans (CEO and Chairman, CUMEDIAE), Tere Badia (Secretary General, Culture Action Europe), Jose Rodriguez (Marketing and Communications for EU projects, Trans Europe Halles), Roberto Gomez de la Iglesia (Director, Conexiones Improbables).
Ignasi Guardans emphasised the need for cross-projects collaborative efforts: “One of the main goals of European Commission is to take into account the interaction of it’s projects, in that sense the purpose should be focused on the close relations that each project could have with the other and at the same time the relations that the cultural and creative sector should have with other sectors. We don’t want to see a landscape of separated islands, we want each project to enrich the next ones”
Participants also agreed that the projects in CCI still must work to improve their inclusivity. “I would like to specify that when we use such words referring to cultural industries collaborations,” said Tere Badia, “we need to understand that the collaboration should be as much equal as possible. This is due to the fact that some projects have clear privilege dynamics, and our task is to see how we can work in order to avoid that”.
We are glad that the conversation sparked the questions and comments from the audience. Manuel Jesus Gomez- Alvarez, President of Haceria Arteak, noted: ”I see the difficulties in participation and collaboration precisely because of the lack of a standard, the way it is done nowadays, in my opinion, is a kind o a free will structure, so the lack of a precise structure is essential in terms of providing equal participation. So we need to create a tool that can give the way to achieve real participation and collaboration”.
We thank all the panelists and guests their participation and valuable contributions!