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The Savall Effect

IMG_5482 - Version 2We often hear about the Bilbao Effect in relation to culture and regeneration, or the Mozart Effect on our thinking , but what about exploring the Jordi Savall Effect around dialogue between cultures?  This week’s Voice of Europe session in Barcelona considered how we could support intercultural dialogue, including how we evaluate it’s impact.  This is a pretty important topic given Europe’s challenges around borders and identity.

Culture professionals know what an important contribution arts and creativity can make at the economic, social and cultural levels of a changing society.  But this requires investment and the demonstration of its impact.  Our discussions suggested the need for an evaluation framework for intercultural dialogue that is longitudinal and embedded into EU, regional and national funding schemes, and the working practices of cultural institutions.  Catalan musician Jordi Savall brings together European and Arab musical traditions and finds musical inspiration for everyone – a positive cultural effect to counteract an unrelentingly negative media narrative around cross border movement and integration.

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