Are we connected or disconnected in cross cultural arrangements?
The expression “cross cultural work” has been seen and noted many times and especially from public offices like The European Union and various sections under The Ministry of Culture usually appearing in most countries today. Private offices are established as well working for cross cultural arrangements and it is of course a great idea having all those possibilities for either advises or financial support to specific areas within the field of culture.
Looking at the back mirror from my little corner of the world it seems to be a good slogan, but without any power to the majority of both amateurs and professionals working day by day in their own small or bigger region thereby lifting the spirits to anyone being able to benefit from those valued cultural fire souls.
To connect the people in The European Union in specific cultural areas is somewhat of a hard task to anyone wither trying or have tried the labyrinths in those buildings where decision-makers should appear and advise, whether we are coming from the street or a bigger organization.
Well – Rome was not build in one day and possible is it, that the implementation of cross cultural work will take some time to realize in practice and before the public authorities will reach the corners away from the offices we have often seen that especially creative people will find their own ways of co-operation whether local, regions or the countries in between. Right now we are of course influenced by the overall financial situation and for all those trying to get the logistics, creative and economical areas bound together it is indeed a new field to stay alive in several areas within the cultural sector.
I am not astonished, however, to note that many are continuing the work whether for free or just low paying arrangements insofar people in this specific sector called culture usually integrates the work as part of their lifestyle. Most of our members are either directly involved in the cultural work or heavily engaged in interests and opinions of the developments whether music, art, historical buildings, architecture or human different lifestyles.
Our past experiences in all aspects of this field are more or less dominated by predictions from politicians – It is changed somewhat but we have still a long way to go if the dependency of political influence may either vanish or be lowered to the benefit of the cultural work in general simply because the flow of financial means from the public authorities are the biggest contributor and sponsor whether we like it or not.
Culture is of course also a question of “Breaking the Waves” e.g. many opinions to be compromised under one hat. I am really looking forward to 2010 in the hope, that it will be a good year in our fields of culture whether smaller or bigger contributions to our common interests in new developments and horizons which may “connect the disconnected” wherever it is in the world. Never have that many people had the chance to explore the world in travelling like now and it is my hope that it will be as easy and convenient to anyone like a short bus trip to and from our domains.
We are preparing a “Tour des Europe 2010” in the music and entertainment field with Big Band jazz, swing and musicals visiting Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and ending up in Antibes, France to the International Jazz Festival in July. As soon as we have a detailed schedule we will of course keep you posted insofar we would be delighted to meet anyone interested from the group outside cyberspace but LIVE !
All the best from
Kurt Lykke Lindved