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The sense of culture. Presentation

Presentation by Antonio Monegal

Does culture matter? What use is it? What do we understand by culture? For whom should it be important? And, above all, why? Although these questions are rarely formulated in such an elementary way, they invariably lurk in the background of present-day debate about public and private support of the cultural sector. The current situation of economic crisis has drawn attention to these issues but what it really reveals is an inadequate social perception of the role of culture. In the days when it was believed that resources were abundant, the social benefits or profits accruing from investment in culture were taken for granted. Now, however, fierce competition for funding to address all kinds of social needs has cast doubt on the notion of culture as a common good, especially in the case of cultural activities funded by public money.

Participants: Antonio Monegal

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18 September 2013