Voor Europa door Cultuur | Shaping Europe through Culture: Support culture in the run up to the European elections

We need your support for the upcoming European elections, held from 22 to 25 May 2014 in Europe. To strengthen the position of culture in the run-up to the European Parliament elections on 22 May 2014 in the Netherlands, ECF and partners launched the manifesto Voor Europa Door Cultuur Shaping Europe Through Culture Façonner l'Europe par la culture.

What YOU can do in the run-up to 22 May 2014: 

We need to create widespread support and visibility to highlight the importance of the Manifesto Voor Europa Door Cultuur to future members of the European Parliament in the run-up to the elections. Here’s what you can do to help:

  • To support and endorse the Manifesto, please send your organisation’s logo to MCremer@culturalfoundation.eu (we will only use your logo for this manifesto).
  • Highlight to the Dutch MEP candidates in debates or discussions that talent development, entrepreneurship & creative industries and open democracy are vital points for culture and society. The Manifesto includes concrete policy proposals, so hand it out to as many prospective candidates as possible.
  • Mobilise your network and constituency to support the Manifesto and disseminate the Manifesto at debates, meetings and events in the run-up to 22 May.
  • Share the Manifesto via your online networks too: via newsletters, website, Facebook and Twitter. Call on the cultural sector to support the Manifesto and send their organisation logo to ECF to show their support.

About the manifesto

The Manifesto Voor Europa Door Cultuur | Shaping Europe Through Culture was launched on 16 January 2014 at the international Eurosonic Noorderslag music conference and festival in Groningen.

Voor Europa Door Cultuur | Shaping Europe Through Culture includes concrete policy proposals for future Dutch Members of the European Parliament, as well as suggestions for involving culture in the EU policy-making processes. It showcases the importance of culture in the development of society, relating this to current European themes.

The Manifesto highlights three urgent priorities:

  • Talent development;
  • Creative Industries & Entrepreneurship;  
  • Open Democracies.

Karel Bartak, Head of Unit of the Creative Europe programme for the European Commission, attended the highly successful launch and reiterated the importance of national targeted actions to move culture up the European political agenda.

A good example of this is the proposal made by Jet de Ranitz (Chair of Kunsten ’92) in our press release to celebrate the launch:

"The successful choice European Commissioner Neelie Kroes made by integrating artists in the designing of the European Digital Agenda deserves imitation. Artists are the thriving force in creative and societal innovation end thus empowering communities, be it on a local national or European level.”

In the run-up to the European elections, Voor Europa Door Cultuur aims to bring the themes of the Manifesto to the attention of the media and policy-makers and thus into the public debate. The Manifesto is available in Dutch, English and French.

A public call Voor Europa Door Cultuur also took place at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) during the debate The State of Europe on Thursday 30 January.

Together with our Brussels based partner Culture Action Europe (CAE), we have also designed a political manifesto aimed at European Parliament candidates.

These complementary manifestos hold concrete demands for culture in Europe as well as actions in the run up to the elections. We invite you to help us get these manifestos firmly on the radar of political parties and share them via your online channels. 

This Manifesto is part of the wider EU initiative of Culture Action Europe with the political manifesto and advocacy toolkit and the we are more campaign, an ongoing action to implement culture firmly in all strands of European policies. The Manifesto Voor Europa Door Cultuur was written jointly by ECF and the following main partners:

Kunsten ’92, Federatie Cultuur, Federatie Dutch Creative Industries, Buma Stemra, Buma Cultuur and European Alternatives

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