The challenge for those of us that define ourselves as European and feel European is how do we continue to act European. For those of us in Scotland where we also voted to be European and voted for a Scottish Parliament committed to the EU, there is also the question of how do we support our politicians, institutions and businesses to be European. In Drew Wylie’s case this challenge particularly applies to the arts, cultural and creative industries, and Scotland, our base, needs a strategy.
This plan should consider the goals and approach to EU investment for culture and creativity in programmes like Creative Europe, H2020 and Erasmus, beginning with six key elements:
- supporting transnational collaboration, exchange and partnership
- a focus on opportunities for young people
- an approach that brings together the creative, the social and the economic
- processes, from application assessments to evaluation, that are in themselves transnational and transparent
- links to European ‘years of’ (for example 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage) and the European Capital of Culture programme
- support for cultural and creative SMEs
The work of our politicians and institutions to secure Scotland’s place in the EU will be immeasurably strengthened by a culture and creativity programme that enables us to act like Europeans.