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Long Live Arts – Cultural participation in old age in Europe

On the initiative of the Dutch foundation consortium Lang leve Kunst, a European partnership for cultural participation in old age was established, which included partners from Belgium and Great Britain as well as kubia as the German representative.

Cultural participation and education make an important contribution to living in dignity in old age and to discovering and exploiting one’s own potential. All of Europe is affected by demographic change and European societies are getting older. For a positive and intergenerational perspective on these changes, a new policy is needed that sees the artistic-cultural participation of older people as an opportunity. For this, the cultural, social and health sectors must work together.

Long Live Arts was a European initiative to promote cultural participation in old age in practice, policy, research and education. The aim was to put the topic on European agendas and to win over as many European actors as possible from the fields of art, culture, health and social services to integrate cultural education and participation in old age into their policies and work.

The result of the initiative is the Long Live Arts Manifesto

Cover of Manifesto Long Live Arts with a photo of elderly people on a dance floor
  • Book
  • 2016

Long Live Arts Manifesto – Feel the Arts!

in 2014, the European initiative "Long Live Arts" was founded for the cultural participation of older people. Together, the Long Live Arts Manifesto for more cultural participation was formulated and approaches from practice, research, further education and cultural policy from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and North Rhine-Westphalia were presented.

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Portrait photo of Almuth Fricke in a yellow blouse against a turquoise background

Almuth Fricke