BELONGING AND BECOMING – Culture in the Future of Europe

Anche Passages ha aderito all’appello lanciato da CAE (Culture Action Europe) affinché la cultura sia considerata parte integrante del futuro dell’Europa. In vista del vertice di Sibiu in programma il 9 maggio 2019, Culture Action Europe ha inviato una lettera aperta al presidente Donald Tusk che pubblichiamo qui di seguito includendo la nostra voce:

Dear President Tusk, Culture is the foundation of who we are as human beings and of our collective life. The future of the European Union as a shared project is difficult to imagine without the explicit recognition of its cultural dimension. The Rome declaration of 2017 commits to build a Europe “where citizens have new opportunities for cultural and social development” and “a Union which preserves our cultural heritage and promotes cultural diversity”. This vision was confirmed at the Gothenburg Leaders’ Summit in November 2017 and by the European Council in December 2017. Networks across all cultural sectors, cultural organisations, artists, activists, academics and policy-makers call to make culture an integral part of the future of Europe in Sibiu. A better Europe needs more culture. Contemporary creation spearheads the reflection on social dynamics and future challenges, opening new avenues forward. The cultural sector has actively participated in the reflection process on the future of Europe leading to Sibiu. We affirm that Culture and Democracy are not independent one from the other. A European democratic project needs Culture to produce an open, inclusive, fair and diverse symbolic space. Counteracting the instrumentalisation of culture by Eurosceptic forces and reinforcing EU actions celebrating cultural diversity, in accordance with the core remit of the EU in the cultural field (Art. 167), should be seen as fundamental to build the future of Europe. Cultural actors are ready to be a companion and ally in this endeavour. Cultural Association Passages, that supports the call promoted by Culture Action Europe members, representing more than 80.000 voices of cultural actors across Europe, calls upon the President of the European Council to include culture as an intrinsic part of Europe’s future.

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