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CULTUROPOLIS is a meeting space for reflecting on and discussing cultural rights, for thinking about how they are defined and for imagining and finding mechanisms that promote and guarantee that they are respected.

In 2021, Barcelona City Council presented “Fem Cultura. Plan For Cultural Rights in Barcelona”: a pioneering plan that includes nine government measures for implementing new public policies that seek to recognise and expand cultural rights in the city. From a municipal viewpoint, this initiative is Barcelona’s contribution to the international debate on cultural rights, and provides a framework for ambitious political reflection which paves the way for a formal recognition of cultural rights at an international level through local practices.

The plan includes more than 100 projects, with a budget of nearly €70 million, aimed at ensuring that Barcelona has a cultural policy based on cultural rights which focuses on core considerations such as access, cultural practices, innovation, democratic governance, the recognition of diversity, creativity, cultural production and the strengthening of ties between local residents and sectoral stakeholders.

In this context, on 16, 17, 18 and 19 November next, Barcelona City Council is promoting the first International Days on Cultural Rights - CULTUROPOLIS, which is being co-organised with Culture Action Europe, the largest European network of cultural networks, organisations, artists, activists, academics and policy makers, and is supported by the United Cities and Local Governments Organisation (UCLG).

After launching the first Plan for Cultural Rights at the municipal level, Barcelona City Council wants to continue enriching the debate and reflections on cultural rights. The aim of CULTUROPOLIS is to further the recognition of cultural rights, and to ensure that they are upheld and recognised as universal.

CULTUROPOLIS is open to local and international cultural agents and to all citizens of Barcelona.

Are cultural rights necessary?

Which public cultural problems and conflicts require and justify the implementation of these rights?

How can we achieve full recognition of cultural rights through collective policies and actions?

These and other questions are what motivated the birth of CULTUROPOLIS.