Culture as a first necessity investment

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Culture as a first necessity investment
KEA European Affairs

KEA European Affairs, partner of the project MESOC, published an article advocating for culture as a first necessity investment in a globalized world.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the differing vision of culture found its expression on whether culture as a sector is worthy of priority support (economically) to the same extent as the aviation, tourism or the automotive industries. Many public authorities take the view that culture is secondary or even a luxury. They gravely misunderstand the true value of cultural investment and the consequences of neglecting culture as part of recovery policies.  

The article argues why it is appropriate to characterize “the cultural necessity” and the contribution of culture to individual and societal development, and gives recommendations to build a modern cultural policy and to reassess the cultural policy goals originally set for a different world.

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