AMATEO memorandum april 2014
This memorandum reflects the input and support of the members of our organisation and is intended to give profile to a largely undervalued part of society that is pretty much taken for granted.
We ask that policy makers and politicians recognise the role that the local choir, town jazz band, amateur theatre group play within civil society and accept your responsibility towards supporting amateur arts and culture. You have the chance to provide the tools to citizens and communities to use the amateur arts and culture to create, define identity, speak out and shape society.
As the European network for amateur arts we are committed to stimulate the debate and dialogue on the value and role of amateur arts and culture in society.
We invite you to reflect on this memorandum and encourage you to contact us to engage in conversation on its content.
Please contact us through our secretariat in Belgium:
AMATEO c/o Forum voor Amateurkunsten, Abrahamstraat 13, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Conference On Culture, Health, and Well‐being in Stockholm,
May 8th ‐ 10th 2014
Amateo’s 7th conference on culture and cultural practices was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in May 2014; on the theme Culture, Health, and Well‐being. The host for the arrangement was ax – The Swedish Amateur Culture Council. Click here to read more!
Amateur Arts Forum in Flanders, Belgium will host the next Amateo Board Meeting.
The Board meeting will take place on Thursday 20th March and the morning of Friday 21st March in Ghent. You can find the draft agenda here.
From the 8th till 10th of June, the international congress about "active cultural participation in Europe" was held in Ghent. In arts centre "De Vooruit" gathered a hundred of participants from all over Europe. The Amateo network, as well as the compendium authors and other interested people grabbed their chance to learn more about active cultural participation and to enrich their network with most interesting people. Here you can find all the reports and presentations of the congress, as well as some very nice pictures and the participants list.
Manifesto of the Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign we are more
National governments and EU policymakers are currently taking decisions on the next EU budget that will influence the next ten years of support to cultural activities that benefit everyone who lives in Europe.
NOW IS THE TIME to make your voice heard - Sign the we are more manifesto:
To national governments – to European decision-makers:
We call on you to strengthen the recognition of the role of arts and culture in
the development of our European societies by increasing the support to culture in the next EU budget.