The cultural sector during the emergency and in the exit strategies of the Four Motors for Europe. Meeting of the Working Group Culture, 29th June 2020

Experts of the Working Group Culture of the Four Motors for Europe met via videoconference on 29th June 2020 in order to present and discuss measures implemented to support and foster culture during and after the emergency and to bring together ideas on innovative ways to produce, offer, and enjoy culture.

The cultural sector was one of the first to be heavily affected by the health emergency, and each of the four partner regions intervened with specific short and medium-term measures and resources to support the survival of cultural enterprises and the safe enjoyment of different forms of culture.

In the Four Motors for Europe regions, the emergency was also an opportunity for the cultural sector to review organisational and management models and for regional governments to reflect with stakeholders on the new priorities of the cultural world in terms of production, supply and consumption of culture. The emergency has accelerated some processes that, in different forms and to different degrees, were already underway in the regions: the innovation of cultural places and times, the integration between digital and physical experiences, the enhancement of the role and creativity of local communities in the definition of new forms of cultural activities.

Experts taking part in the meeting shared an update on the actions implemented by their respective administrations and focused on interests and possible paths for collaboration. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of intensifying relations with EU institutions and facilitating those among the cultural actors of the four territories, with a view to presenting regional competences and bodies in Europe and seizing the opportunities deriving from EU funding instruments, also aiming at enhancing the transversal nature of culture and the potential of digitisation.

In the four regions, digital tools played a key role during the emergency; the sharing of digital tools developed in the different regions could strengthen the offer of innovative ways of distributing artistic content and bringing artists closer to a wider audience. The June working session also confirmed the interest in the continuation of forms of meeting and exchange between performing arts and music companies.