Since the regime change in 1989, Central and Eastern European culture professionals, policy makers and researchers have been following with keen interest the cultural life in Western Europe, and especially its governance and financing. The Dutch and Flemish schemes, important archetypes and inspiring innovations in the post-1968 Europe, enjoyed special attention. We did our best to adapt good practices, gave up certain illusions, and found out after a while that cultural policies are in motion over there, too. Often the problems are the same as here, and the solutions point at different directions than what we would expect: are we witnessing periodic regressions? One sided search for models gradually gave way to the exchange of experiences between peers.
The cultural policy forum of three cultural systems took place against this background as a part of the Dutch-Flemish cultural festival in Hungary in February-March 2008. The main features of national strategies and a few selected areas - the position of flagship institutions, policies at city level, the relations between national and European goals, and of course financing - were presented by specialists from the three nations and discussed involving the participants.
The programme of the conference, held in English and Hungarian, was of special interest to policy makers on the national, regional and municipal level, to the leaders of cultural organisations and representatives of the professional association, to policy researchers and students.
The conference was organised by the Budapest Observatory in collaboration with the CEU Department of Public Policy, the CEU Center for Arts and Culture as well as the Leiden University Faculty of Creative & Performing Arts.
The reader prepared for the conference contains a comparative historical outline of Dutch and Flemish cultural policies.
Read the summary report of the event.
7 MARCH, FRIDAY
10.00 - 12.00 National policies in motion
1.00 - 2.30 Flagship cultural institutions: mission, status, finances
Presented by HENK SCHOLTEN
3.00 - 4.30 Municipal cultural policies
Presented by BRUNO VERBERGT
8 MARCH, SATURDAY
10.00 - 11.30 Financing culture: sources, channels, models
Presented by JOS VAN RILLAER