In Europe, creative and cultural industries generate 2.6% of gross domestic product. That’s more than the chemical industry and more than the real estate sector. But how does this figure help the arts during an economic downturn?
The European Cultural Agenda is the source of funding for all sorts of programs. Within the EU, and even in countries like ours, EU policies have helped Australian artists, students, researchers, curators and radio program makers alike. It all points to a new emphasis on creativity.
This week’s episode of the The Art of Being Europe begins in Helsinki at the final rehearsal for the International Jean Sibelius violin competition. It is one of the top violin competitions in the world. Everyone is a little tense, particularly the competitors.