Cultural events

11
Apr

The pros and cons of privatized tv channels: The case of Channel 4 in the UK

In the beginning of April 2022, the British government announced its plan to privatize the popular television channel, Channel 4. The channel is known for its critically acclaimed drama series, as well as beloved reality shows. It was launched in 1982 and has been operating as a government-owned broadcasting company, consisting of 12 channels in total. In contrast to the

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16
Feb

The European Year of Youth – A British Snapshot

At the end of 2021, the European Commission announced that 2022 would be “The European Year of Youth” (defined as people between the ages of 16 to 25). As Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for invocation, research, culture, education and youth, explained, this decision was motivated by “the importance of putting young people in the spotlight and celebrate their resilience after two

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10
Feb

Town twinning:  municipalism toward cultural openness

The INVENT project is analysing the general trend towards more cosmopolitan values ​​and tastes that affect cultural consumption and favour greater cultural openness. In this blog, we delve into the phenomenon of ‘twinning’ between cities or municipalities. The practice was born in Europe after the Second World War in order to create links between different European cities or towns with

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1
Feb

The precarity of the cultural sector: Should we reconsider the status of artists and cultural workers in Europe?

Across Europe, cultural sectors en large and the people working in fields related to art and culture were hit especially hard during the 2020 and 2021 COVID pandemic. Many cultural venues were closed, and programmes were cancelled (or weren’t initiated at all). Many artists and cultural workers fell deeper into precariousness and poverty than before COVID. Many were driven out

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25
Jan

Reimagining Europe through culture: Should the EU place culture as one of its priorities?

Should we have a cultural deal for Europe and put culture as one of the top EU priorities? Many cultural professionals, scientists and policymakers think that European Union needs a deep and thorough reimagining of its cultural policies and that the matter is pressing. The growing precarity of the cultural sector in Europe presents an additional urgency to the issue.

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18
Jan

How do Europeans feel about culture two years into a pandemic?

In February 2020, the INVENT project commenced having planned out the multiple interdisciplinary research queries set to be conducted over the course of the project. Not long after, the Covid-19 pandemic introduced itself as an unforeseen factor and formidable force that has gone on to interlace itself throughout nearly every stage of the project thus far. What Covid has brought

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12
Jan

Have you heard of ‘booktowns’? A new literary initiative in the town of Calonge, Spain receives funding

During the Covid-19 pandemic many Europeans have (re)discovered a passion for reading books. When presented with an array of items and asked whether these “belonged to culture”,  80% of Europeans in the INVENT survey voiced that they regarded ‘literature’ as definitely belonging to culture. It is not surprising therefore that ‘access to public libraries’ and ‘being able to attend literary

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20
Sep

INVENT CONFERENCE ROTTERDAM – Session V

Do you think shopping malls belong to culture or not? Data from our cross-national survey show that Europeans were most indecisive about this question. At session 5 of the INVENT Conference 2021 we will be exploring the extents and boundaries of what constitutes “culture” for residents of a variety of European countries. Come join the conversation! One of the core

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14
Sep

Creating culture – in poverty and precariousness? | International Art and Cultural Workers Congress 2021 (Zagreb, Croatia)

The prevalence of precarious working conditions in the sector of arts and culture across Europe were recently addressed by Art and Cultural Workers Congress, held in Zagreb between June 30th and July 2nd, 2021. The Congress brought together representatives of professional associations, initiatives, and trade unions active in promoting better working conditions for artists and cultural workers from seven European

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30
Aug

INVENT approach to societal values of culture disseminated to teachers and cultural professionals during the summer of 2021 (Croatia)

Croatian INVENT team co-leader Mirko Petrić participated in two events during the summer months of 2021, in which he presented and highlighted some of the ideas which are central to the INVENT project agenda to teachers and cultural professionals. Petrić gave a presentation entitled “What are Cultural Resources? The importance of teaching for their sustainability” at a workshop “Why is

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