We thought maybe you will be very interested to read this editorial and find about an intensive learning programme, which focus is on the question of culture in Europe’s refugee crisis, especially if you are planning to come to our next UWE Conference 24-17 August, 2017, Graz.
The “Fortress Europe”, the closer economic and political union of diverse peoples built on the exclusion of “Others”, is showing its cracks under the pressure of millions of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants. This is a crucial moment for the European Union, as its members are divided over their responses. Just this month, on 3 February at the Malta Summit, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spoke with leaders on measures to better manage migration to Europe and save lives. The gathering resulted in the publication of the Malta Declaration which sets out concrete short- and medium term actions to improve the migration situation along the Central Mediterranean route and on the ground in Libya and its neighboring countries. However, this outcome has been controversial. Reactions from civil society have warned the European Union against the potential of stranding refugees by making a deal with Libya, the main launching point for hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crossed to Europe fleeing war and dire conditions. Europe’s refugee crisis is not an easy issue to address for anyone acting at the policy and practitioner level, but as leaders in culture and education we have never turned away or given up from complex issues and challenges. Furthermore, at times of controversy, or when social fabrics and democracy are at risk of being torn apart by rising right-wing politics, increased extremism, and isolation, it is through the power of culture and education that we can defend and reaffirm European values of tolerance, solidarity, and unity that Europe is built on. Committed to empower and train the current and future generation of European cultural leaders, ENCATC will be looking at “The Question of Culture in Europe’s Refugee Crisis” at the occasion of its 6th ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations next 27-28 of March in Brussels. The educational programme will focus on how through arts and culture we could deliver a powerful response to the influx of refugees, migrants and displaced communities coming to Europe … ” Note from Editor GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens – ENCATC Secretary General
ENCATC News is an electronic monthly newsletter produced for ENCATC members by the ENCATC Secretariat in Brussels, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. A shorter Digest version is made for non members. In each issue, readers can learn from peers in the ENCATC in Contact interview series, see what other members and cultural organizations are contributing to the field, and consult recently published books, studies, and reports.