Culture

The cultural ties between both regions are the cornerstone of the Bi-regional Strategic Partnership. Cultural links and the recognition of the value of the cultural network of the two regions have been frequently mentioned in the declarations of the bi-regional meetings. The Brussels EU-CELAC Declaration of 2015 already called on the Foundation to "promote cultural cooperation between the two regions" (paragraph 74). The Final Declaration of the 2nd EU-CELAC Ministerial Meeting (July 2018), reinforces the role of culture in the framework of bi-regional relations expressed through a clear mandate for Senior Officials to carry out consultations with cultural actors reflected in paragraph 38: "Furthermore, we entrust Senior Officials with the task to establish a reflection and maintain consultations with relevant partners on the role of culture and the creative sectors in the bi-regional relationship".

The Foundation's activities in the area of culture are therefore designed to promote cultural cooperation between the two regions, to contribute to mutual knowledge and better understanding, as well as to serve as a tool for social transformation and to highlight their potential for progress in the various commitments of the Action Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in close coordination with regional and subregional partners with which it is possible to identify synergies and complementarities, among which UNESCO stands out.

In this regard, the Foundation has established as a medium-term objective to strengthen its role as a platform for visibility and exchange between existing networks and initiatives and to act as a bridge for institutions in both regions around four areas in particular: cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, hybrid identities and cultural diplomacy. Achieving this goal means reaching the following milestones on an annual basis:

  • Identification of networks of experts, networks and entities with expertise in the identification, research, facilitation and exchange of experiences around the four areas of cultural action of the Foundation (2021);
  • Offer greater visibility and strengthen bi-regional initiatives related to cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, hybrid identities and cultural diplomacy actions (2022);
  • Serve as a reference entity to manage information on CELAC-EU cultural policies (2023).