Culturopolis brings the debate on cultural rights to Barcelona

The international conference will be held from 16 to 19 November at Paral·lel.

Access to culture is a universal right. In order to guarantee it to all citizens, in April 2021, Barcelona City Council launched the Cultural Rights Plan, and in the context of its deployment, from 16 to 19 November, the Culturopolis conference will open the city to debate and reflection on this issue. These International Days on Cultural Rights include lectures and debates, project presentations, an academic conference and an artistic programme aimed at all audiences.

Culturopolis is aimed at all citizens interested in cultural rights, with the objective of collectively thinking about how these rights are realised, and how they should be promoted and guaranteed. The conference is free of charge and will take place in Barcelona's Paral·lel, a historical reference point for culture and leisure in the city. Specifically, the Casa de la Música Paral·lel 62 and El Molino will be the venues for the talks and debates, project presentations and the congress, all of which are free of charge with registration through this link. On the other hand, the artistic programme, which will include shows, performances, workshops, radio and many other proposals, does not require registration. The culmination of the conference will be on Saturday 19 November, with a big event also included in the artistic programme that will bring together in Paral·lel a lot of public activities related to the exercise of cultural rights.

The Culturopolis activities will revolve around four main thematic axes. One of them addresses the diversity of identities, such as gender, ethnicity or language, and the factors that hinder the achievement of equal cultural rights and opportunities. Participation and communities focuses on the different ways of exercising these rights collectively and the possibilities of participating in the cultural life of the city. Jobs and cultural sustainability invites reflection on working conditions and inequalities within the sector. And a fourth axis, digital environments, will place cultural rights in the context of today's technological revolution and the opportunities and inequalities that it presents.

Presentations and debates will provide an in-depth analysis of all these aspects, and the academic congress, aimed primarily at individuals and groups researching cultural rights, will present results, methodologies, and ways of facing the challenges posed by universal access to culture. On the other hand, the presentation of projects will bring to Culturopolis more than thirty successful national and international experiences and initiatives that will provide examples of how the exercise of cultural rights can have a very positive impact in areas such as inclusion, social fabric, sustainability or well-being.

Find out how we can push for equal cultural rights. From 16 to 19 November, don't miss the Culturopolis conference. All the information and registration on this link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022
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