Thinking about Cultural Democracy – Part 1

Cultural democracy is an idea that emerged in the mid 1970s, in response to the challenge of the cultural revolution of the 1960s. In June 1976, the Council of Europe held a conference of Ministers of Culture in Oslo so that they could ‘compare problems of cultural policy in relation to their shared acceptance of democratic values’. The conference considered several reports including one by J. A. Simpson called Towards Cultural Democracy, which suggested that:

‘Cultural democracy implies placing importance on […] creating conditions which will allow people to choose to be active participants rather than just passive receivers of culture.’

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