we are more – act for culture in Europe is a Europe-wide campaign for the arts and culture. It was launched in October 2010 and will run until 2013, when the EU decides about its next multiannual budget for the years 2014-2020.
The we are more campaign promotes culture, heritage and the arts, together with education, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, as key areas in which the EU has to make more bold investments if it wants to reach its growth objectives and Europe to remain a thriving democracy in the future.
Who is behind the campaign?
The force behind the we are more campaign is Culture Action Europe, a coalition of more than 100 organisations and many artists across Europe, in strategic partnership with the European Cultural Foundation. It is an open source advocacy tool that encourages arts and cultural organisations across Europe to get involved and stand up for increased support to arts and culture in the policies and programmes of the European Union.
The we are more campaign is funded through Culture Action Europe’s own contributions as well as the kind support of the European Cultural Foundation, the Arts and Culture Program of the Open Society Foundations, support from members and partners and donations from private persons and organisations.
The campaign ambassadors are high level public figures from different sectors and disciplines who support the campaign. The recruitment of Campaign Ambassadors will continue throughout the campaign life-cycle. The campaign currently has four Campaign Ambassadors; the Belgian singer Marie Daulne, the Hungarian media artist and filmmaker Péter Forgacs, the Italian singer Gianna Nannini and the Turkish writer Elif Shafak.
As a complement to the strategic work on the campaign done by the Culture Action Europe Executive Committee, an Advisory Committee consisting of high-level intellectuals and cultural operators has been set up. By bringing in expertise on the EU institutions’ decision-making processes and different national perspectives and specificities, the Advisory Committee members ensures that the campaign makes the right dossier choices and push the right buttons at the right time.
For more information, please contact the Campaign Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or +32 2 534 4002.