Coinciding with the opening of the European Culture Forum in Brussels, Monday 4th November saw the publication of a Eurobarometer survey on the cultural access and participation of nearly 27,000 citizens from across the EU. The survey was conducted by the European Commission. Although results differ substantially from country to country, the overall trend to emerge is that fewer Europeans are taking part in cultural activities compared to six years ago. The Culture Forum, organised and funded by DG Education and Culture, provided a timely opportunity for stakeholders and experts to discuss the challenges facing culture, as well as to consider possible solutions.
By Hazel Davies