Rebuilding Europe with Culture

It is time to mobilise for “Rebuild­ing Europe with Culture”

GESAC launch­es the social media cam­paign “Rebuild­ing Europe with Cul­ture” (#RebuildingEu­rope). 

The cam­paign aims to raise aware­ness on the role of cul­ture in rebuild­ing Europe and to fol­low-up on the imple­men­ta­tion of recov­ery plans and poli­cies across Europe, mak­ing sure cul­ture is giv­en the place it deserves. 

The EU has launched a his­toric finan­cial plan for the recov­ery of the Euro­pean econ­o­my after the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, and the oper­a­tional phase is now under­way. But there is a risk that real­i­ty will not meet expec­ta­tion and ques­tions remain: Where does cul­ture fit in prac­tice with­in this mas­sive finan­cial plan? What has been done so far for the recov­ery of the cul­tur­al and cre­ative indus­tries? What are the next steps to Rebuild­ing Europe with Cul­ture in a sus­tain­able way?

The cul­tur­al and cre­ative sec­tor was a heavy­weight of the Euro­pean econ­o­my before the pan­dem­ic, rep­re­sent­ing 4.4% of EU-28 GDP and 7.6 mil­lion jobs, 8.4 times more than the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion indus­try. The sec­tor suf­fered sharply from the pan­dem­ic, with a loss of approx­i­mate­ly 31% of its rev­enues (see www.rebuilding-europe.eu).

GESAC Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Véronique Des­bross­es said: “Rebuild­ing Europe with cul­ture is a bold state­ment. With ded­i­cat­ed fund­ing and appro­pri­ate poli­cies, this one of the 14 key ecosys­tems of Europe can recov­er, grow and con­tribute to the rebuild­ing of the entire Euro­pean econ­o­my. “Rebuild­ing Europe with Cul­ture” cam­paign has the objec­tive of play­ing the role of “watch­dog” over effec­tive recov­ery poli­cies for cul­ture to make sure that cul­ture gets what it deserves from the recov­ery funds and future poli­cies.” 

The cam­paign has received the sup­port of sev­er­al cul­tur­al organ­i­sa­tions, MEPs, Com­mis­sion­ers, cre­ators from dif­fer­ent Mem­ber States, as well as some nation­al and local politi­cians, whose views will be pre­sent­ed as part of the cam­paign in the com­ing weeks.

On 8 Decem­ber 2021 a hybrid event will be held at the Berlay­mont premis­es of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and online, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of elec­tron­ic music pio­neer Jean-Michel Jarre, Euro­pean Parliament’s Pres­i­dent David Sas­soli, Com­mis­sion­er Mariya Gabriel, and many oth­er high-lev­el speak­ers. This event will be the first peak point of the ongo­ing mobil­i­sa­tion, but cer­tain­ly not the end of it. Cam­paign will con­tin­ue after the event, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing the French Pres­i­den­cy as of 2022.

Cul­tur­al sec­tor organ­i­sa­tions, cre­ators, civ­il soci­ety and deci­sion-mak­ers at Euro­pean, nation­al, and local lev­el are invit­ed to join the cam­paign and get mobilised for Rebuild­ing Europe with Culture!

You can fol­low the cam­paign on:  #RebuildingEu­rope @authorsocieties on social media

and www.rebuilding-europe.eu/what-now