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No denying culture in globalisation

Culture and creative industries will be at the top of the agenda when cultural and educational MPs from the whole Nordic region meet in Iceland this week. The politicians will be looking especially at children’s creative competencies, Nordic computer games and interaction between artists and business as the culture industry’s answer to the challenges of globalisation.

The Nordic Council is now pointing out that much more attention should be paid to culture in connection with the Nordic countries globalisation strategy. The Nordic MPs are calling for political vision and an action plan for globalisation and art and culture in Nordic co-operation. This should follow as a direct extension of the Nordic prime ministers globalisation initiative on climate and research in particular, adopted by the prime ministers in 2007.

"The Nordic prime ministers have raised globalisation to the very top of the Nordic agenda. However, strangely enough, we have not seen any input from the cultural field. We believe that culture especially plays a crucial role in globalisation - not least in the light of the booming development in creative industries and the experience economy. Culture can be the key that opens the door to new markets," says the chair of the Nordic Council’s Culture and Education Committee, Mogens Jensen (S).

The chairman points, for example, to the Nordic Computer Game Programme as one of the Council of Ministers’ innovative and successful ventures in the area of culture.

"This is really a forward-looking initiative in the field of children and media that is practically tuned into globalisation. It is therefore a good idea to look at how we can further strengthen Nordic computer game production and further develop a healthy game culture. This could be, for example, by increasing funding for the production of computer games and by supporting Nordic co-operation in the education of programmers and animators."

The desire to draw culture into discussions on globalisation falls in continuation of a warning from the Nordic Council's President who, earlier in the year, linked the risk of toning down cultural co-operation with the ongoing Nordic globalisation process.

The Nordic Council’s Culture and Education Committee will discuss its strategy in relation to the creative competencies with children and young people in the Nordic countries in Reykjavik on Wednesday.

"We must hold on to and further develop what has been started by placing music and art properly in schools. This development must be secured with children and young people if we want to have people interested in theatre, visual arts and music in the future. The Nordic countries are favoured by special conditions for creative competencies and we must prioritise this," says Mogens Jensen.

"Art and culture may also increase knowledge of the Nordic countries outside the region and thus increase the trust that is a pre-requisite for global ventures. Therefore the cultural area must become part of the globalisation initiative now," underlined the chair of the Culture and Education Committee.







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