The Challenge of Recalibrating the Values of Culture in the Cultural Field

Policy seminar in Budapest


An international policy seminar was held in Budapest on 8 December 2023, hosted by ELTE University:

Faculty Council Hall, Faculty of Humanities, Múzeum krt 4. 1088 Budapest

Representatives of the European institutions as well as policy makers, at international, national and local levels have been invited to discuss and review policy briefs, recommendations and guidelines, on the basis of the actual needs from the territories of the participating stakeholders. 

A synthetic summary about the debates occurred at the seminar is available for download (PDF). 


9.30 – 9.40 Welcome

Gábor Sonkoly, Arturo Rodríguez Morató

Session 1: Between discourse and action: value tensions in cultural administrations

Moderators : Emmanuel Négrier, Félix Dupin-Meynard (CNRS)

9.40 – 9.50 Introduction to the comparative research on cultural administrations: values, implementation and governance

Félix Dupin-Meynard (CNRS)

9.50 – 10.25 Value coherence, governance and accuracy

Research results and recommendations:

  • Emmanuel Négrier (CNRS)
  • Mariano Martín Zamorano (UB)

 Policy makers’ comments:

  • Simone Dudt – European Music Council (via Zoom)
  • Caroline Vabret – DRAC Occitanie, France
  • Preben von der Lippe – National Arts council, Norway (via Zoom)

 10.25 – 10.55 Questioning implementation coherence
Research results and recommendations:

  • Ole Marius Hylland (TRI)

Policy makers’ comments:

  • Sara Brighenti – Subcomissária, Deputy commissioner, Plano Nacional das Artes, Portugal
  • Jorge Liñeira – Head of Unit, Cultural Department, Pontevedra City Council, Spain (via Zoom)

 10.55 – 11.10  General discussion

11.10 – 11.25 Coffee break

Session 2: How do cultural institutions promote and evaluate the plurality of values?

Moderator: Julien Audemard (CNRS)

11.25 – 11.35 Introduction to the comparative research on cultural institutions: plural values and evaluation

Julien Audemard (CNRS)

11.35 – 12.05 Promoting the plurality of values

Research results and recommendations (UNIBO, ELTE)
Policy makers’ interventions and discussion:

  • Gábor Kerpel-Fronius – Vice-mayor of Budapest, responsible for smart city, Hungary
  • Abid Hussain – Director, Diversity, Arts Council England (via Zoom)

12.05 – 12.35 Evaluating plural impacts

Research results and recommendations (Goldsmiths, UP)

Policy makers’ comments:

  • Maria João Mota – Coordinator of PELE -Cultural and Social Association, Portugal
  • Ludovica Michelin – Consultant in cultural policy/EU related projects, Italy

12.35 – 12.50 General discussion

12.50 – 14.00 Lunch break

Session 3: Cultural strategic planning

14.00 – 14.10 UNCHARTED reflections and recommendations (PDF)

Antonella Fresa (Promoter)

14.10 – 15.15 Debate

Moderator: Eszter György (ELTE)

Participants in the debate:

  • Ulrike Meinhof (Southampton University)
  • Graeme Evans (University of the Arts London)
  • Neil Forbes (Coventry University)

Concluding remarks

15.15 – 15.30 Gábor Sonkoly and Arturo Rodríguez Morató

Some pictures from the event and the social activities

Some pictures of the place where the seminar took place