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Beyond cultural creativity as innovation

Matias Zarlenga criticizes the focus of the EU on the economic dimension of cultural policies.

Matias Zarlenga explains how a narrative on creativity emerged in the EU’s political discourse, linking culture mainly with innovation and economic development.

He argues that we should refuse to assign a goal to cultural creativity, and gives examples of cultural organisations tackling social issues and promoting education through culture. He thinks that such examples can be the base to construct a new narrative for the European cultural policies, departing from actual practices.

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Matias Zarlenga takes the examples of street theater and forum theatre as forms of cultural productions which can represent alternatives to the economic paradigm. Can you think of other examples?

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