Culture is our common language and our shared heritage. Today, culture is beyond the reach of many Europeans, who cannot afford to attend events, access museums, or make a living from their artwork. European Spring will fight to expand access to arts and culture, creating new and publicly supported avenues for artistic expression.
Over the last few decades, art has privatized: wealthy collectors hoard precious works, while governments cut back support for museums.
We will resist the privatization of Europe’s cultural institutions. We will support the classification of all of Europe’s historic sites as public domain, enshrining collective ownership of the cultural commons.
And we will support new EU funding to match member-state investments in a range of cultural institutions — from historic museums to communityart centres.
We will fight gentrification in order to support artists to keep their homes, studios, and galleries. We will strengthen tenants’ rights by introducing Europe-wide minimum tenancies that slow the pace of displacement.
At the same time, we will oppose projects that take advantage of poor neighbourhoods for ‘aesthetic’ purposes. Art must become a vehicle for communities to express themselves, not a vehicle for profiting off the community.
We will put an end to artist exploitation. We call for all public institutions to cease the use of contracts that deprive artists of their right to dispose of their works.
Contracts for one-off presentation should be used whenever work is not purchased for collection. When artists are preparing works for institutions, they should be hired on the basis of contracts that ensure they are granted social security, leave, and all other workers’ rights. Artists cannot work without pay.
We demand the immediate decolonisation of European culture. We call for the relocation of all works plundered from former colonies to their original homes.
In cases where the works remain in Europe, we will ensure that the pieces are framed to give viewers a clear understanding of their colonial heritage. We will also push for curatorial representation from former colonies in preparing shows that reflect on Europe’s history of colonisation.
We are proposing a radical expansion and renovation of the Creative Europe program. The expansion will focus on supporting smaller, community-based projects. It will increase the number of annual grants for artists across EU member-states. And it will create a new fund that is dedicated to youth and their arts training.
We will promote a massive expansion of access to Europe’s cultural institutions. We will make all European cultural institutions free for under-25s and over-60s.
Access is not only entry — but also the programming and management of the institutions themselves. We will support greater democratic management of Europe’s cultural institutions, with mandatory gender and age balance on all boards.
We will establish an independent European Public Broadcaster. The Broadcaster will translate and deliver member-state content for a European audience in order to develop a common culture.
The Broadcaster will also employ its own journalists to produce content about European issues that will be aired across the European Union. Such content will include, for example, a European news broadcast that can be aired each day beside national main news programmes.
Such an independent broadcaster will fortify the role of a free press in Europe and help bring Europeans together around common issues.
We will create a new European Public Media Fund that will co-finance projects at the local, regional, and member-state levels.
The Fund will contribute a certain percentage of the production costs of a wide range of content, including films, podcasts, documentaries, and radio programs that enrich a progressive, democratic, and pluralistic transnational conversation. In return, the Fund will receive limited licenses for public distribution in the whole EU.
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