1. Cultural politics 2. Civic Education

Civil Academy Culture and Politics


Who is behind this?

Jonas Buechel

Urban Institute Biedrība



Who is joining forces?

Déli Szél Kortárs Alkotói Fórum Alapítvány


Verein zur Förderung der FÜR-Thesen des Netzwerk X – FÜR



Leipzig + Kultur e. V.



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Cultural politics and civic education are key concepts for codetermination. Yet, do we fully understand and successfully using the potentials inherent in the interfaces of both terms?
With the help of an international network-cooperation we aim to explore these intersections, defining strategies, strengthening local participation with concrete instruments. A publication makes the tools widely available, offering concrete measures for civil society activities.
Culture connects and makes Europe!

Where will your idea take place?

Pécs, Hungary

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe as a political and cultural project falls back behind political interests of individual states. We have less access to knowledge in civic codetermination.
Culture is understood as a locally routed development asset, hence demanding mandates in decision making. But, experience based political know-how is missing.
A defined cultural politics and civic education interface supports independent networks applying necessary change management.
Europe makes culture-but does culture make Europe?

What is your impact?

All society stakeholders are collaboratively recognized in the project working process:

- Capacity analyze & work in progress definition of the interplay of civic education and cultural politics.
- Steered discussion of both fields.
- Tool-kit, demonstrating civic education creating cultural codetermination.
- Measures, effectively using the capacity.
- Established network of cultural politics and civic education.
- Democratic knowledge transfer at the core of European culture.

How do you get there?

Organizing parallel workshops for Europeans engaged in cultural politics and civic education. Representing a systemic process of codetermination, different working cultures and methods will join a scientifically supervised intercultural team of participants. Monitoring journalists will describe and publish the process.

Schedule 2016:
4/5: Research, definition of collaboration.
6: Call for partners, finding experts for team meeting & workshops.
7: Preparation of team meeting.
8: 2,5 days team meeting in Dortmund, DE: detailed conception of the workshops.
9: Preparation of workshops - content and organization.
10: Realizing 4 workshop days in Pécs, HU.
11/12: Preparation of publication.

Schedule 2017:
1/2/3: Realization & launch of publication; report & project accountancy.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Civil society activists engaged in cultural politics and civic education, who see a value in the linkage of both fields and support codetermination by including people into decision-making processes and encouraging and enabling them to understand political processes and to influence them.
Experts (culture, politics, administration) creating the conditions for political and cultural determination and realizing it on local, regional and national level.
Engaged people lacking tools and networks.

What makes your idea stand apart?

This project elaborates the importance of cultural politics, and promotes European cohesion and codetermination. Codetermination – not the unilateral participation – empowers us to create in Europe a common political space. Redefining cultural politics, rooted in civil society and culture, initiates cultural politics as bottom up force. We follow the idea to act transnational and foster Europe at its cultural core.

€ 49500,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 51000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Honorarium Experts: 2,700 € Travel costs: 10,200 € Accommodation: 7,200 € Meetings and Workshops: 10,000 € Office expenses: 1,000 € Public Relations: 4,100 € Documentation/Online-Publication: 7,200 € Honorarium project coordination&administration: 8,600 € Total sum: 51,000 €

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would be happy to hear about examples from your practice: 1. Where can we find successfully used cultural politics and civic education examples? 2. Do you know best practices for this linkage in independent cultural scenes (in Europe and abroad). 3. Do you know initiatives, which should be invited to participate in our meetings and workshops?


Jonas Buechel

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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