Media advisory - 027(2010)

What Cultural Policies for Diversity ?

Date: 9-10 April

Location: Zurich, University of the Arts, 60 Ausstellungsstrasse

Event: 9th Annual Authors / Experts Meeting of the Council of Europe / ERIcarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe with Public Forum contributing to CultureWatchEurope will be organised in the framework of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, hosted by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture in co-operation with Zurich University of the Arts.

Description: A Public Forum on Swiss and European Cultural Diversity Policies, a thematic opening on Ethics, Human Rights and Cultural Development and a session on different perspectives from other Continents interested in setting up cultural policy information systems, will be the highlights of this cultural appointment in Switzerland.

Background information:

The Compendium is a web-based information and monitoring system with a comprehensive data collection on cultural policies, instruments, debates, trends and good practices in Europe. It was initiated by the Council of Europe as a joint venture with the ERIcarts Institute in 1998. Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue are amongst the priorities’ areas addressed by the Compendium.

The Council of Europe’s CultureWatchEurope initiative promotes culture as "the soul of democracy" by offering an innovative and evidence-based overview of culture, heritage and media developments in Europe. Key-words in this mission are: transparency, access and participation, respect for identity and diversity, intercultural dialogue and cultural rights.

Contact: Kathrin Merkle, Head of the Cultural Policy, Diversity and Dialogue Division Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage, DG IV, Council of Europe, Tel. + ;

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Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11