New Call for Participants and Survey for Open Theme

New Call for Participants and Survey for Open Theme

We are very happy to announce the publication of a new Call for Applications for the topic GENDER EQUALITY: Gender Balance in Cultural and Creative Sectors and of an Online Survey for an Open Topic for Voices of Culture 2019 – 2021. 

Voices of CultureStructured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector, provides a framework for discussions between EU civil society stakeholders and the European Commission with regard to culture.
It aims to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the cultural sector in policy debates on culture at a European level, while encouraging it to work in a more collaborative way.

Deadline for completing the application form and survey is 14 June 2019.

Call for Applications


Brainstorming Session: 4-5 September 2019 – Prague/Czech Republic

Dialogue Meeting: 5-6 November 2019 – Brussels/Belgium

What is it about?

The Brainstorming Session on GENDER EQUALITY: Gender Balance in Cultural and Creative Sectors represents the opportunity for a group of around 35 European civil society stakeholders in the cultural sector to exchange ideas on this topic and to present these to the European Commission.

The group will brainstorm on 4-5 September 2019 in Prague, and then discuss the main ideas (to be summarised in a Brainstorming Report) with representatives of the European Commission at a Dialogue Meeting in Brussels on 5- 6 of November 2019.

Why is it important?

Several gender gaps exist in nearly all cultural fields in the world and across the EU. Women are not only underrepresented in the workforce, mainly in creative jobs and in leadership and decision-making positions, but also paid less than their male colleagues.
Moreover, gender stereotypes and sexual harassment are still widely taking place, while access of female artists to resources and to the art market is often limited. The conditions on the labour market make women artists particularly vulnerable, in particular as far as labour segregation, social rights related to pregnancy, maternity and pensions are concerned.

Questions covered during the discussions will include:

  1. What is the role of the public authorities (at national, regional and/or local levels) in ensuring a level playing field for female and male artists and cultural professionals? What works? What doesn’t work?
  2. What, if any, cultural policies and legislations need to be revised and/or introduced to include explicit affirmation of gender equality?
  3. What is the role of sectoral initiatives put in place to close the gender gaps in particular cultural and creative sectors?
  4. What should be done to increase the number of women in the cultural and creative occupations and sectors where they are under-represented?
  5. How to increase the gender balance at the leadership and decision-making positions?
  6. Is there a need for measures that promote equity in access to resources and access to the art market? If yes, what would be the most effective measures to be introduced?
  7. How to remove impediments that stand in the way of women’s involvement and advancement in cultural professions of their choice?

The discussion is of course not limited  to these questions. Participants are encouraged to share their opinion on what other aspects they deem important.


  1. Applicants will be informed whether they have been selected, based on the criteria below, or not, by 27 July 2019.
  2. The selected participants are requested to come mandated by their organisation/network to the Brainstorming Session on 5-6 September 2019. Part of the preparation expected from participants in the Brainstorming Session will be to answer the questions under the theme description in cooperation with their network and peers. The answers will then be summarised into a paper, which will be a starting point for discussion on 5-6 September 2019.
  3. The Brainstorming Session is a short gathering of a day and a half, which serves as an opportunity for the cultural sector to brainstorm together and structure the ideas they would like to convey to the European Commission at the Dialogue Meeting at a later stage.
  4. The summary of the discussion will be compiled in a Brainstorming Report, drafted by volunteers from the group of participants itself during the meeting. The Brainstorming Report will be finalised remotely in collaboration with the whole group between the Brainstorming Session and the Dialogue Meeting.

Who can apply?

The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic “Gender Equality: Gender Balance in Cultural and Creative Sectors”, who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be from one of the 28 EU Member States.

Practical information

The Brainstorming Meeting for the first topic will place on the 4th and5thof September 2019 at the Goethe-Institut Prague. Travel, accommodation and catering for the participants will be provided by Voices of Culture.

The Dialogue meeting for this topic will take on 5th and 6th ofNovember 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Travel, accommodation and catering for the participants will be provided by Voices of Culture.

Apply Here

Deadline for completing the application form is 14 June 2019.



 Voices of Culture’ is looking for your input: What questions would you like to see discussed in our format?

Taking part in this online consultation, you will contribute to the selection a topic for the Renewed Structured Dialogue, which will complement other topics to be decided by the European Commission. So far, the following priorities are indicated:

•              Sustainability and Cultural Heritage

•              Cohesion and well-being

•              An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content

•              International cultural relations

It is now your turn to propose a theme for discussion and to further contribute shaping the debate at European level.

Take the Survey here

Deadline for completing the survey is 14 June 2019.


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