The Policy analysis Group “Monitors of Culture” on Cultural Observatories and Information and Knowledge met the 8th and 9th July in Bologna hosted by Antonio Taormina and the Regione Emilia Romagna.

The first day the Group attended a working meeting to further discuss about the final publication Monitors of Culture. Intended as one of the main results of the group’s work, Monitors of Culture will contain the “SaCO” Report on the State of Art of Cultural Observation; a section with key articles focusing on different topics; a set of Recommendations on the conditions needed for the setup of a Common Cultural Observation Methodology CECOM. The book will be both in English and Spanish and it is planned to be published by October 2010.

The day after the policy analysis group, with some selected experts, attended the Round Table “Present Situation of Cultural Observatories in Europe: Opportunities and challenges” moderated by Peter Inkei from the Budapest Observatory.

An overview of the Italian situation was given by Patrizia Ghedini, Responsible for the Culture Sector of the Regione Emilia-Romagna, who together with Antonio Taormina and Michele Trimarchi from the Observatory for the Performing Arts of the Region Emilia-Romagna, and Cristina Favaro from the Cultural Observatory of Piedmont, introduced and presented the case of “The Italian Regions and the Coordination of Cultural Observatories – the Interregional ORMA project”.

The Round Table then took place with the aim to discuss about the different realities and experiences and set the priorities for the recommendations for cultural observatories that will be discussed and approved during the Think Tank that will take place on the 8th and 9th September in Bilbao.

Read conclusions of the round table (Bologna 9th July 2010 )

For the Think Tank a group of 30 experts who represent this sector in Europe has been selected to reflect on the role of Cultural Observatories in the Future in Europe and gather the results in a policy document of recommendations that will be published within the final publication and presented to the European Commission.

“Monitors of Culture” is funded by the EU Culture Programme under the budget line Policy Grouping.