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#FA2012 : Opening session

Opening speech and session : Imagining culture – creations and creators.

What happened dring the first day of the Forum d’Avignon 2012 ?

#FA2012 Jour 1 : Session d’ouverture - Discours... par forumavignon

During an economic crisis, it is important to give meaning to culture, which is too often considered a luxury. We need to redefine the relationship between economics and culture. Today, we are talking about competitiveness, and culture contributes to competitiveness. Striking out against the stereotypes of a variable adjustment culture, Aurélie Filippetti speaking to the Forum d’Avignon based herself on two convictions : the importance of culture as an essential collective and individual commitment o the country’s economic development and its territories’ attractiveness, on the one hand the importance of the state’s role in supporting cultural policy, the only garantee to access to culture for all, of equality between territories, and of bringing a true federatory project to the European level.

Overhauling our perception of the deep realities of the economics of culture, and putting culture back in the hardcore of the economy : the minister presented several projects which are under way : creating tools for evalution, today often too heterogeneous ; rethinking the role of private and public actors, reaffirming that not enough lessons have been drawn, sharing how culture bears on all levels of the economy ; and thinking anew about tools of a cultural policy less oriented towards an often inflationary supply-side policy, and more towards access to culture for all, a policy emphasizing curricula and training. She announced two loaws in coming months, on heritage and creative orientation.  She also described her readiness for the challenges engendered by the digital transition and her support for  forms of sponsorship which represent citizens’ commitment rather than money talking. Refusing to express any utilitarian conception of culture, she concluded by stating that the state’s role in culture needed to be relegitimized to create a truly democratic future for the country.