The Cultural Relations Platform's mission is to strengthen the EU’s ability to engage meaningfully with different audiences and stakeholders in its partner countries, through enhanced cultural relations and cultural cooperation.
The main objectives are to:
- Provide policy support on international cultural relations through conducting research, mappings, and in organising local meetings, conferences, workshops, and trainings
- Support cooperation among cultural and creative sectors in facilitating contacts and networking of different EU and third country cultural actors, including cultural institutions, private foundations, civil society, and other organisations
- Strengthen communities and networks of cultural practitioners in developing training programmes for cultural managers in leadership positions both within and outside of Europe (cf. GCLP section)
The CRP's activities follow the principles, approach and logic of the European strategic approach to international cultural relations and rely on the experience of practitioners, including cultural operators and artists. Each activity is therefore organised in cooperation and co-creation with local partners within a sustainable framework and involving civil society.
** Update due to COVID-19 crisis **
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the first activities of the Platform have had to face some adaptations and some of the planned activities will now be postponed or adjusted if appropriate into a virtual exchange format, including the GCLP alumni exchange. Therefore, as its first task the Cultural Relations Platform will look to assess the impact of the global COVID-19 crisis on international cultural relations. The CRP will first be focusing on a research strand conducting an in-depth study into the impact of the crisis on global cultural cooperation.