Culture and cross-border cooperation

Vote Culture 2012

The aim of this project was to discuss the culture priorities in the context of Parliamentary elections of December 2012 by launching a real debate on topics of interest for private, non-profit and public sector.

The Coalition for Independent Cultural Sector was focused on the need for public support of the living culture, of the culture produced here and now, in relation to the present. The approach insisted on the need for political parties to present their vision on the topic before the elections.

The project focused on calling politicians’ attention to the potential of the living culture in Romania to contribute to quality education and social services for disadvantaged groups, to support various communities to define or redefine themselves and therefore to lead a better live, to deliver creative, and provocative artistic products and services, to give a voice to the marginalised, to make us understand who we are and what cultural heritage we want to leave for the generations to come, to engage in real dialogue with other cultures and communities  and to develop new identities.

The Coalition considered that in the 21st Century Romania the platform of political parties needed to include priorities for the cultural sector and for the role of culture in  society, priorities discussed with the citizens and the specialists in the field.

A set of priorities were gathered in the Charter for Living Culture and disseminated to the political parties based on public consultations organised in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, as well as online.


The Coalition for Independent Cultural Sector (coordinator)

MetruCub Association

Gabriela Tudor Foundation

Intercultural Institute of Timisoara

AltArt Foundation.