A cultural alliance between European countries to defend diversity

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Understand culture as something that goes beyond the national scope. That is the purpose of the European Alliance of Academies, a union of 74 gyms of the arts and institutions of EU countries, Great Britain and Norway. Among them are the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) and the Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA), where the manifesto signed last week by 60 organizations at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin was presented this Friday. Framed within the German presidency of the Council of the EU, the initiative defends a cultural union in times where identity feelings are imposed that attack values ​​such as freedom or diversity.

The network will hold periodic meetings where the main social problems will be analyzed to provide solutions from the world of culture, art and science; and organize platforms to influence national and European decision-making. Valerio Rocco, director of the CBA, highlighted during the press conference the “need to access European funds for the reconstruction of a cultural sector that is going through one of its most delicate moments at an international level.

Rocco, who announced that the CBA has offered to host the next meeting of the Alliance, referred to the need to modify the distribution of the program Horizon europe, organized by the EU, which has a budget of 100,000 million euros for research and innovation in 2021. Calls for the cultural sphere to focus more on this last aspect, since they see a trend to focus on research and provide aid to universities before cultural centers.

The president of the CBA, Juan Miguel Hernández León, explained that there are currently 74 institutions that are part of the cohesion project. “It is not international, because this would consist of adding different cultural packages; it is transnational. Rilke, Goethe, Nietzsche are also part of our culture ”, he stated. The alliance is open, so he has commented that they assume the role of the Circle as a bridge to creation in the Latin American sphere. The goal is to achieve artistic freedom, but Hernández has recognized the need to defend the word without manipulation. “I remember when it was said ‘One, great and free,’ he exemplifies to explain the misuse of the term and the importance of defending diversity against totalitarianism.

Among the institutions that make up the alliance there is a great variety: they are the Center Pompidou (Paris), the Royal Academy of Arts (London) and L’Accademia Nazionale del Disegno (Rome), among others. The Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christoph Wolfrum, has defended that culture is not a mere decorative object for countries: “It is the basis of our identity as Europeans.” For this reason, he has drawn attention to the danger posed by the cultural sector being relegated at this time of health and economic crisis.

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