News

26
Jul

The Dutch INVENT team presents their findings on online cultural petitions at conference “The Value of Culture after Corona”

On June 30, 2022, the Dutch INVENT team attended the Boekman Foundation conference entitled “The Value of Culture after Corona” and presented their findings from a big-data-analysis of online cultural petitions among Dutch citizens and organizations. The findings presented are part of the second wave of data scraping carried out by the INVENT consortium that explores which cultural petitions dominate

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22
Jun

Should Netflix obey Swiss rules? How cinema is (still) a national industry

In the age of immediacy, of the digital, the relationship between audiovisual products and consumers is increasingly close. It has become a habit to choose as a favorite pastime to watch an episode of a TV series via a payment platform. It is a simple, fast and repeatable process over time, which is why many people have already incorporated it

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18
May

Cultural centres, sociability, and the societal value of culture

Socio-cultural centres, community centres, social centres, youth centres, creative centres… are among the many names of the cultural centre. So, what are the cultural centres, and why are they important for the societal value of culture? Cultural centres exist in many forms but are easily recognizable by their multifaceted and open character – think accessible places of many socio-cultural activities

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11
May

How COVID-19 Pandemic influenced Cultural Workers in Southeast Europe – Part 2

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic and social crisis that has both revealed and exacerbated already strong trends in many areas of society, while also creating new spaces for reflection and questioning. What are specific trends in the cultural sector that are being exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic? What did it mean to go digital for art and cultural

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4
May

Solidarity beyond borders of war: Zhivago writes poems to Old Europe

In some corner of a random neighborhood in the city of Mariupol, in Ukraine, a man blows out a candle and leaves his room in darkness. He has heard the advance of the troops and is afraid that the dim light that filters through the curtains will arouse some suspicion. Downstairs, in the street, it is pitch black and the

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26
Apr

Forthcoming Cultural Bonus for Spanish Youth: it’s objectives and limitations

Coming June, young Spaniards who turn 18 this year will benefit from a cultural bonus with a value of €400. Back in March, the Council of Ministers approved the Royal Decree 210/2022 that established the conditions under which this Young Cultural Bonus can take effect, an undertaking for which the General State Budget has reserved a budget of 210 million

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21
Apr

To Cancel or not to Cancel: How Cancel Culture Disqualifies people and productions from the cultural stages of Europe

we see that not everyone and everything is welcome to the cultural arena:  after allegations of immoral, transgressive or discriminatory behavior, cultural workers and their productions are increasingly ‘cancelled’ by their audiences or by particular media.

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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31
Mar

Cultural policy as a meeting place of bottom-up and top-down approaches: Messages to cultural policy in Croatia based on the results of INVENT project

The importance of academic knowledge on the social aspects of culture is essential in the field of cultural policy. Nevertheless, insights of this kind are frequently neglected in the processes of devising national cultural policies in different European countries. In addition to broad EU policy frameworks, cultural policies of the nation states should include knowledge about how culture is seen

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28
Mar

What is the purpose of museums and cultural participation?

Earlier this month, The Guardian published an article about a new study which examined the impact of museum visits on GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) results in the UK. This research joins previous scholarship which explored cultural capital and its relations to sociodemographic differences (Katz-Gerro and Meier Jaeger,2015; Yaish, Katz-Gerro, 2012). According to the new study, museum outings had

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