The Civil Society Platform for Access to Culture

To advocate for these standpoints the Platform produced its Policy Guidelines Document and a comprehensive Tool KIT.


On June 9th 2009 the Platform endorsed the Policy Guidelines document which is the outcome of the working process of its first year of existence. The document is directed to the European Commission, Member States, local and regional authorities and cultural institutions.

It places access and participation within a human rights framework and puts forward nine recommendations with stated objectives, proposed actions and expected results:

Understanding the needs of all publics

Data collection, research and consultations - to improve policymaking in the field of access to culture.

Overcoming linguistic barriers

Language education and support to translation - to remove linguistic obstacles to access to culture.

Supporting highly qualified professionalism

Social protection, education and training programmes - to ensure professional development and growth and, in turn, broaden the diversity of the cultural offer.

Improving funding and procedures

More diverse and flexible funding opportunities, easier access to information - to facilitate access to funding to a larger group of artists and cultural professionals.

Advancing mobility and exchange

Mobility funding, spaces for encounters and exchange, support to diffusion of artistic processes and products – to increase mobility, and integrate cultural stakeholders in foreign actions.

Promoting the cultural use of new technologies

Increased access to new technologies to public and cultural actors, while insuring appropriate protection of creators’ and interpreters’ rights – to increase the cultural potential of new technologies.

Stimulating learning through culture

Recognition of the synergies between education and culture and support to such projects in all appropriate funding instruments – to increase the access to culture through education and the access to education through culture.

Positioning access to culture upstream and transversally in all cultural policy-making

Participatory policymaking, interdisciplinary policy working groups – to improve specific and general policies promoting access to culture.

Raising awareness of the legal frameworks on access to culture

Information, ratification and implementation of all legal instruments on access to culture – to translate international commitments on access to culture into genuine policies.


Read ahead


[ Executive Summary (UK) (ES)

[ Policy Guidelines

o Supporting Legal Framework

o Group Position Papers

                           Audience Participation

                           Creativity & Creation

                           Education & Learning

o Best Practices

[ Studies]


Rethinking Education Empowering Individuals with the Appropriate Educational Tools, Skills, and Competencies, for their Active Cultural, Political and Economic Participation in Society in Europe and Beyond a paper commissioned by the Education & Learning Working   | Access to Culture Platfrom 2013


 Education and access to digital culture: The current situation and future directions for European culture by Anne Krebs, 2012, head of studies and research department of the Louvre museum, Chair of the ENCATC thematic Area Museums in Europe | a paper commissioned by the Education & Learning Working  

             Éducation et accès à la culture numérique : Bilan et perspectives pour le champ culturel en Europe by Anne Krebs, 2011 & updated in 2012 | a paper  commissioned by the Education & Learning Working Group 

Cultural participation in education and lifelong learning: a catalyst for personal advancement, community development, social change and economic growth by Dr. Lidia Varbanova, 2011 | a paper commissioned by the Education & Learning the Working Group 

We are more! The overlooked potential of learning through cultural engagement  by Henrik Zipsane, 2010 | Education & Learning Working Group  

            Untraditional Creative Partnerships – Seven Wonders of Arts and Culture in Education  by Henrik Zipsane, 2010 | a paper commissioned by Education & Learning Working Group 


             A desire for a conversation, motivations and strategies of artists engaged in projects in business, science and technology workplaces by Judith Staines, May 2010 | a paper commissioned by the Creativity & Creation Working Group

              Obstacles to artists’ creativity in the EU and realistic solutions: A Pre-study by Chrissie Tiller, 2010 | a paper commissioned by the Creativity & Creation Working Group


    The Cultural Component of Citizenship: An Inventory of Challenges. | November 2012 | Audience Participation Working Group Access to Culture Platform |  Hard copies of the publication can be purchased here

                  “Access to Culture in the digital era: A Citizen’s Right” Draft compendium of best practice examples | Access to Culture Platform Workshop 15 Dec 2011 |Organised by the Audience Participation Working Group on 

         The Cultural Component of Citizenship by Laura Herrero, 2010 | European House for Culture | a paper commissioned by the Audience Participation Working Group